EXPLORING MYANMAR CULTURE (5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay
DAY 01: ARRIVAL YANGON
If arriving by mid-day, transfer to hotel at local restaurant to be followed
by sightseeing of some highlights in Yangon. If arriving a evening flights,
transfer to hotel. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Yangon.
DAY 02: YANGON - BAGAN
After breakfast transfer to airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Full day
sightseeing starting with the busy Nyaung Oo market and continuing with the
visit to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples.
Included are- Shwezigon Pagoda built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th
century as a religious shrine, Kubyauk Gyi temple, Kyansittha Umin ( the
famous meditation centre of Bagan period ). Tour proceeds to Htilominlo
Temple and Shwegugyi Temple.After lunch, visit to a lacquer craftsmen's
workshop in the nearby Myinkaba village. Continue sightseeing to Manuha
Temple, built in Mon Style in 1059, Nanbaya Temple; a unique sandstone
monument, Mya Zedi Pagoda and Myinkaba Kubyauk Kyi Temple noted for mural
paintings. Visit to Ananda Temple with four huge standing Buddha images and
numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior and visit
Archaeological Museum. Proceed to Bupaya Pagoda or Mingala Zedi stupa to
watch sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River.Dinner and Overnight in Bagan.
DAY 03: BAGAN - MANDALAY
After breakfast, transfer to airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. On
arrival, transfer to hotel. Full day sightseeing including Mahamuni Pagoda
with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves;
Shwe Inbin, one of the most outstanding monasteries in the country;
Shwenandaw Kyaung; a superb example of traditional wooden building and
Kuthodaw pagoda known as the world's largest book consisting of 729 marble
slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures.
After lunch, continue to 200-year old U Bein teak bridge built in 1782, at
the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Visit Bagaya Monastery with a
superb collection of Buddha statues and stop at a traditional hand-woven
silk workshop and return back to Mandalay. A visit is also made to a jetty
to observe daily life at the Ayeyarwaddy River and to a craftsmen's workshop
to see Kalaga tapestries being made. View the sunset from Mandalay
hill.Dinner and overnight in Mandalay.
DAY 04: MANDALAY - YANGON
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Yangon. Half-day
sightseeing include a visit to 70m long reclining Buddha image; Chauk Htat
Gyi Pagoda. Photo stop at the gilded Sule Pagoda in the heart of Yangon
city, the old colonial-style city center.
After lunch, visit Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge, an excellent photo
stop. Sunset on Shwedagon Pagoda; one of the world's most spectacular
religious monuments that is believed to be over 2500 years old. Dinner with
cultural show and overnight in Yangon.
DAY 05: DEPARTURE DAY
Half-day sightseeing in Yangon including Nanthida Jetty to see river life,
shopping at Bogyoke(Scott) Market.After lunch, visit National Museum or
visit Gems Museum.
Transfer to airport for departure.