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Tour Code     :  BTT10-9CMK
Tour Name     :  Colourful Myanmar & Kyaikhtiyo
Duration       :  10 Days - 9 Nights
Destination  :  Yangon - Bagan - Salay - Mt. Popa - Mandalay - Mingun - Ava (Innwa) - Pindaya - Inle –  Yangon – Mt. Kyaikhtiyo - Yangon

Day (1) Morning Arrival


Warmly welcome on your arrival. Then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy your leisure at the hotel. Then visit the hundred-year-old colonial buildings, the Sule Pagoda and its environs. Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image and finally, the tour highlight is the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most wonders of the world. Stop at the entrance of the National Kandawgyi Gardens for photographing. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant.

Day (2) Yangon – Bagan by morning flight/car (B)


Early in the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan (9th to 13th centuries) which brought in the golden age of Myanmar's art and culture. On arrival in Bagan, continue to Nyaung Oo Market, to experience the lifestyle of the local people; the Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype of Myanmar stupa; Gubyaukgyi Temple at Wet Kyi In village, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, the Htilominlo Temple, which is noted for it's original fine plaster carving; and the U Pali Thein, built by a monk called U Pali in the 13th century. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Then check in at the hotel. After a break at the hotel, visit the Ananda Temple, one of the most impressive and exquisite monuments of Bagan; Ananda Okkyaung, the vivid wall paintings of fine workmanship illustrate the life of the ordinary people; the Thatbinnyu Temple to discover the rare form of Buddha image in the highest temple in Bagan; the Dhammayangyi Pahto, the biggest temple of the kind built by King Narathu; and enjoy the splendid sunset atop the Shwesandaw (Sacred Hair Relic) Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in 1057 AD. Enjoy your dinner with marionette show at Nandar Restaurant.

 




Day (3) Bagan – Salay – Mt. Popa – Bagan by car (B)


After breakfast, drive to Salay along a sealed road, which is 35 miles south of Bagan. Salay was the home town of Salay U Ponya who was a famous writer and poet of the Bagan Era You will visit the 125-year old Yoak Sone Kyaung, a masterpiece of monastery construction and woodcarving; and the Nee Paya, woven with the bamboo strips. Afterwards, head for Mount Popa, which is the most important and famous nat (spirit) worship centre. On arrival at the bottom of Mt. Popa, you will visit the Maha Giri Nat Shrine, one of the major attractions. Then climb 777 steps up to the top of the mountain. You will admire the superb panorama atop the mountain. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then return to Bagan. Afternoon a break at the hotel, visit to the Lawka Nanda Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta, is believed that a holy tooth relic was enshrined in the pagoda; lacquer ware workshop; the Seinnyet Ama & Nyima, stand side by side on the road to New Bagan; visit nearby pagodas if time permits; and enjoy the splendid sunset atop the the Pyathagyi Pagda. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant.



Day (4) Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay by morning flight/car (B)


After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, the last capital of Konbaung Dynasty and is still the cultural centre of Myanmar. On arrival at Mandalay, drive to Amarapura to experience about 1000 monks having their lunch at 10:15 hour at Maha Gandayon Monastery; also stroll through the 1.2 km long U Bein Bridge (can be visited during the sunset), which is built across the Taungthaman Lake; observe 100-shuttle silk-weaving workshop; Mahamuni Buddha Image, tapestry workshop and gold-leaf making workshop depending on your time. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon sightseeing includes visit to the Mya Nan San Kyaw Golden Palace, the original royal palace caught fire and was completely burnt out in 1945, all that remains are the huge walls and moat; Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its fine traditional wood carving; and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, dubbed "the World's Biggest Book", there are 729 standing marble slabs on which are inscribed the entire Buddhist canon / Tripitaka and each slab is housed on its own stupa. Enjoy the superb panorama from the top of Mandalay Hill or at U Bein Bridge. Dinner at a local restaurant.
 



Day (5) Mandalay – Mingun – Ava (Innwa) – Mandalay by air-con vehicle (B)


After breakfast transfer to the jetty for the boat trip to Mingun, situated upstream on the west bank of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, which is famous for the Mingun Bell. It is the biggest ringing bell in the world. Sightseeing includes the Settawya Pagoda, where a foot print of Buddha is enshrined; the five-meter high Pondaw Pagoda, a model of the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda which was left uncompleted, and the beautiful snow-white Mya Thein Tan Stupa with seven wavy terraces around it. In the afternoon, return to Mandalay by boat. Lunch at a local restaurant at Ava depending on your time. Ava had been the capital of a Myanmar kingdom since 1364 AD for nearly 400 years, apart from some brief interludes. Tour highlights include Nan Myint Watch Tower (27- meter high); Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery (brick-and-stucco monastery), built by Mae Nu, the Chief Queen of King Bagyidaw; the Gaung Say Daga (gate), where kings had their hair ceremonially washed; Bagaya Monastery (Ava), constructed with 267 teak wooden pillars, and then return to Mandalay. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant.







Day (6) Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya by morning flight/car (B)


After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. On arrival, proceed to Pindaya, the home of Danu and Taung-yo tribes who speak Myanmar. You will stop at Aung Ban, which is a transport junction for cargos and passengers where you will find a lot of hill- tribes selling fruits, vegetables and other produces from the nearby villages. Then continue to Pindaya, which is about 12 miles north of Aung Ban. Check in at the hotel on your arrival. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will sight-see the beautiful Boutaloke Lake. Then visit Pindaya Cave where 8000 Buddha images are enshrined in the limestone caves. After that you will visit Shan paper and parasol makers and traditional soy bean curd (Tofu) makers. Free at your leisure at the hotel. Enjoy your dinner and stay overnight at Conqueror Hotel.
 

Day (7) Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake by car/boat (B)


After breakfast, set out for Nyaung Shwe. You will experience a 5-day market according to the scheme. En route, visit Shweyanpyay Monastery with oval-shaped windows built by ancient Shan zaopwars. Then proceed to Nyaung Shwe, the capital city of ancient Shan zaophwars. Lunch at a local restaurant in Nyaung Shwe. Enjoy Inle Lake sightseeing by boat. It will include visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which is the holiest pilgrimage place in southern Shan State; Shan weaving workshop, where you can experience people there weaving the yarns from lotus stems into the holy robes; silversmith, ironsmith, cheroot making workshop and Ngahpe Chaung Monastery, also known as “Jumping Cat Monastery”. You can also explore the floating market, unique method of fishing and outstanding leg-rowers which are different from other regions. Then check in at the hotel. Enjoy your dinner and stay overnight at Hupin Hotel Inle Khaung Daing Resort.



Day (8) Inle – Nyaung Shwe – Heho –Yangon by boat/car/morning flight (B)


After breakfast, check out the hotel and take a boat ride to Nyaung Shwe, where you will visit Nyaung Shwe market and ethnic tribes. Then set out for the airport for the flight to Yangon. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afterwards, visit to Bogyoke Market, former Scott Market for souvenirs. Then visit Chinatown to experience the ways of life of overseas Chinese; and the Botahtaung Pagoda, a land-mark of Yangon. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9. Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Yangon (Day-Return Trip) by air-con vehicle (B)


Early in the morning, head for Kyaikhtiyo Paya, also known as the Golden Rock Pagoda, which is about 116 miles northeast of Yangon. You will find a mysterious–balancing boulder, on top is the 24 feet high small stupa (pagoda). This massive, gold-leaf gilded boulder delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff at the top of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo. Legend says that the boulder maintains its precarious balance due to the Buddha hair relic in the stupa. The new highway will take 4-hr drive to reach the base camp of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo. From the Kinmon Base Camp you will change over your car to a local light truck and directly drive to the top of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. After your sightseeing at the Golden Rock, you will take the local light truck to the Base Camp. Then return to Yangon by your air-con vehicle. En route, stop off at the Htaukkyan War Cemetery which contains a memorial bearing 27,000 soldiers with no known graves, and it also contains the graves of 6,374 soldiers who died in the Myanmar and Assam campaigns during WWII. Then proceed to Yangon. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day (10) 2014 Morning Departure (B)


After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.
 

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