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Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch,
Little changed from colonial times, Myanmar offers an enticing glimpse of the past with its beautiful pagodas and tranquil temples. Cruise the Irrawaddy River and watch Burmese life drift; browse floating water markets and walk the world’s largest teak bridge.
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights. Otherwise known as Rangoon, the former capital of Burma (Myanmar) is one of the most distinctive Southeast Asian cities. Tour this enigmatic city on an included sightseeing trip and explore the leafy downtown area, which still retains an old colonial charm, starting at Sule Pagoda. According to legend, the pagoda is over 2500 years old but was rebuilt in the 1880s and used by the British as the nucleus for the city's grid pattern. Visit the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha which, at over 246 feet, is thought to be one of the largest of its kind, before your sightseeing concludes with a visit to the gleaming Shwedagon Pagoda, towering almost 320 feet above the green cityscape of Yangon. A wonder of the religious world, Shwedagon Pagoda is plated in gold and topped with 4531 diamonds, the largest being a single 76 carat diamond.
This morning, stroll through Kandawgyi Park to the incredible Karaweik Royal Barge for a sunrise view of the lake and Shwedagon Pagoda. Afterwards, visit a Yangon monastery to observe the monks' morning procession, collecting alms for their meals. This afternoon, barter for lacquerware, jewellery and gems at Scott Market before exploring the markets of the Chinatown area.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. On arrival, drive to Amarapura. Meaning 'City of Immortality', Amarapura was Myanmar's penultimate Royal Capital and the last stop today before returning to Mandalay. An included sightseeing tour will include the iconic U Bien's Bridge, which spans Taungthaman Lake and is the longest teak footbridge in the world, and the spiritually important Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses one the most famous seated Buddha images in all Myanmar. Also visit the the Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) and Kuthodaw. Finish the day with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset and a panoramic view of the city.
Early this morning transfer to the Jetty for Day cruise to Bagan at 6:00 a.m. On the way stop at a little village on the Ayerawaddy river bank. Lunch will be served on board. On arrival in Bagan transfer to your hotel.
Visit well-preserved and culturally significant temples including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilo Minlo and the amazing Ananda Temple, an unusual fusion of Mon and Indian architectural styles. Bagan is not only famous for the profusion of pagodas but also for its artistic handicrafts and local Lacquer-ware store where the process of making each piece can be seen. Visit a local Lacquer-ware workshop where the process of making each piece can be seen and observe the art of Bagan Lacquer-ware which done! The only way to truly appreciate the beauty of Bagan is at sunset from the top of Mingalazedi Pagoda to see the panoramic view of the temples surrounding you. Sit back relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas.
Begin the morning with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, which afford the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life. En route you will be able to stop at the interesting market at Nyaung Oo to see the variety of fresh produce for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. Later this afternoon there is an another chance to re-visit the temples, this time by Horse Cart which affords the opportunity to explore some of the lesser visited areas which cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport. Rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Drive to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake, a breathtaking waterscape brimming with stupas and stilted houses and home to traditional fishermen who have a unique way of rowing with their legs. On arrival in Nyaung Shwe, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery before transferring to your private boat and venturing on to the lake. Continue to your hotel.
This morning starts with a visit to 5 Day Market, where local hill tribesmen come to buy and sell their produce. Working on a '5 day system', this unique market visits different lakeside villages on different days. Later, continue to the mysterious temples of Inndein. Reached by a covered walkway, the crumbling pagodas are still relatively untouched and overgrown. Afterwards, continue to the holy Phaung Daw U Pagoda, home to five Buddha images coated in so much gold leaf that they resemble giant balls of gold. Later, continue to the mysterious temples of Inndein. Reached by a covered walkway, the crumbling pagodas are still relatively untouched and overgrown. This afternoon visit the silk weaving village of Inn Paw Khone, and Nampan Village where locals make cigars (cheroot) before visiting a floating farm where vegetables are grown on matted reeds floating on the surface of the lake. The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport at Heho in order to connect with your return flight to Yangon. Upon arrival you will be taken to the international terminal at Yangon Airport in order to connect with your onward flight.
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A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.
I do feel that when in Mandalay an extra day instead of the spare day in bagan we went off on our own in Mandalay hired taxi for the day and went to monywa and the Thanboddhay pagoda that' was an experience I would not want to miss and would be an asset to your tour
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