Day 01: Yangon Arrival (D)
Arrival at Yangon International Airport. Welcome by our well-experienced guide. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Start excursion to city center, colonial style buildings and Sule Pagoda - a landmark in downtown Yangon. Proceed visit the Shwedagon Pagoda- described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar.
Dinner with Cultural Show at Karaweik Palace Restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Yangon.
Day 02: Yangon – Fly to Bagan (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Take the early morning flight to Bagan where you will spend the whole day exploring the architectural masterpieces of this amazing ancient town, living treasure house of Buddhist architectural beauties. Bagan, one of Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations and one out of two most pre-eminent religious old cities in South East Asia. The sightseeing starts with a visit to Nyaung U Market – a typical local market; followed by visits to most distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon Pagoda – the holiest one believed to be enshrined with Buddha tooth and hair; Htilominlo Temple- the largest temples of Bagan, Ananda Temple- King Kyansittha’s masterpiece and the crowning achievement of the early style temple of architecture, Thatbyinnyu Temple- the highest building on the Bagan plain.
In the afternoon, continue to Myinkabar Gubyaukgyi Temple- well known for its wall painting depicting scenes from the Jataka, Manuha, Nanbaya, Dhamanyangyi Temple- built by King Narathu in 12th century which displayed the finest brickwork in Bagan. Enjoy sunset over bagan from Shwesandaw Pagoda.
Lunch and dinner at Local Restaurant. Overnight in Bagan.
Loftiness that is ThatbyinnyuThe Htilominlo Temple at Bagan
The Htilominlo Temple at Bagan
Day 03: Bagan – Amarapura – Fly to Mandalay (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Mandalay, the spiritual heart of Myanmar. On the way to Mandalay, stop at Amarapura- the “City of Immortals” and visit the 150 year old Mahagandayon Monastery, a famous Buddhist Learning Center. It is home to a thousand monks, who will form a procession as they go to take their noon and final meal of the day at 10:30. Continue to U Bein Wooden Bridge built in 1782. And visit the Myanmar traditional hand-weaving silk workshop.
In the Afternoon, Sightseeing in Mandalay - the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom, includes Mahamuni Buddha Image – believed to be cast in bronze in front of Buddha himself and nowadays gilded with thick gold leaf; gold leaf hammering, marble carving, and tapestry making, Shwenandaw monastery – still existing masterpiece of last Myanmar kingdom’s architecture in teak and wood carving; Kuthodaw Pagoda – renowned as the world’s largest book; and Mandalay Hill – regarded a natural watch tower in the plain region of Mandalay – to view the sunset.
Lunch and dinner at Local Restaurant. Overnight Stay at hotel in Mandalay.
U Bein Wooden Bridge
U Bein Wooden Bridge built in 1782The Htilominlo Temple at Bagan
Day 04: Mandalay – Fly to Yangon (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Take the morning flight back to Yangon. Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda where the biggest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar (73m long) is situated.
In the afternoon, visit Swedaw Paya (Buddha’s Tooth Relic), Kabar Aye (World Peace Pagoda), Buddhist Museum and Mahapasana Cave where the Buddhist Synods are held. Finally visit to Bogyoke Market used to be called Scott Market, the largest market in Yangon with time to browse among the hundreds of stalls for souvenir bargains, arts & crafts souvenir shopping center.
Lunch and dinner at Local Restaurant and overnight in Yangon.
Day 05: City Tour & Yangon Departure (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Leisure on your own time.
On the way to Airport, visit “Kyauktawgyi Pagoda and Royal White Elephant”. Kyauktawgyi Pagoda is also known as Lawka Chanthar Arbayar Laba Muni Buddha Image. Within the walking distance from Minn Dhamma Hill, there is an Elephant house where the three white elephants are kept.
Lunch at Local Restaurant. Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure flight.
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