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.