Here’s our Myanmar (Burma) itinerary plus a slide show of pictures.
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Dec. 28th Arrive in Yangon. Two nights accommodations at Chatrium Hotel.
Dec. 29th Today’s full day tour of Yangon includes Kandawgyi Park and Karaweik Royal Barge, Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha, Sule Pagoda and what will undoubtably be one of the highlights of the trip – Shwedagon Pagoda, where we’ll stay until sunset.
Dec. 30th Transfer to Yangon airport in Yangon for our flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival we’ll take an excursion to Mingun. In the afternoon we’ll visit Mandalay city with Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe Kyaung Golden Palace Monastery, the world’s largest book (Kuthodaw Pagoda) and Mandalay Hill for sunset. Two nights accommodations at Mandalay Hill Resort.
Dec. 31st Today’s excursion takes us to Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing Hills where we’ll stop at a local monastery. We’ll also visit U Bein Bridge. Tonight we’ll attend a compulsory New Years Eve dinner at our hotel.
Jan. 1st Today we’ll take a ferry boat from Mandalay to Bagan. Lunch will be on board. The boat ride will give us a wonderful opportunity to see life along the Irrawaddy River. Upon arrival in Bagan, following sunset on the river, we’ll be transferred to our hotel. Three nights accommodation at Tharabar Gate Hotel.
Jan. 2nd Our full day tour of the Bagan temples includes Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi and Htilominlo Pagodas, Ananda Temple. We’ll also vist a lacquerware factory/shop and Nyaung Oo market. Sunset will be from atop Mingalazedi Pagoda. This evening we’ll attend a traditional puppet performance and dinner.
Jan. 3rd Today we’ll travel to Mt. Popa, home of Myanmar’s most powerful Nat (spirit). We’ll have a choice of climbing to the summit of Mt. Popa or of stopping at the Sandalwood Forest, Museum and Medicinal Herbs garden. We’ll also visit a Bagan village and will stop at a palm tree plantation. We’ll then take a pony cart ride to Bagan temples not reachable by car.
Jan. 4th Transfer to the Bagan airport for our flight to Heho. Continue overland to Pindaya Caves. In addition to touring the caves, we’ll visit Shan paper-making and umbrella-making home industries. This afternoon we’ll travel overland to Inle Lake. Upon arrival we’ll travel by boat to our hotel. Three nights accommodations at Inle Princess Resort.
Jan. 5th Today’s full day Inle Lake tour includes the Inndein five day market where we’ll see the Shan people wearing their traditional tribal colors. Continue to the whimsical Shan temples of Inndein. Later we’ll visit Nampan cigar-making and canoe-carving village, Inn Paw Khone silk-weaving village and local homes.
Jan. 6th Continue our Inle excursion with a visit to Phaung Daw U Pagoda, the holiest pagoda in the lake. We’ll also visit a floating farms to see how the farmers grow tomatoes and other produce in the middle of the lake. In addition, we’ll observe the fishermen with their unique one-leg method of rowing.
Jan. 7th Transfer to the Heho airport for our flight to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon we’ll go into the city to visit Scott Market and then return to airport.