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Myanmar 7 Day Excursion

7 Days, 6 Nights

Introduction

Enjoy a week in Myanmar with our excursion tour!  The excursion takes you on a visit to monasteries, temples, and gives you a glimpse at small cities and rural towns in Myanmar.  As with all of our tours, this excursion can be extended or modified as you like.  Use it as template for the key location to visit in Myanmar and then add away!  Maybe include a river trip or balloon tour, just let us know and we'll customize it for you as you like.

Brief itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok - Yangon (-/L/-/)
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B/L/-/)
Day 3: Bagan – Mandalay – Maymyo – Mandalay (B/L/-)
Day 4: Mandalay – Heho – Kalaw (B/L/-)
Day 5: Kalaw – Inle (B/L/-)
Day 6: Inle - Heho - Yangon(B/L/-)
Day 7: Yangon – Bangkok (B/L/-)

Day to day itinerary

Day 1: Yangon Arrival

Arrive at Yangon Airport. Welcome by our local guide and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, sightseeing of Yangon starts with Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2000 years. It is also a good place to make the pictures of City Hall and other colonial buildings with busy streets. From City Hall, walk to General Post office. On the way you will pass Pansodan Street with Old Colonial Buildings. You will also notice beautiful building of Port Authority, which is the head office building of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in their golden colonial days. Wide streets, orderly town planning and neglected public buildings revive visions of British rule; while busy streets scenes and shimmering pagodas, bursting through a leafy canopy, hint at the rich local culture. Skyscrapers and glaring neon billboards have yet to overtake the capital. After that, drive to Mawtin Jetty to try a short Burmese style rickshaw ride. Overnight in Yangon.

This is based on arrival into Yangon on the early morning or mid day arriving Thai Airways flight.

Day 2: Yangon - Mandalay - Amarapura - Manadalay

You will take a morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival, drive to Amarapura the "City of Immortals". Amarapura was the capital of upper Burma until 1850. As was the custom, most of the important wooden palaces and monasteries were taken down and transported to the new capital in Mandalay. On the way, visit Bagayar monastery, in which variety of Buddha images from 16th to 20th century are displayed. You can also visit to a library, where they stored the old palm leaf books on which Buddha scriptures were written. Then also visit to a house of hand weaving looms, where, they produce silk and cotton textiles. Amarapura’s silk has a very unique pattern, sometimes; some patterns even take 3 months to finish a longyi. Then have a leisure walk at U Bein teak wood bridge, which is over 150 years old.  Start your Mandalay sightseeing with Mahamuni pagoda originally built by King Bodawpaya in 1784, hosting the revered Mahamuni image, cast in the 1st Century and now covered in thick gold leaves and visits arts and crafts center (bronze casting; stone carving, gold leaf beating).   Then proceed visit to gold leave makers to see how they are beaten for many hours to flatten very thin gold leaves.   Continue to visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery, the "Incomparable Monastery", the Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures and in the evening drive up to Mandalay Hill, a vantage-point for panoramic view of the city. Overnight in Mandalay.

DAY 3: Mandalay Free Day

Free at your own leisure

DAY 4: Mandalay - Bagan

Morning take a flight to Bagan. Full day sightseeing tour of Bagan with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (Wetkyi-in), a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; the Ananda Temple, with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior and the Shwe Gu Gyi Temple, noted for its fine stucco carvings and panoramic views of the area’s many monuments. In the afternoon visit to Mya Thitsa Workshop to see the various stages of the technique-s of lacquer production. It's amazing to watch 50 artists using many processes and this tradition of producing lacquer ware is recorded 170 years ago... and continue sightseeing of Bagan including Manuha Temple built in Mon style from 1059; Nanphaya Temple, said to have once been the residence of King Manuha and Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (Myinkabar), which has very nice frescoes inside. Enjoy sunset over terraces of the Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight in Bagan.

DAY 5: Bagan - Popa - Bagan 

After breakfast drive to Mt.Popa and visit the great extinct volcano. Rising out of the shimmering heat, the solitary volcanic crag of Mt. Popa is home to Myanmar's most powerful "nats". Visit the Nat Museum with its life-sized statues of the 37 Nat Gods. Walk up the steps to the stupas and shrines that top the hill above the museum, seeing many pilgrims along the way. In the afternoon, drive back to Bagan (appr. 1 hr). On the way visit some villages and watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion into palm sugar. Overnight in Bagan.

DAY 6: Bagaon - Heho - Kalaw  ½ day trekking

Take a morning flight to Heho. On arrival, drive to Kalaw (appr. 1 hour), a beautiful pine-clad hill station. In  Kalaw, visit the market and downtown area. In the afternoon drive about 15 minutes to the north-west of the town. At a certain place, the car will stop and time to hike. The road and trail goes through beautiful scenery, as well as, orange and tea plantations. After 1½  to 2 hours you arrive Pane Hne Pin, a Palaung Tribal Village with a population of 600 people. These people make their living from agriculture and occasionally from hunting, and live in long houses, with 4-5 families sharing the single storied structures. From Pane Hne Pin you have to walk for 1 hr to reach another place on the highway to meet the car. Drive back to Kalaw  (appr. 20 min.). Overnight in Kalaw. 

DAY 7: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake

In the morning, drive to Nyaung Shwe, a town at the north of Inle Lake. From there take Inthar Style outboard to have excursion in Inle Lake (25 km) famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life and the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda housing five sacred and almost shapeless Buddha images, contorted because of the quantity of applied gold leaf, gifts from the believers. The Buddha images are reported to have come here in the 12th Century. In the afternoon, proceed to the silk weaving village of In Phaw Khon and visit Nga Phe Chaung (the biggest and oldest monastery around Inle Lake). Overnight at Inle Lake.

DAY 08: Inle Lake - Yangon

After breakfast, drive to Nyaung Shwe and visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, which is more than 150 years old. This monastery is a favourite of photographers because of its unusual oval shaped windows. You should also not miss the Shwe Yan Pyay Pagoda just beside the monastery. There is cave like corridor around the stupa and the walls are decorated with amazing glass mosaic and also have many Buddhas in the niches. Then drive to Heho and take a flight to Yangon. Afternoon Ss starts with Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, a Royal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop. Late in the afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.

DAY 09: Yangon - Bangkok

After breakfast continue sightseeing of Yangon: the splendid National Museum, including the gem-studded royal regalia and the Lion Throne of King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last kings of the Myanmar Kingdom. In the afternoon you have enough time to wander around the sprawling Bogyoke Market through fascinating local neighborhoods. Transfer to the Yangon International Airport for the departure flight.


Our trip includes

  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transfer and pickup airport
  • Transportation by car or minivan
  • One way train ticket
  • Domestic flights
  • Tour as indicated
  • Entrance fee

Our trip excludes

  • International flights
  • Visa & visa arrangement
  • Meals not indicated
  • Drinking water, soft drink and alcohol
  • Tips & personal expenses

 

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