Arrive Yangon by morning/ midday flight. Welcome and transfer to your hotel(official check-in 14:00). Brake at your hotel until afternoon sightseeing starts. Walking tour is conducted in midst of city center viewing Yangon Heritage buildings, people in different walks of life. Visit the Chaukhtatgyi - the colossal reclining Buddha, the Karawiek Hall, a 'hamsa bird shaped' floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake.
Second day begins at 08:30 to one of the world's most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Mingle with Yangon life around China town area. After lunch extend to Syriam, at the other side of Yangon river. Syriam ground is mounted with hillocks. View Yangon over the river from Shin Mway Lun hillock. Visit ruined Portugee church built in 1750 and maybe if time permits stroll a village nearby. Back to Yangon. Make your own arrangements for dinner, either in the hotel or at restaurant.
Yangon – Naypyidaw – Mandalay * 563 km by express road @ 8;30 hrs driving.
Yangon departure 08:30 AM / Arrival Mandalay Eta 5:30 PM including 2 time stops at 115 M and 285 M station.
After your breakfast, you will be transferred to Aung Mingalar highway bus station. The highway road was built through the spur of Bago mountain ranges. Enjoy the ride comfortably and have the land experience “the road to Mandalay”. Upon arrival Kywe Sekan highway bus station, you will be transferred to your hotel in Mandalay.
After breakfast set out to experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay – first heading to Mandalay Hill natural watch tower for the view of city. the Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda the world's largest ‘book', made of marble. Visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop as well as a Kalaga tapestry craftsman's shop. Proceed to one of the most revered religious monuments, the Mahamuni Pagoda. Lunch break.
At late afternoon from the Mandalay Gawwein jetty, an hour short boat ride up-river to reach Mingun, located at the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy river and north of Mandalay. The boat ride feasts you pleasant as one can learn the ways of local life along the river. Visit Pathodawgyi – believed to be one of the largest brick based in the world; Mingun bell – said to be world's biggest un-cracked and ringing bell and Myatheindan pagoda represents for Buddhist cosmology. Return to Mandalay viewing sunset over the river.
After breakfast there is an excursion to Amarapura, 10 miles from Mandalay to visit Mahagandayon Monastery where a thousand monks live and study. You will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. Continue to the 200 year old U Bein teak bridge which was built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the capital. The Bagaya Monastery will fascinate you with its intriguing collection of Buddha statues. After lunch at a local restaurant a short drive brings you to Myitnge River for the short boat trip across the river to the former Royal Capital of Inwa (Ava) where a horse-drawn carriage is waiting. You will visit Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of a palace building nicknamed "the leaning tower of Ava"; the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, built of brick and stucco and Bargayar Monastery, famous for its ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Later return to your hotel in Mandalay.
Ayeyarwaddy(Irrawaddy) is the longest and largest river in Myanmar. Between Mandalay – Nyaung U Jetty(Bagan) is 129 sea mile long. Board on for 9:00 hr along the silvery Ayeyarwaddy River, enjoying the sights and sound of a river life.
Alternative access by private car
Generally between mid March to mid October, River vessel services are available in limited days or in some months have totally not. Transportation by private car shall be met to original purpose of visit in fairly. Small group up to 6 people need to pay some additional cost.
After breakfast, the sights of Bagan bygone era starting from Minanthu village area where there are plenty of ruined temples remained. Continue the day with visits to Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; Ku Byanuk Gyi, a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes; Khay Min Ga Temple, noted for its panoramic view of the area's numerous monuments and Ananda Temple, the finest structure. After lunch excursion to treasured handicrafts being made of a lacquer-ware craftsman's workshop. Manuha Temple, built in the Mon style in 1059, and follow on to Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha. Next you will explore the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, famous for its mural paintings which fall under the protection of UNESCO. Afterwards set off for Bupaya Pagoda or Mingala Zedi Stupa where you can watch the sunset over the plain of Bagan.
After breakfast visit the Pyathatgyi Temple in Min Nan Thu Village; Phaya Thone Zu and Nandamanya Temples both noted for their exquisite 13th century murals and Kyat Kan Cave monastery which is a famous meditation retreat in Bagan. You will also see some farming villages around Bagan which will give you an insight into the lives of the local people. After lunch at a local restaurant in Bagan, proceed to Mt Popa national park.
Mt Popa stands at 65 km south-east of Bagan. Mt Popa is actually an extinct volcano which of peak is 1518 m above sea level. A huge volcanic plug sits beside is a dramatic looking Popa Taung Kalat. Unnaturally rising up from almost flat ground at 737 metres unlike anything else around it. Mt Popa area covered with forest and champak flower is the symbol of this mountain. For those who believe, it is home of the 37 nats( spiritual beings). Overnight at Popa Mountain resort.
All the way enjoying the landscape of the high mountain range, villages, cultivation, animal husbandry then climb over Shan Plateau which is 1300- 1600 meter above sea level. En-route stops at Meikhtila, Yinmarbin and Kalaw for refreshing and lunch. Arrive Nyaung Shwe before sunset. Overnight at a hotel in Nyaung Shwe.
Inlay lake exists at 2950 ft above sea level. Visit by boat on the amazing Inle Lake to see the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and the magnificent scenery. After lunch at a local restaurant on the lake itself, you will visit the Phaungdaw U Pagoda, one of the main shrines in Myanmar which date back to the 18th century; the Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, famous for its jumping cats trained by monks; the weaving village of Inpawkhon. Late afternoon return to the hotel.
After breakfast, one of the local markets in the Inle Lake region (on market days only).Walk and excursion about the villages around the shore of lakes. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on the lake itself. Later depart by boat for the western shore of the lake, where you will find the beginning of a long stair path leading to the well hidden Inndein Pagoda complex. Here you will see one of the most amazing historical sights on the shore of the lake consisting of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and vegetation. In the afternoon back to Nyaung Shwe.
Pack your breakfast box. Early morning flight to Mandalay, the last capital of Myanmar kingdom founded in 1857AD.From airport to city centre drives almost an hour. En-route visit Amarapura, the former capital before Mandalay. U Bein wooden bridge( 1.2 km) built over 160 years is a renowned common relaxation site. Maha gandayon the largest Buddhist learning centre. Mahamuni Buddha Image believed to be cast in front of Buddha himself and nowadays richly bejeweled and thickly gilded; gold leaf hammering, marble carving, and tapestry making. Afternoon sightseeing includes 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 UNESCO’s heritage site. End the day at Mandalay Hill, regarded a natural watch tower in the plain region of Mandalay – to view the sunset. Overnight at Mandalay.