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Tour Code    : BTT12-11AMN
Tour Name   : AMAZING MYANMAR & NGAPALI
Duration       : 12D&11N
Destination   :
YANGON - BAGAN - SALAY - MT. POPA - MANDALAY - MINGUN - AVA (INNWA) - PINDAYA - INLE – NGAPALI BEACH - YANGON
Day 1. Yangon Arrival by morning flight
Warmly welcome by your guide and meet on your arrival. Then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy your leisure at the hotel. After that you will enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Then your sightseeing will include visit to the 100-year-old colonial buildings, Maha Bandoola Garden and its environs. Continue your visit to the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image and finally, tour highlight is the magnificent, 2600-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda. After your dinner transfer to the hotel.

Shwedagone Pagoda

Day 2. Yangon – Bagan by morning flight (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 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. Enjoy your lunch at Sarabha 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 Dhammayangyi Pahto, the biggest temple in Bagan 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 Si Thu Restaurant.

Nat Shrine at Shwezigon

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 center. 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. After that return to Bagan. Lunch en route. Depending on the time, you can also enjoy your lunch at Sunset Garden Restaurant. After your lunch you can return to hotel for a rest. Then you can visit to a lacquer war workshop to experience how people make the lacquer ware, enjoy the splendid sunset atop Pyathagyi Pagoda. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant.

Pyathagyi Pagoda

Day 4. Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura by morning flight (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 center 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, which is built across the Taungthaman Lake, and observe 100-shuttle silk-weaving workshop. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon sightseeing includes visit to the Mahamuni Buddha Image, tapestry workshop, gold-leaf makers, bronze castings, 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 superb panorama from the top of Mandalay Hill. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant.

Mandalay Palace

Day 5. Mandalay – Mingun – Inwa – Mandalay by car/boat (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 Pahtotawgyi, Mingun Bell and the beautiful snow-white Mya Thein Tan Stupa with seven wavy terraces around it. You can also explore some local art gallery there. In the afternoon, return to Mandalay by boat. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then proceed to Ava by car. 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; and the Bagaya Monastery (Ava), constructed with 267 teak wooden pillars, and traditional iron and clay bowl making workshop (All the trip in Ava will be by a horse-cart to enjoy the country-style tour). Then return to Mandalay by car. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant.

Mingun Paya

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 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 and enjoy your dinner at the hotel.

Pindaya Cave

Day 7. Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake by car/boat (B)
After breakfast, 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. Transfer to the hotel by boat for check-in. The sightseeing will include visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which is the holiest pilgrimage place in southern Shan State. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then visit the Shan weaving workshop, 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. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

Shan Women

Day 8. Inle – Inn Daing - Inle Lake by boat (B)
After breakfast, visit to Inn Taing Village, which is located at the west coast of the lake. Visit Shwe Inn Taing Pagodas where you can sight-see some ancient pagodas and the hill tribes and experience the lifestyle of local ethnic and other handicraft workshop. Afterward, walk across the beautiful bamboo forest and a small dam to explore the villagers’ lifestyle. Then visit nearby floating market and finally transfer back to the hotel. Enjoy your leisure at the hotel. You can enjoy a hot spa at Khaung Daing hot spring. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Hupin Hotel, Khaung Daing

Inndein Pagoda

Day 9. Heho – Thandwe – Ngapali Beach by flight / car (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Thandwe. Then continue to Ngapali Beach by car (The car from the Amata Resort will pick you up at the airport. That is FOC.) It is the most beautiful beach in Myanmar, where you will enjoy the sea, sands and beach.
Accommodation: Amata Resort, Ngapali or similar

 

Day 10. Ngapali Beach (B)
Enjoy your leisure at the beach.
Accommodation: Amata Resort, Ngapali or similar

 

Day 11. Ngapali – Thandwe – Yangon by flight / car (B)
After breakfast, free at your leisure until your flight time. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon (The hotel car will drop you off at the airport). On your arrival at the Yangon Airport your guide will welcome you back on your arrival. Depending on your arrival time you may probably have your lunch on your arrival. The check-in at the hotel. After a break, explore the colonial-era buildings, the Sule Pagoda and its environs. Then continue your visit to Bogyoke Market, former Scott Market and for souvenirs, and the Chinatown to experience the ways of life of oversea Chinese.

 

Day 12. Sat, 10. 01. 2015 Yangon Departure by flight at 12:50pm (B)
After breakfast, check out the hotel and transfer to the Yangon International Airport for your flight home.

 

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