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20 Days / 19 Nights - Tour
Myanmar Overland
Yangon, Ngwe Saung Beach, Pyi, Mt. Popa,
Bagan, Monywa, Mandalay, Kalaw, Pindaya & Inle Lake
Union of Myanmar

Day 1 Arrival Yangon
Arrival at Yangon airport in the morning. Transfer to hotel. Late afternoon, enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide - its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Accommodation at Hotel, Yangon.
Breakfast

Day 2 Yangon
Breakfast. This morning, visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image. Continue to the newly renovated National Museum (if open) and see the Lion's Throne. A stop at Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. This afternoon, visit Yangon's unique Glass Factory, which has changed very little over the years. See skilled craftsmen hand-blowing glass and creating original glassware which is sold to hotels and restaurants all over Myanmar. Continue to Kaba Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda). Later, take a walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbor area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Accommodation at Hotel, Yangon.
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Day 3 Yangon - Delta Queen
Breakfast. Morning at leisure until pick up from Hotel and transfer to Nan Thida jetty in downtown Yangon where you board the "Delta Queen" (RV Bha Nyar Latt). Departure at 1500 hrs. Sail through the Twante Canal in the afternoon. Sail all night. Dinner and overnight on board.
Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 Pathein - Ngwe Saung Beach
Early morning sun rise and breakfast on board. At 0800 hrs, arrival Sein Gone jetty in Pathein and drive to Ngwe Saung Beach (1 ½ hours drive). Accommodation at Palm Beach Resort.
Breakfast

Day 5 Ngwe Saung Beach
Breakfast. Day at leisure. Accommodation at Palm Beach Resort.
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Day 6 Ngwe Saung Beach - Htone Po - Pyi
Breakfast. Early morning, depart the beach and drive via Pathein north to Pyi. Shortly before arriving in Pyi, visit the small village of Htone Po, where you board a local boat to go a short way down the Ayeyarwady past the cliffs of Htone Po. Hundreds of niches in the cliff face are filled with Buddha images of all shapes and sizes - many of them have been carved out of the rock face. Arrive Pyi in the late afternoon. Accommdation at Mingala Garden Hotel.
Breakfast

Day 7 Pyi
Breakfast. Early morning, drive out of Pyi to visit the site of the ancient Pyu kingdom of Sri Ksetra (Thayekhittaya). Very little remains of what was once a great kingdom but extensive research suggests that some pagodas here date back to the beginning of the Christian era. First, visit the tiny museum that houses artifacts unearthed in Sri Ksetra. There are two huge conical stupas, Payagyi and Payama, close to the museum and it is nearly always possible to reach them because the road is sealed. Less accessible is Bawbawgyi Pagoda, which has a cylindrical shape. This afternoon, visit the busy central market, a cheroot making factory and Shwesandaw Pagoda. This Pagoda is similar in design to Shwezigon in Bagan, and is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage spots in Myanmar. An enormous seated Buddha figure rises up from the tree line adjacent to Shwesandaw. Accommodation at Mingala Garden Hotel, Pyi.
Breakfast

Day 8 Pyi - Popa
Breakfast. Depart your hotel early morning for the long drive to Mt. Popa ( 7 to 8 hours). Late afternoon, arrive at Mt. Popa, home to Myanmar's intriguing 'nats' (spirits). Check into Mt. Popa Resort, which enjoys great views on the surroundings. Accommodation at Mt. Popa Resort, Popa
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Day 9 Mt. Popa - Bagan
Breakfast. This morning visit Mt. Popa and the Kaba Aye shrine on top of the mountain. The steps and path climb steeply up Mount Popa - an energetic climb rewarded by fabulous views from the top. From Mt. Popa drive on to Salay. Visit Yokesone Monastery, which is the oldest surviving wooden monastery hall, built on 154 teak posts with beautiful woodcarvings decorating the outer walls. Continue to Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and see Man Paya - a large lacquer Buddha image, said to date from the 13th century. Arrive to Bagan late morning. One of the great sights of Asia, Bagan is not to be missed. Pagoda after pagoda large and small rises up from the green delta plain; a great deserted royal city. This was the era of the temple builders, and they left a monument to their art as stunning as the Pyramids in Egypt. Bagan flowered from 1057 to 1287, when it was overrun by the west-moving Kublai Khan. This afternoon, visit Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Nanpaya Temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and then stop at Myazedi Stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Lastly, admire the fine stuccowork at Gubyaukgyi Temple (Myinkaba village. Accommodation at Hotel, Bagan.
Breakfast

Day 10 Bagan
OPTIONAL TOUR : 0545 hours pick up from your hotel and report at Ballons desk in Bagan Hotel to have the unique opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in a hot air balloon ! The world-famous archeological site of Bagan is known for its marvelous sunrises, mostly enjoyed from the top of one of the monuments. A balloon flight gives you the chance to see Bagan with a bird's-eye view. Then return to hotel for breakfast.

Breakfast. This morning, visit golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine - look out for images of the 37 'nats' housed in a small hall. See 12th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan. Continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the Early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. In the afternoon, visit the Archaeological Museum (if open). Continue to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortarless brickwork. Next, visit Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Late afternoon, stop at Moe Moe lacquer ware factory to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. At sunset, climb to the top of one of the monuments to enjoy magnificent views over Bagan's temples and the Ayeyarwady River. Accommodation at Hotel, Bagan.
Breakfast

Day 11 Bagan - Monywa
Breakfast. Leave Bagan in the early morning and take a local ferry across the Ayeyarwady River. Once on the other side, drive to Pakkoku, an un-spoiled small town famous as a tobacco trading center and for its weaving shops. Continue from Pakkoku to visit a sandstone cave system in the Po Win Hills, named after a famous 'zawgyi' (alchemist) who once lived here. The Caves of Po Win Daung, numbering more than one hundred, are full of Buddhist statues and murals. Most exhibit the Innwa style but some may date from the 14th Century. Nearby, visit Shwe Ba Daung, which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Buddha images. Continue from the caves to catch a local ferry across the Chindwin River to Monywa. Accommodation at Hotel Monywa.
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Day 12 Monywa - Mandalay
Breakfast. Early morning visit of the local market. Later, drive about 20 kilometers out of Monywa to visit Thanboddhay Pagoda. The richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Inside the pahto, you will see thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 500,000) decorating every wall, archway and niche. The buildings in the compound have interesting jataka reliefs and there is a huge Reclining Buddha nearby. Continue driving to Sagaing. In the afternoon, visit picturesque Sagaing Hill, where hillsides are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. This is perhaps the living center of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Continue to Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, which is painted white and has a huge egg-shaped dome in Ceylonese style. From Sagaing, drive across Ava Bridge (built by British engineers) to Mandalay. Accommodation at Hotel, Mandalay.
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Day 13 Mandalay
Breakfast. This morning go into the city for a traditional Myanmar Mohinghar Breakfast. Start your morning Mandalay sightseeing tour with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay's holiest Buddha statue. Stop to see stone carving and to see gold leaf being beaten into wafer thin pieces. In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home. Continue to see the 'world's largest book', being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Visit Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda to see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy spectacular views at sunset from Mandalay Hill, where there are interesting glass-studded temples. Myanmar Marionette show. Accommodation at Hotel, Mandalay.
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Day 14 Mingun - Ava
Breakfast. Morning boat trip to Mingun, site of a brick pagoda towering 50 meters above the Ayeyarwady River, and home to the world's largest intact bell. The boat trip is interesting because you see all types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods up and down the river. Continue by boat to visit Innwa (Ava), located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. You will visit Innwa by horse carts and pass through the ancient city walls to visit a brick and stucco monastery called Maha Aungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung). Continue to Nanmyin Watch Tower - the climb to the top offers lovely views over the river. See also the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. Time permitting, visit some village homes to see local handicrafts, such as silk weaving, cane mats and alms bowls. On the way back to Mandalay, stop at U Bein Bridge (wooden teak bridge) and enjoy the sunset. Return to Mandalay in the early evening. Accommodation at Hotel, Mandalay. Breakfast

Day 15 Mandalay - Kalaw
Breakfast. Depart Mandalay early morning for a full day's drive to Kalaw. From Mandalay, drive to the south on the highway to Yangon. This road takes you through the dry-zone of Myanmar - in summer brown and deserted - in winter green with rice fields. Before lunch you enter Meiktila, a town located on the junction of the highways to Yangon and to Bagan and Shan State. From here, the road takes you into the Shan Hills. Late afternoon, arrive in Kalaw, which was formerly a British Hill Station. Accommodation at Hotel, Kalaw.
Breakfast

Day 16 Kalaw - Pindaya
Breakfast. This morning, visit the local market and the tiny train station. Enjoy a walk through the hills, 2 hours (short way) or 4 hours, to a village of the Palaung tribe. At first a steep track leads down into a narrow valley where the Palaung cultivate cheroot, tea, damsons and mangoes on the hillsides. The track crosses the valley floor before climbing very steeply again to the Palaung village of Pinnabin, which sits on top of a hill. The village has an interesting long house for eight families. Observe tribal village life and how the Palaung people dry cheroot in a specially designed oven. Formerly animists, the Palaung people have mostly converted to Buddhism. In the afternoon, drive from Kalaw to Pindaya, an interesting drive up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice. Accommodation at Hotel, Pindaya.
Breakfast

Day 17 Pindaya - Inle Lake
Breakfast. This morning, visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers. Visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. From Pindaya, drive down to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to your hotel. Accommodation at Hotel, Lake Inle.

Day 18 Inle Lake
Breakfast. Full day boat trip on Inle Lake - a photographer's dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop. Pass endless floating gardens, where fruit and vegetables are grown. A snarl of lake silt and weed produces, after about 50 years, a thick layer of humus that can then be turned into a floating vegetable or flower garden buoyant enough to support a human's weight for a brief time. The Inthas tend their lake gardens from long, banana-shaped boats, and row standing up, with one leg wrapped around the oar, leaving both hands free to fish or maneuver the nets. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. See traditional handicrafts - silk weaving on wooden handlooms and stop at Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, which is famous for its "jumping cats". Also visit a blacksmith shop, and other places as time allows. This afternoon, we enjoy another boat tour to Indaing, at the western end of the Lake. The boat takes you through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their produce. This ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle. Accommodation at Hotel, Lake Inle
Breakfast

Day 19 Inle Lake - Yangon
Breakfast. Leave your hotel by boat and then drive down into the valley to Heho Airport. Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways flight from Heho to Yangon. Transfer from Yangon Airport to Hotel. Afternoon car & guide at disposal to further explore Yangon. Accommodation at Hotel, Yangon.
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Day 20 Yangon departure
Breakfast. Day at leisure until transfer to Yangon International airport for departure by …

Tour Departure Dates

Every Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday between from now until 24th April 2003.

Included

Same guide throughout the whole tour, with the language guide of your choice (English, Italian, French or German - other language guides available on request)
Breakfast daily
Accommodation in hotels as specified above
Transportation by air-conditioned cars, minibuses or buses
All domestic flights with Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways as detailed in itinerary
Boat trips as specified in the itinerary
All entrance fees
International airport tax

Not Included

Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals where not specified
Visa fees
All other expenses of a personal nature
Interational flights to & from Yangon, Myanmar

Notes

* Cabins on the Delta Queen are private and have wash facilities. Toilets and shower room have to be shared with other passengers.

Delta Queen - River Cruiser
A great way to travel to Ngwe Saung Beach. A simple cruiseship with adequate accommodation and good service.

Cabins are private and have wash facilities. Toilets and shower room are shared with other passengers. 16 cabins. Observations deck and bar. Sailing from Yangon to Pathein. From there on the transport to Ngwe Saung beach is by car. Tours include meals

 

 
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