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Dive into the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon with its crumbling British colonial mansions and ancient stupas, thriving restaurants and lively bars. Witness the daily life of the locals in the Mahabandoola Park, take a stroll through one of the oldest Bogyoke markets with colonial architecture and cobbled streets and visit the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda of which its stupa is dominating the city’s skyline. Head onwards to the former capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, now dotted with thousands of ancient stupas and temples from various eras making it one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the world. See the floating gardens where the Intha grow their fruit and vegetables, purchase some products on the floating markets and witness the traditional weaving near the Inle Lake.
You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Yangon (Rangoon), answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Located in the fertile delta region of central Burma (Myanmar), the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon with its crumbling British colonial mansions and ancient stupas, thriving restaurants and lively bars, is a melting pot of old and new. Home to over four million inhabitants, it's a sprawling city, the streets interspersed with parks and lakes, much of its allure stemming from the colourful street life. Marvel at the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, wander the cobblestone streets of Bogyoke Market or simply watch the rickshaw drivers in their striped longyis (sarongs) peddle lazily through the streets as you sip on a cup of tea at a roadside tea stall.
Yangon has a good choice of restaurants serving both authentic Burmese cuisine and international choices. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Yangon in the morning, discuss additional day 1 activities with our staff.
Accompanied by your guide explore the sights of Yangon. Begin with a visit to the octagonal Sule Pagoda. Originally an Indian structure but now Burmese, it is thought to be over 2,000 years old and said to enshrine a hair of the Buddha. Stroll through downtown Yangon with its faded colonial buildings and leafy boulevards and visit the beautiful colonial style Post Office. Watch the locals going about their daily business as you pass Mahabandoola Park, named after General Maha Bandula who fought against the British in the First Anglo-Burmese War. The park includes the Independence Monument, an obelisk which commemorates Burmese independence gained from the British in 1948. Take stroll Yangon’s one of the oldest Bogyoke Market with colonial architecture and cobbled streets. It’s famous for beautiful gems stones and sorts of hand-crafts collections, but also there are many of typical Burmese food stalls as well as Chinese. Next visit will be to Chaukhtatkyi the Reclining Buddha which measures 70 metres (230 feet) in length. Return to your hotel in noon time to avoid the heat of Yangon and enjoy refreshments of the hotel.
In the evening we will visit to the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda, or Golden Pagoda, its stupa dominating the city’s skyline. This is one of the holiest places in Burma, and one reason why Burma is known as the "Land of Golden Pagodas". The pagoda itself is 99 metres (326 feet) high, studded with solid gold plates and decorated with diamonds and other precious jewels. Then we will proceed to Karaweik Palace Hall to enjoy your buffet dinner selections of Burmese foods and European foods while enjoying the traditional dance show.
This morning fly from Yangon to Bagan where you meet your guide on arrival. Situated in central Burma on the plains adjacent to the Irrawaddy River, the city is dotted with thousands of ancient stupas and temples from various eras making it one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the world. The ancient city of Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th to 13th centuries and built over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries on the Bagan plains alone. Today around 2,200 of the original temples and pagodas remaining standing.
Head from the airport to start your tour with a visit to the Dhammayangyi Pagoda, Bagan’s largest temple. The temple is a square, single storey, pyramidal temple with six monumental ascending exterior terraces. The brickwork is perhaps the finest that can be found around Bagan. Continue to the Mingalazedi Pagoda, which is one of the few temples in Bagan with a full set of glazed terracotta tiles. The pagoda was built in brick and contains several terraces leading to large pot-shaped stupa at its centre, topped by a jewelled umbrella.
In the afternoon proceed to the Htilominlo Pagoda, famed for its original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations which are remarkably well preserved. The temple was the last Myanmar style temple built in Bagan and stands 46 metres (150 feet) high. The temple houses four Buddha statues on the lower and upper floors with traces of murals barely visible.
Finally, visit the huge Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the most significant buildings in Bagan which served as the centre of reflection and prayer. This grand temple is surrounded by many lesser temples and once marked the northern edge of the city.
End the day with a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River. Witness local life as you sail past small villages on the river banks. Local fishermen, small boats and the many riverside temples taking on provide fantastic photo opportunities with the beautiful evening hues. With a cocktail in hand gaze over the plains and watch the changing colours as the sun sets over the mountains on the far bank of the river. The view of the brick temples against the backdrop of a vast river plain is breathtaking and unforgettable. With the engine switched off, listen to the sounds of the mighty Irrawaddy River and watch the final light of the sunset paint the stupas deep red silhouettes.
After the cruise your guide will accompany you to check-in to your hotel. Bagan has a good choice of restaurants serving Burmese, Chinese and Western meals. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Itinerary Option: For the adventurous cycle around the temples. Discuss this option with our staff.
Breakfast will be served at the hotel and enjoy your free leisure time in Bagan.
(Optional tour – free eBiking around Bagan on your own or short sightseeing with Auto rickshaw, please inform 24 hours in advance to our staff for your preference)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Heho where you'll meet your guide and travel by road to Nyaung Shwe to be onboard on private wooden boat for Inle Lake trip. See the large floating gardens where the Intha grow their fruit and vegetables. The floating garden beds are made from lake-bottom weeds which are formed into garden beds and anchored by bamboo poles. These fertile floating gardens rise and fall with the changing water levels. There are also floating markets where fruit, vegetables and handmade products are sold from small boats. Visit to the weaving village of INPAWKHON, famous for traditional silk-weaving, SeGaung Village, famous for the blacksmith work. End the day on the lake with a pleasant sunset surrounded by mountains.
Rise early to visit the rural but bustling traditional five-day-market, named due to its location changing every five days and alternating between villages. The local people and the minority hill tribe people from the surrounding area congregate at the market to trade their goods. The atmosphere is vibrant and the market is alive with activity. The hill tribe people wear their colourful traditional costumes, uniquely woven and decorated with artistically designed jewellery. Market produce being traded includes fruit, vegetables, dried tea leaves and sorts of handmade items. Then we will visit to Nan Pan Village where to observe how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled by hand. Proceed to Nyaung Shwe and walking around charming town. Then set off with your guide to the Red Mountain Vineyard in Nyaung Shwe. Located east side of Inle Lake. The vines were imported from France and Spain and the wines are made in the tradition of western wines, but the climate and the soils give the wines their distinctive flavour. Take a tour through the vineyard conducted by the winemakers and then enjoy a tasting of several wines along with some snacks. Learn how the wine is made from varieties local made wine. Return to your hotel at the end of day and enjoy free leisure time.
Breakfast will be served at the hotel, transfer to Heho for your domestic flight to Yangon. On arrival in Yangon welcomed by our representative and proceed for your connection flight departs from Myanmar.
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