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Tour Code  :  BTT9-8PCM
Tour Name  :  Pursuing Colorful Myanmar
Duration    :  9 Days - 8 Nights
Duration    :  Yangon - Bagan - Ze O Village - Bagan - Mandalay - Mingun - Ava (Inwa) - Pindaya - Inle - Yangon


Day (1) Yangon 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 off at the National Kandawgyi Gardens for photo shot. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day (2) Yangon – Bagan by morning flight/car (B)
Early 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 at Bagan, continue to the colourful 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 (until 1430 or 1500) 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; photo stop at the Thatbinnyu Temple (the rare form of Buddha image in the highest temple); 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. We recommend you to enjoy your dinner with marionette show at Nandar Restaurant.

Day (3) Bagan – Ze O – Bagan by car (B)

After breakfast, visit the Tharaba Gateway, the only remnant of the circuit wall is believed to be built in 849 AD by King Pyinbya of the pre-Bagan dynasty. Afterwards, proceed to Ze O village (the road for this trip is not good enough so we need to change the vehicle to a jeep), where you will sight-see the 1000-year-old Tamarind Tree (Tamarindus indica), Ingjin trees grove (a kind of tall-hardwood tree bearing sprays of fragrant, red flowers in early summer, Pentacme suavis), and meditation centre. Then return to Bagan. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon sightseeing: Visit to a lacquer-ware workshop, the Myinkaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, Mya Zedi, Manuha Temple and enjoy the splendid sunset atop the Pyathagyi (Pyathada) Pagoda. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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

After breakfast, check out the hotel 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, 100-shuttle silk-weaving workshop, Maha Myatmuni Buddha Image, tapestry workshop and gold-leaf makers. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon sightseeing includes: Mya Nan San Kyaw Golden Palace, completely made from teak wood was built in the centre of a large citadel, the square citadel was surrounded by four walls each 2 kms; 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 splendid sunset on the 1.2 km long U Bein Bridge, which is built across the Taungthaman Lake. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant.

Day (5) Mandalay – Mingun – Ava (Inwa) – Mandalay by car (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 Mya Nandar Restaurant (MDL) or Small River Restaurant (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 Myae 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; the Lawkataraphu Pagoda with two figures of a couple of Europeans on a glazed plaque; Bagaya Monastery (Ava), constructed with 267 teak wooden pillars, and traditional iron and clay bowl making workshop. Then return to Mandalay. We recommend your dinner at Golden Duck 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. We recommend your lunch at Green Tea Restaurant or at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will sight-see the beautiful Boutaloke Lake. Then continue to 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. (You will enjoy a 5-day market around Inle regions according to your arrival day.)
Accommodation: Conqueror Hotel, Pindaya

Day (7) Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake by car/boat (B)
After breakfast check out the hotel and set out for Nyaung Shwe. En route, visit Shweyanpyay Monastery with oval-shaped windows built by ancient Shan zaubwas. Then proceed to Nyaung Shwe, the capital city of ancient Shan zaubwas. Lunch at a local restaurant or at a local restaurant at 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 who weave 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 dinner and stay overnight at Hupin Hotel Inle Khaung Daing Resort.

Day (8) Inle – Nyaung Shwe – Heho –Yangon by boat/car/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. You will have your lunch on your arrival at a local restaurant. Then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afterwards, visit to Bogyoke Market, former Scott Market for souvenirs. You can free your leisure at nearby Parkson / FMI market. Then visit the Botahtaung Pagoda, a land-mark of Yangon and also Chinatown to experience the ways of life of overseas Chinese. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9. Yangon Departure (B)

After breakfast, check out the hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight home.



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