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Culture of Myanmar

5 Days / 4 Nights Yangon – Mandalay – Inle lake – Yangon

Day 1 Arrival Yangon

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Hours arrive at Yangon airport in the morning. Meet with your guide at Yangon international Arrival Hall after clearing immigration and custom formalities. He or she will welcome you or your group with welcome signboard. Then transfer to your hotel for check-in (if early check-in is available). If early check-in is not available then drive through the Colonial Style Buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Enjoy your photo stop at Sule Pagoda and City Hall.

In the afternoon, drive around the Kandawgyi Park and pass through the Karaweik Royal Barge. Then visit to the reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, is almost as large as the enormous figure in Bago Shwethalyaung. Enjoy sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and there are always full with many people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon and especially on Full Mon days and religious days. Accommodation at hotel, Yangon.

Meals included:

Day 2 Yangon – Mandalay

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Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to Yangon Airport for your domestic flight from Yangon to Mandalay. From the airport, drive to Amarapura and visit U-Bein Bridge, which is 1.2km long leak bridge over the Taung Thaman Lake. Then visit to Mahagandayon Monastery, known as the biggest Buddhist learning Centre in Mandalay to learn the daily life of monks. Visit to the Silk Weaving workshops. Continue visit Mahamuni Pagoda, built by King Bodawpaya in 1784, the centrepiece of the shrine is the highly venerated Mahamuni buddha image, which was transported to Mandalay from Mrauk-U (Rakhine) in 1784. Continue visit to Marble Curving workshops and Gold Leaf Beating workshops. Then check-in to your hotel.

In the afternoon, In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery (Golden Palace Monastery) as a museum, an ancient wooden monastery. The building is covered inside and out with carved panels and which was apartment of King Mindon. Then visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (also known as the Maha Lawka Marazein Pagoda), the pagoda complex has been dubbed 'the world's biggest book', for standing around the central stupa are 729 marble slabs on which are inscribed the entire Tripitaka. Each slab is housed in its own individual small stupa. Continue to Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda, it is chiefly interesting for the hug seated Buddha image carved from a single block of marble. Enjoy Sunset at Mandalay Hill. Accommodation at hotel, Mandalay.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Mandalay – Inle Lake

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Breakfast at hotel. This morning transfer to Mandalay Airport for your domestic flight from Mandalay to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to your hotel.

In the afternoon, enjoy your Inle Lake Boat Trip and you will see the lake's unique “Leg Rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in the southern Sahan State. Five images, which are ferried around the lake during Phaung Daw U Festival (late September/early October – please check with us for exact festival date). Then stalls on the ground floor of the shrine and nearby sell brightly coloured cotton Shan shoulder bags, other local crafts and 'antiques'. Silk and cotton fabrics are a local speciality, there are over 200 handloom. Continue visit to Nga Phe Kyaung (Jumping Cat Monastery), wooden monastery on stilts over the lake. And accommodation at hotel, Inle Lake.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Inle Lake – Yangon

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Breakfast at hotel. This morning, leave your hotel by boat and then drive to Heho Airport. Domestic flight from Heho to Yangon. Arrive at Yangon Airport and drive to visit Kaba Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda), is hollow and inside are some nice Buddhist sculptures. Then continue visit to Mahar Parsana Cave, has six huge concrete pillars and six entrances to mark the Sixth Great Synod. The assembly hall inside is 220 feet in length and 140 feet in width. Then check-into your hotel..

In the afternoon, visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays & Public Holidays) and it has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts. Then visit to Botathaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Wharves. Before enjoy dinner visit to China Town, where you can fine a lot of gold shops and food stalls where local people enjoy their evening. Accommodation at Hotel, Yangon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Yangon departure

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to Yangon Airport for your departure flight...

Meals included: Breakfast

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