Day 2: Yangon - Bago - Kinpun Village, Pagoda Sightseeing
In the morning, leave for Bago, the ancient capital city of Pegu (1.5 hours ride). You'll first take a leisure walk at a local market, and then admire the reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists who come here to pay homage to the Buddha. Next, visit the 1,000-year-old Shwemawdaw Pagoda. Followed is an exploration of Kyaikpun Pagoda which is best known for its four sitting Buddha statues facing the cardinal direction. In the afternoon, you'll head to Kinpun Village by car (about 3.5 hours) to get to the Kyaithiyo Pagoda (also called the Golden Rock), a small pagoda perched at a mountain summit and covered with gold leaves. It takes certain efforts to get to the top on foot only (4-5 km to walk), but it's worthwhile to walk all the way to have the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges and spectacular sunset sights.
Day 4 : Yangon -Fly to Heho - Pindaya, the Pindaya Caves
In the morning, you'll take the flight to Heho and then head to Pindaya. The road to Pindaya winds over the rolling hills of the Shan plateau through colorful mustard and wheat field. Upon arrival, you'll visit the Pindaya Caves, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site that is crammed with thousands of Buddha images in all shapes and sizes. After that, have a glimpse of the process of Shan traditional paper making nearby.
Day 5: Pindaya - Kalaw, Magwe Elephant Camp
In the morning, leave for Kalaw and then drive to Magwe Elephant Camp (about 45 minutes) for a unique experience with elephants. After a short break, walk to the river (about 5-7 minutes) where elephants take baths and you can have a great time feeding and bathing the elephants. Later, explore the forest area around the conservation area where you can find many species of butterflies, birds, and orchids. Planting regional trees is an optional activity recommended for you. After that, return to the camp for a beautiful view through a valley and then back to Kalaw.
Day 6: Kalaw Trekking
Today, you'll start your 3-day trekking to learn about the traditions of the different ethnic minorities and enjoy continuously changing sceneries.
Day 7: Kalaw Trekking
In the morning, you'll walk through several villages and old wooden monasteries (about 1.5 hours) in Shan State. After a short break at Htun Gone Village, for the next 3.5 hours, continue trekking through a stunning area, living with many farmers and hill tribes, and proceed to HteeThaing Village where you can visit the beautiful wooden HteeTaing Monastery, which is also used as a school. Tonight you'll have dinner and overnight stay at the monastery or with a local family.
Day 8 : Kalaw - Inle Lake, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
After three-hour trekking through different Pa O villages with a panoramic view over the Inle Lake, you'll take a break at Than Taung Village and have lunch at a monastery. Continue trekking to Inle Lake, the destination of the trekking. Upon arrival, take a motorboat to the hotel for check-in.
Day 9 : Inle Lake - Indein Village - Inle Lake
In the morning, go to Indein Village on the west end of Inle Lake for sightseeing. Take a boat traveling through a long channel where you can watch farmers cultivate their products and floating villagers' daily life, all are so vivid and close than ever before. It is considered one of the most scenic boat tours on Inle Lake.
Day 10: Inle Lake - Heho - Fly to Mandalay
In the morning, head to Nyaung Shwe Jetty by boat and then proceed to Heho for your flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and take you to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda which comprises a gilded pagoda, hundreds of shrines housing inscribed marble slabs, and several pavilions. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only major original teak wooden building left of the original Mandalay Royal Palace. Before ending the day, enjoy the spectacular sunset at Mandalay Hill.
Day 11: Mandalay, Monastery Highlights
Start the day with a visit to the 18th-century capital city, Amarapura, and attend the daily meal of over a thousand monks at Mahagandayon Monastery, the country's largest monastery. Next, you'll head to Ava, the capital city from the 14th to 18th centuries, and visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery, the remains of the Royal Palace and fort, the Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery, and Htihlaing Shin Paya Pagoda. In the afternoon, you'll cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River and take in the view from Sagaing Hill, the religious center covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries. The day ends with a walk at sunset over the 200-year-old U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world, for an iconic sunset shot.
Day 12 : Mandalay Palace & Fort, Mandalay -Fly to Bagan
In the morning, explore the Mahamuni Buddha Temple, the most venerated image covered in over 15 cm thicknesses of gold leaf. Observe the laborious process of gold leaf beating on the route. In the afternoon, visit the Mandalay Palace and Fort where you can see what the golden era of the Mandalay Kingdom was like. Later, your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, your guide will pick you up and take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 13: Bagan, Thousands of Temples Vista
In the morning, stop at the bustling Nyaung Oo Market and go to the Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction to Bagan's rich history. Later, visit Htilominlo Temple known for its plaster carvings, and Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest temple of Bagan. Continue to explore the Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Drop by a lacquer-ware workshop in the afternoon. After that, admire Manuha Temple and Nanpaya Temple. Next, you'll explore the Gubyaukgyi Temple, a temple noted worthy for its mural paintings of Jataka scenes under the protection of UNESCO. Later, visit Dhammayangyi Temple, a massive temple with the finest brickwork, and watch the sunset at one of the viewing mounds.
Day 14: Bagan Free Day
Enjoy a free day in Bagon. You might want to go out for a short exploration on your own or just relax in the hotel.
Day 15 : Bagan - Fly To Yangon
Start your visit to the secluded Minnanthu Village. You'll discover the strangely-designed Payathonzu Temple, Lemyentha Temple, and Nandamannya Pahto Temple. Besides, explore the Nandamannya Cave Grotto (Kyat Kan Monastery) which is an extremely important place for meditation. In the afternoon, you'll take the flight back to Yangon.
Day 16: Yangon Departure
In the morning, walk leisurely around Bogyoke Aung San Market (formerly Scott's Market). The market is rich in a collection of Myanmar handicrafts, local goods, and unique items for a good souvenir hunting. Later, your guide will accompany you to the airport for your return flight home.
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