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FEP-011 ( Cultural + Trekking Trip )

Day 1.ARRIVAL  YANGON

Upon arrival at Yangon International airport, welcomed by our tour guide, transferred to and check-in at the hotel. Afternoon visit to the most important Shwedagon Pagoda, almost 100-m high towering the sky line of Yangon, heavily gilt with 60 tons of pure gold, its 2 top most parts encrusted with over 4,000 pieces of diamonds, the biggest one weighing 76 carat and over 4,000 pieces of such very precious and semi-precious stones as ruby, sapphire, spinel, period, amethyst, etc., the best place to see the way of life of Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, then dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Remark: Shwedagon visit can be done on the next day based on your international flight time.

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 Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image, Scott or Bogyoke Market named after the then British Municipal commissioner Gavin Scott and later Burma national hero Aung San, Aung San Market, the night market on the strand street selling mainly food, dinner time and overnight at the hotel. 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 for panoramic view & sunset.

Day 4. BAGAN-SALE-BAGAN (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer from the hotel to the jetty to take a 4-hr leisure cruise down the Mighty Irrawaddy River to "Sale", a lovely city located on the shore of the Irrawaddy, well-known for its historic religious edifices together with some remaining colonial buildings. Explore Sale by having a stroll before or after lunch at the typical local Burmese Food restaurant there, to see Yoke-Son-kyaung, famous for its beautiful wood carvings, a complex of religious monuments, majority of them dating back to 13th centuries including one huge hollow Buddha Image made of Bamboo, several wooden monasteries in ruined state,and then back to Bagan by car for 2 hours or so, enjoying the scenery, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bagan. B=Breakfast

Day 5.BAGAN -POPA-BAGAN -SIGHTSEEING (B)

Enjoy the balloon flight over ancient Bagan for the sunrise, breakfast at the hotel, a morning country car-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 & 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 volcanic eruption & a part of Mt. Popa and time for lunch, before driving all the way back to Bagan to be in time there 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, Remark; Ballooning for sunrise is optional

Day 6. BAGAN-MANDALAY-AMARAPURA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Naung U Airport to take a morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival there, direct visit to Amarapura aka the City of Immortality, to observe Mahagandayon Monastery, a home for more or less 1,500 Buddhist monks for their preparation of the last meal of the day in long lines, such unique cottage industries as silk weaving , Gold Leaf Beaters ‘, the only place in the world where the thinnest handmade gold leaf of Burma is produced and time for lunch. Afternoon visit in Mandalay to the Shwekyaung teak wood monastery with beautiful woodcarvings which is the only remaining building in good shape, from the last royal palace almost totally destroyed by allied bomb during the 2nd world war, Kuthodaw Pagoda (The biggest book in the world, the symbol of the 5th Buddhist Synod recently in the list of UNESCO world memory) and the Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

Day 7.MANDALAY -MINGUN-AVA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to Mingun Village. It is about 10-minute-drive from the hotel to Mandalay jetty, take a private chartered boat there for 1-hr cruise up the Irrawady River, then on foot to visit such sites as Mingun Unfinished Pagoda, 90-ton-weighed Mingun Bronze Bell, Myantheindan aka Hsinphyume Pagoda with nice view up there, an Ox & cart drive for fun, then cruise back to Mandalay for 45-minutes, time for lunch. In the afternoon sightseeing, visit Inwa aka Ava village     from Mandalay, it takes more or less 45-minutes by car to a small river, cross this river by a small ferry for 5 minutes or so, then explore Ava by horse & cart to experience the villagers’ way of life, together with some ruined but preserved 19th century religious monuments, such as Bagaya Teak wood monastery, the leaning watch tower for photo, Menu Brick monastery located in the palace complex in the paddy field, enjoy sunset by boat at U Pein Bridge in Amarapura city then back to Mandalay and time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

Day 8.MANDALAY-HEHO-PINDAYA SIGHTSEEING (B)

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to the Mandalay airport to take the morning flight to Heho in Shan State and drive to Pindaya, from Heho Airport to Pindaya, it's 2-hr drive in maximum, the scenery on the way is breathtakingly beautiful and the whole land is seasonally covered with various kinds of such vegetables as potatoes, sesames, mustards, gingers, wheats, cauliflowers, cabbages, etc. Lunch will be at Pindaya, which is at an altitude of almost 1,200 m above sea level, before visiting Pindaya limestone cave with 8,000 Buddha images in different sizes, most of them are carved out of the natural lime stone cave, Shan paper umbrella making, a grove of huge banyan trees of more or less 500 years old, the idyllic Pone-ta-louk Lake which is part of the beautiful story of the evolution of the Pindaya village & its people, Danu tribe". Then time for dinner and overnight at hotel in Pindaya. B=Breakfast

Day 9. PINDAYA-ELEPHANT CAMP- KALAW SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, about 2 hours drive to the elephant camp near Kalaw where such activities as planting as a part of campaign for reforestation, feeding elephant, bathing them in a nearby stream, observe the paper making process from elephant's dungs, elephant clinic and a museum where a remaining skeleton of the dead elephant is displayed, etc., welcome drink plus lunch are given as a part of the package of the elephant camp visit. Then drive to Kalaw, which is also one of the hill stations designated by the British in their colonial days and many Nepalese who came to Burma with the British can still be seen there. Kalaw is also called the Pine Hill named after its thick forest of pine trees and it's 1,320 m above sea level and the weather is as nice as Pindaya. A nice walk starting from TheinTaung monastic compound, which is a view point overlooking the city, to the British built train station through the downtown of Kalaw is recommended, time for dinner and overnight in Kalaw. B=Breakfast

Day 10. KALAW-INLE TREKKING (B,L,D)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, a visit to the Kalaw central market, start our 1-night-2-day- Kalaw-Inle trek, after about 45-minute drive by car to the starting point to trek. Depending on paces, the trek will take 5 hours more or less for cir 20 km-trek-route, passing through the villages of Pa-O, Danu, Intha tribes, where one can observe their traditional ways of life enjoying the idyllic scenery of Shan Plateau where a great deal of plots of land are beautifully decorated with such seasonal vegetables as yellow sesame, rice plants, ginger, cauliflower, cabbages, chayote, gourds, pumpkin, etc., simple nutritious Lunch is on the way at one village and dinner is either at one village house or at a village monastery where we are staying for a night. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 11. 1/2 DAY TREKKING- INLE (B,L)

After simple breakfast, start to trek for 4 hours in maximum, enjoying the ways of life of the villagers of the similar tribes, peaceful colourful beautiful scenery, lunch will be at our last village which will be either Thandaung or Taungbogyi, located on the west bank of the Inle Lake, from there by private boat to the hotel on the bank of the lake in Nyaungshwe, the gateway to the Inle Lake and leisure for the rest of the day at the hotel at Inle. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch

Day 12. INLE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, by boat,  visit every-5-day market of the tribal people living in & around the lake to observe their ways of life before proceeding to explore the villages of weavers (fabric made from lotus fibre thread, can only be seen in Inle Lake), blacksmiths, cheroot makers and boat-builders, then Phaungdawu Pagoda, which is well-known for its 18-day-long pagoda festival held yearly with great pomp and ceremony, in a long procession of beautifully decorated barges plus traditional long-flat-bottom racing boats roaming in the lake to the villages, making overnight stops there,traditional way of fishing can be seen on the way and time for lunch, after that a slow boat drive through the Kaylar village, which is built in the middle of the lake, also through the floating gardens of mainly tomatoes together with seasonal vegetables plus flowers, visit almost 200-year-old-ancient-Ngaphechaung-wooden monastery formerly known as jumping cat monastery ( no more jumping cats there ) to see the unique beautiful collection of Buddhist shrines made of intricate designs of wood-carvings & glass mosaic before driving  back to hotel, dinner time  and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast,

Day 13. INLE-INDEIN- RED MOUNTAIN WINERY SIGHTSEEING (B)

 

After breakfast at hotel, about 1-hour boat drive to Indein Pa-O tribal village dotted with almost 2,000 pagodas in different sizes, dating  back to 17th , 18th  centuries, then time for lunch, after that visit Silversmiths’ village, arts & crafts shop where Padaung ladies dubbed  as long-necked,  can be seen/taken pictures together, then boat drive through the villages in the lake, watching the  traditional / modern way of fishing with 2-m-long-cone-shaped-bamboo fishing traps & with just a long net, also enjoying  the farmers taking the weeds from the lake bed, to be used as natural fertilizers for the farming on the floating gardens, to Minethuak village, where our car is waiting for us to visit the Red Mountain Winery  to observe the process of making wine plus for wine tasting enjoying the nice view there then back to hotel  before it’s too dark, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast

Day 14. HEHO-YANGON DEPATURE (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Heho airport to take a morning flight to Yangon to be in time there for your international flight to your next destination. B=Breakfast

FEP 010( Off the beaten track )

Day 1.ARRIVAL-YANGON SIGHTSEEING

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by our tour guide and 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., browse at Scott or Bogyoke Market named after the then British Municipal commissioner Gavin Scott and later Burma national hero Aung San, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the 68m-long Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image, the 100 m high Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest sight of Burma for Buddhists, gilded with 60 tons of pure gold plates, its 2 topmost parts diamond orb & weather vane, encrusted with about 4,000 pieces of diamonds, the biggest one weighed 76 carat, about more than 4,000 pieces of such precious & semi-precious stones as ruby, sapphire, period, spinal, emerald, aquamarine, amethyst, etc, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day 2.YANGON-KYAIKHTIYOE (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, morning drive to the Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda aka Golden Rock, which is worldwide known for its precarious balancing position on the edge of the base cliff protruding from the main ground. From Yangon, it takes about 4 hours by car to reach the Kinpun Base Camp of the Golden Rock, from there to Golden Rock by a passenger truck with other passengers, it is about 45-minutes, if the traffic is clear, check-in at the hotel and it is just 10 minutes’ walk away to the pagoda. It's a country drive from Yangon to the Golden Rock and on the sides of motor road, are the broad fields of mainly rice plantations and the scenery is idyllic and make a photo stop at Shwehmawdaw Pagoda, visit the partially reconstructed Kambawzathadi Palace on the way. Lunch will be on the way and dinner and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

Day 3.KYAIKHTIYOE-THAHTON-MAWLAMYAING (B)

In the morning after breakfast, a couple of minutes walk to a truck station, from there by truck, to the base camp ( 45-minute drive ) and then by car, cir 3 & 1/2 drive to Mawlawmyaing (Kyaikhto -Thahton-Mawlamyaing) , the beautiful city located on the shore of the River, Thanlwin. On theway, if we see something interesting, make photo stops, visit Shwesayan Pagoda at Thahton, lunch will be there or at Mawlawmyaing depending on the time.InMawlawmyaing, in the evening, pay a visit to the ranges of hill studded with MahamuniPhaya, Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, Queen Seindon's ancient teakwood monastery, U Khandi& U Zina Pagoda, from there, one can enjoy the breathtaking view of Mawlamyaing city and the ThanlwinRiver.Then time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mawlamyaing. B=Breakfast

Day 4. MAWLAMYAING-MUDON-THANBYUZAYAT-SETSE-KYAIKKHAMI-MAWLAMYAING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, start the morning sightseeing by exploring the central Mawlamyaing Market to observe the locals' way of life by rubbing shoulders with them, from there to Mudon, which is 26 km, cir 1/2 drive, to visit the world longest hollow unfinished reclining Buddha image, having 200-meter in length, 7 stories in height, located in the spacious Win-sein Monastic Compound, proceed to Thanbyuzayat World War II Cemetery ( cir 1-hr drive & 38 km ), which is one end of the notorious 415-km / 258-miles long Burma-Siam Death Railway inside Burma, where the 3,149 tombstones of commonwealth soldiers in the 2nd world war, are laid out in a semi-circle, well maintained by the British Commonwealth, after that continue to drive to Setse Beach ( about 25 minutes drive for 15 km ) for lunch there before going to Kyaikkhami formerly known as Amherst ( cir 45 minutes for 27 km ) to visit Kyaikkhami Yele Pagoda, ( cir 40 minutes for 24 km ) , then drive all the way back to Mawlawmyaing, about 2-hours drive for 77 km. In the late afternoon, have a stroll along the Thanlwin River shore and in & around down-town leisurely to explore the city by yourself or with your guide, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Mawlaymaing. B=Breakfast

Day 5.MAWLAMYAING-HPA AN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, leave for the Karen ethnic capital city, " Hpa-an ", which will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive by car, on the way, visit a nice Kado Village to see the beautiful teak-wood monastery, which is the good deed of U Nar Auk, who is the Mon ethnic business tycoon of those days, Saddam Cave well-known for its beautiful scenery,Kyauk-ka-lap, which is beautifully located in the middle of the lake with the backdrop of Mt.Zwekabin, which is the landmark of the Karen State, then to Hpa An and time for lunch. Afternoon visit in Hpa-an includes the 7th century AD Kawtgun Cave, the pagoda on the river shore where one can enjoy the everyday people, the beautiful scenes & the sunset, then it will be the time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Hpa An. B=Breakfast

Day 6.HPA-AN- BAGO SIGHTSEEING -YANGON (B)

After breakfast, check-out the hotel, visit Hpa An market, then leave for Bago, it's about 180-km, 4-hr drive (Hpa An-Thahton-Kyaikhto-Waw-Bago), and on the way to Bago, stop at Bayingyigu cave which is in between Hpa-An and Thahton well-known for its beautiful scenic spot . Lunch will be on the way and, visit Kyaikpun Hpaya aka 4 seated Buddha Images in Bago, the Htaukkyan War Cemetery maintained by the British Commonwealth, Golden Banyan Tree, the home of the Guardian Spirit or Nat for automobiles and then to Yangon, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon. B=Breakfast

Day 7.YANGON- SITTWE- MRAUK-U (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon Airport to take a late morning flight (either direct or via Sandoway ) to Sittwe, the capital of the Arakan State aka Rakhaing/Rakhine , then about 1-hour car-drive from the Sittwe airport to the jetty of Ponnagyun to start our approximately 3-hr Ponnagyun-Mrauk U-private cruise depending on tide, the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful with the daily activities, on the river, of fishing, washing clothes at the river bank & swimming, etc.,. In fact, it's a stately-cruised-beautiful voyage, relaxing and enjoying the Kaladan river life. Upon arriving at Mrauk-U, which is the forgotten ancient kingdom (1429–1785) of Araknese kings, transfer to check-in at the hotel, dinner time and overnight at the hotel there in Mrauk-U. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch

Remark: Lunch on board the boat & have a walk in a downtown depending on our arrival time there!

Day 8.MRAUK-U SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, a morning visit to Mrauk-U local market to see the everyday people’s ways of life before proceeding to explore the area dotted with such ancient worth-visiting monuments as Lay Mro period Pisi pagoda with 5 sandstone Buddha images strategically located on the mound with nice view up there, the 16th century Koethaung Temple well-known for 90,000 Buddha images in different sizes, a walk to a beautiful Letsaykan Lake and its nearby village where one can see how the drums & fans are traditionally made by hand, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the ancient archaeological site scattered with such monuments as the 16th century magnificent landmark Shitthaung Temple boasting 80,000 Buddha images in different sizes, in the shape of the fortress with interior tunnel of maze decorated with stone carving reliefs of the images of Buddha & other beings depicting mainly 547 Jataka stories, the Htutkan Sima well-known for its sandstone reliefs with different hair styles of those days, visit a Thet/Sak tribal village to observe one of our almost extinct ancient tribes there, enjoy the sunset from the hillock near the Ratanabon Pagoda, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Mrauk-U. B=Breakfast

Day 9. MRAUK-U -CHIN VILLAGE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, at least half an hour car-drive to Poe-phuy-kyun village, where we take about 2 &1/2 -hour-small-private-locally-used-boat trip upstream on the beautiful Lemyo/Lay Mro River to 3 Chin Tribal villages of tattooed-face Chin women by the river shore and we are going to explore, on foot, them when we get there. The scenery along the river is charming and idyllic, sometimes bamboo rafts are coming down the river, villagers are collecting stones & sand from the river bed for commercial purpose, fishing, swimming, washing their clothes by the river shore, etc. At the Chin tribal villages, we can observe the Chin women whose faces are beautified with colourful tattoos in the designs of spider-webs representing their specific clan, also their way of life, lunch will be enjoyed at one of the Tattooed –faced-Chin-women’s villages, after exploration there, all the way back to the hotel in Mrauk-U by boat, by car, then dinner time and overnight stop at the hotel in Mrauk-U. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch

Day 10.MRAUK-U- SITTWE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, in the morning, 3-hour- car-drive to Sittwe, on the way, visit the Vesali village, the former ancient kingdom (327-818 AD), Mahamuni Buddha Image at Kyauktaw, believed to be the original Buddha image cast of Bronze during the time of Gotama Buddha, lunch time, stop at a weaving place by the roadside at Kyamathauk Village, proceed to Sittwe, where the places of interest to be visited include the National museum to study the civilizations, culture, history, etc., of the people living in Rakhine, a walk in a city to explore by rubbing shoulder with the locals, stop at the view point overlooking the Bay of Bengal, then dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Sittwe. B=Breakfast

Day 11. SITTWE-YANGON DEPARTURE (B)

Before or after breakfast at the hotel, early morning visit to the central Sittwe market on foot to see the fish market where the auction of fish freshly caught  from the Bay of Bengal, can be observed together with the morning activities at the market, visit the cultural museum, photo stop at Jama Mosque built in 1859 next to the museum and then transfer to the airport to take a flight back to Yangon to be in time there for your connecting international flight to your next destination.

FEP-009 (Cultural Trip)

(Day 1) ARRIVAL YANGON

Upon arrival at Yangon International airport, welcomed by our tour guide, transferred to and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

(Day 2) 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 lacquer-ware cottage industry to observe the process of making lacquer-wares 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 for panoramic view & sunset.

(Day 3) BAGAN-POPA -BAGAN-SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, a morning country car-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 & 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 volcanic eruption & a part of Mt. Popa and time for lunch, before driving all the way back to Bagan to be in time there 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 4) BAGAN-PAKOKKU-MONYWA (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, about 45-minutes car drive to Pakokku Township across the Ayeyawaddy ( Irrawaddy ) river, explore the busy daily Pakokku rural market to observe the everyday people there before 3 - hour car drive to Monywa, lunch will be on the way at a simple restaurant and visit the rock-cut caves of Shwebataung & Phowingtaung, the latter boasting the Nyaungyan-dynasty-17th-century mural paintings of the Jataka stories on the ceilings and on the walls of the caves, beautifully designed Buddha images of different sizes carved out of the natural lime stones, it's also a home to a troop of semi-tamed monkeys, then stop to see the site where the copper is produced by traditional way, check-in at the hotel, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Monywa. B=Breakfast

(Day 5) MONYWA SIGHTSEEING- SAGAING- MANDALAY (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, morning visit starts with such well-known places of interest in Monywa as Monyinthanbudde pagoda, which houses the 582,375 Buddha images in different sizes, Boditahtaung pagoda complex where the 130-m high standing Buddha, 100-m long reclining Bhddha plus over 1,000 Buddha statues sitting under the Banyan trees, can be seen in a huge compound, then proceed by car to Mandalay, photo stop at Kaunghmutaw Pagoda, time for lunch  in Sagaing, enjoy the 360° jaw-dropping  bird’s-eye view up there on the Sagaing Hill, then visit silk weaving in Amarapura before sunset at the world famous longest U Pein teak bridge of 1.2 km long built on the Taungthaman Lake, proceed to the hotel in Mandalay for check-in & overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. The driving hour between Monywa and Mandalay will take 3 hours more or less. B=Breakfast

(Day 6) MANDALAY-AMARAPURA-MANDALAY -SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, a morning car-drive to Amarapura aka the City of Immortality, to explore Mahagandayon Monastery, a home for more or less 1,500 Buddhist monks, to be in time there for their preparation of the last meal of the day in long lines, before or after visiting Mahamuni Bronze Buddha Image believed to be cast during the Buddha’s life time, then visit such unique cottage industries as wood carving,  Gold Leaf Beating, the only place in the world where the thinnest handmade heavy hammer-beaten gold leaf of Burma, is produced and time for lunch, Afternoon visit to the Shwekyaung teak wood monastery aka Golden Palace Monastery with beautiful woodcarvings, which is the only remaining building in good shape, from the last royal palace almost totally destroyed by allied bomb during the 2nd world war, Kuthodaw Pagoda (The world biggest book of the Buddha’s complete teachings in Pali language, recently in the list of UNESCO world memory) and the Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view up there, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

(Day 7) MANDALAY -MINGUN-AVA SIGHTSEEING (B)

mingun

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to Mingun Village. It is about 10-minute-drive from the hotel to Mandalay jetty, take a private chartered boat there for 1-hr cruise up the Irrawady River, then on foot to visit such sites as Mingun Unfinished Pagoda, 90-ton-weighed Mingun Bronze Bell, Myantheindan aka Hsinphyume Pagoda with nice view up there, an Ox & cart drive for fun, then cruise back to Mandalay for 45-minutes, time for lunch. In the afternoon sightseeing, visit Inwa aka Ava village from Mandalay, it takes more or less 45-minutes by car to a small river, cross this river by a small ferry for 5 minutes or so, then explore Ava by horse & cart to experience the villagers’ way of life, together with some ruined but preserved 19th century religious monuments, such as Bagaya Teak wood monastery, the leaning watch tower for photo, Menu Brick monastery located in the palace complex in the paddy field, then back to Mandalay, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

(Day 8) MANDALAY-HEHO-PINDAYA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the Mandalay Airport to take the morning flight to Heho in Shan State and drive to Pindaya, from the Heho airport to Pindaya, it's 2-hr drive in Maximum, the scenery on the way is breathtakingly beautiful and the whole land is seasonally covered with rice plants, wheat, mustard, yellow, white sesame, potato, cauliflower,cabbages, chayotes, gingers, taro, various kinds of beans, etc., before or after lunch, visit Pindaya limestone cave with circa 8000 Buddha images in different sizes, most of them are carved out of the natural lime stone cave, Shan paper umbrella making, a grove of huge banyan trees of more or less 500 years old, the beautiful Pone-ta-louk Lake, which is part of the beautiful story of the evolution of the Pindaya village& its people. Dinner time and overnight at the hotel. If every- 5- day market is on the way , it's to be visited. B=Breakfast

(Day 9) PINDAYA TREKKING- KALAW SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, a few minutes drive to the starting point to trek, begin to walk to a tribal village for more or less 1 hour through the tress of mangoes, crab apples and other seasonal crops in the cultivated lands, arrive at the Tha Yet Kone Danu tribal Village, where one can observe the villagers making hand-made Bamboo Hats. Continue to walk, for half an hour uphill by enjoying the plantations of tea, cabbages, cauliflowers, potatoes, mustard, garlic, etc., crab apple trees, the beautiful panoramic view of Pindaya with its beautiful lake, to Kyae Dwe Kone Village, situated on the hill and surrounded by big Bamboo forest, where local Danu people produce potato chips and one can study the way they make the chips & the villagers' way of life. Then walking downhill for 30 minutes more or less to the Pindaya Shwe Oo Min Cave, enjoying again, on the way, the plantation of tea, coffee together with the other seasonal crops, the picturesque Pon-ta-loke lake in the distance, proceed to walk for half an hour so back to the car and time for lunch before 1&1/2-hr-car drive to Kalaw, which is also one of the hill stations designated by the British in their colonial days and many Nepalese who came to Burma with the British, can still be seen there. Kalaw is also called the Pine Hill named after its thick forest of pine trees and it's 1320 m above sea level, higher than Pindaya and the weather is as nice as Pindaya. The places of interest to be visited there in Kalaw before or after check-in at the hotel in Kalaw, are Thein-taung, which is a view point overlooking the city, central market, a nice short walk to explore Kalaw, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kalaw. B= Breakfast

(Day 10) KALAW-ELEPAHNT CAMP-INLE LAKE (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, about 2 hours drive to the elephant camp near Kalaw where such activities as planting as a part of campaign for reforestation, feeding elephant, bathing them in a nearby stream, observe the paper making process from elephant's dungs, elephant clinic and a museum where a remaining skeleton of the dead elephant is displayed, etc., welcome drink plus lunch are given as a part of the package of the elephant camp visit. And then drive to the famous Inle Lake, cir 880 m above sea level, 22-km long and 11-km wide, noted for its floating gardens, unique leg rowers, fishermen fishing by traditional way, etc., on the way, make a photo stop at Shwe Yanpyay wooden monastery, built to commemorate the spot of the 1st meeting between the British Officials and the Saopha of Nyaungshwe in 1886, before proceeding to Nyaungshwe on the north bank of the Inle Lake, check-in at the hotel, dinner time and overnight there at the hotel in Inle lake. B=Breakfast

(Day 11) INLE-INDEIN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at hotel, about 1-hour boat drive to Indein tribal Pa-O village dotted with almost 2,000 pagodas in different sizes, which can be dated back to 17th, 18th centuries, then time for lunch, after that visit Silversmiths’ village, arts & crafts shop  where the Shan paper making process can  be observed & where Padaung ladies dubbed as long-necked, can be seen/taken pictures together, then Phaungdawu Pagoda, which is well-known for its 18-day-long pagoda festival held yearly with great pomp and ceremony, in a long procession of beautifully decorated barges plus traditional long-flat-bottom racing boats roaming in the lake to the villages, making overnight stops there, then drive all the way back to the hotel through the villages in the lake including the beautiful Kaylar village, traditional houses of it, are built on the stilts in the middle of the lake, arriving back at the hotel, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

(Day 12) INLE SIGHTSEEING -HEHO-YANGON (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, by boat, visit every-5-day market of the tribal people living in & around the lake to observe their ways of life before proceeding to explore the villages of weavers (fabric made from lotus fibre thread, can only be seen in Inle Lake), blacksmiths, cheroot makers and boat-builders, then Phaungdawu Pagoda, which is well-known for its 18-day-long pagoda festival yearly, traditional way of fishing can be seen on the way and time for lunch, after that a slow boat drive through the Kaylar village, which is built in the middle of the lake, also through the floating gardens of mainly tomatoes together with seasonal vegetables plus flowers, visit almost 200-year-old-ancient-Ngaphechaung-wooden monastery formerly known as jumping cat monastery ( no more jumping cats there ) to see the unique beautiful collection of Buddhist shrines made of intricate designs of wood-carvings & glass mosaic before transferring to the Heho Airport to take an evening flight to Yangon, transfer to check-in, dinner time & overnight at the hotel in Yangon. B=Breakfast

(Day 13) YANGON SIGHTSEEING-DEPARTURE (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, Synagogue, walk in & around the downtown near Sule Pagoda dotted with the remaining British colonial buildings such 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 Bogyoke Aung San Market aka Scott's Market to see the everyday people life, 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 & the best sight of Burma, then transfer to the Yangon international airport to take your international flight to your next destination. B=Breakfast

FEP-008( Cultural Trip )

(Day 1 ) MANDALAY ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Mandalay International airport, welcomed by our tour guide, transferred to check in & overnight at the hotel in Mandalay city, the rest of the day is leisure.

(Day 2) MANDALAY-AMARAPURA -MANDALAY SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to Amarapura aka the City of Immortality, to observe Mahagandayon Monastery, a home for more or less 1,500 Buddhist monks for their preparation of the last meal of the day in long lines, silk weaving cottage industry, Mahamuni Bronze Buddha Image, marble quarter, Gold Leaf Beaters ‘, the only place in the world where the thinnest handmade gold leaf of Burma is produced and time for lunch. Afternoon visit in Mandalay to the Shwekyaung teak wood monastery with beautiful woodcarvings which is the only remaining building in good shape, from the last royal palace almost totally destroyed by allied bomb during the 2nd world war, Kuthodaw Pagoda (The biggest book in the world, the symbol of the 5th Buddhist Synod recently in the list of UNESCO world memory) and the Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.  B=Breakfast

(Day 3) MANDALAY -MINGUN-AVA SIGHTSEEING (B)

mingun

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to Mingun Village. It is about 10-minute-drive from the hotel to Mandalay jetty, take a private chartered boat there for 1-hr cruise up the Irrawady River, then on foot to visit such sites as Mingun Unfinished Pagoda, 90-ton-weighed Mingun Bronze Bell,  Myantheindan aka Hsinphyume Pagoda with nice view up there, an Ox & cart drive for fun, then cruise back to Mandalay for 45-minutes, time for lunch. In the afternoon sightseeing, visit Inwa aka Ava village__ from Mandalay, it takes more or less 45-minutes by car to a small river, cross this river by a small ferry for 5 minutes or so, then explore Ava by horse & cart to experience the villagers’ way of life, together with some ruined but preserved 19th century religious monuments, such as Bagaya Teak wood monastery, the leaning watch tower for photo, Menu Brick monastery located in the palace complex in the paddy field, enjoy sunset  by boat at U Pein Bridge in Amarapura city then back to Mandalay and time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

(Day 4) MANDALAY-BAGAN- SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to to the Mandalay international airport to take a morning flight to Bagan, upon arriving there, morning visit in Bagan, 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 lacquer-ware cottage industry to observe the process of making lacquer-wares 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 for panoramic view & sunset.

(Day 5) BAGAN -POPA-BAGAN -SIGHTSEEING (B)

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After breakfast at the hotel, a morning country car-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 & 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 volcanic eruption & a part of Mt. Popa and time for lunch, before driving all the way back to Bagan to be in time there 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 6) NYAUNG U-HEHO-PINDAYA SIGHTSEEING (B)

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to the Nyaung Oo airport to take the morning flight to Heho in Shan State and drive to Pindaya, from Heho Airport to Pindaya, it's 2-hr drive in maximum, the scenery on the way is breathtakingly beautiful and the whole land is seasonally covered with various kinds of such vegetables as potatoes, sesames, mustards, gingers, wheats, cauliflowers, cabbages, etc. Lunch will be at Pindaya, which is at an altitude of almost 1,200 m above sea level, before visiting Pindaya limestone cave with 8,000 Buddha images in different sizes, most of them are carved out of the natural lime stone cave, Shan paper umbrella making, a grove of huge banyan trees of more or less 500 years old, the idyllic Pone-ta-louk Lake which is part of the beautiful story of the evolution of the Pindaya village & its people, Danu tribe". Then time for dinner and overnight at hotel in Pindaya. B=Breakfast

(Day 7) PINDAYA-ELEPHANT CAMP-INLE LAKE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, about 2 hours drive to the elephant camp near Kalaw where such activities as planting as a part of campaign for reforestation, feeding elephant, bathing them in a nearby stream, observe the paper making process from elephant's dungs, elephant clinic and a museum where a remaining skeleton of the dead elephant is displayed, etc., welcome drink plus lunch are given as a part of the package of the elephant camp visit. And then drive to the famous Inle Lake, cir 880 m above sea level, 22-km long and 11-km wide, noted for its floating gardens, unique leg rowers, fishermen fishing by traditional way, etc., on the way, make a photo stop at Shwe Yanpyay wooden monastery, built to commemorate the spot of the 1st meeting between the British Officials and the Saopha of Nyaungshwe in 1886, before proceeding to Nyaungshwe on the north bank of the Inle Lake, check-in at the hotel, dinner time and overnight there at the hotel in Inle lake. B=Breakfast

(Day 8) INLE LAKE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, by boat, explore the villages of weavers (fabric made from lotus fibre thread, can only be seen in Inle Lake), blacksmiths, cheroot makers and boat-builders, then Phaungdawu Pagoda, which is well-known for its 18-day-long pagoda festival held yearly with great pomp and ceremony, in a long procession of beautifully decorated barges plus traditional long-flat-bottom racing boats roaming in the lake to the villages, making overnight stops there,traditional way of fishing can be seen on the way and time for lunch, after that a slow boat drive through the Kaylar village, which is built in the middle of the lake, also through the floating gardens of mainly tomatoes together with seasonal vegetables plus flowers, visit almost 200-year-old-ancient-Ngaphechaung-wooden monastery formerly known as jumping cat monastery (no more jumping cats there) to see the unique beautiful collection of Buddhist shrines made of intricate designs of wood-carvings & glass mosaic before driving  back to hotel, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast

(Day 9) INLE-INDEIN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at hotel, visit, by boat, every-5-day-tribal market to observe the way of life of the ethnic tribes , then about 1-hour boat drive to Indein tribal Pa-O village dotted with almost 2,000 pagodas in different sizes, which can be dated back to 17th, 18th centuries, then time for lunch, after that visit Silversmiths’ village, arts & crafts shop  where the Shan paper making process can  be observed & where Padaung ladies dubbed as long-necked, can be seen/taken pictures together, then drive all the way back to the hotel through traditional houses of the villages in the lake, which are built on the stilts in the water, arriving back at the hotel, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

(Day 10) INLE -HEHO- YANGON_GOLDEN ROCK (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Heho Airport to take the morning flight to Yangon, from the Yangon airport, about 3 & ½ drive straight away to (a) the base camp of Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda aka Golden Rock, which is worldwide- known for its precarious balancing position on the edge of the base cliff connected with the main pagoda platform with the iron bridge. Then from (a) to Golden Rock Pagoda by a public hill-truck with the other passengers, it is about 45-minutes, if the traffic is clear. Check-in at the hotel, it is just 10-minutes-walk away from the hotel to the pagoda. It's a country drive from Yangon to the Golden Rock and on the sides of motor road, are the broad fields of mainly rice plantations and the scenery is idyllic, lunch will be on the way to Kyaikhto, dinner and overnight at the hotel at the Golden Rock. B=Breakfast

(Day 11) GOLDEN ROCK-BAGO-YANGON (B)

In the morning after breakfast, just 3-minute walk from the hotel to the hill truck station, from there by hill-truck, to the base camp ( 45-minute drive) and then leave for Bago, It's about 105-km, cir-2- hr drive (Kyaikhto-Waw-Bago ), where we have lunch and photo stop at Shwehmawdaw Pagoda, visit the reconstructed partially finished Kambawzathadi Palace originally built in 16th century, the symbol of the broadest 2nd Burmese empire of King Bayinnaung, 15-century Kyaikpun Pagoda with 4 gigantic- Buddha images seated back to back, Htaukkyan War Cemetery maintained by the British Commonwealth, then check-in at the hotel in Yangon, dinner time and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

 

 

 

(Day 12) 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 China Town, Synagogue, walk in & around the downtown near Sule Pagoda dotted with the remaining British colonial buildings such as Yangon city hall, High Court, Post Office, Telegraph Office, Mahabandula park, 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 Bogyoke Aung San Market aka Scott's Market to see the everyday people life, 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 & the best sight of Burma, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon. B=Breakfast

(Day 13) YANGON DEPARTURE (B)

 

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon International Airport to be in time there for the International flight to your next destination. B=Breakfast

FEP-007 ( Cultural)

Day-1 ARRIVAL YANGON-SIGHTSEEING

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by our tour guide and 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., browse at Scott or Bogyoke Market named after the then British Municipal commissioner Gavin Scott and later Burma national hero Aung San, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the 68m-long Chaukhtatkyi  Reclining  Buddha Image, the 100 m high Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest sight of Burma for Buddhists, gilded with 60 tons of pure gold plates, its 2 topmost parts diamond orb & weather vane, encrusted with about 4,000 pieces of diamonds, the biggest one weighed 76 carat, about more than 4,000 pieces of such precious & semi-precious stones as ruby, sapphire, period, spinal, emerald, aquamarine, amethyst, etc, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day-2 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 lacquer-ware cottage industry to observe the process of making lacquer-wares 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 for panoramic view & sunset.

Day-3 BAGAN -POPA-BAGAN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, a morning country car-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 & 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 volcanic eruption & a part of Mt. Popa and time for lunch, before driving all the way back to Bagan to be in time there 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-4 BAGAN-MANDALAY-AMARAPURA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Nyaung Oo Airport to take a morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival there, direct visit to Amarapura aka the City of Immortality, to observe Mahagandayon Monastery, a home for more or less 1,500 Buddhist monks for their preparation of the last meal of the day in long lines, such unique cottage industries as silk weaving , Gold Leaf Beaters ‘, the only place in the world where the thinnest handmade gold leaf of Burma is produced and time for lunch. Afternoon visit in Mandalay to the Shwekyaung teak wood monastery with beautiful woodcarvings which is the only remaining building in good shape, from the last royal palace almost totally destroyed by allied bomb during the 2nd world war, Kuthodaw Pagoda (The biggest book in the world, the symbol of the 5th Buddhist Synod recently in the list of UNESCO world memory) and the Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.  B=Breakfast

Day-5 MANDALAY -MINGUN-AVA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to Mingun Village. It is about 10-minute-drive from the hotel to Mandalay jetty, take a private chartered boat there for 1-hr cruise up the Irrawady River, then on foot to visit such sites as Mingun Unfinished Pagoda, 90-ton-weighed Mingun Bronze Bell, Myantheindan aka Hsinphyume Pagoda with nice view up there, an Ox & cart drive for fun, then cruise back to Mandalay for 45-minutes, time for lunch. In the afternoon sightseeing, visit Inwa aka Ava village from Mandalay, it takes more or less 45-minutes by car to a small river, cross this river by a small ferry for 5 minutes or so, then explore Ava by horse & cart to experience the villagers’ way of life, together with some ruined but preserved 19th century religious monuments, such as Bagaya Teak wood monastery, the leaning watch tower for photo, Menu Brick monastery located in the palace complex in the paddy field, enjoy sunset by boat at U Pein Bridge in Amarapura city then back to Mandalay and time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

Day-6 MANDALAY-HEHO-PINDAYA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at hotel, transfer to the Mandalay Airport to take the morning flight to Heho in Shan State and drive to Pindaya, from Heho Airport to Pindaya, it's 2-hr drive in maximum, the scenery on the way is breathtakingly beautiful and the whole land is seasonally covered with various kinds of such vegetables as potatoes, sesames, mustards, gingers, wheats, cauliflowers, cabbages, etc. Lunch will be at Pindaya, which is at an altitude of almost 1,200 m above sea level, before visiting Pindaya limestone cave with 8,000 Buddha images in different sizes, most of them are carved out of the natural lime stone cave, Shan paper umbrella making, a grove of huge banyan trees of more or less 500 years old, the idyllic Pone-ta-louk Lake which is part of the beautiful story of the evolution of the Pindaya village & its people, Danu tribe". Then time for dinner and overnight at hotel in Pindaya. B=Breakfast

Day-7 PINDAYA-ELEPHANT CAMP- KALAW SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, about 2 hours drive to the elephant camp near Kalaw where such activities as planting as a part of campaign for reforestation, feeding elephant, bathing them in a nearby stream, observe the paper making process from elephant's dungs, elephant clinic and a museum where a remaining skeleton of the dead elephant is displayed, etc., welcome drink plus lunch are given as a part of the package of the elephant camp visit. Then drive to Kalaw, which is also one of the hill stations designated by the British in their colonial days and many Nepalese who came to Burma with the British can still be seen there. Kalaw is also called the Pine Hill named after its thick forest of pine trees and it's 1,320 m above sea level and the weather is as nice as Pindaya. A nice walk starting from Thein Taung monastic compound, which is a view point overlooking the city, to the British built train station through the downtown of Kalaw is recommended, time for dinner and overnight in Kalaw. B=Breakfast

Day-8 KALAW TREKKING-INLE SIGHTSEEING (B)

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After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, in the morning a light half-day trek to a couple of villages of minority tribes to observe the way of their life and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the cultivated land covered with the seasonal crops. And then drive to the famous Inle Lake, cir 880 m above sea level, 22-km long and 11-km wide, noted for its floating gardens, unique leg rowers, fishermen fishing by traditional way, etc., on the way, make a photo stop at Shwe Yanpyay wooden monastery, built to commemorate the spot of the 1st meeting between the British Officials and the Saopha of Nyaungshwe in 1886, before proceeding to Nyaungshwe on the north bank of the Inle Lake, check-in at the hotel, dinner time and overnight there at the hotel in Inle lake. B=Breakfast

Day-9 INLE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, by boat, visit every-5-day market of the tribal people living in & around the lake to observe their ways of life before proceeding to explore the villages of weavers (fabric made from lotus fibre thread, can only be seen in Inle Lake), blacksmiths, cheroot makers and boat-builders, then Phaungdawu Pagoda, which is well-known for its 18-day-long pagoda festival yearly, traditional way of fishing can be seen on the way and time for lunch, after that a slow boat drive through the Kaylar village, which is built in the middle of the lake, also through the floating gardens of mainly tomatoes together with seasonal vegetables plus flowers, visit almost 200-year-old-ancient-Ngaphechaung-wooden monastery formerly known as jumping cat monastery ( no more jumping cats there ) to see the unique beautiful collection of Buddhist shrines made of intricate designs of wood-carvings & glass mosaic before driving  back to hotel, dinner time  and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast,

Day-10 INLE-INDEIN- RED MOUNTAIN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at hotel, about 1-hour boat drive to Indein Pa-O tribal village dotted with almost 2,000 pagodas in different sizes, dating  back to 17th , 18th  centuries, then time for lunch, after that visit Silversmiths’ village, arts & crafts shop where Padaung ladies dubbed  as long-necked,  can be seen/taken pictures together, then boat drive through the villages in the lake, watching the  traditional / modern way of fishing with 2-m-long-cone-shaped-bamboo fishing traps & with just a long net, also enjoying  the farmers taking the weeds from the lake bed, to be used as natural fertilizers for the farming on the floating gardens, to Minethuak village, where our car is waiting for us to visit the Red Mountain Winery  to observe the process of making wine plus for wine tasting enjoying the nice view there then back to hotel  before it’s too dark, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast

Day-11 INLE-HEHO-YANGON-DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Heho airport to take a morning flight to Yangon to be in time there to take your international flight to your next destination.

FEP-006 ( Cultural Trip )

(Day 1) ARRIVAL YANGON

Upon arrival at Yangon International airport, welcomed by our tour guide, transferred to 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 Bogyoke Aung San Market aka Scott's Market to see the everyday people life, 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 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 lacquer-ware cottage industry to observe the process of making lacquer-wares 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 for panoramic view & sunset.

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

After breakfast at the hotel, a morning country car-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 & 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 volcanic eruption & a part of Mt. Popa and time for lunch, before driving all the way back to Bagan to be in time there 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-MANDALAY-AMARAPURA SIGHTSEEING (B)

 

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Nyaung Oo Airport to take a morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival there, direct visit to Amarapura aka the City of Immortality, to observe Mahagandayon Monastery, a home for more or less 1,500 Buddhist monks for their preparation of the last meal of the day in long lines, such unique cottage industries as silk weaving , Gold Leaf Beaters ‘, the only place in the world where the thinnest handmade gold leaf of Burma is produced and time for lunch. Afternoon visit in Mandalay to the Shwekyaung teak wood monastery with beautiful woodcarvings which is the only remaining building in good shape, from the last royal palace almost totally destroyed by allied bomb during the 2nd world war, Kuthodaw Pagoda (The biggest book in the world, the symbol of the 5th Buddhist Synod recently in the list of UNESCO world memory) and the Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.  B=Breakfast

(Day 6) MANDALAY -MINGUN-AVA SIGHTSEEING (B)

mingun

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to Mingun Village. It is about 10-minute-drive from the hotel to Mandalay jetty, take a private chartered boat there for 1-hr cruise up the Irrawady River, then on foot to visit such sites as Mingun Unfinished Pagoda, 90-ton-weighed Mingun Bronze Bell, Myantheindan aka Hsinphyume Pagoda with nice view up there, an Ox & cart drive for fun, then cruise back to Mandalay for 45-minutes, time for lunch. In the afternoon sightseeing, visit Inwa aka Ava village     from Mandalay, it takes more or less 45-minutes by car to a small river, cross this river by a small ferry for 5 minutes or so, then explore Ava by horse & cart to experience the villagers’ way of life, together with some ruined but preserved 19th century religious monuments, such as Bagaya Teak wood monastery, the leaning watch tower for photo, Menu Brick monastery located in the palace complex in the paddy field, enjoy sunset by boat at U Pein Bridge in Amarapura city then back to Mandalay and time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

(Day 7) MANDALAY-HEHO-PINDAYA SIGHTSEEING (B)

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Breakfast at hotel, transfer to the Nyaung Oo airport to take the morning flight to Heho in Shan State and drive to Pindaya, from Heho Airport to Pindaya, it's 2-hr drive in maximum, the scenery on the way is breathtakingly beautiful and the whole land is seasonally covered with various kinds of such vegetables as potatoes, sesames, mustards, gingers, wheats, cauliflowers, cabbages, etc. Lunch will be at Pindaya, which is at an altitude of almost 1,200 m above sea level, before visiting Pindaya limestone cave with 8,000 Buddha images in different sizes, most of them are carved out of the natural lime stone cave, Shan paper umbrella making, a grove of huge banyan trees of more or less 500 years old, the idyllic Pone-ta-louk Lake which is part of the beautiful story of the evolution of the Pindaya village & its people, Danu tribe". Then time for dinner and overnight at hotel in Pindaya. B=Breakfast

(Day 8) PINDAYA-ELEPHANT CAMP- INLE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, about 2 hours drive to the elephant camp near Kalaw where such activities as planting as a part of campaign for reforestation, feeding elephant, bathing them in a nearby stream, observe the paper making process from elephant's dungs, elephant clinic and a museum where a remaining skeleton of the dead elephant is displayed, etc., welcome drink plus lunch are given as a part of the package of the elephant camp visit. Then about 2 & 1/2- hours car drive to the famous Inle Lake, cir 880 m above sea level, 22-km long and 11-km wide, noted for its floating gardens, unique leg rowers, fishermen fishing by traditional way, etc., on the way, make a photo stop at Shwe Yanpyay wooden monastery, built to commemorate the spot of the 1st meeting between the British Officials and the Saopha of Nyaungshwe in 1886, before proceeding to Nyaungshwe on the north bank of the Inle Lake, check-in at the hotel, dinner time and overnight there at the hotel in Inle lake. B=Breakfast

(Day 9) INLE-INDEIN- RED MOUNTAIN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at hotel, about 1-hour boat drive to Indein Pa-O tribal village dotted with almost 2,000 pagodas in different sizes, dating  back to 17th , 18th  centuries, then time for lunch, after that visit Silversmiths’ village, arts & crafts shop where Padaung ladies dubbed  as long-necked,  can be seen/taken pictures together, then boat drive through the villages in the lake, watching the  traditional / modern way of fishing with 2-m-long-cone-shaped-bamboo fishing traps & with just a long net, also enjoying  the farmers taking the weeds from the lake bed, to be used as natural fertilizers for the farming on the floating gardens, to Minethuak village, where our car is waiting for us to visit the Red Mountain Winery  to observe the process of making wine plus for wine tasting enjoying the nice view there then back to hotel  before it’s too dark, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast

 

(Day 10) INLE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, by boat, visit every-5-day market of the tribal people living in & around the lake to observe their ways of life before proceeding to explore the villages of weavers (fabric made from lotus fibre thread, can only be seen in Inle Lake), blacksmiths, cheroot makers and boat-builders, then Phaungdawu Pagoda, which is well-known for its 18-day-long pagoda festival yearly, traditional way of fishing can be seen on the way and time for lunch, after that a slow boat drive through the Kaylar village, which is built in the middle of the lake, also through the floating gardens of mainly tomatoes together with seasonal vegetables plus flowers, visit almost 200-year-old-ancient-Ngaphechaung-wooden monastery formerly known as jumping cat monastery ( no more jumping cats there ) to see the unique beautiful collection of Buddhist shrines made of intricate designs of wood-carvings & glass mosaic before driving  back to hotel, dinner time  and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast,

(Day 11) INLE-HEHO-YANGON DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the HEHO airport to take the morning flight to Yangon, last minute shopping in Yangon at gems & jewellery shops, visit Scott Market if time permits and then time for lunch then transfer to the Yangon International Airport to fly back to your next destination.

FEP-005( Cultural)

(Day 1) MANDALAY ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Mandalay International airport, welcomed by our tour guide and , drive to Mandalay City,check in at Hotel, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mnadalay.

(Day 2) MANDALAY-AMARAPURA -MANDALAY SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to Amarapura aka the City of Immortality, to observe Mahagandayon Monastery, a home for more or less 1,500 Buddhist monks for their preparation of the last meal of the day in long lines, silk weaving cottage industry, Mahamuni Bronze Buddha Image, marble quarter, Gold Leaf Beaters ‘, the only place in the world where the thinnest handmade gold leaf of Burma is produced and time for lunch. Afternoon visit in Mandalay to the Shwekyaung teak wood monastery with beautiful woodcarvings which is the only remaining building in good shape, from the last royal palace almost totally destroyed by allied bomb during the 2nd world war, Kuthodaw Pagoda (The biggest book in the world, the symbol of the 5th Buddhist Synod recently in the list of UNESCO world memory) and the Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.  B=Breakfast

(Day 3) MANDALAY -MINGUN-AVA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to Mingun Village. It is about 10-minute-drive from the hotel to Mandalay jetty, take a private chartered boat there for 1-hr cruise up the Irrawady River, then on foot to visit such sites as Mingun Unfinished Pagoda, 90-ton-weighed Mingun Bronze Bell,  Myantheindan aka Hsinphyume Pagoda with nice view up there, an Ox & cart drive for fun, then cruise back to Mandalay for 45-minutes, time for lunch. In the afternoon sightseeing, visit Inwa aka Ava village__ from Mandalay, it takes more or less 45-minutes by car to a small river, cross this river by a small ferry for 5 minutes or so, then explore Ava by horse & cart to experience the villagers’ way of life, together with some ruined but preserved 19th century religious monuments, such as Bagaya Teak wood monastery, the leaning watch tower for photo, Menu Brick monastery located in the palace complex in the paddy field, enjoy sunset  by boat at U Pein Bridge in Amarapura city then back to Mandalay and time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

(Day 4) MANDALAY-BAGAN (VOYAGE) (B,L )

In the early morning after breakfast & check-out at the hotel, enjoy the stately cruise form Mandalay to Bagan. The cruise takes at least 10 hours and it's a relaxing  voyage to enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides of the banks of the Mighty Ayeyawady River, taking such a voyage, one can understand how important the river is and how useful it is for the people living off it. The holy Ayeyawady/Irrawaddy River, which begins & ends in Burma, plays a very important role in the civilizations of people living in  Burma. After reaching Bagan, the renowned archaeological site in Southeast Asia for its late 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th centuries religious monuments, drive to hotel for overnight stop at the hotel in Bagan. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch

Remark: One riverside village is to be visited to explore the rural life at off-the-beaten-track & there is entertainment on board the cruise!

(Day 5) BAGAN-SIGHTSEEING (B)

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After breakfast, 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 lacquer-ware cottage industry to observe the process of making lacquer-wares 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 for panoramic view & sunset.

(Day 6) BAGAN -POPA-BAGAN -SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, a morning country car-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 & 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 volcanic eruption & a part of Mt. Popa and time for lunch, before driving all the way back to Bagan to be in time there 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 7) NYAUNG-U-HEHO-INLE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Nyaung-u Airport to take a morning flight to Heho in Shan State and transfer to the famous Inle Lake, 880 m above sea level, 22-km long and 11-km wide, noted for its floating gardens,unique leg rowers, fishermen fishing by traditional way, etc., and it will take 1-hr drive from the airport to the lake.On the way,make a photo stop at ShweYanpyay teakwood monastery, built to commemorate the spot of the 1st meeting between the British Officials and the Saopha of Nyaungshwe in 1886. The places of interest to be visited in the Inle Lake include the villages of weavers (fabric made from lotus fibre thread, can only be seen in Inle Lake), blacksmiths, cheroot makers and boat-builders, then Phaungdawu Pagoda, which is well-known for its 18-day-long pagoda festival, traditional way of fishing can be seen on the way and time for lunch, after that a slow boat drive through the Kaylar village, which is built in the middle of the lake, also through the floating gardens of mainly tomatoes together with seasonal vegetables plus flowers, visit almost 200-year-old-ancient-Ngaphechaung-wooden monastery formerly known as jumping cat monastery ( no more jumping cats there ) to see the unique beautiful collection of Buddhist shrines made of intricate designs of wood-carvings & glass mosaic before driving  back to hotel, dinner time  and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast

(Day 8) INLE-INDEIN SIGHTSEEING (B)

 

 

After breakfast at hotel, by boat, visit every-5-day market of the tribal people living in & around the lake to observe their ways of life before proceeding to explore, about 1-hour boat drive to, Indein Pa-O tribal village dotted with almost 2,000 pagodas in different sizes, dating  back to 17th , 18th  centuries, then time for lunch, after that visit Silversmiths’ village, arts & crafts shop where Padaung ladies dubbed  as long-necked,  can be seen/taken pictures together, then boat drive through the villages in the lake, watching the  traditional / modern way of fishing with 2-m-long-cone-shaped-bamboo fishing traps & with just a long net, also enjoying  the farmers taking the weeds from the lake to be used as natural fertilizers for the farming on the floating gardens, then back to the hotel  before it’s too dark,  dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast

(Day 9) HEHO-YANGON SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Heho Airport to take the morning flight to Yangon. Before or after lunch, make a photo stop at the Yangon downtown dotted with such remaining British colonial buildings as as Yangon city hall, High Court, Mahabandula park with the Independent Monument, Post Office, Telegraph Office,  etc., , visit Scott or General Aung San Market, Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha and the 100-m-high Shwedagon Pagoda towering the sky line of Yangon, heavily gilt, decorated with pure gold plates, other precious, semi –precious stones & the best sight of Burma, and then it's time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yangon. B=Breakfast

(Day 10) YANGON SIGHTSEEING DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon International Airport to fly to your next destination. B=Breakfast

FEP-004 ( Cultural Trip )

(Day 1) ARRIVAL YANGON SIGHTSEEING

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by our tour guide and 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 the remaining British colonial buildings such as Yangon city hall, High Court, Post Office, Telegraph Office, Mahabandula park, etc., explore the Yangon river shore around Sint-ou-tan Jetty by the Yangon River for the scenery & for observing the people at the grassroots level, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the 68m-long Chaukhtatkyi  Reclining  Buddha Image, the 100 m high Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest sight of Burma for Buddhists, gilded with 60 tons of pure gold plates, its 2 topmost parts diamond orb & weather vane, encrusted with about 4,000 pieces of diamonds, the biggest one weighed 76 carat, about more than 4,000 pieces of such precious & semi-precious stones as ruby, sapphire, period, spinal, emerald, aquamarine, amethyst, etc, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yangon..

(Day 2) 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 for panoramic view & sunset.

(Day 3) BAGAN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to the area of the peaceful Minanthu village, dotted with the 13th century religious monuments and the places of interest to be visited there, are Dhammarajaka Stupa, Nandaminnya Temple with 13th century beautiful colorful murals, some of them are assumed to be Tantric erotic scenes , Kyetkan Gu with underground tunnels with meditation cells, Tayokepyei Temple with nice stucco carvings, Phayathonzu Temple with incomplete murals, Lemimyethna Temple, then it is time for lunch. In the late afternoon, enjoy 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 4) BAGAN-MANDALAY-AMARAPURA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Naung U Airport to take a morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival there, direct visit to Amarapura aka the City of Immortality, to observe Mahagandayon Monastery, a home for more or less 1,500 Buddhist monks for their preparation of the last meal of the day in long lines, such unique cottage industries as silk weaving , Gold Leaf Beaters ‘, the only place in the world where the thinnest handmade gold leaf of Burma is produced and time for lunch. Afternoon visit in Mandalay to the Shwekyaung teak wood monastery with beautiful woodcarvings which is the only remaining building in good shape, from the last royal palace almost totally destroyed by allied bomb during the 2nd world war, Kuthodaw Pagoda (The biggest book in the world, the symbol of the 5th Buddhist Synod recently in the list of UNESCO world memory) and the Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

(Day 5) MANDALAY -MINGUN-AVA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to Mingun Village. It is about 10-minute-drive from the hotel to Mandalay jetty, take a private chartered boat there for 1-hr cruise up the Irrawady River, then on foot to visit such sites as Mingun Unfinished Pagoda, 90-ton-weighed Mingun Bronze Bell,  Myantheindan aka Hsinphyume Pagoda with nice view up there, an Ox & cart drive for fun, then cruise back to Mandalay for 45-minutes or so, time for lunch. In the afternoon sightseeing, visit Sagaing Hills overlooking the Irrawaddy river to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view up there before enjoying the beautiful sunset  by boat at U Pein Bridge in Amarapura city then all the way back to Mandalay, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

(Day 6) MANDALAY-HEHO-PINDAYA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at hotel, transfer to the Mandalay airport to take the morning flight to Heho in Shan State and drive to Pindaya, from Heho Airport to Pindaya, it's 2-hr drive in maximum, the scenery on the way is breathtakingly beautiful and the whole land is seasonally covered with various kinds of such vegetables as potatoes, sesames, mustards, gingers, wheats, cauliflowers, cabbages, etc. Lunch will be at Pindaya, which is at an altitude of almost 1,200 m above sea level, before visiting Pindaya limestone cave with 8,000 Buddha images in different sizes, most of them are carved out of the natural lime stone cave, Shan paper umbrella making, a grove of huge banyan trees of more or less 500 years old, the idyllic Pone-ta-louk Lake which is part of the beautiful story of the evolution of the Pindaya village & its people, Danu tribe". Then time for dinner and overnight at hotel in Pindaya. B=Breakfast

(Day 7) PINDAYA-INLE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive from Pindaya to Inle lake, it takes at least 2&1/2 hours, on the way, pay a visit to the Shweyanpyi pagoda and monastic compound which are built to commemorate the site of the first meeting point between the British Officials and the Saopha of Nyaung-shwe in 1886 ,famous for beautiful glass mosaic, proceed to the hotel built on the east bank of the Inle Lake. And then it's the time for lunch. In the late afternoon, visit the villages of Weavers'( where fabric made from lotus fibres can be observed), Blacksmiths', Cheroot rollers',drive through the floating gardens where organic farming is done and back to the hotel and dinner and overnight there.

(Day 8) INLE-INDEIN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at hotel, visit, by boat, every-5-day-tribal market to observe the way of life of the ethnic tribes , then about 1-hour boat drive to Indein tribal Pa-O village dotted with almost 2,000 pagodas in different sizes, which can be dated back to 17th, 18th centuries, then time for lunch, after that visit Silversmiths’ village, arts & crafts shop  where the Shan paper making process can  be observed & where Padaung ladies dubbed as long-necked, can be seen/taken pictures together, then Phaungdawu Pagoda, which is well-known for its 18-day-long pagoda festival held yearly with great pomp and ceremony, in a long procession of beautifully decorated barges plus traditional long-flat-bottom racing boats roaming in the lake to the villages, making overnight stops there, then drive all the way back to the hotel through the villages in the lake including the beautiful Kaylar village, traditional houses of it, are built on the stilts in the middle of the lake, arriving back at the hotel, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

(Day 9) INLE-YANGON-DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Heho Airport to take a morning flight to Yangon to be in time there for the international flight to your next destination.

FEP-003 (Cultural Trip )

(Day 1) ARRIVAL YANGON

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by our tour guide and 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 the remaining British colonial buildings such as Yangon city hall, High Court, Post Office, Telegraph Office, Mahabandula park, etc., explore the Yangon river shore around Sint-ou-tan Jetty by the Yangon River for the scenery & for observing the people at the grassroots level, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the 68m-long Chaukhtatkyi  Reclining  Buddha Image, the 100 m high Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest sight of Burma for Buddhists, gilded with 60 tons of pure gold plates, its 2 topmost parts diamond orb & weather vane, encrusted with about 4,000 pieces of diamonds, the biggest one weighed 76 carat, about more than 4,000 pieces of such precious & semi-precious stones as ruby, sapphire, period, spinal, emerald, aquamarine, amethyst, etc, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

(Day 2) 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 for panoramic view & sunset.

(Day 3) BAGAN -POPA-BAGAN -SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, a morning country car-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 & 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 volcanic eruption & a part of Mt. Popa and time for lunch, before driving all the way back to Bagan to be in time there 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 4) NYAUNG U-HEHO-INLE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Nyaung U Airport to take a morning flight to Heho in Shan State and transfer to the famous Inle Lake, 22-km long and 11-km wide, noted for its floating gardens, unique leg rowers, fishermen fishing by traditional way, etc., and it will take 1-hr drive from the airport to the lake. On the way, make a photo stop at ShweYanpyay teak-wood monastery, built to commemorate the site where the 1st meeting between the British Officials and the Saopha of Nyaungshwe took place in 1886. the villages of weavers (fabric made from lotus fibre thread, can only be seen in Inle Lake), blacksmiths, cheroot makers and boat-builders, then Phaungdawu Pagoda, which is well-known for its 18-day-long pagoda festival yearly, traditional way of fishing can be seen on the way and time for lunch, after that a slow boat drive through the Kaylar village, which is built in the middle of the lake, also through the floating gardens of mainly tomatoes together with seasonal vegetables plus flowers, visit almost 200-year-old-ancient-Ngaphechaung-wooden monastery formerly known as jumping cat monastery ( no more jumping cats there ) to see the unique beautiful collection of Buddhist shrines made of intricate designs of wood-carvings & glass mosaic before driving  back to hotel, dinner time  and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast

(Day 5) INLE-INDEIN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at hotel, visit, by boat, every-5-day-tribal market to observe the way of life of the ethnic tribes , then about 1-hour boat drive to Indein tribal Pa-O village dotted with almost 2,000 pagodas in different sizes, which can be dated back to 17th, 18th centuries, then time for lunch, after that visit Silversmiths’ village, arts & crafts shop  where the Shan paper making process can  be observed & where Padaung ladies dubbed as long-necked, can be seen, then drive back to the hotel through the villages in the lake and stop to explore a beautiful Ngaphechaung monastery aka Jumping cat monastery ( no more jumping cats ) with the nice collection of Buddhist shrines of glass mosaic & wood-carvings, in the middle of the floating gardens well-known for tomato plantation the whole year round together with the other kinds of seasonal vegetables, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

(Day 6) INLE-HEHO-MANDALAY (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Heho Airport to take a morning flight to MDL. Upon arrival at Mandalay, visit Silk weaving cottage industry to observe the weaving process both in the traditional & modern techniques, Mahamuni Bronze Buddha Image believed to be cast during the Buddha's time, heavily gilded with pure gold and decorated with gems and jewellery, Gold Leaf workshop where the gold leaf is produced to gild the pagodas and Buddha images in Burma, so far the thinnest hand-made gold leaf is manufactured only in Mandalay and the typical gold leaf measures just 0.000127 cm in thickness, then time for lunch and check in at the hotel in MDL. Afternoon sight-seeing includes Shwe-kyaung teak-wood monastery aka Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is the biggest book in the world recently in the UNESCO world memory list and the Mandalay Hill to enjoy the Panoramic view. Time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

(Day 7) MANDALAY -MINGUN-AVA SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to Mingun Village. It is about 10-minute- car-drive from the hotel to Mandalay jetty, take a private chartered boat there for 1-hr cruise up the Irrawady River, then on foot to visit such sites as Mingun Unfinished Pagoda, 90-ton-weighed Mingun Bronze Bell,  Myantheindan aka Hsinphyume Pagoda with nice view up there, an Ox & cart drive for fun, then cruise back to Mandalay for 45-minutes or so, time for lunch, proceed to Ava Village__ from Mandalay, it takes more or less half an hour by car to a small river, cross this river by a small ferry for 10 minutes or so___to visit Ava by horse &cart to see the way of life of the villagers, such ruined monuments as Bagaya teak wood monastery, the leaning watch tower, Menu Brick monastery before enjoying the beautiful sunset  by boat at U Pein Bridge in Amarapura city, after that all the way back to Mandalay, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast

 

(Day 8) MANDALAY-DEPARTURE (B)

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

FEP-002 (Cultural Trip )

(Day 1) ARRIVAL YANGON

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by our tour guide and 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 the remaining British colonial buildings such as Yangon city hall, High Court, Post Office, Telegraph Office, Mahabandula park, 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 68m-long Chaukhtatkyi  Reclining  Buddha Image, the 100 m high Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest sight of Burma for Buddhists, gilded with 60 tons of pure gold plates, its 2 topmost parts diamond orb & weather vane, encrusted with about 4,000 pieces of diamonds, the biggest one weighed 76 carat, about more than 4,000 pieces of such precious & semi-precious stones as ruby, sapphire, period, spinal, emerald, aquamarine, amethyst, etc, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

(Day 2) 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 for panoramic view & sunset.

(Day 3) BAGAN -POPA-BAGAN -SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, a morning country car-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 & 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 volcanic eruption & a part of Mt. Popa and time for lunch, before driving all the way back to Bagan to be in time there 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 4) NYAUNG U-HEHO-INLE SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Nyaung U Airport to take a morning flight to Heho in Shan State and transfer to the famous Inle Lake, 22-km long and 11-km wide, noted for its floating gardens, unique leg rowers, fishermen fishing by traditional way, etc., and it will take 1-hr drive from the airport to the lake. On the way, make a photo stop at ShweYanpyay teak-wood monastery, built to commemorate the site where the 1st meeting between the British Officials and the Saopha of Nyaungshwe took place in 1886. the villages of weavers (fabric made from lotus fibre thread, can only be seen in Inle Lake), blacksmiths, cheroot makers and boat-builders, then Phaungdawu Pagoda, which is well-known for its 18-day-long pagoda festival yearly, traditional way of fishing can be seen on the way and time for lunch, after that a slow boat drive through the Kaylar village, which is built in the middle of the lake, also through the floating gardens of mainly tomatoes together with seasonal vegetables plus flowers, visit almost 200-year-old-ancient-Ngaphechaung-wooden monastery formerly known as jumping cat monastery ( no more jumping cats there ) to see the unique beautiful collection of Buddhist shrines made of intricate designs of wood-carvings & glass mosaic before driving  back to hotel, dinner time  and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. B=Breakfast

(Day 5) INLE-INDEIN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at hotel, visit, by boat, every-5-day-tribal market to observe the way of life of the ethnic tribes , then about 1-hour boat drive to Indein tribal Pa-O village dotted with almost 2,000 pagodas in different sizes, which can be dated back to 17th, 18th centuries, then time for lunch, after that visit Silversmiths’ village, arts & crafts shop  where the Shan paper making process can  be observed & where Padaung ladies dubbed as long-necked, can be seen, then drive back to the hotel through the villages in the lake and stop to explore a beautiful Ngaphechaung monastery aka Jumping cat monastery ( no more jumping cats ) with the nice collection of Buddhist shrines of glass mosaic & wood-carvings, in the middle of the floating gardens well-known for tomato plantation the whole year round together with the other kinds of seasonal vegetables, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

(Day 6) INLE-HEHO-YANGON DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Heho Airport to take a morning flight back to Yangon and if time permits, last minute shopping in Yangon at Scott Market aka Bogyoke Aung San Market, time for lunch before transferring to the Yangon International Airport to take the evening flight your next destination. B=Breakfast