Yangon / Bagan / Inle Lake (5 Days - 4 Nights, )
Arrival in Yangon by flight (am flight please) xxxx.
“Mingalabar” – Welcome to the Golden Land!”
After your tour guide has welcomed you at Yangon int’l airport and offered you any assistance needed before leaving the Arrivals terminal, you will be on your way to check into your hotel.
Yangon orientation visit
Start the tour at Sule pagoda, a gleaming octagonal pagoda that stands squarely at the center point of the city. Afterwards, visit some of the more well known pagodas, including Botataung Pagoda, named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from Inda over 2000 years ago.
Afterwards, visit National Museum to gain an insight into Myanmar’s rich history and culture. See the eight meter high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king, and other fascinating artifacts from Burmese history and culture.
Visit Chinatown and the Indian Quarter
CHINATOWN: This quarter of the city is espically alive during the mornings with fresh markets for vegetables, meat, and flowers. Stop at a typical shop to watch the making of flat rice noodles and rice flour pancakes. Continue into the INDIAN QUARTER, visiting Hindu temples, passing the JEWISH YNAGOGUE
Finally, continue to the Shwedagon pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colors of twilight.
Overnight in Yangon
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Yangon domestic airport. Catch the early morning flight to Ancient Bagan.
After check in, continue with a sightseeing tour. Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.
SHWEZIGON PAYA: King Anawrahta started the construction of the Schwezigon Pagoda to enshrine some relicts of Buddha.The construction was finished by his successor, King Kyansittha between 1086 and1090. Originally the Shwezigon Pagoda marked the northern end of the city of Bagan. The stupa's graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas over Myanmar.
GUBYAUKHYI TEMPLE at Wetkyi-Inn: This Temple was built in the early 13th Century and repaired in 1468. The great colorful painting about the previous life of Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit. This temple is not to be confounded with the Gubyaukgyi Temple in Myinkabe.
ANANDA PAHTO: one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Thought to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, this perfectly proportioned temple heralds the stylistic end of the Early Bagan period and the beginning of the Middle period.
GUBYAUKGYI TEMPLE at Myinkaba: Built in 1113 by Kyanzittha son Rajakumar, this temple is famous for its well-preserved Stuccos from the 12th century on the outside walls. The magnificent paintings date from the original construction of the temple and are considered to be the oldest original paintings in Bagan.
MANUHA TEMPLE: The Manuha Temple was built in 1059 by King Manuha, the King of Thaton, who was brought captive to Bagan by King Anawrahta. It enshrines the unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining image Buddha. It is said that this temple was built by Manuha to express his displeasure about his captivity in Bagan.
MYINKABA: this tiny village, only two kilometers from Bagan, is known for producing the finest lacquerware in Myanmar. Stop by one of the workshops and learn about the painstaking process of laquerware making and decoration.
SHWESANDAW PAYA: In 1057 King Anawrahta built this Pagoda following his conquest of Thaton. This is the first monument in Bagan, which features stairways leading up from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the Stupa. This Pagoda is ideal to watch Bagan's magnificent sunsets.
Overnight in Bagan
After breakfast transfer to Bagan domestic airport for the flight to Heho and transfer to Inle Lake. Upon arrival in Inle Lake, enjoy a full day boat trip on the Inle Lake.
INLE LAKE: Inle Lake, located in Shan State, is beautiful, with very calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on all sides. The lake's shore and islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fisherman using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. Visit the floating gardens and a Intha village around the lake (please note that no markets take place on full moon or new moon days). The day's sightseeing also includes a visit to the PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, INN PAW KHON VILLAGE (Lotus and silk weaving) and the NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY.
Overnight in Inle Lake
After breakfast, travel by boat to the western shore of the lake to a stairway leading to the hidden INDEIN temple complex. Located on the shore of the lake, this site consists of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and greens.
Afterwards, transfer to Nyaung Shwe jetty by long tail boat and then by road to airport for a flight from Heho to Yangon by afternoon flight. Transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight.
Overnight in Yangon
After breakfast, Transfer to Yangon international airport for departure to your flight xxxxxx.
“Nau Ma Tway Me!” – See You Again in the Golden Land!”
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- All sightseeing as per itinerary
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle
- English speaking (Station only) tour guide as mention in the program
- Accommodation in hotels as mentioned above or equivalent (Double or Twin sharing room).
- Daily complimentary drinking water and refreshment tissues
- Porter fees for all transfer ( airport & jetty ) as per itinerary
- Domestic flights as per programmed
Services not included:
- International flights to/from Myanmar
- Visa Fees Visa (regular or visa on arrival) arrangement fees
- Personal travel insurance
- International airport tax (currently US$20 per person)
- Any expense of a personal nature including but not limited to drinks, laundry, international or domestic phone calls, gratuities, souvenirs, etc.