MYANMAR JOURNEYS

SPO Tour Program V (15 Days Tour) BY CAR “NEW and ADVENTURE TRIP”

(Yangon-Pyay-Bagan-Mt.Popa-Mandalay-Ava-Sagaing-Mingun-Pindaya-Inle Lake- Taungoo (Elephant Camp)-Bago-Golden Rock-Mawlamyine-Hpa An- Yangon )

 

 

Day 01 : Yangon (Arrival)
Shwedagon PagodaMeet on arrival at Yangon International Airport. Transfer to hotel. Today sightseeing tour that includes the old colonial-style city center with the gilded SULE PAGODA Mahabandoola Park. Then visit to strand road by Car and Yangon Jetty. The tour continues to CHAUK HTAT GYI 70m long reclining Buddha. Afternoon, visit to SHWEDAGON PAGODA, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude today's sightseeing tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Overnight in Yangon. (no meal)

 

Day 02 : Yangon – Pyay (Prome)
Pyay is located about 285 (6 hours) km north of Yangon, on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwaddy, It is easily accessible by road or by rail which takes about 5 hours. A few kilometers north-east of the town is Thaye Khittaya (Sri Ksetra), an archaeological site of the ancient Pyu capital (5th to 9th Century). Shwesandaw Pagoda, Hsehtakyi Pagoda, Shwe Phone Pwint Museum, Bawlawgyi Pagoda, Bebegyi Pagoda, Payagyi and Payma Stupas are other places of interest in and around Pyay. Overnight in Pyay. (breakfast)

 

Day 03 : Pyay – Bagan
Shwedagon PagodaBy car, continue to Bagan (450 km-8 hours). Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to hotel and proceed for sightseeing starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, KU BYAUK GYI, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the area’s many monuments and ANANDA TEMPLE with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior. Afternoon a visit of a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in nearby MYINKABA village and sightseeing to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in Mon style in 1059, NANBAYA TEMPLE, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha and MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE, noted for its ancient mural paintings. Overnight in Bagan. (Breakfast)

 

Day 04 : Bagan - Mt.Popa - MandalayTaung Tha Man Inn
Proceed on a scenic overland journey (1 hour) to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its shrine dedicated to animist sprits, known as "Nats". For the energetic, there is time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Continue drive to Mandalay 145 km – 3 hours and overnight.(Breakfast)

 

Day 05 : Mandalay – Amarapura
Proceed to Amarapura (1 hour drive from hotel). visit MAHAGANDAYON, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study; continue to the 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Visit of BAGAYA MONASTERY, with a superb collection of Buddha statues. En route stop at a traditional hand-weaving silk workshop. Afternoon sightseeing tour including MAHAMUNI PAGODA with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, visit to Gold Leaf Making Workshop and Tapestry Workshop. SHWE INBIN, one of the most outstanding monasteries in the country, SHWE NAN DAW KYAUNG or GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA, known as the world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Sunset on the Mandalay Hill and overnight in Mandalay.(Breakfast)

 

Day 07 : Mandalay–Pindaya
Transfer to by car ( 313 km-9 hours) from Mandalay to Pindaya. En route, very pleasant landscape and scenery will take your mind in peaceful. Visit of the unique PINDAYA CAVES with thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over many centuries. Overnight in Pindaya. (Breakfast)

 

Day 08 : Pindaya - Inle Lake
Shwedagon PagodaDrive by road to INLE LAKE (90 km-3 hours). Transfer by boat to Hotel. An excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. In the afternoon, further visits are made to PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, the weaving village of INPAWKHON and other sights. Overnight on the lake. (Breakfast)

 

Day 09 : Inle Lake –Taungoo
Visit a colorful local market in the Inlet Lake region, and then proceed by car to Taungoo (90 km, 5 hours). On the way, you may observe the natural landscapes and the ways of life of rural areas. After arriving Taungoo, continue by truck to “Pho Kyar Elephant Camp. Dine and overnight at 100 years Teak camp “Pho Kyar Elephant Camp” at teak lodge room. Overnight at Camp after
Dinner with fire work meeting. (Breskfast)

 

Day 10 : Taungoo – Bago
Morning, drive to Bago 110 km-8 hour. Bago, an ancient capital dating back to the 6th century. Sightseeing in Bago includes the beautiful 55 meter long reclining Buddha called Shwethalyaung and the Mon style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar. Its spire stands 114m high and is taller even than the Shwedagon Pagoda. Visit also the huge 4 sitting Buddha’s "Kyaikpun". Overnight in Bago. (Breakfast)

 

Day 11 : Bago – Golden Rock
Shwedagon PagodaLeaving Yangon in the morning, enjoy a scenic journey by road to Kyaiktiyo, 110km 3 hours to the east. Late morning, arrive at Kyaiktiyo base camp and transfer to the transit junction with one of the small open trucks in a 1-hour ride. Start an easy one-hour walk up to the Golden Rock and enjoy sunset from this unforgettable site. One of Myanmar's great pilgrimage sites is the Golden Rock at Kyaiktiyo, a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. The pagoda at the Golden Rock is said to hold a hair of the Buddha. Overnight in Kyaiktiyo.

 

Day 12 : Golden Rock – Mawlamyine
Shwedagon PagodaDrive to Mawlamyine, 115 km- 6 hours, served as the main port of British Burma from 1827 to 1852. It is now the second busiest seaport and the third largest city in Myanmar. Visit the Payon Cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites and numerous Buddha images and the Kawgaun Cave, locally known as the Cave of Ten Thousand Buddhas, housing a large number of Buddha images in various forms and sizes. Mawlamyine also serves as the base to visit Kyaik-thanlan pagoda, Thanbyuzayat and Kyaikkhami Beach Resort. And visit the infamous Japanese project "Death Railway" connecting Myanmar and Thailand with the Bridge on the River Kwai, began in Thanbyuzayat. Places such as the Allied War Memorial Cemetery for prisoners-of-war who died while building the "Death Railway" during World War II, the Railway Museum and a Japanese-built pagoda in memory of the perished Japanese engineers and prisoners-of-war are worth visiting. Overnight in Mawlamyine.

 

Day 13 : Mawlamyine – Hpa An
Hpa-an, about 43 km from Mawlamyine. It is the administrative capital of Kayin State. It is a small town with busy market. It uses to be in the restricted list for traveler. New bridge across the Thanlwin river make the city accessible via road from Yangon. Visit to Mt. Zwegabin ( Symbol of peace) The glorious Zwegabin Hill is an attractive place for visitors and Kawtgon Cave is also a place of interest. Also visit to Saddan Cave and Bayin Nyi Cave. Bayin Nyi Cave is closer to Thaton and makes an ideal stop on the way to Yangon. Overnight in Mawlamyine.(Breakfast)

 

Day 14 : Hpa An – Yangon
In the morning, return back to Yangon for long drive (300 km). At last afternoon, arrive to Yangon and overnight. Farewell Dinner at Karaweik Royal Restaurant (by own account USD 12 per person)

 

Day 15: Yangon (Departure)
After breakfast, (car and guide at disposal for individual interest as more sightseeing in Yangon or shopping). Transfer to Yangon international airport for departure. (Breakfast)

 

Tour Code : ND-SPO V

 

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