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Myanmar Culture and Beaches
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. This is Myanmar and Yangon, the land's business and intellectual center.
The rest of the morning is free after your arrival at the beach. Rediscover the busy inner cities of Yangon or relax in the afternoons. Now we are exploring Yangon, once the capitol and no longer the administration center of the land, but the business and intellectual center of the state.
Mornings we will be visiting the town' s sacred monuments, such as the tranquil Sule Pagoda in the center of the town and the Botahtaung Pagoda, a river side building with a 40 metre high gold stupa in the center, constructed 2,500 years ago. We' re saving the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda, the most venerated buddhistic sanctuary in Myanmar, for the night.
A Myanmar icon that draws every year tens of thousand of pilgrims who join the local people when they make sacrifices, say prayers and show their respect. Mandalay. We' re flying to Mandalay, Myanmar's last imperial capitol before the beginning of our colonisation this mornings. Amarapura, a former Myanmar capitol, is located just to the south of Mandalay.
This is the biggest teachers' convent in the land, the Mahagandayon-convent. On the way to Mandalay we discover the Royal Palace, visiting the historical Shwenandaw Convent and a craftsman' s shop where we can see bronzes culptures, golden leaves and woodcarvings. In the afternoons, you are free to unwind in the Kuthodaw Pagoda before an evenings trip to the world's greatest novel and the Mandalay Hill, the city's original watchtower.
We' re going up the Irrawaddy to Mingun. This is the biggest pit in the whole wide open before King Bodawpaya's deathbed. On the way to Legaing Hill we enjoy the magnificent view over the stream and the gentle hill covered with cougars and Stupa.
At the top of the mound we see the antique swing Oo Pon Nya Shin pit, the distinctive Thirty Caves pit with its thirty doors and the dome-shaped Kaungmhudaw pit. Over the charming Taungthaman Lake we see the whole splendor of the viaduct, at sundown. Travel back to Mandalay, enjoy the night in peace.
Notice: Between 1st April and 31st July of each year the current flow is at its minimum, preventing the operation of cruise ships. This data varies according to precipitation and the amount of rainwater flowing down the stream. When you travel with us during this period, the costs of a Mandalay - Bagan trip are covered by our travel package.
5 day packages during this time are available in the free time in the early hours of the day in Mandalay before the transfer to the airfield for your flights 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. In the early hours of the day we drive downriver to Bagan, enjoying our breakfasts on the boat and watching the sun rise before getting off.
There is nothing to prep you for the stunning view of Stupa-upon-Stupa filling the powdery flats of Bagan. We start in the busy riverside city Nyaung-U to see the vibrant square in operation and the sparkling Shwezigon Pagoda, the humble Kyansittha cave temple and the Manuha temple that hosts giant Buddhas.
Thatbyinnyu' s tall tower offers beautiful photography before moving on to Dhammayangyi which is a solid XII centuries sanctuary that can be seen throughout Bagan. The best conserved of Bagan's shrines, it hides enigmatic inner corridors and a tragic story of deaths and murders. Mingalazedi' s splendid marble cloister, the culmination of Burma's pyramid style with its belfry-like cupola and complicated Jataka tile patios, is the last place of the evening and a marvelous portrayal of Bagan's architectonic ability.
Baxter, Mount Popa, Kalaw. In the early hours of the day we have the chance to hover over Bagan in a warm aeroplane before heading to Kalaw and stop at Mount Popa. A dormant central Myanmar vulcano that has not broken out in about 250,000 years, Mount Popa is known for its 37 Myanmar ghosts known as the nat', depicted by sculptures at the foot of the outburst.
At the top of the mountain is the monastery Popa Taungkalat, the beloved place of sanctuary of the Myanmar tribe on a gigantic cliff, the golden temple shimmer in the suntan. It' a sharp rise to the top of the 777 stairs, but the rise is worth while with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view that stretches for kilometres over the luxuriant woodland area.
There' s a lot to do in this city of colonialism, with a visit to Thein Taung Pay for great vistas of the markets. We will hike through the wonderful landscape of Burma, past leafy and leafy plantation and paddy fields before reaching Painaebin, a small hamlet of native Danu tribes.
Back in Kalaw, we head to the tranquil Pindaya and enjoy the impressive view of the landscape along the way. Inle Sea. In the morning we head to the wonderful Inle-See, a huge fresh water pond lined with swamps and littered with stilt-house towns, swimming pools, old Stupa's and Buddhist cloisters.
While we are sailing with wood boat, we see the daily routine on the sea in operation. Here we are visiting the Nga Pe Chaung Convent, also known as the Leaping Cats' Convent because of the cats who jump through hoop to spend the evenings between the writing evenings. The swimming Buddha image gallery houses a large wood temple with a large storage of old Buddha pictures.
At the end of our days, after the silversmiths and silks weavers, we have the biggest page in the area - Paungdaw Oo, with the five Buddhas becoming a little rounder over the years due to the pure quantity of pendants applying pendants of pure foliage to them. The 10th is at your free disposal in Inle Lake.
You can also go to Taunggyi, the southern Shan State and former top terminus, or Sagar to see the submerged stupa, which were under water for part of the year, with community walks along the way. Lake Inle - Ngapali Beach. Following a cosy morning break we depart from the Inle Lake area to the Heho International Airfield and fly to Thandwe.
Upon our arrivals we will be taken to our Ngapali hotels for check-in, where we will stay for the next three night. Ngapali's unspoilt shores, crystalline water and shimmering palms are the ideal place to unwind after a culturally diverse adventur.
Yangon. We' re flying from Ngapali to Yangon this mornin'. The arrival at Yangon International represents the end of our quest. Just a kilometer from the Shwedagon Pagoda and other rides, the Rose Garden is an stylish Yangon retreat. Both of the hotel's dining rooms and bars serve delicious dishes from Burmese to American.
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 Hotel Resort is beautifully situated in the breathtaking scenery that surounds it. At the end of the evening, visitors can go to the Venda Bar for a drink or two while enjoying the sunset and the gentle airborne sounds of Burma's gentle tunes.
The Amata Garden Resort, a 3-storey resort with a magnificent panoramic sea and mountain panorama, is located on the east shore of shores of shores of Lake Inle. The rooms are wonderfully decorated in Burmese style with luxury and contemporary facilities, each overlooking the lakes or hills.
Dining is available at the Royal Lotus Restaurant, where we serve Myanmar and world cuisines. Ngapali has a shimmering outside swimming pools surrounded by comfortable deck chairs and there are few places where you can relax in the warm and sunny air like the Thande Beach Hotel. Rooms inside the lodging are roomy and airy, with soft furnishings and a terrace overlooking the coves.