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Great Myanmar - 8 Sundays
It is not difficult to understand why Myanmar has seen a boom in tourist activity in recent times. Myanmar is one of the best tourist attractions in Southeast Asia for those interested in sights. Different empires have come and gone over the years and have left behind a multitude of shrines, palaces and other memorials. Burma also has a variety of ethnical groups, leading to a colourful mix of civilizations.
Myanmar's population leads all types of life, influenced by the cities, the countryside and religion. Yangon, also known as Rangoon, is Myanmar's biggest town, main trading centre and former capitol. Despite its emerging South East Asia aspirational character, the city's historic cultural and religion influence has made it a truly memorable one.
SWEDAGON Pagoda is the most important place of worship in Yangon and all of Myanmar, and no journey to Myanmar is completed without witness. With over 40 tonnes of gilt leaves, the sanctuary is almost 100 metres high, a tower of gold that dominates the Yangon city. Fly to Bagan in the mornings and experience not only the renowned churches, but also the arts and crafts traditions.
Before the other visitors arrives, head to Ananda Temple to see one of the most important and magnificent sights in the area. Then we will go on to the many other chapels around the neighbouring plain, which were mostly inhabited in the 9th to 14th time. After lunch you take a personal trip on the Irrawaddy River, passing towns, fishers and other vessels.
When you are here between October and March, take a hot-air flight in the mornings, while the sun rises to brighten the landscape, the temple and the Irrawaddy. Then we continue to the Shwezigon Pagoda, which originates from the eleventh cent. You can also go to other churches, convents, monuments and even get the opportunity to discover a small town and take a look at some of the locals' traditions and ways of life.
The forenoon is open, tailored to your interests and can involve a brief detour to other smaller sights. After lunch, you will pass Thatbyinnyu, Bagan's biggest shrine, and the Dhammayangyi, famous for its distinctive masonry. Mandalay, Myanmar's second biggest town and an old imperial capitol, is known for its historic, ageless charm and vibrant charisma.
Situated on the shores of the Irrawaddy, Mandalay is the Myanmar culture centre and has maintained a long history of musical, dancing and theatre. In the afternoon, after a one-hour drive to the town, you will be taken to the Mahamuni Pagoda, which is home to one of Myanmar's most important Buddha-paintings. Then we go to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which contains a group of 729 Buddha statues of marmor.
Drive a little further southwards to the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda and look at a huge Buddha statue made of a simple cobble. You will also see Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae and Shwe Taung Oo Maw. After lunch we drive to Amarapura, the "City of Immortality".
First you will go to a winery for silks, then to Mahagandayon Monastery, home to more than 1,000 young religious devoted to rigorous studies and schooling. Take a leisurely early bird trip to Heho and take a picturesque one hours ride to the town of Nyaung Shwe, the gate to Inle Lake.
Once on the shore of the lakeshore, a brief orienteering trip takes you to the Nyaung Shwe shrines, convents and teashops. Then you will take a motor boat across the waterfront. Take your own leisurely stroll as the rolling countryside and fishermen's boats step into the distance and explore one of Myanmar's most stunning sight.
You' ll see the Intha' s stilts, the locals' fishing boats and the swimming garden. Then you will be taken to the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which has several Buddha pictures and was once known for its jumps. We continue to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most important place of worship and ceremony in the area, which contains five holy Buddha pictures adorned with golden leaves.
You can even go to a nearby garage and see silkwavers, shipbuilders, cigar maker, blacksmith or silversmith in town. You will end the outing with a return to your accommodation. There is a one-hour cruise to the west shore of Lake Inle. Walk comfortably through the Pa-Oh-Dorf Indein before climbing up a hillside to the Indein Pagoda.
Then drive back and visit the Inthar Heritage House to find out more about the aboriginal cultures of the area. From your lakefront motel, take your last boating trip to Nyaung Shwe. Then you drive to Heho Airport for your internal flights to Yangon. Unfortunately, your stay in the charming land of Myanmar has come to an end.
Transfers to Yangon International Airport, check-in for your flights and farewell. Burma is a rainforest of Southeast Asia with a temperate monthlight. Like many other equal parts of Asia, Myanmar has two great seasons: the drought (November-May) and the wet period (June-October). Featuring comfortable early morning temperature, less rain and several festival nights, the drought is a great period to explore Myanmar, especially during the cold months.
The Yangon Internacional Aiport is situated in Mingaladon, about half an hours from the city centre. It has recently been refurbished and is supporting an adequate number of intercontinental services operated by airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, Korean Air and All Nippon Airways. To find a non-stop service from large Asiatic towns such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Hanoi, Seoul and Tokyo should not be a problem.
That makes it relatively simple to mix a journey to Myanmar with a bigger itinerary that includes other East/Southeast Asian states. But it is likely that it will take several connections to fly in from the USA and other parts of the world, which means that it can take almost a whole days to fly in to Yangon.