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14D / 13N - Journey through Central Myanmar

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Local Agent : Nyein

Duration : 14 days / 13 nights

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Yangon -Kalaw-Inle-Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin- Naung Pain- Mandalay- Bagan- Yangon

And what a journey indeed! Central Myanmar has some of the most amazing sights of the country. From the arid plain of Bagan, one of the archaeological wonders of the world, to the spiritual charms of Mandalay and from the unique way of life on the Inle Lake , Myanmar has defintely has something for everyone.   

 

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DAYS Summary
Day 01 INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL - YANGON          
Day 02 YANGON           
Day 03            YANGON                      
Day 04 YANGON - HEHO - KALAW
Day 05 KALAW –ELEPHANT CAMP – INLE LAKE 
Day 06 INLE LAKE
Day 07 INLE LAKE – HEHO - MANDALAY
Day 08 MANDALAY –AMARAPURA –MANDALAY
Day 09 MANDALAY –PYIN OO LWIN
Day 10 PYIN OO LWIN – NAUNG PAIN - MANDALAY
Day 11 MANDALAY- BAGAN
Day 12 BAGAN- Mt POPA - BAGAN
Day 13 BAGAN
Day 14 BAGAN - YANGON

BEGINNING OF  AsiaMyWay SERVICES

DAY 01 : INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL - YANGON

Arrival at Yangon international airport

Warm welcome by your English speaking guide.

Breakfast and lunch are not included.

Upon arrival, you will meet with your local guide and transfer to hotel.

Rest of the day at  leisure.

Dinner free - At your own expense

Overnight in Yangon

DAY 02 : YANGON    

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a walking tour around the colonial area with the historical buildings. Continue along the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbor.

Lunch at la ocal Tea Shop.

Continue your visit to the National Museum to see an extensive collection of ancient artefacts, ornaments, works of art, inscriptions and historic memorabilia related to the history, culture and civilization of the Burmese people.

Evening time, you will visit one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda. The largest pagoda in the country it is also towering almost 100m above the city and believes to have been built over 2500 years ago.

Dinner free (by own arrangement).

Overnight in Yangon

DAY 03 : YANGON

Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast, transfer to Yangon Railway Station to take a special steam hauled train on the circle line. The slow-train travels through various Yangon neighbourhoods and on the outskirts of the city. Enjoy observing the lively and colourful life of the city and the Burmese people as they go about their business. Our train pulls into the Insein railway workshops and we take time to view the operations and many historic aspects of the vast complex.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

The afternoon is free to go shopping at the huge ‘Scott Market’ adjacent to the hotel or explore more of the grand old city of Yangon.

Finish the day with a walk in colorful Chinatown and visit Yangon’s oldest Chinese temple: the Kheng Hock Keong.

Dinner free (by own arrangement).  

Overnight in Yangon

DAY 04 : YANGON –  HEHO – PINDAYA –KALAW   

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho.

Departure by road in the direction of Pindaya, located at 1600 meters above sea level, at the foot of a lake surrounded by mountains. Visit to a workshop for the production of Burmese umbrellas made with Shan paper based on mulberry bark.

Visit the Pindaya caves, where you will discover more than 8,000 Buddha statues in successive rooms. They are made of alabaster, teak, marble, brick and cement, gilded or painted white and some were carved from the rock.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Proceed to Kalaw.  On arrival, check in to the hotel and relax.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight in Yangon.

DAY 05 : KALAW –ELEPHANT CAMP – INLE LAKE

Breakfast at the hotel

Visit the lively Kalaw market. Then drive straight to the elephant camp for 1 hour.Elephant.jpg

Discovery of a traditional forest camp with villages and plantations. Meeting with the team of mahouts and elephants through the forest. You will also feed their daily foods and join for washing elephants like your pet in the river.

Lunch at the elephant camp.

In the afternoon, departure towards Nyaung Shwe’s jetty.

On the way, photo stop at the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, an old Burmese teak monastery with its oval windows. Built in the early 19th century, the monastery is focussed on providing a home – with religious and secular education – for boys from poor families in the region.

Crossing of the lake on board of small motor boats (maximum 5 people - blankets provided to protect yourselves from the rain or sunshine) to the hotel.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at the hotel on Inle Lake.

DAY 06 : INLE LAKE – INDEIN 

Breakfast at the hotel.

After a leisurely breakfast join the excursion by boat on the Inle Lake to explore the famous leg-rowing fishermen, typical floating gardens, local fishing methods , village life and the magnificent scenery. Visit the weaving village of Inn Phaw Khone, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and the five-day local market of the Inle Lake region. Continue by boat to Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery which houses dozens of Shan Buddha images, which is famous for its ‘jumping cats’.

Lunch at a local restaurant at the lake to enjoy the traditional cuisines and Inle Fish.

Then one will continue to Indein, one of the small villages of Inle Lake, located on the western bank. The scenic boat ride continues and takes us through a long channel where we can watch the farmers cultivate their products. Explore the ancient ruined pagodas and take a short ramble around the Pa-Oh village at Indein. The boat then transfers us back to the hotel mid afternoon for some free time to relax and soak up the hotel’s great vantage point for sunset over the lake.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07 : NYAUNG SHWE  – HEHO - MANDALAY

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel, before your transfer by boat and coach to Heho Airport for your flight to Mandalay.

Mandalay is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. Located 716 kilometers north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, the city has a population of just one million and is a bustling hub and administrative center for the region.

Upon arrival,  transfer to your hotel, check in.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, start visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Myanmar's most famous, 13 foot high Buddha image.Proceed to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving.

Before ending the day, enjoy the spectacular sunset at Mandalay Hill.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 08 :  MANDALAY –AMARAPURA –AVA –SAGAING  

Breakfast at the hotel

Full day trip to the former capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing.

The day begins with a visit to the 18th century capital, Amarapura. Attend the daily meal of over thousand monks at the country’s largest monastery; Mahagandayon. Visit a silk weaving workshop, the craft specialty of Amarapura.

Proceed to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries and visit by horse and carriage the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and fort, and the Maha Aungmye Bonzan and Htihlaing Shin Paya.

Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River and continue to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar and is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers.
Finish the day with a walk at sunset over the 200 year-old U Bein Bridge, constructed entirely from teak.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 9 : MANDALAY –PYIN OO LWIN

Breakfast at the hotel.

Our coach departs at 7.30am for the two-hour scenic journey by road to Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly known as May Myo), an atmospheric hill town located at the refreshing altitude of 1070 Meters above sea level.

On the way to Pyin Oo Lwin, enjoy the flower market.

Stop at the view point 21-Mile Station for the panoramic view and fresh air.

Upon arrival at Pyin Oo Lwin, visit the local central market and explore downtown filled with colonial era buildings.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, continue with a visit to Pwe Kauk Waterfall and the National Kandawgyi Gardens formerly known as the Botanical Gardens. Described as a dynamic, living monument in Myanmar the gardens cover 176.8 hectares of hard woods, bamboos, seasonal flowers, rare animal species and beautiful fountains and lakes.

Dinner free (by own arrangement).

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: PYIN OO LWIN –  NAUNG PAIN (By Train) –MANDALAY 

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Maymyo Train Station and head towards Naung Pain Village Station (via Old Gokhteik Viaduct). It will be an accelerated experience as your train passes on the historic Gokteik viaduct, built by the Pennsylvania Steel Co in the British Raj over the deep gorge in 1900s . The unusual Gokteik railway viaduct is 55Km north of Maymyo. It was the second-highest railway bridge of that time in the world.

A car will pick you up at the Naung Pain Station.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, transfer by car to Pyin Oo Lwin via the Goak Twin Valley.

Arrive back at Pyin Oo Lwin at 3.30pm and after a short break you will drive back to Mandalay. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11 : MANDALAY – BAGAN (By Day Cruise)    

Breakfast at the hotel

This morning, you’ll go to the jetty in Mandalay to embark on a boat to Bagan. On the way, you will experience charming rural villages, which are examples of the typical river community. You’ll also pass by the confluence of the Irrawaddy and the Chindwin River. The cruise will take the full day, so you’ll get the chance to relax on board, enjoy the weather and capture the moment in beautiful photographs.

Lunch on board.

Arrival in Bagan is expected in the evening, so you’ll get plenty of time to check in at the hotel.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 : BAGAN – Mt POPA – BAGAN 

Breakfast at hotel.

Today take a road trip to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano, of 1,500 high. The mountain is the spiritual home of the colorful ‘Nat” (pre-buddhist).Mont Popa.JPG

On the way stop to see the skillful toddy-palm climber collecting the wine at top of trees, toddy palm juice & palm sugar (jaggery). Taste this Burmese candy!

Lunch at Paing Palm Tree Garden.

Then continue to Poa Mountain which rises above the surrounding plain like a Burmese version of My Olympus. Back to your hotel.

Enjoy a free evening in your hotel.

Dinner free (by own arrangement).

Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 : BAGAN

Breakfast at hotel.

Optional: There is no better or more spectacular view of the ancient kingdom of Bagan than from a hot air balloon. This world-famous archaeological site of more than a thousand Buddhist temples scattered over a plain is at its best when seen from a bird's eye vantage, as the sun comes up gently over the Irrawaddy River.
You will be collected from your hotel in Balloons Team's bus, and provided with a light breakfast and safety briefing while the balloons inflate, before enjoying a dawn flight lasting just under one hour. Flights operate daily from October through to March.

From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

Later in the morning you will visit the colourful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods before visiting the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda.

The Dhammayangyi Temple is famous for its massive structure and SulamaniTemple has the best stuccos in Bagan.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

And then visit to Htilominlo Temple; noted for its plaster carvings and one of the largest temple of Bagan, Thatbyinnyu Temple; the highest building on the Bagan plain and Ananda temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.

Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.

Dinner free (by your own account).

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 14 : BAGAN – YANGON

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning transfers will be arranged to Nyaung U Airport for your flight to Yangon and beyond.

END OF  AsiaMyWay SERVICES

PRICE LIST in $USD

PRICE PER PERSON
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

 HIGH SEASON
from 01/10/2018 until 20/12/2018
  3* HOTEL 4* HOTEL

2 pers.

2285$ 2531$

3 pers.

1907$ 2153$

4 pers.

1631$ 1877$

5 pers.

1455$ 1701$

6 pers.

 1369$ 1615$
     

Single Supp.

 +420$ +616$
Price per person
Double Occupancy
LOW SEASON
From 01/04/2018 until 30/09/2018
   3* HOTEL 4* HOTEL
2 pers.  2215$ 2349$
3 pers. 1837$ 1971$
4 pers.  1561$ 1695$
5 pers. 1385$ 1519$
6 pers.  1298$ 1433$
     
Single Supp. +328$ +504$

prices for domestic flights per person (Prices Variable)

Yangon – Heho  Day 04

+ 312$ 



Heho  – Mandalay   Day 07

Bagan – Yangon   Day 14

HOT AIR BALLOON OPTION IN BAGAN

 

Hot Air Ballooning in Bagan for sunrise

+340$ 
 

Premium Hot air ballooning in Bagan for sunrise (8 people per balloon)

+420$

TRAVEL CONDITIONS

Price includes :

  • Transfers,
  • Visits and entrance fees as per mentioned in the program,
  • Accommodation and breakfast in hotels as per mentioned in the program,
  • All meals as per mentioned in the program,
  • Lugguage porters,
  • Domestic flights mentionned as per above following specific regulations  (20kg in the hold and 7kg for hand luggage),
  • English-speaking tour guide(s) as mentioned in the program,

Price excludes :

  • International and domestic flights,
  • Visa (USD$ 50/pax)
  • Beverages,
  • Meals not mentionned in the program,
  • Extras and personal expenses,
  • Tips for guides and drivers ($3 for the guide ans $2for the driver, per day per person),
  • Insurances,
  • Airport departure taxes  ( usually included in the price of your international flight ticket),

our local agent

Nyein

‘I have been working for over 6 years in the tourism industry. My career started once I received my degree in 2005 that included a Chinese specialization. After my qualification, I made the big jump into the tourism field as I love traveling and trekking to explore off the usual tourist trails and remote areas. Being a local who has a true passion for traveling, I am always keen to share precious and unknown information. It’s always more than a pleasure to provide guests with stories about my beautiful golden land and make sure one lives a unique experience.

Consider me as a local friend, and I will make sure you get the golden trip you deserve and that will remain within you forever’.

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