13 Days Beautiful Myanmar with Loikaw
|Day 1||Arrive Yangon – Yangon Sightseeing|
|Day 2||Yangon - Loikaw|
|Day 3||Loikaw – Pampet - Loikaw|
|Day 4||Loikaw – PheKone – Sagar - Inle|
|Day 5||Indein Sightseeing|
|Day 6||Inle Sightseeing|
|Day 7||Inle – Heho – Mandalay Sightseeing|
|Day 8||Mandalay –Monywa|
|Day 9||Monywa – Ava – Amarapura - Mandalay|
|Day 10||Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing - Mandalay|
|Day 11||Mandalay – PyinOo Lwin|
|Day 12||PyinOo Lwin – Mandalay – Yangon Sightseeing|
|Day 13||Yangon – International Departure|
Tour Code : GQM-13D-(BM)
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Duration : 13 days /12 Nights
Day 1 Arrive Yangon – Yangon Sightseeing
Upon arrival at Yangon Airport, you will be greeted by your Golden Queen Myanmar Tour guide and follow by the process of GQM welcoming program at the airport and transfer to
your Hotel. After short refreshment, begins a tour through Yangon with the visit the magnificent Buddha at ChaukHtatGyi, take a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall, a ‘Hamsa-bird’ shaped floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda.Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Day 2 Yangon – Loikaw
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Loikaw. Upon arrival at Loikaw, you will feel the different beauty with Yangon. Experience a range of cultural and natural attractions including natural caves, waterfalls, beautiful sceneries, and meet the famous Padaung women, long-necked women wear brass coils around their neck. And visit a traditional Kayah house and meet the house owner. Learn about traditional Kayah dress and try it on. On the return drive, we'll explore more of Loikaw as we stop to visit NgweTaung Dam and San MonePadaung villages. In the afternoon, visit the Kayah State Museum gain insight in to the unique culture and tradition of ethnic groups in this region. Then, visit a field near the village containing spiritual posts, locally known as Kaehtobowhich are used during the Kayah New Year celebrations in April. At that time, the local people offer food to the guardian spirits at this location. . After a short rest, visit a local musician’s house, listen to traditional instrument and try your hand playing them Continue with a visit to a traditional weaving shop. . Enjoy the sunset and panoramic view of Loikaw the hill of TaungweTaungZedi. Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at hotel in Loikaw.
Day 3 Loikaw – Pampet – Loikaw
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Demawso localMarket if there is a market day. There one can taste theLocal wine (called khaungyee) and make an excursion to Pampet Village, the origin place of Kayan (Padaung) tribe. Start short trekking passing village by village, in the midst beautiful and breathtaking wide range of mountains. Walking through the village and chatting with them. Lunch will be served on the way to Wartawku village. Then, proceed to Katelku near Pampet village, explore the village and observe the Padaung's way of life. In Pampet village, the ladies traditionally wear the brass rings around their long necks. At the top of each village, there is a stone column which is to mark the generation of their ethnicity. It is quite big village, and the inhabitants are farmers. Men get up early, and go into the forest and get fire-wood, and illegal cut teak wood for the commercial. Women of long neck equipped with consecutive bronze coil, silver-ware on their legs are working in the paddy field and cultivation (during day time. There are about 40 to 50 houses in that village, and a small school for young children, let's say kinder garden. Kayan traditional hand weaving, and wonderful ritual, Flag staffs of Nat (spirit) worshipers. In the evening, visit to MyakalatZedi to enjoy panoramic view of Loikaw and its surroundings at the sunset time. Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at hotel in Loikaw.
Day 4 Loikaw – PheKone – Sagar – Inle
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Phekhone. Then Boat to Inle Lake and on the way visit Sagar Village. Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Drive to PheKhone (01: 15 hrs) and transfer to the jetty. Then take the boat. Boat from Phekhone town (3 hrs) through Phekhone Lake & Inle Lake encompassed by breathtaking and refreshing landscape along the Bilu Creek. On the way, Excursion Sagar Village on the way: Visit to ThaGaung relic pagoda, other ancient religious monuments and ways of life of Shan, Pa O and Intha national races in Sagar village. Proceed to Inle Lake (3 hours). Arrival Inle lake and transfer to the hotel. Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at hotel in Inle Lake.
Day 5 Indein Sightseeing
After breakfast at the hotel, Boat excursion on the lake & visit to the local tribe market which held on every 5 days in their correspondent village &Shwe Inn Dein pagoda complex. Continue visit to PhaungdawOo Pagoda the most venerable pagoda on the lake, Inn Paw Khone village to observe the traditional hand weaving of silke and lotus petel robe, NgaPheChaung monastery, floating garden & floating farm. Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at hotel in Inle Lake.
Day 6 Inle Sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel, take a boat to do excursion by boat on the Inle Lake and en-route you encounter famous Leg rower, typical Floating garden, local methods of Fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. Visit to PhaungdawOo Pagoda one of the main principle shrines in Myanmar and dating back to the 18th century; NgaPheKyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and where inside its large wooden meditation hall and are over 200 year old ancient Buddha statues. Visit the weaving village of Inpawkhonand one of the local market in the Inle Lake region (on market days only). Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at hotel in Inle Lake.
Day 7 Inle- Heho- Mandalay Sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Heho airport for domestic flight to Mandalay.Upon arrival at Mandalay, visit the Shwe Inbin Monastery; the Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and the Kuthodaw Pagodaknown as the World's Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures. Tour continues to famous Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda is home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, have been covered with gold leaf giving it an almost lumpy texture, a traditional hand –woven Silk workshop as well as Kalaga Tapestriescraftsmen’s work shop; visit to the Gold Leaf work shop. Then visit to a renownedsilk weaving houses. If time permit, visit Mandalay Hill,a vantage point for a panoramic view of the city and a spectacular sunset view. It is worthy to have a stroll up the hill enjoying panoramic views from different location. Return can be made by car as there is also a car track by the base of elevator just before the platform.Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Day 8 Mandalay - Monywa
After breakfast at Hotel in Mandalay, drive to Monywa (150 km – 2 ½ hours). Visit en route the Thanboddhay Pagoda; where 471 small stupas surround and rise up to the richly decorated central stupa. The pagoda is built to remind of Mt Meru and has some similar characteristics to Borobudur of Java. Take a walk through the nearby banyan tree grove Boddhi-Tataung where thousand Buddha images rest at the feet of the trees. Enjoy the panoramic view from AungSetkya Pagoda, standing 130 meter high on the Po Khaung hills. After lunch at a simple local restaurant, Hpo Win Taung, a network of impressive sandstone caves containing Buddha statues, wood carvings and fine mural paintings, some dating back to the 15th century. Dozens of large and small caves with about 450,000 images are hidden in the area of the Hpo Win Hills.Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at hotel in Monywa.
Day 9 Monywa – Ava – Amarapura - Mandalay
After breakfast at Hotel, drive to Royal Capital of Inwa (Ava), 20 km from Mandalay. Visit by horse-drawn carriage include Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remain of the palace building nickname "the leaning tower of Ava, MahaAungmyeBonzaw Monastery, built of brick and stucco and Bargayar Monasteryfamous for its impressive ornate woodcarving and teak posts. Then, continue excursion to Amarapura, 15 km from Mandalay. Visit Mahagendayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study; continue to 200-year-old U Bein Bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital. Since then it is noted for silk & cotton weaving. Visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop.Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Day 10 Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing - Mandalay
After breakfast at Hotel, driving to Mayan Chan jetty and board on a local wooden boat for Mingun across Ayeyarwaddy River (11km, approx. 1hr) upriver from Mandalay. The boat trip is interesting because you see all types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods up and down the river. Visit will start with the MingunBell, a magnificent sight of world's largest un-cracked bell weighing 90 tons. Visit Settawya Pagoda and will continue with HsinbyumePayaas well as the unfinishedMingunPahtodawgyi, an enormous pile ofbricks is all that remain of King Bodawpaya ambition to make it the world’s largest Buddhist stupa. Built as one of the world's largest chedis by King Bodawphaya. After a visit of beautiful Mya Thein Tan Pagoda, return back to Mandalay by boat. Afternoon, drive to Sagaing for a visit to SwonOoPonnya Shin Pagoda on Sagain Hill,enjoy the marvelous views from there. Then, Kaunghmudaw Pagoda which is the formerly white pagoda now shines in gold. The spherical shape (so the legend) to represent the breast of King Thalun’s favorite wife, the village of Ywataung to see thetraditional silver works.Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Day 11 Mandalay – PyinOo Lwin
After morning breakfast, drive to PyinOo Lwin (Maymyo) is located about 7 miles north of Mandalay. Over 1000 metres above sea-level, PyinOo Lwin is a popular hill station about 69km away from Mandalay. It is well known for its colonial style houses with large compound and pine trees, and silver-oak abound in town. Delightfully cool and pleasant the whole year round. Arrive to PyinOo Lwin, visit to local market to enjoy the seasonal fresh fruit and flowers. After that proceed to NationalKandawgyi Garden,PweKauk (Ani-sakan) Waterfalls, Chinese Temple and Peik Chin Myaung Caves. In evening, checking in at hotel and overnight stay at hotel in PyinOo Lwin. Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account.
Day 12 PyinOo Lwin – Mandalay – Yangon Sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel, drive back to Mandalay and go to Mandalay International Airport for domestic flight to Yangon. Arrive to Yangon and visit to Sule Pagoda often referred to as the heart of the city and standing at the center of the busiest intersection in downtown Yangon and walking tour of downtown Yangon. Proceed on the sightseeing in Yangon includes Bogyoke (Scotts) Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays)with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores. Sightseeing around the downtown area and colonial style building or PansoedanJettyto observe the daily life style of People. Both Lunch and Dinner are on your own account. Stay overnight at Hotel in Yangon.
Day 13 Yangon – International Departure
After the breakfast, free at leisure before yourdeparture time and transfer to airport for the International Departure. One of GQM team member will bid farewell to you at the Airport.
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