Picturesque & Ethnics Myanmar

Yangon – Bagan - Inle Lake - Mrauk U  (15 Days / 14 Nights)

 

 

Day 01: Yangon Arrival (D)

Arrive Yangon International Airport, warmly welcome by guide and transfer to hotel.
Yangon was founded in 1755 by King Alaung Paya. The name of Yangon means “End of strife”. Evening sightseeing in high lights of Shwedagon Pagoda. A magnificent, shimmering spire of gold rising 326 feet (99.3m).
Dinner and cultural show at Karaweik Palace Restaurant (a royal barge on the lake in Kandawgyi Relaxation Zone, when the guests have a chance of seeing traditional dance).
Overnight in Yangon.

 

Day 02: Yangon-Bagan by flight (B,L,D)

Early morning flight to Nyaung U air port and proceed to Bagan. Bagan is the one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, and main tourist attraction in Myanmar. It is located on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River. After lunch, sightseeing to not finished temple but it displayed the finest brick work of Dhammayangyi Temple, founded by King Narathu in1167. And the master of piece of early style temple architecture of Ananda Temple, is one of the most beautiful temple at Bagan, built by King Kyan-sit-tha in1090. And next, golden-domed pagoda of Shwe-zi-gon pagoda. On the Shwe-zi-gon platform, there is a pavilions with carved scenes in high relief of the jataka tales. Overnight in Bagan.

 

Day 03: Bagan (B,L,D)

Next morning, excursion to Bagan, Ananda Temple. This is one of the most beautiful temples at Bagan, built by King Kyan-Sit- Thar in 1090. The corridors are lined with glazed-clay plaques portraying scenes from Jataka tales and the Buddha’s life. There are 1447 plaques and they are the best of those at Bagan. Nowhere else in the world is the Buddha’s biography depicted in such detail at a pagoda. Of its four 32ft (9.7m) high wooden images, those on the north and south are originals. The other two are replacements made more than two-hundred years ago after the originals were destroyed by fire or theft. And the next sight is Myinkaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple. It was built by Prince Rajakuma who was content to allow his nephew, Alaung Sithu, to be named crown prince instead of him, for he had been born to a country woman and came too late to court. The stone inscription he left is a beautiful dedication of love to his father, King Kyan-Sit-Thar. The murals, protected from sunlight inside this dark temple, are spectacular.  
And the sightseeing in Bagan Museum, its have the many handicrafts. And the evening sightseeing in sunset river view of Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.

 

Day 04: Bagan - Mt. Popa by coach  (B, L,D)

After breakfast, driving to Mount Popa. Popa is about 30 Miles (50 km ) from Bagan, which soars 2417 feet (737m) above the plain. This is the abode of powerful spirit, the Popa Godess. She was princess Wunna Theingi, the sister of King Maunha, who had escaped while her royal family was being brought to Bagan. A few yards from the foot of the mountain is the shrine of Min Maha Giri, lord of the mountain and his family of sprits. He is the protector of house, town or city. Overnight in Bagan.

 

Day 5: Bagan-Inle Lake by flight (B,L,D)
Early morning, transfer to Nyaung Airport and go to Inle Lake by flight. And the start the sightseeing of  Inle Lake. Inle lake stretches 11 miles (17.7km) in the Nyaung Shwe basin of southern Shan State at an altitude of 2918ft (889m) above sea level,   ringed with mountain ranges that disappear into the far mist in hues of purple and blue, the lake is a heaven for waterfowl and other birds, some of which are endangered species. The lake is the home to the Inthar national race; many of whom live in stilted houses built over the water, which is only 20ft (6m) at its deepest. The Inthar frown vegetables on floating beds of slit and cut weeds tacked to the lake bottom with bamboo poles. The beds can be detached and moved as necessary. Paung-Daw-Oo Pagoda, the five images countless thousands of times with gold leaf, transforming them into round, golden lumps.
The festival at this pagoda is the most important and joyous event of Shan State, with pilgrims from the region and all over the country traveling great distances to participate in the annual event. There are shops on the lower level of the shrine selling Shan fabrics and lacquer ware. As its name suggests, the Five Day Market takes place every five days, marking a round of the villages.
Silversmith ateliers and silk or lotus weaving cottage industries are among the most fascination attractions in the area. The had-woven silks are lustrous in all colours of the rainbow, the silver work is delicate and the fabric woven of fibers taken from lotus stems are not found anywhere else of earth. There is also a pottery village of Kyaut Taing, making thin glazed wares in shining blacks and earth-reds. Overnight in Inle Lake.

 

Day 6 : Inle Lake - Indain by boat (B,L,D)
Next morning, visit to 5 days market. This is not to be missed and provides opportunities to see members of national races, such as the Danu, Pa O and Palaung coming to trade.
After that excursion to Indain Pagoda complex, on the western bank of the lake a cluster of over five hundred shrine reached a boat along a pleasant stream. The ruined 17th century pagodas include beautifully carved mythical and celestial beings of stone.. Overnight in Inle lake. 

 

Day 7: Inle Lake - Yangon by flight (B,L,D)
Next Morning, check out hotel and return to Yangon by Flight. And arrive Yangon pick up to hotel and relax. Overnight in Yangon.

 

Day 8 : Yangon – Sittway by flight (B,L,D)
Next morning, breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport and flight to Sittway. Which literally means “seeing” was so named because the British troops which entered it during the war were the first to be seen by Rakhine villagers. After lunch, excursion to Sittway. Overnight in  Sittway.

 

Day 9: Sittway - Mrauk U by boat  (B,L,D)        
               After breakfast, proceed to Mrauk U, (Rakhine ancient city, period from 1430 to 1784 CE was the last Rakhine history). Mrauk-U, in Rakhine (Arakan) State is also known by another name:  Mrohaung, meaning ‘Old City’. The Rakhine civilization  was contemporary to the Pyu, and the 2nd  century Greek geographer Ptolemy referred to the kingdom as Argyre, which later historians identified as ‘ Arakan ‘. Overnight in Mrauk U.

 

Day 10: Mrauk U (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel, sightseeing to Mrauk U. It was an era of final greatness and glory, recorded in the 17th   century writings of a Portuguese priest, Father Manrique, who lived in Mrauk-U and had access to the court. He described the magnificent golden palaces in detail, remarking on ceilings covered with vines and fruits fashioned from gold, halls lined with fragrant woods and life-sized images in gold of previous rulers, and a chest of jewels containing rubies the size of a chicken egg. The audience hall of the palace was carved “with much fancy, and was supported by a forest of gilt and red lacquer pillars”, he wrote. The kingdom finally collapsed during the reign of  a weak king in 1785.

Dukkhan Thein Pagoda :
Built in the late 16th century  this massive stone temple has a spiraling corridor running in two tires, leading to an inner chamber. The corridor has 146 niches set along its length, with stone images within. Along the vaulted passages are carved figures, among which are 64 women each with a different hair style.

Andaw Thein Pagoda :
Built in 1521 the Andaw Thein has an octagonal main spire surrounded by eight smaller ones set on a high platform. This temple enshrines a tooth relic of the Buddha, ‘Andaw’ meaning the Royal Molar. The temple is about 40 feet (12m) high. The octagonal main chamber has an octagonal central pillar, each side holding a Buddha image in a domed niche. The images show the Buddha’s robe tied at the chest to symbolize Buddha and his attendant monks travellng through the air. Between the images of the Buddha are figures of a minister holding an umbrella, a Kinnara birdman, a king, and Ganesh, the Hindu elephant-headed God.

 

Day11: Mrauk U (B,L,D)
Next Day, after breakfast at hotel, sightseeing to Mrauk U next famous pagodas.
Andaw Thein Pagoda :
Built in 1521 the Andaw Thein has an octagonal main spire surrounded by eight smaller ones set on a high platform. This temple enshrines a tooth relic of the Buddha, ‘Andaw’ meaning the Royal Molar. The temple is about 40 feet (12m) high. The octagonal main chamber has an octagonal central pillar, each side holding a Buddha image in a domed niche. The images show the Buddha’s robe tied at the chest to symbolize Buddha and his attendant monks travellng through the air. Between the images of the Buddha are figures of a minister holding an umbrella, a Kinnara birdman, a king, and Ganesh, the Hindu elephant-headed God.
Koe Thaung Pagoda :
This huge temple was built by King Min Ba Gri’s son, King Digra, and he named it Koe Thaung, or Ninety Thousand. It is said that because he dared to outdo his father, he was assassinated before the pagoda was completed. None of his successors completed it and when in the 1980s it was finally excavated, archeologists found new roof tiles still stacked in piles as his masons had left them.
Overnight in Mrauk U.

 

Day 12: Mrauk U - Sittway  by boat (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to Sittway and excursion to Sittway downtown. Overnight in Sittway.

 

Day 13: Sittway – Yangon by flight (B)
Next morning, transfer to airport and flight to Yangon. Arrive at Yangon. Free time.
Overnight in Yangon.

 

Day 14: Yangon (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel and downtown sightseeing in Yangon.
Yangon has a lush, park-like and tranquil atmosphere as soon as one leaves the relatively small downtown area. The gently hilly city was once a small fishing village but renowned as the site of the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered place of worship for Myanmar Buddhists. Chronicles state that more than two thousand years ago, it was the kingdom of Okkalapa and in some suburbs of the city, relics of the early centuries have been found. The British established Yangon as their capital in 1852 after they won control of Lower Myanmar. They built many beautiful colonial buildings, some of ornate red brick and others with cream-painted Corinthian columns rising three stories, Colonial buildings in private hands are not usually maintained due to exorbitant costs but those owned by the government are still magnificent.
Some fine examples of colonial architecture can be seen on Pansodan Street and Strand Road. In the bustle of central Yangon, Sule Pagoda is a small oasis of calm. The elegant, small gold spire is reputed to be even older than the 2500year-old Shwedagon but there are no contemporary records. The British noted that when they first saw it, the pagoda was perched on a spur of late rite in the midst of swamp land. The earlier name was Kyaik A-Thote, and it was probably built by Mon kings or nobility sometimes since the 14th century when they first began extensive renovations of the Shwedagon. The Mon word for pagoda is ‘Kyaik’. The spire is octagonal, symbolizing the Eightfold Path of Buddhism.
The grand City Hall rises to one side of it while on the other two corners are a church and a mosque.
Excursion to Roman Catholic Church ( high towering of Saint Mary Cathedral and the Roman Catholic is the center of the city. This church was built in 1910. It is the glorious monument and architectural beauty to the indomitable and genius of architect  REVEREND FATHER HENDRICK JANZEN.
Shopping and sightseeing to Bogyoke Aung San Market, a shopping center of Yangon, which is a great place to pride up traditional and not traditional handicrafts, artworks, small antiques and junk jewellery.
Continue by rickshaw along the famous Strand Road.
Before dinner sightseeing in Botahtaung Pagoda, the original, ancient pagoda was destroyed by bombing during World War Two and replica built in its place. Relics excavated from the treasure chamber were re-enshrined. This is the only pagoda where one can walk along a spiraling corridor into the innermost part of the spire and see the glass-encased relic chamber deep inside. The spire glistens with its pure gold patina and inside, the corridors are lined with gold leaf and sparkling glass mosaic, giving it a magical look. See the sunset at jetty. Dinner and overnight in Yangon.

 

Day 15: Departure Day (B)
After breakfast at hotel, pick up by guide, transfer to airport for your departure.

Tour  Cost : US$ ( per person )

 

Cost Hotel 2 pax 3-5 pax 6-9 pax 10-15 pax single
Asia 3* 1950 1655 1500 1380 280
Europe 3* 2050 1726 1585 1450 350
Europe 4*-5* 2638 2315 2175 2038 588

 

Price Included:

•    3 stars Hotel Accommodation
•    Meals as specific program
•    Domestic Flight Fares & Boat Fares
•    Limousine services
•    Transportation  with Air Conditioning Vehicle.
•    Tour sight seeing with per program.
•    Entrance Fees
•    Porter charges for 2 lug gages
•    English Guide
•    Mineral water and snow towers ( One for per person )

 

Price Excluded:

•    Beverages
•    Laundry Services
•    Visa
•    International Flight Fares and Airport tax.
•    Mini bar and Telephone, Fax, Email and Internet call.
•    Nature of other personal use

 

Noted  about meals :
-    Lunch ( per time ) with mineral water 1 bottle & 1 juice       : Myanmar Traditional food  (  12 ) U$ / Thai food, Japan food, Indian food,  Korea Food ( 15 ) U$ / Chinese food ( 12 ) U$/  European food ( 18 ) U$
-    Dinner ( per time ) with mineral water 1 bottle & 1 juice     : Myanmar Traditional food  (  15 ) U$ / Thai food, Japan food,  Indian food, Korea Food ( 17) U$ / Chinese food ( 15 ) U$ / European food ( 23 ) U$

Noted : Price will be subject to change without prior notice.