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Day 1: Arrive in Rangoon (Yangon)
Upon arrival at Rangoon airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel.
Day 2: Golden Rock Temple
After breakfast,we drive the Golden Rock. Enroute, we stop at Shwe Nyaung Pin Nat shrine. Buddhists go their to get their cars blessed. Nats, the spirits play very important role in Myanmar apart from Buddhism. We also visit Htauk Kyant war cemetery which was built for the allied soldiers who died during the WW2 fighting against the Japanese Army. There are the names of 27,000 soldiers engraved on the columns. The cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission.
Day 3: Mon Village & Local Market, to Rangoon
After breakfast, we drive back to Yangon. We visit a local market in Bago which was known as Hanthawaddy, the capital of Myanmar and Mon emperors. We also visit a Mon village in Bago. Then, we go back to Yangon. Dinner and overnight in Yangon.
Day 4: Fly To the Shan Plateau, Explore Kalaw
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Heho. Upon arrival, we drive to Kalaw. We visit Thayetpu village which is a village for the Pa-O ethnic group. We also stop at Aung Ban, a junction town in southern Shan State. Finally, we arrive in Kalaw, a delightful hill station on the rim of the Shan Plateau, which is the market center for hilltribes from surrounding regions. At 1,320 meters, Kalaw has a cool and pleasant climate.
Day 5: Intriguing Sites of Inle Lake
We take a morning drive to Nyaung Shwe, a gateway town to Inle lake. Enroute, we visit Shan Paper and Umbrella making workshop. We stop for photo at the 100 year old beautiful Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, famous for it's oval shape windows.
Day 6: One Legged Rowers of Inle Lake
We take a morning journey by boat to the western shore of Inle Lake and the beginning of a stair path leading to the hidden Inn Thein Pagoda complex. A large, covered passage, supported by 406 pillars leads into the complex.
Day 7: Fly to Bagan (UNESCO), Market and Temples
After breakfast, we fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, we enjoy a stroll through the colorful local market, followed by visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan. We visit the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddha images.
Day 8: Ancient sites & temples of Bagan
After breakfast, visit Dhamayarzinka Pagoda, Min Nan Thu Village and Phaya Thone Zu Temple. We continue to farming villages around Bagan to gain an insight into the lives of the local people. After lunch, we enjoy some further temple visits. We complete the day by watching the sunset over the many ancient temples dotting the country-side..
Day 9: Mount Popa
After breakfast, we drive to Mount Popa. On the way, we stop at Palm forest to observe how palm suger, toddy (sky beer) and moonshine are made. Then we visit a typical Burmese village called Shwe Sin Taing to observe the way of life there. We continue to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano with spectacular views. Its shrine is dedicated to animist spirits known as "Nats" and you will have time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. It is optional to climb to the top.The setting and views are spectacular.
Days 10 - 11: Irrawaddy River Cruise
After an early breakfast, we transfer to the jetty for our 2 night river journey along the Irrawaddy River. Relax and enjoy lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
Day 12: Mandalay
We arrive at the jetty and start our journey which includes Mahamuni Pagoda and Gold leaf work shop. After lunch, we go to our hotel and check in.
Day 13: Former Royal Capitals and Monasteries
After breakfast, we depart for Amarapura outside of Mandalay, to visit the Mahagandayon Monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study. Time permitting, we will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. We continue to U Bein Teak Bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the Royal capital. Visit a traditional hand- woven silk workshop as well as a Kalaga tapestries craftsmen's shop.
Day 14: Fly to Kyaing Tong
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Kyaing Tong. After lunch at a local restaurant, we go to our hotel for check in. In the afternoon, we visit Kyaing Tong including One Tree Hill view point, Shan Lacquerware workshop and the scenic Naung Tong Lake.
Day 15: Hill Tribes of Kyaing Tong
Today we explore the colorful Kyaing Tong market and enjoy a full day excursion to the surrounding hill tribe villages. We drive about one hour to Pin Thauk village tract to visit the Arn Hill tribe who live on the slope of the hills. We also visit Akha tribe to see their famous spectacular head dresses that jingle with silver and colored tassels.
Day 16: Fly to Rangoon
After breakfast, we fly to Rangoon. Upon arrival, we visit the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda. We then visit the Karaweik Hall - a floating barge on Kandawgyi Lake, the colonial city center of Rangoon.
Day 17: Rangoon, Shwedagon Pagoda
Today, we visit one of the world's most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda. For Burmese Buddhists, Shwedagon is the most sacred of all Buddhist sites in the country, one which all Burmese hope to visit at least once in their lifetime.
Day 18: Depart Rangoon (Yangon)
After breakfast, you have free time until your transfer to Rangoon (Yangon) Airport for your departure flight.
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