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