FEP 012 (Naga New Year Festival)

14-Days / 13-Nights Trip in Off-the-beaten-tracks of Burma

( Yangon, Mrauk-U, Chin & Naga New Year Festival at Layshi / Leshi )

DAY-01, (06/JAN/2019), Sun                 YANGON ARRIVAL (D)                   By Int’l Flight/ Car

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by our tour guide, transferred to the hotel for check-in there, then relax for the rest of the day, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.  D=Dinner




DAY-02, (07/JAN/2018),Mon         YANGON-SITTWE (B,L,D)                      By Flight/Car

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon Airport to take a morning flight to Sittwe, the capital of the Arakan State ( aka Rakhaing ) , transferred to and overnight at the hotel in Sittwe, time for lunch. The places of interest in Sittwe to be visited include the cultural museum, Mahakuthala monastery displaying antiques collected in the Rakhaing State, the view point on the seaside to enjoy the scenic spot, a walk along the river side to observe the way of life of the people there, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Sittwe.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner



DAY-03 ,(08/JAN/2018),Tues            SITTWE –PONNAGYUN- MRAUK U SIGHTSEEING (B,L,D)        By Car/Boat

After breakfast at the hotel, early morning visit to the central Sittwe market on foot to see the fish market there where an auction of fish freshly caught, can be observed together with the morning activities at the market, then walk back to the hotel for breakfast and check-out to drive for an hour or so to Ponnagyun to take cir 3-hour-fantastic- Ponnagyun-Mrauk-U –private cruise, depending on tide, on the Kaladan River, enjoying the breathtakingly beautiful scenery brought to life with the villagers’ daily activities  such as bathing/swimming , washing clothes, fishing traditionally and children playing happily, farmers working on the farms on the shore , etc., . In fact, it’s a stately-cruised-interesting-relaxing voyage  and upon arriving at Mrauk-U, the Arakanese kings’ forgotten ancient kingdom (1429–1785 ) dotted with ancient religious monuments in different sizes of 600 years old, check-in, dinner time and overnight at the hotel there in Mrauk-U. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

DAY-04, (09/JAN/2018),Wed               MRAUK U SIGHTSEEING (B,L,D)                By Car/On Foot

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, Sandamuni monastery-cum-museum exhibiting an interesting collection of the historic ancient artifacts found out in & around ancient Mrauk-U, a walk to a beautiful 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 Shithaung 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, the Htukan 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, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

DAY-05, (10/JAN/2018),Thurs             MARUK U- CHIN VILLAGE-MRAUK U (B,L,D)              By Car/On Foot

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 them on foot. 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, D=Dinner

DAY-06, (11/JAN/2018),Fri     MRAUK U-SITTWE-YANGON-MANDALAY (B,L,D)                                                                                                                                         By Boat/Car/Flights

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, we leave Mrauk-U in the morning for Sittwe by car for 3-and half hours or so, 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, proceed to Sittwe, on the way, stop at Kyamathauk village to visit one weaving cottage industry where the traditional Rakhaing clothes are produced on hand-woven looms , then transfer to the Sittwe Airport to take the evening flight back to Yangon to be in time there for the connecting Yangon-Mandalay flight, dinner time and overnight there in Mandalay.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner



Day-07, (12/JAN/2018),Sat             MANDALAY-HOMALIN-HTAMANTHI-LESHI (B,L,D                                                                                                                                                          By Flight/Car/ Ferry

After breakfast & check-out at hotel, car transfer to the Mandalay airport to take a morning flight to Homalin. Arrive at Homalin Airport, from there drive for about 2-hours in a 4WD car to Pint Mar Village, which is on the east bank of the Chindwin River, opposite to Htamanthi village on the west bank, cross the Chindwin River for half an hour more or less by ferry to Htamanthi villge, where we have our simple lunch before proceeding in a 4WD car for 3 more hours in minimum, to Leshi where the Naga New Year festival is to be held, check in at the guest house, relax for the rest of the day, dinner time & overnight there.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

DAY-08, (13/JAN/2018), Sun        LESHI-NEARBY NAGA VILLAGES SIGHTSEEING (B,L,D)                                                                                                                                                           By Car/On Foot

After breakfast, , a 4-wheel-car drive to the small Naga villages of Chera, Sheinshi, Sappya, Deindalein, where Makuri and Para, Tangun Naga sub-tribes live, to observe their way of life by having a walk in these villages when we get there by car, the scenery on the way & there, is also breathtakingly beautiful, lunch boxes taken with us are to be enjoyed at one of these villages, then  drive back to Leshi, dinner time and overnight at the guest house in Leshi.       B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

DAY-09, (14/JAN/2018),Mon        LESHI- NAGA CEREMORIAL POLE (B,L,D)         By Car/On Foot

After breakfast, visit the festival ground to watch the opening ceremonies (1) of the decorated entrance to the festival ground (2)  of erecting traditional spiritual bamboo pole (3) of the religious wooden pole, which are participated by various Naga tribal clans in their colourful traditional costumes in different designs, then enjoy the entertainments, sports events performed by the Naga clans, time for lunch, visit by car to (4) the beautiful Chaungson aka Matugi, which is an idyllic picnic spot for the local tribes there, drive back to Leshi, dinner time and overnight in Leshi.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

DAY-10, (15/JAN/2019),Tues            NAGA TRADITIONAL NEW YEAR FESTIVAL (B,L,D)                                                                                                                                                           By Car/On Foot

The official opening ceremony of Naga New Year begins on the festival ground early morning with the speeches of the invited state guests, the respective Naga tribal chiefs from the Naga land. Enjoy the traditional New Year Food and rice wine with the Naga community elders and invited guests from the government departments & the participants. Ceremonial tribal dances, playing traditional percussion instruments, parade processions and sports competitions could be seen. In the evening, by a large bonfire, everyone can participate and enjoy to welcome the Naga New Year by dancing around the bonfire. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be enjoyed at Leshi, make an overnight stop at Leshi.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

DAY-11, (16/JAN/2019), Wed                        LESHI-HOMALIN (B,L,D)                         By Car/Boat

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, leave Leshi for Htamanthi in 4WD cars for 3 hours at least, then before or after lunch, take a public shuttle boat for about 4-hours down the Chindwin River, to Homalin, enjoy the river life on the biggest tributary of the Irrawaddy River such as bamboo rafts, gold-panning sites on the sandy bank, fishermen fishing, village maids washing clothes, bathing, children swimming joyfully, etc.,.Upon arrival in Homalin, check-in at the guesthouse, explore the town on foot, dinner time and overnight in Homalin.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


DAY-12, (17/JAN/2018), Thurs             HOMALIN-MANDALAY SIGHTSEEING-YANGON (B,L,D)                                                                                                                                                     By Flight/ Car

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Homalin Airport to take a morning flight to Yangon via Mandalay. Arriving at the Mandalay International airport, drive to the Mandalay city to visit, before or after lunch, the Golden Palace Monastery aka Shwekyaung, which is the only remaining building from the original Mandalay Palace, the biggest book in the world aka Kuthoudaw Pagoda of the world memory list of UNESCO, Gold leaf Beaters’ where the thinnest handmade gold leaf in the world is produced, 1.2-km long U Pein Bridge, which is the longest teak-wood bridge , then drive back to the Mandalay airport to catch the flight back to Yangon, then from the Yangon airport to the hotel, car-transfer to check in at the hotel in Yangon, dinner time and overnight in Yangon. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner Remark: Today sightseeing depends on the available flight time!

Day -13, (18/JAN/2019), Fri               YANGON SIGHTSEEING (B,L,D)                       By Flight/Car

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 having a city-walk in & around the downtown of Yangon near Sule Pagoda dotted with the remaining British colonial buildings, visit Synagogue which is the only remaining Jewish  temple in Burma, Sinoutan jetty by the Yangon River to observe & to take the photos of the grass-root level of Yangonians, visit  Bogyoke Aung  San  Market aka  Scott Market to see the everyday people there, time for lunch. Afternoon visit  to 66-m-long-Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image, Shwedagon Pagoda, almost 100-m high towering the sky line of Yangon, heavily gilt, decorated with pure gold plates, other precious, semi –precious stones & the best sight of Burma, time for international Buffet dinner with cultural show at Karaweik Palace Restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day -14, (19/JAN/2019), Sat                    YANGON SIGHTSEEING DEPARTURE (B,L)                                                                                                                                                               By Car/Int’l Flight

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, morning car drive to Kalaywatawra monastery, a home for hundreds of Buddhist monks, to be in time there to see the long line of the Buddhist monks full-fledged & novices, for their preparation of the last meal of the day , visit its nearby nunnery, photo stop at Aung San Suu Kyi’s house, time for lunch, after that stop at the biggest marble Buddha statue then transfer to the Yangon International Airport to take the international flight to your next destination .

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch

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