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Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake City Tour of Myanmar
Arrival at Yangon International Airport with Air Asia. Meeting your travel agent at Yangon International Airport after entry and check-in. Transfers to the hotels. Accommodation in Yangon. A full days visit to the old colonial-style downtown, the gold plated Sule Pagoda, which is over 2,000 years old, Chinatown and Indian quarters.
We continue to Chauk Htat Gyi, a giant lying Buddha picture, followed by a stop for photos in the Karaweik Hall. Soak up the sundown in the world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda - its gold Stupa is the "heart" of Buddhist Myanmar. This pagoda is said to be 2,500 years old and the main stupa is encircled by a dozen elaborately adorned houses and sculptures.
In Myanmar there are always many who pray and make sacrifices in Shwedagon, and it is a captivating place to observe the outside worlds. Accommodation in Yangon. Transfers to Yangon airport for a home trip to Mandalay. Arrive at Mandalay airport, head to Amarapura and see Mahagandayon, a renowned monastic convent where more than a thousand Buddhists are living and studying; head to the 150-year-old U Bein wooden bridges, constructed in 1851 when Amarapura was the kingdominion.
Checking into your room at noon. In Mandalay, an afternoons full of sights include the Mahamuni Pagoda with its stunning Buddha picture overlaid with thick golden leafs, Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung (Golden Monastery), an outstanding example of a historic timber house and the Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as the greatest novel in the world), made of 729 Buddhist written stone plates.
From Mandalay Hill, where there are interesting glassed templates, you can see stunning sundowns. Accommodation in Mandalay. Mornings, you will be transferred to the dock for a cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun, where there is a brickwork pyramid that rises about 11 km (one hours per way) upriver from Mandalay and houses the biggest unbroken church bells in the canyon.
Boating is interesting because you can see all kinds of wood vessels and barges transporting goods up and down. Weigh 87 tonnes, see the world's tallest preserved brass bells, the lovely Hsinbyume Paya (also known as Myatheintan Pagoda) and the uncompleted Mingun Paya (built with the intent of being the world's tallest pagoda).
Return to Mandalay. In the afternoon tour of the Zegyo-Mart ('if open') and some Mandalay's Coffee Industry, e.g. tapestries and weavings, Burma confectionery, production of bamboo fans near the Eindaw Yar Cagoda. Accommodation in Mandalay. Today mornings we will take a speedboat to the shore of the Ayeyarwady River to Bagan.
As a rule, the journey lasts a whole full working days. Ayeyarwady's landscape is ageless - steers working the land, buffaloes rolling in the silt, gold towers of the pagodas, fishers, village people swimming in the rivers and of course all kinds of boats and riverboats you can name. Arrival in Bagan, transfers to the hotel.
Accommodation in Bagan. Sailing is not every afternoon because there are no people. A full days visit to Bagan, beginning with a bustling souvenir shop and going on to visit the main marquees and churches such as the Shwezigon Pagoda constructed by King Anawrahta in the early eleventh cent. Ku Byauk Gyi, a church with fine mural paintings of Jataka scenery and the Ananda church with four giant Buddha paintings and many sitting statues around the inner galleries.
The tour goes on with a visit to the Manuha Temple, constructed in 1059 in the Mon tradition, the Nanbaya Temple, a singular sand-stone memorial that was supposedly the Manuha King's residence, and the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple (under the UNESCO protection), which is known for its old murals. Accommodation in Bagan. Transfers to Mandalay airport for your internal flights to Heho.
From Heho to Nyaungshwe on the shores of Inle Lake, you will be transferred to your own private yacht. After lunch we have another cruise to Indaing, at the west end of the lake. A long canal leads you through the river where you can observe the peasants growing their products.
It is one of the most beautiful cruises on Lake Inle. We return to the landing stage for a pleasant "nature walk". Accommodation in Inle Lake. Inle Lake is a photographer's paradise, its tranquil waterways are littered with swimming flora and angling boats, with picturesque high mountains providing the ideal setting.
The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most sacred place of worship in South Shan State. Cruise to Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest abbeys on the water. Accommodation in Inle See. Transfers by ferry to Nyaung Shwe and on to Heho Airport (25 km - 1 hour).
Departure for Yangon and transfers to the city. Guides and cars are available for further visits or purchases. Accommodation in Yangon. Transfers to Yangon International Airport for your connecting flights.