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adventure travel trip to Burma
Meet the friendly people of Myanmar.
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 8 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $2,995 Details
    Single Supplement $675
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade I
    Best Time

    Bagan and Beyond

    Myanmar's markets, villages and ancient sites

    Day 1      Arrive Yangon

    Your guides will meet you at Yangon Airport and transfer you to your privately owned hotel. Along the way, observe Yangon's colonial-style red-bricked buildings.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: Inya Lake Hotel or similar

    Day 2      Yangon

    Today's highlights include a visit to Karaweik, known as a royal barge on the royal lake where you see the lively fish and vegetable markets and have fantastic photo views. Also visit Chaukhtatgyi, the colossal reclining Buddha, and Botataung Pagoda, said to enshrine the Buddha's hair relics. In the afternoon you visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, claimed to be the worlds richest golden stupa that is more than 2,500 years old. The golden dome rises roughly 322 feet above its base, and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold along with numerous precious stones, including a 76 carat solid diamond on the top. Return to the hotel for your overnight. Dinner will be on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Inya Lake Hotel or similar

    Day 3      Fly to Bagan

    In the early morning, fly to Bagan, considered one of the most amazing sights in Asia. Though comparable to sites of worldwide importance such as Jerusalem and Rome, Bagan remains virtually unknown. Merely 2,200 temples remain of the 13,000 that once stood. Some were destroyed by invaders, others by earthquake and decay, but internationally funded restoration is under way and the major temples are in excellent condition. Upon your arrival, transfer to a local hotel where you will have a chance to freshen up before exploring the area. Begin at Gawdawpalin, one of the largest and most imposing monuments in Bagan. See the Anandar Temple, with the best preserved masterpieces of Mon architecture and the nearby brick monastery which is one of the few that was not destroyed; visit Thabyinnyu, the highest monument of universal science; see Natlyaunhkyaung, the only example of a Hindu Vaishanavite left in Bagan where kind Anawratha used to trap the Nat Idols in attempt to change the country from animism into Buddhism; visit Dhammyangyi, the temple of the evil king, unique panoramic views of both the image of Buddha and the Shwesandaw Temple. In the afternoon, visit a traditional lacquer-ware workshop to observe the process of making unique Myanmar bowls and trays. Enjoy the sunset from one of the ruins. Overnight at local hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Thande Hotel or similar

    Day 4      Bagan

    If you feel up to it, you may enjoy the fantastic sunrise view from the ruins this morning. Breakfast is at the hotel, before departing on a one-hour drive to Salay where you’ll visit the 18th century Yoke Son Monastery to see its beautiful woodcarvings and a unique 13th century lacquerware Buddha Image. Upon your return to Bagan, visit the Wetkyi Inn Gubyaukgyi Temple to observe original 12th century mural paintings, frescoes and base relief works depicting the entire life of the Buddha and his disciples. Also visit Htilominlo Temple, where you’ll see frecoes representing 28 Buddhas of the future; see the Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of late Myanmar stupas, and finish with a visit to the enchanting Nyaung Oo Market. Proceed to some local villages to observe daily life in central Myanmar, such as the traditional hand loom weaving, and the manual production of edible oils from sesame seeds and ground nuts. (Optional: Balloon ride over Bagan for a fantastic bird's eye view of the ruins).

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Thande Hotel or similar

    Day 5      Bagan/Mandalay

    Breakfast is at the hotel before transfering to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, the last capital of Burmese monarchy, as well as one of the most impressive market cities in Asia. Mandalay is the spiritual, cultural and traditional capital, as well as the commercial heart of central Burma. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in and a brief freshening up. You then head out to visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the "world's largest book" and the entire Buddhist Canon, recorded on stone tablets in Pali script. See the Shwe Nan Daw, or “Golden Monastery” to observe the finest Myanmar wooden architecture. You may enjoy a sunset from the distinctive Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Mandalay Hill Resort or similar

    Day 6      Mandalay & Mingun

    After breakfast, depart to Kyawzun Jetty for your boat ride across the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun (approx. one hour). In Burma the river is the highway, especially between Mandalay and Rangoon and this is an excellent opportunity to observe Burmese life along the way. Upon arriving in Mingun visit the Mingun Bell, the world's largest uncracked, functioning bell. Other highlights you’ll see here are the Settawya Pagoda, with a marble foot print of Buddha, and the Shinbume Pagoda built in the 19th century. Return by boat to Mandalay where the remainder of the day will be free to do as you like.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Mandalay Hill Resort or similar

    Day 7      Amarapura/Ava/Sagaing

    After breakfast, depart for the ancient capital Amarapura, also known as the "City of Immortality." Along the way, observe traditional handicraft workshops. Visit the Mahagandayon Monastery to learn the lunch process of hundreds of Buddhist monks, and see how they play a major role in the daily life of the people. Proceed to the 14th century capital Ava, and visit its unique monasteries and monuments including the Bargaya Teak Monastery, which is famous for its 267 teak pillars and the remains of the royal palace and fort. After exploring Ava, continue on to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Saiging Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar and is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers. Enjoy fantastic sunset views from the 200 year old U Bein Teak Bridge, before returning to Mandalay. Overnight at local hotel in Mandalay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Mandalay Hill Resort or similar

    Day 8      Mandalay/Onward

    Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: None

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