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Myanmar Best of 12 Days Trip
Accommodation for 1 overnight stay aboard an Irrawaddy River Cruiser in an en suites cabins, from Mandalay to Bagan. Alternatively, you can fly from Mandalay to Bagan and spend 1 evening in a Bagan Inn, if the vessel is not in operation, between 1st April and 31st July of each year. Arrival in Yangon with transfers to your hotels for a welcome meet later in the morning.
Afterwards we will visit the beautiful Yangon and its important sacred sights. We start in the centre of the town with a stop for photos in front of Yangon Town Hall before we visit the Sule Pagode, which is a tranquil place to withdraw from the hustle and bustle the town. Situated near Maha Bandoola Park, surrounded by a variety of colorful architectural landmarks, such as the Independence Monument and the High Court.
You will also see the Botahtaung Pagoda before dinner at the Yangon Teahouse, which recalls the great teahouses of ancient colonies and offers a tasty glass of tradition. Following a shopping cure we shall be visiting the huge 70 meter long lying Buddha of Chaukhtagyi Paya in the Chaukhtagyi Pagoda, whose top is set with diamond and other beads.
In the evenings we will visit the most venerated Buddha school in Myanmar, the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda. Mandalay. We' re flying to Mandalay, Myanmar's last imperial capitol this mornings. Amarapura, a former Myanmar capitol with a wealth of attractions, is located on the edge of Mandalay.
This is the biggest teachers' convent in the land, the Mahagandayon-convent. Tonight we will be visiting the world's biggest novel in the Kuthodaw Lagoon and our days end at Mandalay Hill, where we are hoping to watch a stunning sundown over the town. Today we will have a boat trip on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun, where we will see the remnants of the world's biggest pitot and the powerful Mingun bell.
Work on the pit was suspended after the deaths of King Bodawpaya in 1819 to achieve a dizzying 152m. On the way to Legaing we enjoy the magnificent view over the stream and the gentle slopes dotted with cougars and Stupa. At the top of the mound is the old swing Oo Pon Nya Shin pit and we see the amazing Thirty Caves pit and the Kaungmhudaw pit.
The longest Teakwood deck in the whole wide range, U Bein crosses the beautiful Taungthaman Lake. For trips between 1st April and 31st July of each year the current is at its low point, which avoids the operation of cruise ships. This data varies according to precipitation and the amount of rainwater flowing down the stream.
If the cruise ships are not in service, we will be flying from Mandalay to Bagan. In the mornings 5 packages during this time are at your free disposal in Mandalay, before we take a brief plane to Nyaung Oo airport and head to Bagan, where we will stay the whole year. Also, please be aware that we do not include breakfasts if we are flying to Bagan, lunches and dinners are not onboard.
Early this mornings we drive downriver to Bagan, enjoying our breakfasts on the boat and watching the sun rise before leaving the boat. There is nothing to prep you for the stunning view of Stupa-upon-Stupa filling the verdant, powdery flats of Bagan. Today's tour begins with a tour of the city of Nyaung-U, around the city' s most important relic relicshrine, the Shwezigon Pagoda, and the Kyansittha cave temple with interesting frescos from the twelfth c.
Further highpoints of the daily are the outstanding Thatbyinnyu temple, the Dhammayangyi temple and the Mingalarzedi pagoda, which was the last of the large 16th c. couples and represents the climax of Bagan's architectonic abilities. Baxter, Mount Popa, Kalaw. In the early mornings, we have the possibility to hover over Bagan in a warm aeroplane, before we drive to the beloved mountain terminal Kalaw with a stopover at the extinguished Mt. Popa vulcano.
In Kalaw, a former UK mountain terminal on the west side of the Shan Plateau (approx. 7 hours drive), we admire breath-taking vistas and the tranquillity of the surroundings. Later in the evening we go to Thein Taung Pay Pagode. Early starting in the early hours allows us an easy hike into the Palaung Hills.
Inle Sea. On the 9th morning, after our breakfasts, we head to the beautiful water landscape of Inle lake, where there are swimming pools, stalked towns and brittle Stupa. We' ll visit the sea by ship and experience the peculiar oar technique of the locals before we visit the extraordinary Nga Pe Chaung Convent and the Paungdaw Oo Lagoon's biggest dock.
lnle lace, hoo, yangon. Following our breakfasts we depart the pond and return to Heho to Yangon International Heho International Airports. Back in Yangon the rest of the morning gives you free afternoon to continue exploring or sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the complex.
This is the end of our Burma experience with checkout at hotels and transfers to and from the city. Prolong your holiday and relax at Ngapali Beach, an unspoilt, palm-fringed shore on the wonderful Bay of Bengal with our 14-day Best of Myanmar & Beach Tours.
Just a kilometer from the Shwedagon Pagoda and other rides, the Rose Garden is an stylish Yangon retreat. Luxurious rooms with local facilities, free Wi-Fi and a host of four-star comforts. This 7-storey hotel's perhaps the 60-foot outside swimming pools are the highpoint.
Eastern Palace is an exclusive 10 minute car ride from the centre of Mandalay. It is also located near the lavish Shwenandaw Monastery, once part of Burma's Royal Palace. Sail on the Irrawaddy River aboard Irrawaddy Voyage I. This recreational cruiser was constructed in 2014 and has large cabins with en-suite ensuite en-suite en-suite bathrooms on the upper decks.
The Bagan Thande was constructed in 1922 to make the advent of the Prince of Wales easier and is the only remaining historic monument in the town. A Alfresco dining with views of the Ayeyawaddy Riviera and countless couples is a great way to enjoy an evening in this gorgeous Burma spirituality. Located on the banks of the Old Bagan riverbank, the hostel is set in magnificent backyards and temperate buildings as far as the eyes can see.
Conqueror Resort is beautifully situated in the breathtaking scenery that surround it. You can taste tasty Burmese, Chinese and European cuisines in the great dinning room. The Amata Garden Resort, a 3-storey, charmingly designed 3-storey building on the east shore of shores of shores of Lake Inle, offers a splendid view of the lakes and hills.
The rooms are wonderfully decorated in Burmese style with luxury and contemporary facilities, each overlooking the lakes or hills. "The 12 days Best of Burma trip was inspiring in regard to the different culture in the states we visit, the religion building (Buddahs, temples, monasteries) and the activity and adventure we undertook.
Organizing the trip went well and the first tourist guides who came to see us at Yangon International Airports (Win) were useful and instructive when we saw various places of interest in the town. Also, the leader who visited us in Mandalay was very useful and well-informed about the area and various stupa and sanctuaries.
It was a very nice 11 hours drive from Mandalay to Bagan, but too long and I think the consensus was that we would have preferred to fly to Bagan and had more free space for further visits. Our Bagan Guidebook (whose name I miss!) was probably the most competent and supportive of all our guidebooks.
It was very depressing to say good-bye to him on the footbridge of Lake Inle, but we were taken care of by another Sai. It gave us information about the lake and took us to the restaurants, a convent and a mill for silks before taking us to our Wasserwelthotel.
After our stop at Inle Lake we were picked up by a Columbus rider who took us to Heho airport for the way back to Yangon. I know, however, that the tourist industry is still in its infancy and that the cost of hotels can still be high. Fortunately, no cash was taken from me on this trip, but there was an effort to slice the belt of my messenger pocket when we were at the Indein Lake Indein store, which I found on my comeback.