This tour is suitable for those who wish to see four major tourist attractions in a short space of time and it will captivate those interested in Yangon’s unique landmarks and historical heritage. Bagan, the famous ancient city, will certainly take your breath away once you have entered the city. The temples in Bagan are infinitely fascinating, each with its own story and legend. Many uncountable pagodas are spreading across a large swathe of area and you can admire a stunning panoramic view that you will never forget, from a vantage point.
On the way to Inle, we will stop by at Shwe Yan Pyay Wooden Monastery, one of the finest sights, which is renowned for its traditional teak architecture and large oval shaped windows. Our final stop is Inle Lake, Myanmar’s second biggest lake, where native lake people called “Intha” have been living since 12th century. What makes Inle one of the most popular attractions is Intha’s unique rowing style, by standing on one leg and rowing by wrapping the other leg around the oar.
Upon arrival of Yangon International Airport (a.m arrival), your journey starts with a visit to the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a magnificent reclining Buddha Image and Sule Pagoda, said to be as old as 2000 years, standing at the heart of the city as the central reference point from where all the major streets of Yangon radiate. The sightseeing includes Kandawgyi(Royal Lake),an oasis in the middle of the bustling city, where floats a large structure known as the Karaweik, modelled after a royal barge used by Burmese kings. The lake itself is a unique place for taking scenic pictures with Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. Complete a day tour in Yangon with an extended visit to one of the sacred landmarks of Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda. You will have a chance to walk round in 360 degree the golden stupa enshrining the Buddha’s sacred hairs. Overnight in Yangon.
Breakfast and check out from the hotel early. Transfer to the Domestic Airport terminal and fly to Bagan, Myanmar’s first Empire founded in the 11 Century AD. Arrival in Bagan and start visiting the Nyaung U local market where colorful flowers and kinds of vegetable are up for sale. Proceed to the Shwezigon Pagoda, considered to be one of the oldest and built by King Anawrahta, who founded the First Myanmar Empire. Shwezigon is an important pilgrimage site for the local Buddhists as it enshrines a number of sacred Buddhist relics. Continue to the Wetkyi-In-Gubyaukgyi Temple, a temple famous for its artistic mural paintings and other ornamental artworks; Ananda Temple, believed to be Bagan’s holiest and most artistic temple. In the afternoon, visit Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest temple in Bagan and Dhammayangyi Temple,the largest edifice in Bagan similar to a pyramid. You will also have the chance to sight Bagan’s famous handicraft of Lacquerware productions in Myinkaba village. Afterward, proceed to some more temples and pagodas including the Manuha Temple, built by a Mon king imprisoned in Bagan and Lawkananda Pagoda, one of Bagan’s oldest pagodas.Complete the tour by enjoying sunset across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River from atop a temple. Overnight in Bagan.
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Mandalay. Start visiting the Mahamuni Buddha Image, one of the most important religious sites for Buddhist pilgrims. After then, proceed to explore Mandalay’s traditional arts and crafts industries such as marble stone carving, wood carving and gold leaf making workshops. Then, visit the Shwe In Bin Monastery, typical Myanmar architecture made of teak wood and supported by 164 pillars. In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), a traditional wooden building, which was once aroyal palace chamber. And proceed toKuthodaw Pagoda, where “world’s biggest book” ( 2013 UNESCO registered World Heritage site)is on display in the form of 729 marble slabs on which the entire Buddhist canon is inscribed. Complete Mandalay tour with enjoying the sunset from a top the Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.
Today transfer to airport for flight to Heho. On arrival, drive to the jetty town Nyaungshwe to visit Inle Lake. Stop by the Shwe Yan Pyay Wooden Monastery en route to Inle, and look around the monastery adorned with oval-shaped wooden windows and how the novices are studying. Ride boats in Inle, 22-km-long/10-km-wide natural lake, surrounded by the mountains of the Shan Plateau. Stops in Inle include Phaungdawoo Pagoda, the most sacred shrines located in the lake;Inpawkhon village where silk is produced from fibres extracted from lotus flowers; local blacksmith and cheroot making work shops in Nan Pan village; the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, an old wooden one,with a collection of antique Buddha images. It was formerly famous for the jumping cats. During this excursion, you can see leg rowers, fishermen, flooding gardens and flooding market in Inle Lake. Boat ride to hotel on the lake.
After breakfast, check out and leave the hotel. Boat transport to Nyaungshwe. Travel to Heho Airport by car to fly back to Yangon. The afternoon tour in Yangon takes you to visit Botatuang Pagoda, hollow but housed what is believed to be a sacred hair of Buddha. Then, we will drive you to Bogyoke Aung San Market, formerly Scott Market, a shopper’s paradise with numerous shops of gemstones, gold, handicrafts, arts, clothing and many other souvenirs (Closed on Mondays). Before returning back to the hotel, the China town area is worth visiting. It is one of the most enjoyable parts of the downtown and you can observe many vendors on the platform.
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure.
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