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This 7-day classictourof will take you to the Kyaikhtiyo, Baganand Inle Lake from Yangon.
Day 1-Yangon airport -the guide will welcome you and proceed to start your sightseeing.
Day 2-Drive to Kyaikhto and on to the 'base camp' of Kinpun. On the way, visit Bago. Then arrive Kyaikhtiyo, the incredible 'Golden Rock'.
Day 3-Another day at the ‘Golden Rock’. Drive back to Yangon.
Day 4-Fly toNyaung U and visitBagan.Temple sightseeing and sunset boat trip to be enjoyed.
Day 5-Fly toHehoand visitInle Lake.Sightsee to the famous PhaungDawOo Pagoda and NgaPheKyaung (Cat jumping) Monastery.
Day 6-Experience the spectacular 5-Day market. Fly back to Yangon.
Day 7-Drive toThanlyin. Visit a local market in Thanlyin and continue to Kyauk Tan. Take a short rowing boat trip to see Ye-Le Pagoda, situated on a tiny island in the middle of the river. Return to Yangon.
Morning arrival at Yangon airport. Meet with your guide at Yangon international Arrival Hall after clearing immigration and custom formalities. The guide will welcome you or your group with welcome signboard. From the Airport, start your sightseeing with a drive to Botahtaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Jetty (Botahtaung Jetty). There is a sort of mirrored maze inside the stupa, with glass showcases containing many of the ancient relics.Lunch Break.
After lunch, start your visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on every Mondays & Public Holidays) and it has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts. Then, enjoy visit at Shwedagon Pagoda, the 'heart' of Buddhists in Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,600 years old and there are always full with many people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon and especially on Full Moon days and religious days.
Overnight will be in Yangon.
Accommodation: East Hotel Deluxe Room
This morning, start your trip with a drive through seemingly endless paddy fields to the small town of Kyaikhto and on to the 'base camp' of Kinpun. On the way, visit Bago and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp (approximately 5 hrs).
Take a local truck/bus up a bumpy track up the mountain. The incredible 'Golden Rock' sits precariously on top of the mountain, and is said to balance thanks to a precisely placed hair of Buddha.
Weather permitting, sunset views from Mount Kyaiktiyo are amazing. Dinner Time.
Overnight will be at Kyaikhtiyo.
Accommodation: YoeYoe Lay Hotel Deluxe Room
Early risers may enjoy revisiting the Golden Rock and come back to the hotel for breakfast. Then return by truck to your car and drive back to Yangon. Lunch Break on the way.
Leisure and Dinner Time.
Overnight will be in Yangon.
Accommodation: East Hotel Deluxe Room
Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Bagan. Arrival at Nyaung U airport. Meet with your guide at Nyaung U Airport. He/she will pick you up and transfer to your hotel.
Start your full day Bagansightseeing tour with a visit to NyaungU Local Market. Then see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, where the 37 pre-Buddhist 'nats' were first officially endorsed by the Barmar monarchy. The 12th Century originals were spirited away by a collector and are now reportedly somewhere in Italy. Next stop is Htilominlosituated close to the road between Nyaung U and Bagan, built by king Nantaungmya in 1218 and traces of old murals are also still visible. Continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery with beautiful, well-preserved 18th century murals. LunchBreak.
In the afternoon, enjoy your sightseeing to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170, which is famous for its interlocking mortar-less brickwork. Then transfer to jetty and board on boat to enjoy sunset while in Ayeyarwaddy River. Dinner Time.
Overnight will be inBagan.
Accommodation: ZfreetiHotel Superior Room
Early riser may enjoy the sunrise over Bagan plains and pagoda ruins. Transfer to the airport for the late-morning flight to Heho. Meet with your guide at Heho Airport. He/she will pick you up and transfer to Nyaung Shwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to your hotel.
Then start sightseeing by boat on the beautiful Inle Lake which is home to Inthar national race, many of whom live in stilted houses built over the water. Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar, stretches 11 miles (17.7 km). Lunch Break.
On the boat trip you will visit the floating villages and floating gardens, silk & lotus stem weaving. You can also see Inthar technique of leg-rowing where one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the boat and also their traditional way of fishing. Visit the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and NgaPheKyaung (Cat jumping) Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake to see ancient Buddha images. Dinner Time.
Overnight will be at the hotel on the lake.
Accommodation: Paradise Inle ResortStandard Room
Today, explore one of the local 5-day markets, as easily called, are well-known visit around the lake. The markets are rotating among the villages in regular order - one village becomes the host of the market every 5th day. By visiting 5-day markets, you will get insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods. NOTE: The visit to such markets is thus subject to market day calendar and the location of the host village. Lunch Break.
In the afternoon, take a boat ride back to Nyaungshwe and then transfer to the Heho Airport for your domestic flight to Yangon.
Upon arrival at the Yangon Airport, meet with your guide and he/she will pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Dinner Time.
Overnight will be in Yangon.
Accommodation: East Hotel Deluxe Room
Your last day morning, drive out of Yangon across the Yangon River by way of the ThanlyinBridge, which was built by Chinese engineers. Thanlyin (Syriam) is a small settlement with a fascinating history. At various times a Hindu colony, Portuguese enclave and trading centre, Thanlyin was also at one time part of the Pegu Empire that held sway over the southern provinces of Myanmar. Indeed, Thanlyin was even the country’s main port until it was replaced by Yangon. Visit a local market in Thanlyinand continue to Kyauk Tan a charming place with bustling streets lined with food stalls and restaurants. Take a short rowing boat trip to see Ye-Le Pagoda, situated on a tiny island in the middle of the river, and guarded by two colourful ogres. Lunch Break.
Return to Yangon, en route to your trip back home!
The price for the above arrangements will be from USD1670 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin / double room and excluding international air travelling.
*Please note that the price confirmed at the time of booking is subject to change and depends on the availability of accommodation.
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East hotel is a boutique hotel, set in the heart of the Yangon business district. It is conveniently located between two major roads, Sule Pagoda and Bogyoke is an easily accessible from both incoming and outgoing to downtown area.
The property is unique in that when many hotel a large proportion of similarly designed rooms with a small amount of individual rooms, east is the other way around.
Lobby area and dinning have a wireless facility with internet access. Rooms have a wireless internet access direct from your room. Rooms all have a new flat screen television, unlimited mineral water, tea and coffee facilities.
All in all, a visit to the east will be in memorable one, with subsequent visits giving you the choice of a new room style, or just make a special request for the one you had before.
East hotel radiate an opulent charm of contemporary Myanmar décor perfectly blended with the traditional warmth of Myanmar hospitality.
YoeYoe Lay Hotel
It is located in the compound of Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda which situated at an elevation of 3,600 ft above sea level, on top of the Kyaiktiyo hill.
Last decade ago, the area of Zfreeti Hotel was standing as two separate hotels named ‘New Heaven’ and ‘Golden Village’ Hotel. These two hotels were popular as low budget hotels for many years. In 2012, those old styled bungalows were demolished and the contemporary two storied buildings were developed which is mixed with ancient Bagan architectural design.
The location of the hotel is situated in a very prime area of Nyaung U. Bagan’s main food corridors for tourists are in a walking distance from Zfreeti Hotel where visitors can find marvelous Myanmar curries, indelible Indian paneer, incredible Italian and Savory Chinese etc. There is a Nyaung U bus terminal less than a kilometer walk from our hotel and it took approximately 8-10 minutes’ drive to the airport. From the doorstep of Zfreeti Hotel, visitors can easily rent local horse cart, bikes, E-bike to explore a thousands of pagodas and stupas of the ancient era.
Paradise Inle Resort
Paradise Inle Resort located in the midst of splendour of serene Inle Lake, the resort offers an ideal leisure and relaxation experience and had been meticulously restored to its original amenities of Inle region. Wooden walkways connect all bungalows with the main reception building, restaurant and jetty. The resort is entirely made out of local materials and designed with a comfortable sitting area, a private terrace with an incredible view.
The Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is one of the country’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The gold-covered boulder is said to maintain its balance thanks to a single hair of the Buddha enshrined inside the pagoda. To reach the top of the mountain, one can either make a 13-kilometre climb (allow about seven hours) or take an open truck with other pilgrims along a steep and winding road to a so-called middle camp. From there, all visitors have to walk up the remaining 4 kilometres (500 metres in altitude) on a steep track. An easy alternative for those who can't manage the way on foot is to rent a sedan chair, which is carried by four porters to the top. Once arrived at the pagoda expect spectacular views, particularly at sunrise or sunset. The whole site has a magic charisma and is a famous site for meditation.
Bago, situated on the road to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) and Mawlamyine, it remains a quiet and easy-going town with a lot more bicycles and motorbikes than cars. It is once the powerful capital of the second Myanmar Empire, Bago now still has plenty to see with temples and pagodas. The town is famed for its 55-metre-long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, its four seated Buddhas at Kyaikpun and the towering Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is actually taller than the Shwedagon in Yangon. For something a little different a visit to the Snake Monastry to watch pilgrims make an offering to a 9metre long Burmese Python, a reincarnation of a Buddhist abbot, is certainly a strange experience. There’s a bustling market and for anyone looking to get out of the town, it’s not far until you’re surrounded by authentic scenes of rural Myanmar life. Only 80kilometre (50 miles) outside of Yangon, and linked by decent roads, Bago can be a perfect day trip out of the city.
Bagan, situated in central Myanmar is one of the world’s richest archaeological and historical sites, featuring more than 2,000 pagodas and temples all set on a vast 26 square-mile plain beside the legendary Ayeyarwady River. TheBagankingdom was swept away by earthquakes and the invasion by Mongols. Some 2,230 of an original 4,450 temples survive. Buddhist belief that to build a temple was to earn merit and that could be the reason there were so many pagodas throughout Bagan’s desert plain. Modern day Bagan now features a variety of good hotels and is also the starting and ending point for cruises on the Ayeyarwady River to and from Mandalay. A unique travel experience is a hot-air balloon ride over the archaeological zone, which is available during the winter months.
Inle Lake: Set in the heart of the vast Shan State and ringed by hazy mountain ranges, the shallow waters of Inle Lake are one of Myanmar’s most stunning scenic and cultural attractions. Its position 900 metres above sea level rewards visitors with pleasant temperatures throughout the day and can call for a jumper in the evening. The hills surrounding the lake are a melting pot of culture and are inhabited by over 30 ethnic groups. Of these, the Inthar, are perhaps the best known. Their houses built on stilts above the water and their iconic style of leg rowing, as well as their ingenious floating gardens using hyacinth bound together to grow their food, are marvels of any trip to Inle. Travelling by long tail boat visit the villages of the lake, the morning floating market and a variety of cottage industries including weaving, silversmith and Myanmar cigar rolling. The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is widely regarded as one of the most important shrines in the country and every year at the September full moon plays host to festival during which the pagoda’s images of the Buddha are rowed around the lake on a golden Karaweik, visiting pagodas around its waters. A trip to the Red Mountain Vineyard is the perfect place to try some local wines and its terrace overlooking the valley is spectacular.
Indein is one of the small villages of Inlay Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha Image has been enshrined at a whitewashed stupa, which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas. The walkway of Shwe Indein Pagoda is one of the longest. The walkway itself is the market area lined with endless souvenir stalls.
The 5-day Markets rotate among the villages in regular order - one village becomes the host of the market every 5th day. Exploring these markets will highlight the insight into the daily life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Inthar inhabitants, who come to these markets to sell their local produce and goods. The ways of life and traditional dresses of the different tribes are such a sight to behold.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival- Every year, on the eve of the full moon day in October, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival is held, which sees the pagoda's revered Buddha images displayed on the golden Karaweik – a replica of the ancient royal barge – and taken to villages around the lake. Unlike most other pagoda festivals in Myanmar, which typically run for about three days, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival goes for 18 days, and also includes boat races that attract spectators near and far. The races provide exciting additional entertainment and are well worth watching, with separate events held for men and women.
Thanlyinhas the largest sea port of Myanmar, located across Bago River from the Yangon city. Thanlyin is an attractive site due to its village scenes and ways of life of people as well as its rich historical background of De Brito and Natshinnaung, a grandson of King Bayinnaung, who went over to ally himself with Filipe de Brito and was executed in Thanlyin.
Yangonis the old capital of Myanmar and still the busiest city in the country. It is also the largest city in the country and is the first city to arrive to Myanmar for most travelers. It is a city ofstyle and old-worldly dilapidated majesty.Left like nowhere else on earth following decades of isolation after independence, huge swathes of the city are peppered with some of the region’s most stunning colonial architecture.Find vast teak wood mansions in the traditional style hidden away amongst shady side streets and broad leafy boulevards flanked by towering old-commercial grandeur. The unique fusion of local and Indian tradesmen with the influences of Victorian and Edwardian Britain have resulted in some of the era’s most extraordinary and most ostentatious architecture. And it’s not just architecture where Yangon retains its colonial feel, strolling through its large parks and around its lakes offers a welcome respite from the heat, bustle and noise. It also plays host to perhaps the most stunning religious monument in the region, the 2500 year old Shwedagon Pagoda, the city’s towering golden masterpiece. Yangon, as a gateway into the country, may also be visitors’ first chance to try the local cuisine. And the choices are endless, with every street littered with little market stalls and food stalls bursting with exotic and exciting fare.The city's other notable religious sites are the Botahtaung and Sule pagodas, both housing Buddhist relics.