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(TAI-003) 9 Days – 8 Nights Tour Program
(Yangon – Mandalay – River Cruise – Bagan – Ngapali – Yangon)


  

Day-01: Yangon Arrival – Yangon Full Day Sightseeing


Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.After freshening up, venture downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia.

You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building- and walk to Sule Paya in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden, City Hall and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit little India and Chinatown, a colorful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets. Then we will proceed to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha, the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray.

Then visit to Yangon Jetty, Botataung Pagoda and strolling around Strand road area and observe to see local people life style. Then goes to Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. Depending on the day of your visit Kandawgyi may be busy with local families who come here on the weekend to relax in the fresh air. From here, proceeds to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar.

Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point. Then overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day-02: Yangon – Mandalay (By Flight) – Mandalay Sightseeing


Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Domestic Airport for flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival at Mandalay Airport, drive straight to the city for an hour where we can pass through the country side area with different vegetations. First stop at Mahamuni Buddha, it has covered with thick layer of gold leaves Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops, you will learn more about the city’s cottage industries.

Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf where the techniques remained unchanged from those used centuries ago to craft items for the Royal Court. Then, drive to hotel for check in.

Then visit to Mya Nan San Kyaw, Mandalay Palace is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy and strolling and proceed to Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung (Golden Palace monastery), a special wooden building built by Royal family and Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as the world's largest book), the golden stupa surrounded by 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Then visit to enjoy a sunset from Mandalay Hill and take the scenic view of Mandalay and Ayeyarwaddy River. Then transfer to hotel or dinner and overnight in Mandalay.

Day-03: Mandalay – Mingun (By Boat) -Ava – Sagaing – Amarapura Sightseeing


After breakfast, transfer to the Mandalay jetty and board a private local boat for a 1-hr cruise on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun. Visit the main sites of Mingun beginning with the famous Mingun Pahtodawqyi. This huge brick structure was left unfinished after an astrologer predicted the King’s would die should the temple be completed. In the 1800s, an earthquake left several large cracks in the structure.

Continue your visit at the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda whose distinctive style is meant to resemble the mythical Mount Meru. Then, see the Mingun Bell which weighs 90 tons and is considered the world’s largest un-cracked ringing bell. Return to Mandalay by boat, enjoying lunch on board as you make your way back to the city. Then continue to south of the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting.

Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace, Fort and Nanmyin Watch tower will give you to see the view with river. If time permit, visit to some village homes to see local ways of making bamboo slides for roof, cane mats and alms bowls or pass by with horse cart and you’ll get a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside.

And next visit to Sagaing, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. And we’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar.

Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products and then visit Mahagandayon monastery, when over one-thousand monks reside. After touring this tranquil site, continue to U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge.Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. And drive back to Mandalay and overnight at the hotel.

Day-04: Mandalay – Bagan (By ShweKaeineary River Cruise)


Breakfast at hotel, Proceed to the Gawwin jetty and board a private Shwekeinery Boat for a Ayeyarwady luxury River cruise trip to BAGAN. On the way, unforgettable Sightseeing will be Ayarwaddy river beauty scenery and a few river-side villages such as Yandabo and on where you will disembark for a short tour around this charming pottery village to observe for different villager’s lifestyle.

Evening enjoy sunset background with Ayarwaddy river while having soft drinks. Upon arrival Bagan, Transfer to hotel for night-stop At hotel BAGAN.

Day-05: Bagan Full Day Sightseeing


After breakfast, begin your excursion with a visit to Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan's important golden stupas where we can look for the spirit house with 37 'nats'. Continue to visit a diverse selection of pagodas and temples such as Kyansittha cave temple, 12th century frescoes along the corridors and Ku Byauk Gyi temple with murals of jataka scenes and Htilominlo, one of the biggest temples with murals and friezes.

Then, Ananda Temple with four huge standing-Buddha images and a lot of seated figures were decorated around the wall of the interior corridors. In the afternoon, visit Dhammayangyi, a missive temple from 12th century with it's own architecture and temple liked Pyramid is outstanding among the other structures. Continue to Thatbyinnyu, known as the 'temple of omniscience', dating from 12th century and it is a nice place for photo stop and visit to Nyaung Oo Market, after which you spend some time to explore Phaw Saw village on foot. Then, continue to a complex of Laymyetnar temple and Payathonezu, there you can see beautiful frescos left from 1st date 13th century.

A stop will be made at one of the local family workshops specializing lacquer ware, where we will be able to see the skillful craftsmen making famous handicrafts of Bagan. Then proceed to Archaeological museum, a collection of huge sand stone inscriptions written in ancient Myanmar, Mon, Pali, Phyu and such and interesting collection to see the Buddha images from different centuries.

After that, continue to visit some famous temples such as Myinkabar village and Gubyaukgyi Temple, which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. Nearby is Manuha Temple and Nan Paya Temple, two smaller temples with nice Buddha statues and stone work. After that, travel on dirt roads by horse carriage which gives you to pass through areas not easily accessed by car or bus (car or bus will be stand by if you are not taking horse carriage). Enjoy Sunset at one of the high temple you climb up and see the magnificent view to enjoy your visit in Bagan. And overnight at the hotel.

Day-06: Bagan – Thandwe (By Flight)


After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Thandwe.

And continue to Ngapali Beach. And relax under the sun and stars on beautiful white-sand Ngapali Beach on the western coast of Myanmar leisure time at the beach and overnight at the hotel.

Day-07: Leisure at Ngapali Beach


And leisure time at the beach and overnight at the hotel.

Day-08: Thandwe – Yangon (By Flight)


After breakfast, transfer to Thandwe airport for flight to Yangon.

Then visit Yangon remaining area sightseeing and visit to discover the rich mixture of cultures and religions in Yangon .Visit Hindu Temples, Synagogues, Churches and Mosques as well as unique Burmese spiritual places including nat shrines and fortune tellers. Along the way we’ll also explore markets, tea shops and other lively local sites in the busy downtown area. And overnight at the hotel.

Day-09: Your Departure


After breakfast, leisure times your hotel then transfer to airport for flight to your country or next destination.

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Note : The itinerary described above may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.

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