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