9-Days 8-Nights Trip to Burma’s Two UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites

DAY-1, ARRIVAL YANGON

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by your tour guide, transferred to the hotel for check-in there, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day-2, YANGON SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, start the full-day sightseeing in Yangon City, the name given by the founder of the Third Burmese Empire, King Alaungphaya, in 1755, symbolizing " the Peaceful City ", by paying a visit to a street market in China Town, walk in & around the downtown near Sule Pagoda dotted with such remaining British colonial buildings as Yangon city hall, High Court, Mahabandula park, Telegraph Office, Post Office, etc., explore the Yangon river shore around Sintoutan Jetty by the Yangon River for the scenery & for observing the people at the grassroots level, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Scott Market aka Bogyoke Market to browse the shops selling a variety of things including souvenirs, 68m-long Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image, 100-m-high  Shwedagon Pagoda towering the sky line of Yangon, heavily gilt, decorated with pure gold plates, other precious, semi –precious stones including the 76-carat diamond & the best sight of Burma, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon. B=Breakfast

Day-3, YANGON-BAGAN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon Airport to take a morning flight to Bagan. Morning visit there starts with Shwesandaw Pagoda to enjoy the panoramic view of Ancient Bagan archaeological site, the massive 11th century Shwezigon Stupa, Nyaung-U farmers’ market, the most beautiful Ananda Temple, Myingaba Gupyaukgyi Temple with early 12th century murals, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to Bagan’s unique lacquerware cottage industry to observe the process of making lacquerwares by hand without using any machines, then horse & cart drive for an hour or so in the ancient archaeological site through a local village to one temple to enjoy the sun down from its upper terrace, then drive back to the hotel, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

Remark: For conservation reason by Archaeological Department, going up to the upper terraces of the pagodas in Bagan may not be permitted & in this case, man-made earth- mounds are to be used instead, for panoramic view & sunset!

Day-4, BAGAN-POPA-BAGAN(B)

After breakfast at the hotel, a morning country drive to Mt.Popa, the oasis in the dry zone in the central Burma & the home for the pantheon of 37 Nats worshipped by most of the animists as well as  Buddhists in Burma. It is 45-km to the south-east of Bagan, at least one hour by car. On the way, stop at a toddy-palm climber's hut to see how to tap sap from the toddy palm's fronds, how jaggery or palm sugar, liquor are made from toddy palm sap, how to make ox-pressed edible oil of sesame & peanut, and making toys from fresh tender toddy leaves, at Mt.Popa, walk up and down Popa Taungkalap, which is in the shape of a wine-glass  caused by a geological formation  during a volcano explosion & a part of Mt. Popa and time for lunch, before driving all the way back to Bagan to be in time for enjoying  a private local sunset cruise with light refreshments on the mighty Irrawaddy River and then time for dinner and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

DAY-5, BAGAN-PYAY SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, 7-hr-car drive in the morning to Pyay aka Prome during the British colonial days, from where the most ancient historical sight in Burma known as Sriksetra or City of Splendor in Sanskrit, dated back to 2nd_9th Century AD, 8 km (5 miles) to the southeast of it, in the village of Hmawza, with the prototypes of Stupas and Temples (2 types of Pagoda) built in the Pyu Period, can be visited. Prome is situated 260 km/160 miles northwest of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, on the way, make photo stops if something interesting is seen and at Prome we visit such places of interest as Shwesandaw Pagoda, Phayagyi dating back to 7th century AD before or after check-in at the hotel, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Prome. B=Breakfast

DAY-6, PYAY-HMAWZA-AKAUKTAUNG SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, morning car-drive to the ancient Pyu sight called Sriksetra in the village of Hmawza to explore the worth-visiting places, by car, (1) Phayamar in the paddy field outside the present-day Hmawza village, (2) Sriksetra Museum, from there take an Ox-cart to explore such interesting places as (3) the Ruined Palace Complex, (4) East Zegu, West Zegu Pagodas, (5)the remaining Pyu Cemetery, Be Be Temple, Leihmyethna Temple and Baw Baw Cylindrical Stupa in a straight line not far from one another, (6) the Rahanta Gate and Rahanta Cave Temple, time for lunch before proceed to visit Akauktaug to explore the Buddha statues in different sizes, in various positions on the steep-rock-face then drive to make an overnight stop at the Bago Yoma Eco Resort in the forest, dinner time and overnight there at the resort. B=Breakfast

DAY-7, PYAY-BAGO YOMA TREKKING & ELEPHANT CAMP (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, about 3-hour morning trek in the peaceful forest for a round trip and the highlight of it is the Bird’s-eye view point named Sai Kya, an ideal vintage point for the nature lovers to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Bago Yoma Mountain ranges shrouded in mist and streams meandering through the forest reserves. The terrain is a little steep but it’s worth doing for anyone loving to walk to enjoy the nature, time for lunch before proceeding to visit the elephant camp by the river shore of the Irrawaddy, enjoy time there and then back to the hotel, dinner time and overnight at the Bago Yoma Eco Resort. B=Breakfast

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After breakfast at the hotel, we are trekking to one of the hidden treasures in Bago Yoma, known as the Chin Ye waterfall. It’s about one hour & half trekking distance from the Eco-Resort and it’s worth doing to enjoy once-in-a-life time experience. Naturally landscaped in three tiers, the picturesque waterfall is sparkling in sunlight shining through leaves from surrounding trees. Get soaked in the natural cold running water in the wonderful landscape of the Bago Yoma for a perfect experience to be felt, time for lunch before proceeding to visit the elephant camp by the river shore of the Irrawaddy, enjoy time to your heart’s content there and then back to the hotel, dinner time and overnight at the Bago Yoma Eco Resort. B=Breakfast

Day-8 PYAY-YANGON (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, drive all the way back to Yangon for 6-hours more or less, on the way, if we see something interesting, make photo stops, stop at Htaukkyant War Cemetery well maintained by the British Commonwealth  check-in at the hotel, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon. B=Breakfast

Day-9 YANGON DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon International Airport to take an International flight to your next destination. B=Breakfast