Tour Length: 13 days
Dates: 28 Nov. - 10 Dec. 2020.
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, remains one of the most mysterious and unexplored destinations in the world. We welcome you to the golden land of pagodas, breathtaking natural beauty and above all an extremely friendly population.
Day 1 (28-11-20): Yangon
Arrival in Yangon.
Meeting with our local representative in the country who will meet us at the airport in Yangon and accompany us to the hotel chosen for accommodation.
Day 2 (29-11-20): Yangon - Bago - Kyanikhtiyo
In the morning we will go to Kyaiktiyo (4:30 approx.), the site of the famous "Golden Rock", one of the most important sites for Buddhism in Myanmar.
On the way, we will visit Bago, which was the capital of the Mon empire, Bago (1h:30m), created by the Mon about 2,000 years ago. Points of interest include Shwemawdaw Pagoda, higher than Shwedagon Pagoda, Shwetelyaung, the country's busiest reclining Buddha, or the busy Bago marketplace.
Then we will continue our way (about 3 hours) to the base camp of the Golden Rock. The last 45 minutes of ascent are done with a small truck to Yathe Taung, the stop between the mountains on the way to the Golden Rock. From the Yathe Taung stop to Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) with the cable car (about 10 minutes) and we check into our hotel.
We will visit the Golden Rock pagoda, which is located right on the edge of the cliff, and it is said that it cannot fall because Buddha placed some of his hair in the exact spot. From the top at sunset, we can enjoy a privileged view of the mountainous state of Mon.
DAY 03 (30.11.20) : Kyaikhtiyo - Hpa An
In the morning, we descend from Golden Rock to Yathe Taung by cable car and continue to base camp.
Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) - Cable car (10 minutes) - Yathe Taung - truck (about 45 minutes) - The based camp.asado) with truck.
We will continue to Hpa An by private car. We will make some stops in villages along the way.
Arrival Hpa An in the afternoon and transfer to our hotel.
Finally we will enjoy the sunset at the Shwe Yin Hmaw pagoda located on the river bank.
Night in Hotel Gabana.
Day 04 (01.12.20) : Hpa An
Hpa An is the capital of Kayin State in Burma. The population of Hpa-An in 2015 was 75,141, the majority of the population being Karen. It is still in the early stages of opening to tourists, but offers a variety of attractions, including sacred Buddhist caves, stunning sunsets, kayaking and mountain walks.
We will visit Hpa An, points of interest include:
Sadan Cave and Kawtgoon Cave
Mount Zwekabin (Zwekabin hill).
Night in Hotel Gabana.
Day 05 (02.12.20) : Hpa An - Yangon
Today, we will return to Yangon (4 hours). On the way, we will visit Bayin Nyi cave and a village in Karin.
Day 06 (03.12.20) : Yangon
Yangon (also called Rangoon) is the main city of Burma/Myanmar and the economic center of the country. Located in the south, it was the national capital from the 18th to the early 21st century, when the capital was moved to Naypyidaw (2006). Yangon is the most populated city (more than five million people).
Although it is several centuries old, it was during the British rule (mid 19th century - 1948) when the city was designed as we know it today, with straight and perpendicular streets, especially in the area known as 'Downtown'.
Afterwards, we will enjoy a walk through "Downtown", the oldest area of Yangon with the aim of admiring the buildings of the colonial era (19th century - 1948) when the city was the capital of the former British colony of Burma. Yangon, in fact, has the largest number of buildings from the colonial period in Southeast Asia. Besides, we will find, depending on the time, different flea markets.
The Secretary Office was the seat of the colonial government and the administrative centre of British Burma; it is located in the centre of Yangon (Burma) and has a special symbolism for the Burmese as it was also the place where "the father of independence", Aung San, and six members of his cabinet were killed in July 1947 in the final stretch of the process that would lead to Myanmar's independence.
Afterwards, we will visit Kandawgyi Lake, to admire the fantastic and mythological Karaweik's boat, besides being one of the beautiful green areas where the Yangonese usually go to relax.
Then we go to see the great reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi, one of the largest in the world. Next, we visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important and revered religious monument in the country. It is a large Buddhist complex dominated by its large central stupa which houses several hairs of the Buddha. The enclosure includes many shrines and images of Buddha and is really impressive.
Day 07 (04.12.20) : Yangon - Flight - Heho - Taunggyi
Today is the best balloon festival day in Taunggyi.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take our flight to Heho in the picturesque and abundant Shan State. Arrival in Heho and transfer to our hotel in Taunggyi.
Taunggyi, is the capital and largest city of Shan State. The city is famous for its hot air balloon festival which is held annually on the full moon day of Tazaungmon.
We'll visit the Taunggyi market and its balloon festival.
Hotel Aye Tharyar Golf Resort.
Day 08 (05.12.20) : Taunggy - Inle Lake
In the morning, we will continue to Nyaung Shwe by private car and start the tour in Nyaung Shwe village, where we will embark on a private boat on the beautiful Inle Lake.
Far from the masses of tourists and souvenir shops, we will seek the authenticity of the Lake, passing by the local villages of the Lake. The aim is to see the lifestyle of the majority of Inle inhabitants, fishermen and farmers who work with great skill on the beautiful waters and floating crops.
We will take a boat and also sail to the famous Paung Daw Oo pagoda with five Buddha images (four of them are taken from the temple at the big Paung Daw Oo festival in October. This is one of the great sacred sites of San Buddhism and the religious centre of Inle Lake. And we will also see some fisherman to do a photo session at Inle Lake.
We will pass by the most picturesque corners such as Ngaphe Chaung Monastery, whose monks have very old relics, and which we chose for its privileged location, with its beautiful views of the floating crops on the lake.
We will also visit the Inpawkhone village, where you will be able to appreciate how silk and lotus flower weaving is traditionally done by hand and with looms. In this area we will also stop to enjoy how the shipyards manufacture the boats that sail through Inle in a totally traditional way.
Day 09 (06.12.20) : Lake Inle
In the morning, if we coincide with market day, we will visit the five-day floating market on Lake Inle, where the vast majority of tribes come to sell and buy things in the market, it is very attractive and colorful.
Then, visit to Indein and the village of Paoh Indein. Indein, a complex of sanctuaries and stupas from the 17th century, characterized by its long covered corridor with columns.
Day 10 (07.12.20) : Inle - Heho - Flight - Bagan
Bagan (Pagan), historical center of the Burmese civilization and where they rise in a plain on the banks of the Irrawaddy river, with more than 3000 monuments (temples, pagodas, stupas, etc.). It is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Asia, dating mostly from the 11th-13th centuries, although there are even older ones. Considered the cradle of Burmese civilization, it is fair to say that a trip to Myanmar is not complete without visiting Bagan.
The points of interest include the most beautiful and ancient temples and pagodas such as those at
- Shwezigon; (characterized by its beautiful golden stupa more than 50 meters high, in the center of a large religious enclosure) This is the religious centre par excellence of Bagan.
- Wetkyi-in-Gubyaukgyi; (The temple is remarkable for two reasons. First, it contains a wide variety of well-preserved frescoes on its interior walls, and second, the original paintings are among the oldest to be found in Bagan).
- The Htilo-Min-Lo temple, (one of the most spectacular temples in the area) and - Tharaba Gate; is the only surviving gateway to the ancient citadel of Bagan.
- Ananda Temple, one of the most exquisite, largest, best preserved and most venerated of all Bagan's temples.
- The Myinkaba people, to see the life of the people.
Then we will visit a session with monks at the traditional Buddhist Monastery Lawka Nanda, where we will be shown the way of life of the Buddhist monks, who live dedicated only to religious devotion.
Finally, we will witness a memorable sunset in one of the best places in Bagan.
Day 11 (08.12.20) : Bagan
We will continue to visit Bagan by private car including the local market Nyaung U, to see the products of this region and the life of locals, and also the temples and pagodas of Bagan including:
Manuha paya, stands this active pagoda of quite modern appearance that bears the name of King mon of Thaton, who was captured by King Anawrahta and remained captive there.
Sulamani Temple, is one of the main examples of a more sophisticated architectural style with better internal lighting.
Dhamayangyi, this huge walled temple of s. XII century with protruding porticoes and progressively decreasing terraces.
Finally, we will witness a memorable sunset, in one of the best places in Bagan.
Day 12 (09.12.20) : Bagan - Flight - Yangon
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Yangon. Arrival in Yangon and transfer to our hotel.
The rest of the day will be spent relaxing in the streets of Yangon, doing some last minute shopping, etc.
Day 13 (10.12.20) : Yangon - End of the trip.
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon International Airport to take your flight back.
- Hotels on a bed and breakfast daily basis (quality).
- Photographic advice throughout the trip.
- Domestic flights.
- Transport and visits mentioned in the itinerary with private air-conditioned vehicle
- Costs for tickets and tours of the itinerary.
- Government taxes in zones according to itinerary.
- Local private boat for Inle lake and Sagar.
- Spanish speaking local guide according to the itinerary.
- Entrances to the different enclosures.
- Private sessions at Lake Inle as mentioned in the program.
- A private boat to enjoy the sunset in Bagan.
- International flights.
- Airport departure taxes.
- Drinks and personal expenses.
- Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the program.
- Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
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