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Thousand Smiles of Myanmar 10 days 9 nights

Trip Name: Thousand Smiles of Myanmar 10 days 9 nights
Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 10 Days
Starting: Yangon, Myanmar
Finishing: Yangon, Myanmar
Trip Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Destinations: Yangon – Bagan - Mount Popa – Mandalay – Mingun – AVA – Amarapura –Pindaya - Inle Lake - Inn Dein – Heho - Yangon
Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended accordingly to meet your expectation
Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Yangon 
Day 2: Yangon - Bagan (B)  
Day 3: Bagan off beaten track (B)                                                                         
Day 4: Bagan - Mount Popa – Mandalay (B)
Day 5: Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay (B)    
Day 6: Mandalay – Mingun – Ava - Sagaing-Mandalay (B)   
Day 7: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya - Inle Lake (B)     
Day 8: Inle Lake – Inn Thein – Inle Lake (B)    
Day 9: Inle Lake – Heho - Yangon (B)       
Day 10: Yangon – Departure (B)

Day 1: Yangon (-)                                                                                                                       

You will meet Asia Top Travel tour guide at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel. Today's sightseeing tour includes the Bogyoke ( Scott's) Market (closed on Monday and public holiday) with hundreds of stores and a visit to a gems shop. The tour continues to Chauk Htat Gyi, a huge reclining Buddha image. An extended visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude the tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Overnight in Yangon.

Meals: Not included

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 2: Yangon - Bagan (B)                                                                                                        

After breakfast at the hotelTransfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to hotel and proceed for sightseeing starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shweszigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, Khay Min Ga Temple, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the area’s many monuments and Ananda Temple with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior.

Afternoon, we take a visit of a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village and sightseeing to Manuha Temple, built in mon style in 1059, Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha and Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, noted for its ancient mural paintings. Overnight in Bagan.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 3: Bagan off beaten track (B)                                                                   

After your breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel for a full day exploration of Bagan with a range of sites, history, culture and local lifestyles.

You begin with a visit to an elevated temple, from where you have a spectacular view over the surrounding plains. This is an ideal way to admire the grandeur and scope of Bagan’s architecture. Then you pay a visit to Myinkaba Village and Gubyaukgyi temple, which is favorable for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. The close located Manuha temple, one nice Buddha statues and stone work that are a visit worth.

Continue your way to Tu Yin Taung, a hilltop stupa in the eastern part of the main Archaeological Park. As you approach the temple you will be greeted by 500 monk statues which line the road.

Head to Lawka Nandar, located in New Bagan close to the Irrawaddy River. 

Embark a private boat and set off upstream to Kyauk Gu U Min. Your eyes will be satisfied with fabulous scenes of life on the water throughout your Irrawaddy river: fishermen, local ferry boats, riverside villages and Bagan temples. You make stop at Sae Lan village, a typical riverside villages along the Irrawaddy, to take a short walk. The friendly people are almost all farmers and fishermen with a simple but happy life.

Continue on boat to Kyauk Gu U Min on the eastern side of the river, from where you walk five to ten minutes to the temple. This beautiful temple, with its exquisite stone carvings depicting religious figures and flowers on the door, was built on the side of cliff, so that you can enter a cave behind the main hall of the temple. Inside the cave are several small niches where you can practice meditation. Legend has it that the cave was built during the 13th century for the locals to hide from the invading Mongols.

At the end you will return to your boat for a relaxing cruise back to Bagan (around 1 hour). Transfer back to your hotel.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 4: Bagan - Mount Popa – Mandalay (B)                                                                           

Optional morning program: We are offering a unique opportunity to see the ancient city of Bagan as it has never been seen before. With "Balloons Over Bagan" you get a magnificent birds-eye view of thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. The champagne flights at sunrise last just under an hour and take off daily from October through March. The balloon is guided by gentle winds not exceeding 24 km/h. Eight/Six passengers plus a pilot fit into the balloon’s basket.

Proceed on a scenic overland journey to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its shrine dedicated to animist spirits, known as “Nats”. For the energetic, there is time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Continue by road and head to the Mandalay, the former capital of Myanmar. Overnight in Mandalay. (Breakfast)

Day 5: Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay (B)       

A sightseeing tour of Mandalay, Myanmar’s cultural capital, Visit Mahagandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study; continue to the 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Visit Bagaya Monster, with a superb collection of Buddha statues. En route stop at a traditional hand-weaving silk workshop.

Afternoon sightseeing tour including Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, visit to Gold Leaf Making Workshop and Tapestry Workshop. Shwe Inbin, one of the most outstanding monasteries in the country, Shwe Nan Daw Kyung or Golden Palace Monstery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Sunset on the Mandalay Hill and overnight in Mandalay.(Breakfast)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 6: Mandalay – Mingun – Ava - Sagaing-Mandalay (B)                                                   

After breakfast, transfer to the jetty and board a private chartered boat for a cruise over the Irrawaddy River towards the former capital of Mingun. After a 45-minute cruise, arrive in Mingun, famous for its huge unfinished pagoda also home to the Mingun Bell, considered as the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell. Also visit the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda. 

Excursion to the former royal capital of Inwa ( Ava), reached by a short boat trip. Visits by horse-drawn carriage to Nanmayint Watch Tower, the remains of the palace building nicknamed "leaning tower of Ava", Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery built of brick and stucco and Bargayar Monastery, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Continue to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, for sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 7: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya - Inle Lake (B)                                                              

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho in Shan State. Continue by car and enjoy a scenic, drive to Pindaya through the picturesque countryside of Shan State. Visit Pindaya’s limestone cave with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues and local handicraft workshops producing Shan paper made from mulberry bark and traditional umbrellas made from the same paper that are used by monks all around the country.

Continue the trip to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar's best-known sights. The Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent, mostly inhabit the lakeshores and floating villages. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe village, check in at hotel (for hotel with lake location, transfer by boat). Overnight on Inle Lake.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

Day 8: Inle Lake – Inn Thein – Inle Lake (B)    

After breakfast, visit In Dein in the south of the lake by motor boat. From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the village of In Dein, a recently opened area in Shan State. After a walk around the village, passing a local school, take the covered stairway to the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area where ancient stupas are partly covered by vegetation. From here there is a magnificent view over the lake. Overnight at Inle Lake.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

Day 9: Inle Lake – Heho - Yangon (B)       

After breakfast, a full day tour of Inle Lake by boat includes a chance to see the leg-rowing fishermen and the floating gardens, built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit a floating village at Ywama, the lake’s downtown, where a floating market is held every five days. The tour also includes a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and the jumping cat monastery, with beautiful antique Buddha statues. Continue visits of the lake by boat and in the afternoon transfer to Heho Airport for the flight back to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Yangon.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 10: Yangon – Departure (B)                                                                                               

After breakfast end the tour with a visit to Botahtaung Pagoda with its amazing relic chamber including million dollar worth Jem stone. After, free time for visit colonial city center with China town, before transferring to Mingaladon Airport for late afternoon departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Not included

This is a sample itinerary so the cost depends on your hotel choice, number of people in your group and time of travel. Please send us enquiry for availabilities & the most updated price.

Package Price Includes:
  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels
  • All domestic airfares with airport tax (Yangon-Bagan/Mandalay-Heho-Yangon)
  • Transfers at all visited places and tours with good tourist class car with air-conditioned
  • English speaking local guide
  • Boat rental at Inle Lake
  • Entrance fees
  • Inn Dein visit
  • 1 Tour leader FOC of 15 full paying participants
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
Package Price Excludes:
  • Insurance
  • All meals (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Baloon ride over Bagan
  • Visa fee for Myanmar-Visa on arrival:USD 30/- p/pax,
  • Visa stamp at related embassy: USD 25/- p/pax
  • Other meals than specified in the itinerary
  • Compulsory X’Mas and New Year eve dinner (depends on hotel policy)
  • International air tickets to/from Yangon
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc...
Terms & Conditions:

1.      Price & validity:The prices are per person, nett in USD. and are subjected to change without prior notice in case of increases in airfares, ground transportation costs, entrance fees, etc.
2.      Visa: we can arrange pre-arranged visa (so called Visa on arrival). For this pre-arranged visa, we will need tourist's passport copy (copy by attached e-mail) and international flight detail to apply. Time will take between 14 working days and cost USD 25/- per person. 6 - months valid Passport with Entry Visa is required of all visitors. A Tourist Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible for an additional 14 days. Visa on Arrival is granted on prior arrangement with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. After process, we will get visa on arrival letter (approval letter) and we will send to you and related airline. For clients, please print out this approval letter (this is like visa stamp), and hold this paper and show when they did check-in at the airline counter for flight to Yangon.
3.      Early check in: Hotel’s early check in (before 2pm), late check-out (after noon), connecting rooms and adjoining rooms are subjected to availability and are therefore not guaranteed.
4.     Child Policy:
·         Child under 12 years old sharing room with two adults without extra bed: 50% of package price
·         Child under 12 years old sharing room with two adults with extra bed: 75% of package price
·         For Child age 12 and above, full adult package price is apply.
5.      Cancellation:
            Cancellation fee on the total cost of roundtrip
·         30 Days prior to arrival date:  charge at 100% of total tour price
6.     Deviations in the tour program or change of hotels are sometimes necessary depending on road conditions or availability of rooms. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be offered. All hotel ratings are according to the local accreditation authority.

Sule Pagoda Burmese Chaukhtatgyi pagoda Sule Pagoda Shwedagon pagoda Burmese monks SHWEZIGON PAGODA, Bagan formerly Pagan is an ancient city from the 9th to 13th centuries. The city was the capital of Myanmar. Shwezigon pagoda - Bagan’s kings commissioned more than 4000 Buddhist temples. The Shwezigon Paya Temple built late 11th century. Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes Khay Min Ga temple, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the area’s many monuments Ananda Temple Bagan Manuha temple, built in mon style in 1059 Puppets for sale at Nanbaya temple, Bagan, Myanmar Balloons over Bagan, a unique opportunity to see the ancient city of Bagan you get a magnificent birds-eye view of thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River The champagne flights at sunrise last just under an hour and take off daily from October through March. The balloon is guided by gentle winds not exceeding 24 km/h Mahagandayon monastery a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study  Mahagandayon monastery BIRMANIA BURMA MANDALAY Mandalay pottery Mingun Pagoda
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