|Route:||Yangon - Bagan - Kalaw trekking - Inle Lake - Yangon.|
|Duration:||10 days / 9 nights|
|Features:||Very suitable if you wish to stay several days in each place, pack least, intermingle more with local life, have more exercises and more cultural discovery of your own.|
|Season:||Subject to change slightly in rainy season, June to September.|
|Day 1||ARRIVAL IN YANGON - VISIT||(L or D)|
|Day 2||YANGON - BAGAN||(B/L)|
|Day 4||BAGAN - (FLIGHT) - HEHO - KALAW||(B/L)|
|Day 5||KALAW - TREKKING - HTI TAIN MONASTERY||(B/L/D)|
|Day 6||HTI TAIN MONASTERY - TREKKING - BOAT TRIP - INLE LAKE||(B/L)|
|Day 7||INLE LAKE - VISIT BY BOAT - INLE LAKE||(B)|
|Day 8||INLE LAKE - YANGON||(B/L)|
|Day 9||YANGON AT LEISURE||(B)|
|Day 10||YANGON DEPARTURE||(B)|
DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN YANGON - VISIT (L OR D)
Welcomed by Threeland tourguide and vehicle at Yangon airport from your morning or midday flight, transfer to Yangon to check-in hotel. After a short refreshment we will start to visit the city, including the National Museum, the biggest Museum of the city. With five storeys full of antiquities made of real gold, silver, jade, ivory, exceptional traditional costume and symbols and so on, the museum does give us a great view about Myanmar culture and history. Go on to the Jetty where daily life of Yangon is going on with all its hardship which can help us understand more about hardworking people and their hospitality, diligence and kindness. The landscape at the Jetty is also graceful with grand view of the river and charming colonial quarter nearby. At leisure in the evening. (One meal, either Lunch or dinner will be arranged depending on your arrival flight at local restaurant between visits).
The National Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday and other sites will be recommended.
DAY 2. YANGON - BAGAN (B/L/-)
After breakfast at hotel we will continue our trip and spend this morning to visit and meditate at Shwedaggon, the pride of Buddhism not just of Myanmar but Buddhist countries, with thousands of small pagodas and stupas surrounding the main one, which is 99m high, all are golden-plated. Despite being poor or rich, Myanmar people consider paying tribute to the pagodas and plating stupas and Buddha statue with real golden leaves a very natural deed. Being celebrated its 2,600 years old (according to Buddhism’s records) in May 2012, Shwedaggon has been being the most important center of meditation that attracts pilgrims from all around the world.
A visit at the pagoda will take us not less than 2 or 3 hours for its magnificence and significance. After the visit, we will go on to Bogoyke market, also called Scott market, the biggest market of Myanmar where exciting daily life of Yangon can tell us a lot about the living here as well as offering us great chance for watching different jewelries made of jade and emerald (one of the prides of Myanmar) and lovely handicraft.
Have lunch at local restaurant before transfer to the airport for flight to Bagan. The guide in Bagan will pick-up you at Nyang-U airport and transfer to the hotel or directly to the ancient area of Bagan with thousands of stupas and pagodas and temples, where we can enjoy a great sunset ever over the stupas.
The tourguide at two cities can adjust the program slightly depending on our flight time.
DAY 3. BAGAN (B/L/-)
Breakfast box will be prepared by the hotel for our very early departure, normally at 4.30 or 5am, should we wish to witness the great sunrise in Bagan. Our horse cart and tourguide will pick-up us on time to depart to the Old Bagan where most beautiful testimonies of the splendors and the richness of this site conceal. After enjoying the dawn from behind stupas, we will discover more a lot from thousands of temples, shrines, stupas at Bagan, to name a few, Ananda temple - one of the finest one in architecture and most revered temples with its four standing Bagan style Buddha images and huge carved teak doors, Ananda Oakkyaung - simply a Monastery built with red bricks, located within the precincts of the Ananda Temple. It was built in 1137 AD and paintings of the 18th century are seen in the walls of the monastery, Thatbyinnyu Temple - 201ft tall, the tallest in Bagan and it is shaped like a cross, but is not symmetrical. The temple has two primary storeys, with the seated Buddha image located on the second storey; or Dhammayangyi Temple - the widest temple in Bagan, and is built in a plan similar to that of Ananda Temple.
In the afternoon visit Htilominlo pagoda, famed for its original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decoration which are remarkably well-preserved. The temple stands 46m high and houses four Buddha statues on the lower and upper floors; Mingalazedi pagoda, which is one of the few temples in Bagan with a full set of glazed terra cotta tiles or the Dhammayangyi pagoda, Bagan’s largest temple, where the brickwork is perhaps the finest that can be found around Bagan. Back to your hotel in late afternoon.
DAY 4: BAGAN - (flight) - HEHO - KALAW (B/L/-)
Have Breakfast at hotel before being transferred to Nyang-U airport to fly to Heho. The guide of Threeland at Heho will pick up and transfer you to Kalaw, a hill station set up by the British centuries ago, with stops to visit on the way. With pleasant mountain weather, sufficient vegetables, colourful flowers, many ethnic group with exclusive cultural traditions, Kalaw is one of the best attractions for trekking and long stay. Check in your hotel and have lunch before visit the town in the afternoon, including the temples and monasteris in Kalaw, Kalaw market, church, and prepare ourselves for the trekking days ahead.
Please note! In rainy season the program may change in accordance with the humidity and conditions of trekking routes.
DAY 5: KALAW - TREKKING - HTI TAIN MONASTERY (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel we will start our trekking for the whole day, there are many different paths passing the villages of Pa-O and other ethnic groups in this area and all the roads are extremely green with vegetation gardens, paddy terraced fields, poetic landscape with high hills, thousand-year-old giant trees and wild flowers. The hills, though quite high, are not too challenging unless the rain season arrives. We can have both exercises by trekking, and at the same time witness the industrious life of hill tribal groups and chat with them to learn more about their culture. Reach a graceful monastery in the forest at Hti Tain for dinner and rest.
O/N Hti Tain.
DAY 6: HTI TAIN MONASTERY - TREKKING - BOAT TRIP - INLE LAKE (B/L/-)
After breakfast at the monastery, we will trek for another half-day trekking until arrival at Indain, a Boat Pier at Inle Lake. The route will be more challenging with more up and down parts but not too hard. After lunch at the pier, we will be transferred by boat to our Resort located on the Lake. The road on the lake is extremely picturesque with houses on stilts on the lake, water vegetation, water birds, bamboo and wood bridges linking two rows of houses, and many fishermen with their multiple ways of fishing. We will visit some handicraft shops and workshops, where you can both witness the way the locals make bamboo, silk, fiber, lotus, blacksmith products and buy some gifts for our families and friends. If you are keen on visiting religious construction of Myanmar by now, stop at Phaung Daw Oo Paya, a pagoda with four famous Buddha statues covered by golden leaves from the Buddhists. Back to the resort later afternoon.
O/N Inle Lake.
DAY 7: INLE LAKE - VISIT BY BOAT - INLE LAKE (B/L/-)
Today is our day to chew up and meditate after a long trekking road and several flights to take during tour journey in Myanmar. After breakfast we can relax for a bit until taking our boat to visit the lake with stopovers at the gardens and local workshops and stop for watching and taking photos of leg-rowing fishermen, an extraordinary tradition only existing at the Lake. With the tourguide, we will visit floating gardens on the lake where people use water weed as a good, local fertilizers and make very tasty vegetables, especially tomato, cucumber, cowpea and melons. If we are lucky, we can visit a market that held every 5-day at the monastery and see how people start their early trading with plenty of consumer goods, from fresh fish and chicken, duck, to different kinds of vegetable planted on the lake and glamorous flowers. Visit the famous monastery Nga Hpe Chaung, often known as the Jumping Cat monastery, which is very famous for their wooden structure, before returning to our hotel.
O/N Inle Lake.
DAY 8: INLE LAKE - YANGON (B/L/-)
After breakfast at hotel, we will take a boat trip back to Pier to take our vehicle to the airport in Heho. Flight back to Yangon, our guide will see us at the airport to take us to Sule pagoda, the one said to be there for more than two thousand years old, with great Buddha image and destination of many pilgrims as well as people who look for an isolated place for meditation. Home to many important history events, Sule pagoda serves not as a religious construction but historic site either. Lunch at restaurant in Yangon. Afternoon is for your free visit with the help of the tourguide and vehicle (admission at own account) until the dusk.
DAY 9: YANGON AT LEISURE (B)
Breakfast at hotel, at leisure the whole day, no services or meals included.
DAY 10: YANGON DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast you will be free at leisure until our vehicle picks-up us to the airport for our departure flight (latest hotel check-out by 12.00pm).
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