B – Breakfast at Hotel
Arrive at Yangon International airport and warmly welcomed by our local tour guide. Transfer to hotel for relaxation.
In the afternoon, walk on heritage line of Yangon where there are many colonial buildings around Sule Pagoda in downtown area.
In the evening, visit the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, gleaming in Gold and decorated with diamonds, is a spectacular work of architecture and proportional beauty.
Transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. Bagan is a place of about 2000 ancient temples and pagodas which are in different sizes and in a bewildering variety of shapes. For those who come to Myanmar, it will not be a perfect trip without visiting to Bagan. Visit Nyaung Oo Market, beautiful Shwezigon pagoda, and Htilominlo Temple.
In the afternoon, visit lacquer work shop, Manuha Temple, built in Mon style in 1059 and Nanphaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument.
After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing by horse carriage around the ancient Pagodas and Temples. Visit Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek cross and Ananda Okkyaung, a brick monastery with 18th Century mural paintings.
In the afternoon, visit Minanthu Village area. Tour highlights: Laymyethna Pagoda and Monastery, Payathozu Temple, with the colorful paintings, Nandapinnya Temple together with cave monastery and Tayokepyay Temple, noted for its plaster carvings and enjoy the sunset from the top of the Temple.
Morning drive to Mandalay. Upon arrival Mandalay, transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, visit Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace) Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carving, Kuthodaw Pagoda, the World’s Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures and enjoy the sunset at the Mandalay Hill, advantaged point for a panoramic view of the city.
After breakfast at the hotel, boat excursion to Mingun across the Ayeyarwaddy River. Tour highlights include; the huge unfinished Mingun Pagoda, Mingun Bell which weights 90tons, and Myatheindan Pagodas with seven concentric terraces at the base. Return back to Mandalay. Then continue to Sagaing by driving over Inwa (Ava) Bridge across the Ayeyarwaddy River. Tour sightseeing includes; Ywahtaung village, Kaungmudaw, enormous solid dome shaped pagoda, and picturesque Sagaing Hill, a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Enjoy the sunset at 1.2km long U Bein wooden Bridge.
Transfer to airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho airport, drive to Red Mountain Wineyard near Nyaung Shwe to taste the best wine in Inle. After that, drive to Nyaung Shwe jetty and take a boat to transfer to the hotel in Inle.
Take the boat excursion along a small canal leading up to the village of Inn Dein and visit Shwe Indein Pagodas. After that visit Ywama village to visit its silver smith workshop, Nga Phe Kyaung village to visit its floating garden and teak monastery containing 16th and 17th century Lacquer Buddha Images. Then, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Phaw Khone village where traditional silk weaving is produced and Nam Pan village with cigar making works and blacksmith works.
Take the 5 hours boat trip from Inle to Phe Kone and drive to Loikaw(1.5 hours). Loikaw is a great place for travelers who are interested in local hospitality, unspoiled natural scenery and experiencing cultures that still preserve their traditions and way of life. Visit Thiri-Mingalar Taung Kwae pagoda perched high up on a limestone monolith which affords great views of Loikaw and the surrounding mountain ranges, especially at sunset.
Arrive at Phekone and drive to Loikaw (1.5hr drive).
Your day will be spent visiting one village after another of varying hill-tribes (Pan Pat Villages). The Padaung, distinguished by their gold (or copper) coils which circle their necks, upper shins and wrists, are one of these (2-3 hours walk in villages). On the way back from Pan Pat villages visit Htee-pwint-kan, also known as Umbrella Lake, which is actually a small volcanic pond. The pressure from below intermittently lifts parts of the soil above the surface of the water, creating the “umbrella” effect that gives the lake its nickname. In the afternoon, visit the wooden Monastery which is used to be an ancient Shan Palace.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit colorful Loikaw Market. Don’t forget to try a cup of local sweet fermented rice wine at the market. If time permits, visit Htee-Sa-Khan waterfall in the morning which will give you a fresh at the start of the day.
In the late morning, drive to Heho for the flight to Yangon.
Transfer to the international airport for departure flight.