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Tour Name : Exploring Burma Road
Tour Code  : BTT8-7EBR
Duration     : 8 days - 7 nights
Destination : Ruili – Muse – Namkham – Lashio - Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay – Bagan -Yangon
Day (01) Ruili – Muse – Namkham – Lashio By Car

After breakfast, transfer to Jiegao, the Chinese-Myanmar border point, where you will be welcomed by your guide. After clearance of customs formalities cross into Mu-se. We will stop by a WWII airfield in Namkham and visit Namkham where Dr. Gordon Seagrave's hospital is still being utilized as a local clinic. Proceed your trip (210km – 5 hours) to Lashio, located at 855 meters in a mountain basin. Visit railway station and WWII airfield. Dinner and overnight at Lashio Golf Club Resort, in Lashio.
Dr. Seagrave's hospital
at Namkham



 

Day (02) Lashio – Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) By Car (B+L+D)

After breakfast, stroll through the busy local market (where modern amenities mix with local produce). A scenic drive (212km - 5 hour) will take you to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a delightful small town of colonial-style buildings, markets, and a botanical garden. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant en route and upon arrival transfer directly to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Royal Parkview Hotel (**, Superior room) in Maymyo.

Optional Train Experience

Drive to Naung Pan Railway Station. Wait for the Lashio-Mandalay train. A 45 minute train journey to Naung Cho will give you a taste of how the locals travel. You will also crawl across the famous Gokteik Bridge. The 700m long bridge, built in 1900 by the American Pennsylvania Steel Co, spans across a nearly 300m deep abyss. After crossing the bridge the train will stop at a small station. You will get the chance to have a better look at the bridge. Take good note that it is not permitted to photograph/video bridges in Myanmar. Keep in mind that trains in Myanmar are not up to international standard. However, we will make every effort to provide best available seats on the train. In case of schedule irregularities, delays or unavailability of seats, the journey will be made by road as per original itinerary.
 
WWII airfield at Namkhan


 

 Gokteik Bridge


 

Day (03) Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay By Car (B+L+D)

After breakfast, explore the local market by horse-drawn carriage. Continue to Mandalay.

After lunch at local restaurant you will experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar, the Mahamuni Pagoda; Shwe Inbin Monastery; the Shwenandaw Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building. Visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop as well as a Kalaga tapestries craftsmen's shop before proceeding to Mandalay Hill for sunset. Dinner and overnight stay at Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel (****, Superior room) in Mandalay.
 
  Botanical Garden


 

Day (04) Mandalay – Amarppura – Ava – Sagaing By Car (B+L+D)

After breakfast, excursion to Amarapura, 15 km from Mandalay. Visit Mahagandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study; continue to 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital. Visit Bagaya Monastery, with a superb collection of Buddha statues. After lunch at local restaurant, excursion to the former Royal Capital of Inwa (Ava), reached by a short boat trip. Visits by horse-drawn carriage to Nan Myint Watch Tower, the remains of the palace building nicknamed “the leaning tower of Ava“; Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, built of brick and stucco; Bagaya Monastery, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Continue to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees for sunset. Dinner and overnight stay at Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel (****, Superior room) in Mandalay.
 
  Golden Palace Monastery


 

Day (05) Mandalay – Bagan By Car (B+L+D)

After early breakfast, transfer to Bagan by private mini van via Mt. Popa, including lunch stop at Mt. Popa Mountain Resort. Dinner and overnight stay at Bagan Thande Hotel (River View) or Thazin Garden Hotel, in Bagan.
  Bagan


 

Day (06) Bagan (B+L+D)

After breakfast, stroll through the colorful local market and continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine;´Gubyaukgyi, a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes; Khay Min Ga Temple, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments and Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddha images. After lunch at local restaurant, visit one of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts, a lacquerware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village. You will continue to Manuha Temple, built in the Mon style in 1059 and continue to Nan Paya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha. Proceed to Bu Paya or Shwesandaw Paya to watch the sunset over the famous Ayeyarwaddy River.
Dinner at a riverside restaurant. Overnight stay at Bagan Thande Hotel (River Side View) or Thazin Garden Hotel, in Bagan.
 Shwezigon Pagoda


 


Day (07) Bagan – Yangon By Flight (B+L+D)

After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to Bagan airport for your domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. After lunch at local restaurant complete your Myanmar impressions with an afternoon tour through Yangon’s colonial-style city center. Visit Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years ago; the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image; and after a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall, a 'hamsa-bird-shaped' floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake, stroll through the Bogyoke (Scotts) Market with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores. Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Farewell dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at Hotel Nikko Royal Lake (****, Superior room) in Yangon.
Karaweik Royal Barge


   

Day (08) Yangon – Departure By Flight (B)

After breakfast at hotel, enjoy your leisure time until transfer to Yangon airport for international flight.

 

For the above tour programme, please contact Ms Khaing Tun for booking at
khaingt@gmail.com  e-mail us at barontravels@gmail.com .   

 

A warm and fresh welcomig drink at Hotel Nikko