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Myanmar Discovery (21 days)

Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Pindaya, Kalaw, Inle Lake & Ngapali Beach.

Day 1: Arrival Yangon
On arrival in Yangon, our representative will be there to meet you & transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure for you to relax.

Day 2: Yangon (B/L)
Today our city tour of Yangon will include The Sule Paya, Mahabandoola Garden, and Bogyoke Market We will take a walking tour through bustling Chinatown, and visit the Khant Hoke Chinese temple see many old Chinese houses and the old colonial buildings in town. We also visit the one hundred year old Strand Hotel that still retains all the grandeur of yesteryear and take a short walk to see the riverbank on the other side with local ferry crossing. At around 4 o'clock we will visit the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda and watch the spectacular sunset & change of colour of the gold pagoda. Today's lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Yangon - Bagan (B/L)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Bagan, pick up & transfer to hotel. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit Manuha temple with gigantic Buddha images, a captive king's impression of life in prison. Nanpaya, an early style temple with the finest stone carvings. In the evening you will visit the Ananda Temple, an architechural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross.

Day 4: Bagan (B/L/D)
Full day sightseeing in Bagan including the temples & pagodas such as Pahtothamya, Mahabodhi Paya, Ngakywenadaung Paya, Dhammayangyi Pahto, Thatbyinnyu Temple, Dhamma Yangyi Temple, Schwegugyi Temple, Gawdaw Pallin Temple etc. Watch the sunset among the temples & pagodas before returning to hotel. Evening dinner will be the Nanda restaurant in a courtyard with the very popular puppet show on stage.

Day 5: Bagan - Salay - Mount Popa - Bagan (B/L)
After breakfast, we drive to Salay. On the way we visit a village where we see the toddy farmer's life - collecting toddy (the juice of the palm tree) for making liquor, making molasses & making oil. In Salay, we will visit Yoke-son Monastery decorated with wood-carvings depicting scenes for moral lessons. Then a short walk through the ruined old monastery to Laquerware Buddha image & the ancient monastery. Then we drive on to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano which is considered the abode of Nats (spirits).On top of mountain there are monasteries, pagodas & shrines all around. Lunch at local restaurant. Drive back to Bagan in the late afternoon. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Bagan - Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) Cruise (B/L/D)
Transfer to cruise boat for 2 nights/3 days from Bagan to Mandalay, embarking at 11.30hrs at Bagan Aye Yar jetty. Welcome Cocktail in the Saloon. The Cast off time is at 12 noon. Lunch will be served at 13.00. In the late afternoon stop in a typical river village.

Day 7: Irrawaddy Cruise (B/L/D)
Cruise all day with stop enroute in the morning to visit Yandabo, a typical river village specialize in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Moor overnight nearby a village (Ywar Thit Gyi or Pauk Myaing Pauk Taw) few miles away from Ava Bridge.

Day 8: Irrawaddy Cruise - Mandalay (B/L)
Enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast, disembark at Gawein jetty at around 09.30. Our local Guide will meet you & transfer to hotel. Lunch at Green Elephant Restaurant. Our afternoon visits include Mandalay Fort, Shwenandaw Kyaung, Atumashi Kyaung, Kluthodaw Paya and Mandalay Hill for the sunset.

Day 9: Mandalay (B/L)
In the morning we will take a trip to Amarapura to visit Maha Ganayon Kyaung. This enormous monastery is home to thousands of monks from the young age of 7-8 to the older generation. You will see monks reading, praying, resting, walking, working & bathing. The biggest event of the day is at 11.a.m. when the monks are gathering for lunch. This is a unique experience. Afterward we drive to the river, cross it, then take a donkey cart to Inwa, the ancient capital, to visit Yadama Semi, Bagaya Kyaung, Nanmyin, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will visit U Bein's Bridge and Bagayu Kyaung for the 500 hundred or more Buddha images & 5000 sets of palm leaf manuscripts stored in a locked up library.

Day 10 Mandalay - Mingun - Sagaing - Mandalay (B/L)
After breakfast we take a small boat upstream on the Ayeyarwaddy River (about 11km - one hour) to the ancient city of Mingun. Here we see the Mingun Bell and the enormous Mingun Paya, which you can climb to enjoy the spectacular view of the river. We will also visit Pondaw, Hsinbyume and Settawya Payas if you wish, before cruising back to Mandalay. In the afternoon, drive to Sagaing Hills to visit monasteries & Soon U Ponya Shin pagoda etc. and enjoy the spectacular views. We will then visit the Khaung Mu Daw pagoda and the village of Ywataung to see the traditional silver works. Enjoy sunset from top of Sagaing Hills & return later to Mandalay. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 11: Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya (B/L/D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Heho. On the way to airport we visit Snake temple & Boleik Village. The snake temple has two large Boas permanently resting on the Buddha image. The Boleik village is also fascinating with about 350 pagodas in various sizes &styles grouped together in the village area. Most of these pagodas are old, damaged & unused but it creates a forgotten wonderland hidden by the Shagn people. Arriving at Heho, pick up and drive to the beautiful lakeside town of Pindaya. Lunch at outside local restaurant. After lunch, visit Shwe-Oo-Minn limestone caves with their thousands of Buddha images. Later, sightseeing in Pindaya town and visit Pone-Ta-Lok Lake and see local ways of living. Dinner and overnight in Pindaya.

Day 12: Pindaya - Kalaw - Village Trekking - Kalaw (B/L/D)
After breakfast, depart from Pindaya at 7:30 am by car to the junction of the trekking way. After a walk of about one and a half hours, you will arrive at Shar Bin village (Palaung races). On the way, you can see the garlic & paddy fields. After a short walk (around 30 minutes), you will arrive at Lu Pyin village, then continue to Taung Gyi Shay village, at the foot of the mountain (another 30 mins from Lu Byin approximately). The villagers plant some potatoes and garlic near by. Finally, carry on to Myin Ma Hti village (30 mins walk). Myin Ma Hti is close to a high mountain. At Myin Ma Hti, you can visit a long cave in the mountain. In the cave, you can see ancient stupa and pagodas. Your car will be waiting near the cave to take you to Kalaw. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kalaw. (A picnic/packed lunch is provided gfor this trip.)
Please note that this day out includes several hours hill walking: good shoes and an adequate level of fitness are required. If you feel you could not tackle this, please let us know.

Day 13: Kalaw - Inle Lake (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive to the large and beautiful Inle lake. On the road stop at Aung Ban & visit this important transport junction town for cargo & passengers moving between Taungyi, Thazi etc. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe, transfer to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure. Dinner at Hotel.

Day 14: Inle Lake (B/L/D)
Full day sightseeing by boat on Inle lake includes Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Nge Phe Chaungmonastery, market, Nan Pan village, fishermens villages, floating gardens, art gallery. We will also take a trip up the foliage choked canal to Inthein, where ancient crumbling stupas lead to a covered stairway up to the Shwe Inn Thein Paya. Lunch at local restaurant and dinner at hotel.

Day 15: Inle Lake - Heho - Ngapali Beach (B)
This morning we drive back to Heho & transfer to airport for your flight to Ngapali Beach. Pick up & transfer to your hotel for stay for 6 nights.

Day 16 - Day 20: Ngapali Beach (B)
At leisure.

Day 21: Ngapali Beach -Yangon (B)
Relax on the beach until transfer to airport for your flight to Yangon to connect your return flight to UK. Arriving back Heathrow next morning.

Please note that, whilst every effort will be made to carry out the programme shown above, small changes may sometimes be necessary.

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This in-depth tour includes Mount Popa, Pindaya, Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach.

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Schwedagon Pagoda
Schwedagon Pagoda
The Tharabar Gate, Bagan
The Tharabar Gate, Bagan
Mount Popa
Mount Popa
Irrawaddy Cruise
Irrawaddy Cruise Boat
Ruins at Inwa
Ruins at Inwa
Mingun Paya
Mingun Paya
Shwe Oo Minn, Pindaya
Shwe Oo Minn, Pindaya
Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Ngapali Beach
Ngapali Beach