YANGON – MANDALAY – KACAHIN – THANLYIN – BAGO - NGAPALI BEACH ( 20 Days / 19 Nights )
Day 1: 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). Myanmar Buffet 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 dace). Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Mandalay by flight (B/ L/ D)
After breakfast, free at your Leisure time at Hotel. Lunch at local restaurant and transfer to airport and fly to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 3: Mandalay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, sightseeing in Mandalay. Mandalay was founded in 1857 as the capital by King Mindon and remained the capital city of the Konboung, Myanmar's last dynasty. The Mandalay Palace boasts finely built palace walls and a beautiful moat surrounding this fortress. Moreover, Mandalay is not only an important city for Myanmar culture, but also the principle centre for Buddhism studies in Myanmar. Mandalay's monasteries and pagodas are of great religious significance to all Myanmars.
Great Maha Muni Pagoda : Originally, this holy image belonged to Myohaung in Rakhine State, the western coastal region of Myanmar. In 1784, King Bodawpaya brought the image to the royal capital at Amarapura. It has been 210 years since the Holy Image first arrived at the central Myanmar. The image is also regarded as the greatest in Myanmar next to the Shwe Dagon.
The Palace : The fortified ancient palace or city is in the form of a square each side of which is 2 miles in length. A battlemented wall of brick and mud mortar has a total height of 25 feet and is backed by an earthen rampart. The moat is 225 feet wide and 11 feet deep in average, surrounding the city. Of the five original wooden bridges spanning over the moat, four lead to the main gates.
Mandalay Hil l: 236 metres (775 ft) high. From the top of the hill, one can have a panoramic view of the city including the royal moat and the palace.Kyauktawgyi: was completed in 1878. It contains an image of the Buddha carved out of a single marble boulder.
Kuthodaw: was constructed by King Mindon in 1857. The pagoda is famous for "the World Largest Book " which is the collection of 729 marble slabs on which are inscribed the whole Buddhist scriptures. Over night in Mandalay.
Day 4: Mandalay-Sagaing-Mandalay by coach (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel and driving to Sagaing. Sightseeing to Mingun. Sagaing is above all a religious sanctuary with the town at the foot of the hills. Some monasteries are magnificently built of brick in a combination of Western and Myanmar architectural designs while some area of teak. Trees cover the hills so that the monasteries and nunneries are often hidden from view until one turns a corner and they suddenly loom up like magical mansions.
On the western bank of the Ayeyawaddy River not far from Sagaing is the huge, incomplete Mingun Pagoda. King Bodawpaya of the late 18th Century planned to build it to a height of 500 feet (152m) but it was left unfinished at 160feet (49m). People say it was never completed due to omens that circulated foretelling the downfall of the dynasty on its completion or that Bodawpaya’s wise and witty minister, U Paw Oo, managed to make him see the absurdity of the cost of the project. U Paw Oo remains a much loved and admired figure of history. Each side of its square foundations measures 450ft (137m).
A 90-tonne bell hangs in a near by pavilion. It was cast in the hope of gracing the Mingun Pagoda platform and remains the biggest hanging bell in the world.
Mya Thein Dan Pagoda
Not far from the Mingun pagoda, left incomplete by King Bodawpaya (r.1782-1819) is a beautiful stupa, the Mya Thein Dan Pagoda built by his grandson and successor King Bagyidaw (r.1819-1837). It is the only pagoda in Myanmar that symbolizes the ancient cosmology of the universe, with Mt. Meru surrounded by seven mountain ranges and seven seas.
Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda
This pagoda is preched on the highest hill at Sagaing and offers panoramic views of the valleys, the wide Ayeyawaddy River, the Inwa Bridge spanning it and Mandalay in the distance. River craft, from small rowboats to the luxury cruise ships, ply this section of the Ayeyawaddy, the lifeline of the country.
Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda
Another famous pagoda beyond the hills is the white domed Kaung Hmu Daw. It was styled after the domed shape of the famous Mahacedi pagoda in Sri Lanka. A joke on the old theatre stage that king a made it in the form of his queen’s breast entered serious accounts about the pagoda by the British, who did not understand that in Buddhism monks are not even allowed to touch a woman and that such a design for a pagoda would have been impossible. Over night in Mandalay.
Day 5: MANDALAY-AVA-AMARAPURA by boat / by horse cart (B/L/D)
After breakfast, sightseeing to Ava and Amarapura. The name of Inwa in the old Pali language was Yadana Pura, City of Gems, and it was once a royal capital for four times over various dynasties. It is now a large farming region with shady Tamarind and Neem trees. The first time it became a capital was in 1364 until 1555 founded by king Tharlun, the second time from 1599 until 1752, the third in 1765 until 1783 during King Hsinbyu Shin of the last Konbaung Dynasty, the final time from 1821 until King Tharyarwaddy moved the capital from Inwa to Amarapura in 1840.
Kyauk Taw Gyi
The Kyauk Taw Gyi ‘great stone’ image at the foot of Mandalay Hill also earned merit for King Mindon. The image was carved from a single block of alabaster. To consecrate the image he painted in the eyes. The Sagyin quarries near Mandalay where this block was mined are still in production.
Maha Dhamikaryama (Shwe Kyin) Monastery
The Maha Dhamikaryama (Shwe Kyin) Monastery is situated at the foot of famous Mandalay Hill. The monastery was built in 1862-three years after King Mindon established Mandalay and his capital- as an offering to its first chief abbot, the Venerable Shwe Kyin Sayadaw, Ashin Zagara. The Venerable Sayadaw was widely revered for his knowledge of the Vinaya-pitika, the code of a monastic discipline. King Mindon also donated to the monastery a Buddha image made of teak that, in appearance, seems to be made of stone. Buddha images carved from teak are rarely found today.The Venerable Sayadaw established the Shwe Kyin sect for the purpose of propagating the Lord Buddha’s teachings in upper Myanmar. Today, the sect numbers more than 50,000 monks.
Widely known as the Shwe Kyin Monastery rather than its original name of Maha Dhamikaryama Monastery, it is highly regarded for the significant role it has played in Myanmar’s history and culture.
A fine example of Buddhist architecture and craftsmanship, the monastery is a two-storied wooden structure that rests on 262 teak pillars. It is 32c meters (105.5 feet) wide and 12.4 meters (40.75 feet) high. It was renovated in the early 1990s to reinforce its weakening timber framework.
The Bagaya Monastery is a sprawling all-teak building with high patios and dark chambers. The balustrades, doors and railings are ornately carved in traditional motifs. It has 267 teak pillars holding up the raised floor and the low ceilings. This weatherworn but magnificent monastery houses some monks and several young novices. Their clear voices reciting the holy verses are often heard within the dim, cool inner chambers.
Maha Aung Myay Bonzan Monastery or Mai Nu Oke Kyaung
One of Inwa’s landmarks if the Maha Aung Myay Bonzan Monastery, donated by Queen Mai Nu in 1818. She was a strong-minded and willful commoner and childhood sweetheart of King Bagyidaw and she was the true power behind the throne. This large brick building is decorated with intricate bas-relief friezes of stylized flora and mythical animals. This monastery was built according to the customary design for such buildings, but of brick instead of the usual teak.
This was a capital before Mandalay was built but now both cities have spread so much that Amarapura has no discernable borders with Mandalay. Once a royal city, now it is where the best craftsman of the country have their ateliers. There are silk weavers, bronze casters, wood carvers and other artisans. Amarapura is also the site of a beautiful Chinese Temple, built before Mandalay became the capital.
U Bein Bridge
This mile (1.6km-)-long wooden bridge across Taung Taman Lake was built with discarded palace timbers which have stood firm for over 150 years. Monks and lay people stroll its length in the evenings, looking out over the placid waters of the lake. The beer and iced-drinks stalls on the banks sell fried fish caught fresh from the lake. Another Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda built in 1874 is on the far bank of Taung Taman Lake. Its design is based on that of the Ananda of 11th century Bagan although it is smaller. There are 19th century murals showing famous pagodas as well as the lives of the villagers. Over night in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay – Myitkyin ( Kachin state ) by flight (B/ L/ D)
Morning fly to Myitkyina, excursion to Myit Sone which is Maykha and Maylikha meeting point; the source of Ayeyarwaddy River. Sightseeing in Karainnaw which is beautiful place and prettiest river beach, where can see the ice mountain. Naung Kham Shan Village, can explore the tribe style and their custom, also can visit the Myitkyina Market. Overnight in Myitkyina.
Day 7: Myitkyina – Puta O (B/ L/ D)
After breakfast, check out hotel, fly to Puta O, where is surrounded in winter by snow capped mountains on three sides – west, north and east – dazzling white in sunshine and enchantingly beautiful. It is cool the whole year round and there are many varieties of citrus fruits grown in the orchards. Overnight in Puta O.
Day 8: Puta O - Mount Khakaorazi – Puta O (B/ L/ D)
Transfer to base camp and trekking tour to M. Khakaorazi. Overnight in Puta O.
Day 9: Puta O – Yangon (B/ L/ D)
Early morning visit to Puta O Market and sightseeing around the areas, after lunch, drive to airport and fly back to Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 10: Yangon S/s (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. ( 09:00 )am, pick up by guide. Morning sightseeing will start by Sule pagoda land mark of Yangon city, centre, taking photo to City Hall, High Court and Emanuel Baptist Church. Have your Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon sightseeing to National Museum displaying over 100 items of Myanmar national heritage, 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 and China Town Temple ( one of the busiest places of the city is China Town in the western part of the city. Multitude of the stalls are selling variety from textiles, herbs, household goods to delicious local fruits and Chinese eatable foods. Chinese Temple also can be seen in the center of the city, decorated by the Chinese Traditional arts and crafts .)
This tour to discover the colorful capital of Myanmar with a close look at the local life of this historical city. By the car and partly on foot this tour. Before dinner excursion to Botahtaung Pagoda ( Ancient Pagoda was destroyed by bombing during World War Two and a 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. ) Overnight in Yangon.
Day11 : Yangon- Thanlyin (Syriam) (B, L, D)
Next morning, breakfast at Hotel and S/ s to Thanlyin (Syriam).
Thanlyin and Kyauk-tan
Thanlyin (Syriam) was once the site of an oil refinery. The Kyaik-Khaut pagoda is the town’s most famous and its annual pagoda festival in February if the closest to Yangon where one can see a country fair of the size. Villagers come in covered carts to stay the whole week.Further away is Kyauk-tan Pagoda in the middle of the river, its glass mosaic decoration flashing in the sunlight. The small but busy morning bazaar near the jetty is typical of those in any small Myanmar town. The route from the Thanlyin Bridge to this pagoda is lined by a myriad of monasteries and pagodas, lotus covered lakes and small wooden houses in traditional village style. And you can taste the Myanmar Traditional Brewed Wine. Evening back to Yangon and overnight in Hotel.
Day 12: YANGON – Bago (B, L, D)
Next morning, after your breakfast, drive to Bago. Bago(Pegu), 80 km north of Yangon. It was the capital city of Myanmar in the reign of King Bayinnaung during 16th century and of the Hamsavati kingdom for many centuries under the Mon and Myanmar Kings. Shwe Mawdaw Pagoda: Shwe Mawdaw is regarded as the greatest pride of Bago. Shwe Mawdaw was first built over 2,000 years ago. Shwe Mawdaw is 373.75 ft in height --- even some 50 ft higher than the great Shwe Dagon. Shwe Thalyaung Image(Reclining Image): This colossal reclining image of Buddha is 180 feet in length and 52.5 feet in height. This is one of the largest reclining Buddha images in the world.
Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda
One of most famous sites in Bago is the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda, whose golden spire reaching to a height of 114 meters (374 feet) dominates the city’s skyline. The pagoda was badly damaged by the 1930 earthquake and it was not until nearly 25 years later that the spire was rebuilt at its present height has grown as a result of rebuilding projects that usually follow earthquakes. The pagoda enshrines two hairs from the Lord Buddha and is one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in Myanmar. The pagoda’s museum exhibits a range of ancient Buddha images made of gold, bronze and stone discovered after the pagoda was damaged by earthquakes
Kanbawza Thadi Palace
Kanbawza Thadi is the name of an imposing palace built by the founder of the second Myanmar Empire, King Bayintnaung (1551-1581 CE), whose seat of power was the grand capital of Hantharwady, now known as Bago. The palace was destroyed many years ago but detailed descriptions of its design on ancient palm-leaf manuscripts enabled architects to reconstruct a replica in its place. Excavations at the palace site began on 1990. As archeologists excavated the foundation they found a huge ring designed to display what are regarded in Myanmar as the Nine Noble Gems, though the gems were missing. The size of the ring suggests that it could only have been worn by a king, perhaps Bayintnaung himself. The palace site covers more than 3844 hectares (9500 acres) and excavations have exposed the bricks foundation and many teaks pillars. An archaeological museum at the excavation site hint at the grandeur of the original Palace.
Shwe Thar Lyaung
One of the famous sites in Bago is the 180ft (54.8m) long Shwe Thar Lyaung, a beautiful reclining Buddha image that was discovered in the 19th century under the jungle that had covered it. Workers found it when a railroad was being built and it was restored to its deserved splendour.
Mya Thar Lyaung Reclining Buddha Image
Near the Shwe Thar Lyaung is the Mya Thar Lyaung reclining Buddha image, which is 82 meters (270feet) long. This image was built in 2000 as an act of Buddhist merit by a woman whocontributed $100,000 towards the cost of its construction. The image is 19 meters (63feet) high and is hollow, enabling visitors to go inside.And evening back to Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 13: Yangon -Thandwe. By Flight (10:30 - 13:50)
With its long, white-sand beach and crystal clear water, Ngapali Beach has long been a favourite seaside destination for domestic and foreign tourists. The beach is about four miles (6.4 km) from Rakhine state town of Thandwe (Sandoway). Overnight in Ngapali.
Day 14: Ngapali, Free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in Ngapali.
Day 15: Ngapali, Free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in Ngapali.
Day 16: Ngapali, Free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in Ngapali.
Day 17: Ngapali, Free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in Ngapali.
Day 18: Ngapali - Yangon. By Flight (14:05 – 18:00). Overnight in Yangon.
Day 19: Yangon Sightseeing (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and Free activities. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 20: Departure Day (B)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport and fly back your homeland.
- 3 stars Hotel Accommodation with breakfast
- Domestic Flight Fares
- Boat Fares
- Horse Cart Fares
- Limousine services
- Transportation with Air Conditioning Vehicle.
- Tour sight seeing with per program.
- Entrance Fees
- Porter charges for 2 lug gages
- English language speaking Guide
- Full Board Meals.
- Mineral water and snow towers ( One for per person )
- Laundry Services
- International Flight Fares and Airport tax.
- Mini bar and Telephone, Fax, Email and Internet call.
Nature of other personal use