The Land Of Pagoda!

The Land Of  Pagoda!
Cultural Tour & Trekking
The Land Of  Pagoda!
The Land Of  Pagoda!
The Land Of  Pagoda!
The Land Of  Pagoda!
Sai Htun Naing

I'm from Myanmar or formally known as BURMA by the British. My country has a lot of things to see and learn. It might be one of the most unspoiled country in southeast Asia.

I do some kind of arrangements for all kind of Travelers and especially planning toTrek or Bike on the Shan Hill of Myanmar. I believe that learning cultural of the Tribal and life style will be never unforgettable. So I like to invite all the nationality who like to explore on the Land of Hidden Paradise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 21 DAYS MYANMAR WITH KO SAI TUN NAING

In 21 days you will visit the former capital of Yangon (Rangon), with its colonial atmosphere and the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Drive to Kyaikhtiyo and walk with thousands of pilgrims up to the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock). Fly to Mandalay, the city of the last Myanmar King’s. Cruise the mighty Ayeyarwaddy river down to Bagan, where thousands of decaying pagodas rises majestically from the plain. Travel from Mandalay via Mt. Popa, home to Myanmar's most powerful " nats ", to Kalaw, a former British colonial town and starting point for a trekking trip to a typical Palaung village, where the families still live traditionally in long houses. After a day on Inle Lake, famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life, fly to Sittwe, the capital of the state and a seaport with a rich hinterland producing crops, fish and Rakhine Longyis. From Sittwe travel by private boat along the Kiccepanadi River to Mrauk Oo, capital of the Rakhine Kingdom, which flourished from the 15th to 18th century, noted for its fort-like temples and pagodas of stone and brick, and for its statuary and relief, which are distinctive. About 8 km north of Mrauk Oo is the archaeological site of Wethali, another ancient capital dating back to the 4th century.

YANGON – KYAIKHTIYO – BAGO – YANGON - MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY – AVA – SAGAING – MANDALAY – BAGAN – MT. POPA - KALAW – PINDAYA – KAUNG DINE - INLE SEE – NYAUNG SHWE - HEHO – SITTWE – MRAUK OO – SITTWE – YANGON

Available: from October - April

Departure: 04.10.09 / 01.11.09 / 06.12.09 / 03.01.10 / 31.01.10 / 28.02.10 / 28.03.10

Price based on 4 persons/per person:

Departure 04.10.09, 28.02.10 & 28.03.10: US$ 2.604,--

Departure 01.11.09, 06.12.09, 03.01.10 & 31.01.10: US$ 2.717,--

DAY 01 (Sunday) YANGON / Arrival day

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcome by our local tour guide Ko Sai Tun Naing and transfer to Kandawgyi Palace Hotel for check-in. In the afternoon drive to Mawtin Jetty and take a rickshaws for a short trip along the Yangon River, enjoy “High Tea” at the Strand Hotel built in 1896, once described as the "leading hotel of the East" and proceed to Botataung Pagoda, where sacred hair relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined in it. Overnight at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel.

DAY 02 (Monday) YANGON (B)

Early morning take the City Circle Train for a 2 ½ hours ride through rural areas, stopping at numerous stations watching cigarette sellers, betelnut sellers, fortune tellers and and and…. Back in downtown visit Sule Pagoda , dating back over 2000 years, the Mahabandoola Park with it's Independence Monument and walk around the downtown area. Wide streets, orderly town planning and neglected public buildings revive visions of British rule, while busy streets scenes and shimmering pagodas, bursting through a leafy canopy, hint at the rich local culture. Skyscrapers and glaring neon billboards have yet to overtake the capital. Late in the afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda. Overnight at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel.

DAY 03 (Tuesday) YANGON - KYAIKHTIYO (Golden Rock) (B)

Early morning drive via Bago to Kyaikhto passing the World War II War Cemetery, dedicated to the 27,000 Commonwealth Forces who died in Burma and the Sittaung Bridge, an area humming with riverside activity, with small markets at the water’s edge, and small riverboats, coming and going with passengers and cargo. Carts drawn by water buffalo amble along the highway. At Kyaikhtiyo Township, transfer from your car to a special open truck for your ascent to Kinmon Base Camp (appr. 45 minutes drive). From here continue the journey up to the Golden Rock on foot. (This trail is sometimes steep, but is smooth, and there are covered shelters every 50-100 meters to rest, and have a cold drink. Porters will be available to assist anyone who wishes help, and a "sedan chair" conveyance is available for those who do not wish to walk.) Along the way, will be many pilgrims who have walked from the very base of the mountain. At the shrine, is a small stupa placed atop the Golden Rock, a massive granite boulder. Covered with gold leaf, and precariously balanced over the edge of the mountain, it is purported to be held in place, "balanced on hairs of the Buddha". Enjoy the late afternoon activities at the shrine, before returning back to Mountain Top Hotel for overnight.

DAY 04 (Wednesday) KYAIKHTIYO – BAGO – YANGON (B)

After breakfast continue the journey by air-con car to the small village of Kyaikhto. On the way visit the cashew nut plantation and the nearby Buddhist boys orphanage and also a rubber tree plantation. In Bago visit to the interesting Bago Market with varieties of vegetables, flower and commodity goods, the Shwetharhlaung Pagoda, with its giant reclining Buddha, having a history over 1000 years old; the nearby Monastic Education Center; the Mon Village, with its array of cotton weavers; the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, with 114 metres the highest pagoda in Myanmar and walk from there to the Hintha Gon Pagoda, the place where Bago was founded. Late afternoon drive back to Yangon and transfer to Kandawgyi Palace Hotel for check-in and overnight.

DAY 05 (Thursday) YANGON – MANDALAY (B))

Morning flight to Mandalay, the city of the last Myanmar King’s. Sightseeing of Mandalay starts with a visit to the Shwe In Bin Kyaung, one of the most outstanding monasteries in the country and a visit to the downtown area. Afternoon sightseeing starts with gold leaf making industry, Mahamuni Pagoda, originally built by King Bodawpaya in 1784, hosting the revered Mahamuni image, cast in the 1st Century and now covered in thick gold leaves and arts and crafts center (bronze casting; stone carving, etc.). Then drive to Amarapura and enjoy the sunset at U Bein wooden bridge, over 150 years old, which is still in use. Overnight at Red Canal Hotel.

DAY 06 (Friday) MANDALAY - MINGUN – MANDALAY (B)

After breakfast drive to Kywezon jetty to watch the busy riverside activity and take a local riverboat to the ancient capital of Mingun (appr. 1 hour per way). Visit the Settawya Pagoda, with a footprint of the Buddha, walk to the huge Mingun Bell, see the nearby unfinished Mingun Pagoda, built to be the world’s biggest pagoda and visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda, a reproduction of the mythological Mt. Meru. Then come back to Mandalay. In the afternoon visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery, the "Incomparable Monastery", the Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures and sunset on Mandalay Hill, a vantage-point for panoramic view of the city. Overnight at Red Canal Hotel.

DAY 07 (Saturday) MANDALAY – AVA – SAGAING – MANDALAY (B)

After breakfast drive to Ava, the capital of the Burmese Kingdom from 1364 for nearly 400 years, reached by a short boat trip. Explore by horse carts the small island between the Irawaddy and Myittha rivers. Climb the 27-meter high masonary watchtower, visit the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastary and the Bagayar Monastery, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. In the afternoon drive over Ava bridge to Sagaing, 21 km southwest of Mandalay and visit the Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous Pagodas, monasteries and nunneries. The view of Sagaing from here is outstanding. Late afternoon come back to Mandalay. Overnight at Red Canal Hotel.

DAY 08 (Sunday) MANDALAY – BAGAN (by express boat) (B)

Early morning transfer to Gaw Wein jetty to take the express boat to Bagan (Etd: 05:30 / Eta: 16:00). After a day river cruise on the mighty river of Ayeyarwaddy you reach Bagan. Thousands of decaying pagodas rises majestically from the plain to create a timeless scene, saluting a glorious past. On arrival at Bagan Jetty transfer to Thante Hotel in Old Bagan for check-in and overnight.

DAY 09 (Monday) BAGAN (B)

Full day sightseeing tour of Bagan with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; the Ananda Temple, with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior and the Shwe Gu Gyi Temple, noted for its fine stucco carvings and panoramic views of the area’s many monuments. In the afternoon visit Myinkaba, two km south of Bagan. This village is well known for its lacquerware workshops and has also a number of interesting temples, as Nanphaya Temple, said to have once been the residence of King Manuha and Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, which has very nice frescoes inside. Overnight at Thante Hotel in Old Bagan.

DAY 10 (Tuesday) BAGAN (B)

After breakfast drive to Nyaung Oo and visit the lively market and the down town area. From here continue to Nyaung Oo jetty and take a private boat to Kyaukku U Min Temple, which contains some very impressive sandstone relief's. On the way back to Bagan, stop at the Bupaya Pagoda, on the bank of majestic Ayeyarwady River and visit the Mahabodhi Temple, resemble of Mahabodi Temple in Bodaghaya. In the afternoon visit Abeyadana Temple, with very interesting paintings, showing a Mahayana influence; the Nagayon Temple, an elegant and well-preserved temple, built by King Kyanzittha; the Ashe & Anauk Pagoda, with hundreds of unglazed terracotta tiles illustrating scenes from the jatakas and Lowkananda Pagoda, built in 1059 by King Anawrahta. Overnight at Thante Hotel in Old Bagan.

DAY 11 (Wednesday) BAGAN – MT. POPA – KALAW (B)

After an early breakfast drive to Mt. Popa (appr. 1½ hrs drive). On the way visit some villages and watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion into palm sugar. Visit the great extinct volcano. Rising out of the shimmering heat, the solitary volcanic crag of Mt. Popa is home to Myanmar's most powerful " nats ". Visit the Nat Museum with its life-sized statues of the 37 Nat Gods. Walk up the steps to the stupas and shrines that top the hill above the museum, seeing many pilgrims along the way. Then continue to Kalaw (appr. 7 hours), a beautiful pine-clad hill station. Overnight at Amara Resort.

DAY 12 (Thursday) KALAW (B,L)

After breakfast visit the market and downtown area. Then drive for 15 minutes to the north-west and stop at the junction A. From here take the footpath to the right. The road and trail goes through beautiful scenery. After 1½ hrs you arrive Pane Hne Pin, a Palaung Tribal Village with a population of 600 people. These people make their living from agriculture and occasionally from hunting, and live in long houses, with 4-5 families sharing the single storied structures. From Pane Hne Pin you have to walk for 2 hours to reach junction B from where the car will bring you back to Kalaw (appr. ½ hr drive). Overnight at Amata Resort in Kalaw.

DAY 13 (Friday) KALAW – PINDAYA – KAUNG DINE – INLE LAKE (B)

After breakfast drive to Pindaya (appr. 2 hours drive), a charming village with its paper umbrella cottage industry. Upon arrival visit the Pindaya cave, famous for its thousands of Buddha images and the paper umbrella cottage industry. Then drive to Khaung Dine Village (appr. 3 ½ hours drive) at the north-western shore of Inle Lake. This Intha village is well known for the production of soybean Cakes and noodles. Wander around and observe these cottage industries. Late afternoon transfer to Shwe Inn Tha Resort for check-in and overnight.

DAY 14 (Saturday) INLE LAKE (B)

Full day excursion on Inle Lake (25 km) famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life and the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda housing five sacred and almost shapeless Buddha images, contorted because of the quantity of applied gold leaf, gifts from the believers. The Buddha images are purported to have come here in the 12th Century. In the afternoon, proceed to the silk weaving village of In Phaw Khon and visit Nga Phe Chaung (the biggest and oldest monastery around Inle Lake). Overnight at Shwe Inn Tha Resort.

DAY 15 (Sunday) INLE LAKE (B,L)

Early morning drive by boat for appr. 2 1/2 hours south to explore the unspoiled culture and traditional life-style of the ethnic groups of Pao and Inthas around Sangha and Hmawbi area. Visit Kyauktaing, a Shan village live on earthenware pottery works; visit Kyainkhan village, to see the production of monk robes from fabrics of thousands of lotos stems and the production of high degree alcohol (CS-counrty spirit). Lunch at Thakong Pagoda. Late afternoon come back to Shwe Inn Tha Resort for overnight.

DAY 16 (Monday) INLE LAKE – NYAUNG SHWE – HEHO – SITTWE (B)

Transfer to Heho airport for your flight via Yangon to Sittwe. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check-in. In the afternoon visit cultural museum, bronze image (Pharagyi) and nearby nunnery. Continue to Gawlibunga (Busy Port), bamboo/thatch market. Enjoy sunset at viewpoint (sea beach). You can walk from the beach directly to viewpoint. Overnight at Shwe Tha Zin Hotel.

DAY 17 (Tuesday) SITTWE – MRAUK OO( (B,L,D)

Early morning, drive to the jetty and take a private chartered boat to Mrauk Oo. Enjoy 6 hrs long trip along the Kiccepanadi River. Lunch on the way. Upon arrival visit Anndaw Thein Temple, with two inner pavements inside the temple where a total of 142 Buddha images are placed to be worshipped; Shitethaung Temple, the most spectacular of King Mong Bong's massive temples with over 80,000 Buddha images and sculptures and Htukkant Thein Temple, a museum where you can study the traditional costumes and ornaments from the middle period of Mrauk Oo Dynasty. Sunset from the strategically important Haridaung Hill. Dinner and overnight at Mrauk Oo Princess Resort.

DAY 18 (Wednesday) MRAUK OO - TATTOO CHIN TRIBE VILLAGE – MRAUK OO (B,L,D)

Early morning at 06:00 by boat to the Tattoo Chin Tribe village which is about 45 miles from Mrauk Oo. On the way you will have breakfast and lunch. Explore the village and visit to the local houses. If you like you can walk on the mountain and visit to these areas. In the evening back to Mrauk Oo by boat. In the afternoon come back to Mrauk Oo. Dinner and overnight at Mrauk Oo Princess Resort.

DAY 19 (Thursday) MRAUK OO - MYO TRIBE VILLAGE – SITTWE (B,L)

After breakfast transfer to jetty and depart from Mrauk Oo to Sittwe by boat. On the way visit Myo Tribe's Village with their traditional Khami Clothes. Lunch on the way. Upon arrival in Sittwe transfer to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day free at your own leisure. Overnight at Shwe Tha Zin Hotel in Sittwe.

DAY 20 (Friday) SITTWE – YANGON (B)

After breakfast visit the lobster and crab whole sale houses to see the working activities and the Buddha Museum. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival transfer to Kandawgyi Palace Hotel for check-in. Rest of the day free at your own leisure. Overnight at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel.

DAY 21 (Saturday) YANGON (B)

Transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.

PRICE IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FOR DEPARTURE 04.10.2009, 28.02.2010 AND 28.03.2010

By 4 persons: US$ 2.604,-- per person in double sharing room

By 6 persons: US$ 2.356,-- per person in double sharing room

By 8 persons: US$ 2.192,-- per person in double sharing room

Single supplement: US$ 711,--

PRICE IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FOR DEPARTURE 01.11.2009, 06.12.2009, 03.01.2010 AND 28.03.2010

By 4 persons: US$ 2.717,-- per person in double sharing room

By 6 persons: US$ 2.458,-- per person in double sharing room

By 8 persons: US$ 2.287,-- per person in double sharing room

Single supplement: US$ 744,--

SERVICE:

- Bed & breakfast in double sharing room

- High Tea at the Strand Hotel

- Lunch (L) and dinner (D) as indicated in our itinerary

- English speaking guide throughout the tour

- Domestic flights by Air Bagan, Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways

- Air-con car minibus throughout the tour (not during your stay at Inle Lake)

- Only simple transportation for Sittwe & Mrauk Oo

- Open truck for Kyaikhtiyo

- Entrance fees as indicated in our itinerary

- Express boat from Mandalay to Bagan

- All boat excursions as mentioned in our itinerary

- Porter fees at the airports and jetties

- Drinking water and refreshment tissues during the sightseeing

NOT INCLUDED:

- International air fare to/from Yangon

- Visa fees

- Intl. airport tax of US$ 10 per person

- Compulsory dinner for Christmas & New Year

- Lunch & dinners not mentioned in our itinerary

- Beverage

- Early check-in and late check-out

- Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry service, ect

- Porter fees at the hotels


Organization details

  • 35$ per Day
  • Available Anytime
  • Duration: 12 Day(s)
  • From 1 to 20 people
  • Starts at Yangon, Myanmar

Travel pro profile

  • Speaks Burmese, English, Shan, Spanish
  • Tourism Organization