Minority (MNW-002) 27 Nights / 28 days


Yangon/Hpa -An/MawLamyine/KyaikHtiYo/Elephant Camp/Loikaw/Inle Lake/Mandalay/Putao/Bagan/Mrauk U/Nga


Overview

Explore for Nature & Culture of Myanmar

Day 01 : Arrival Yangon

Arrive at Yangon international airport, after immigration and custom clearance, you will meet and welcome by Myanmar Natural Wonder local guide and transfer to Hotel. Stay overnight at hotel. Yangon city tour, Highlight; such as Sule the elegant one in earlier name was Kyaik-A-thote and it was probably built by Mon king. The Mon words for pagoda is “Kyaik” the spire is octagonal, symbolising the eightfold path of Buddhism and Botahtaung pagodas which is not the original the ancient pagoda was destroyed by bombing during World War Two and a replica built in its place. Relics excavated from the treasure chamber were re-enshrined. After lunch, visit to (Scott’s market) Bogyoke market, which is a large and very busy market palace in the heart of downtown Yangon. In the evening we will go to Chaukhtutgyi colossal reclining Buddha image, Shwedagon pagodas.

Day 02 : Yangon full day sight seeing

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Yangon central railway station for taking Circular train. It is a worth trip to know the true life of local people who are vendors, government employees, students who take circular train for their daily transportation. It is a loop system connected 39 stations of rural and some ghetto area. The facilities of train is no air-condition, no TV. But you will have the moving scene and fresh air by passing through the opened windows. Taking photos around coronial building then continue to Botahtaung pagodas which is not the original, the ancient pagoda was destroyed by bombing during World War Two and a replica structure built in its place. Relics excavated from the treasure chamber were re-enshrined. Late afternoon visit to the Nanthidar port and involve in different scene of the Yangon River. After that take a public ferry boat and cross the River to visit to Dala. And turn back to Yangon. Enjoy for the sunset and local activities from the Yangon River. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03 : Yangon – Hpa An

The capital of the Karen (Kayin) State, Hpa An is a picturesque and Laid back town that sits on the eastern bank of the Thanlwin (Salween) river, about 270 kilometres east of Yangon. Hpa An is encircled by dramatic karst mountain scenery which juts from the surrounding plains, and many of these mountains contain large and religiously significant caves. The most impressive example is the beautiful, sacred and monolithic Mount Zwegabin (sometimes spelt Zwekabin), which can be found 16 kilometres south east of Hpa An. There are great views of Zwegabin from the attractive Kan Thar Lake and also from a lovely roadside beer station south of Hpa An on the road to Mawlamyine (the beer station is 500 metres south of Hotel Zwegabin). Nearby to Hpa An can also be found Saddan Cave, which opens into a gigantic cavern filled with Buddhas and pagodas, which can be walked all the way through to the other side of the mountain. It is truly impressive, and on the way back you can take a small two-person wooden ferry making for a lovely circuit. All are picturesque and hold religious and historical value.
Also close to Hpa An is the Kyauk Kalap a truly unique pagoda, set on top of an unusual rock formation in the middle of a (man-made) lake. It is a beautiful spot and another that offers great photo opportunities of Mt. Zwegabin. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 40 : Hpa An – Kawnyat Monastery -Mawlamyine

Breakfast at hotel and check out after breakfast. Mawlamyine is the third largest city in Myanmar after Yangon and Mandalay situated 165 kilometers east of the nation's capital across the Gulf of Mottama at the mouth of the Thanlwin River. It is the capital of Mon State with a population of almost 300,000 people. Formerly known as Moulmein, it was once a thriving teak port and the administrative capital of British Lower Burma. The town's signature landmark is Kyaikthanlan pagoda built in 875 AD and thought to be the site from where Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poem, 'The Road to Mandalay'. It's unlikely that Kipling was referring to Mandalay Ward located at the base of Kyaikthanlan pagoda, but rather the 'Mandalay' in central Myanmar. The town does have a charm of its own with its rich history, buildings with colonial style architecture. It’s close proximity to the infamous Siam-Burma "death railway", making it a fascinating place to visit! Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 : Mawlamyine – Belu Kyun – Mawlamyine

Have Breakfast at hotel then transfer to jetty and taking the boat from Mawlamyine is an enjoyable journey in itself; when you get to the island you will be able to find a tuk-tuk to take you around of the charming Belu Island. As well as taking in the friendly and rustic atmosphere, you can find a wide variety of handicrafts on the streets of the island’s many villages including walking sticks, slate writing boards, bamboo hats and even hand-made rubber bands. After sightseeing come back to Mawlamyine and continue some sightseeing at Mawlamyine at the rest of the afternoon. There are a number of other places of worship that are of historical and cultural interest in Mawlamyine, including St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, the Soorti Sunni Jamai Mosque and the abandoned, red brick St Matthew’s church. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 06 – Mawlamyine – Thanphyuzayat – Kyaik Htiyo

Win Sein Taw Ya, situated 24km south of Mawlamyine near Mudon, is remarkable both for its scale and for the fact that you can wander around inside it. Still a work in progress, it contains dozens of chambers with sculptures depicting scenes from the life of Buddha and grisly images from Buddhist hell. This is supposed to be the biggest reclining buddha in the world. But don't expect a spiritual place of worship. It feels more like an under-contruction Buddha-Disneyland. Then continue to next 36 kilometres south of Win Sein Taw Ya is the town of Thanbyuzayet. Here you can find the Allied War Memorial Cemetery, where prisoners of war who lost their lives during the building of the infamous Burma Railway (otherwise known as the ‘Death Railway’) are laid to rest. A lone steam locomotive by the side of the road commemorates the railway itself, although little else is left. After that you have to drive to Golden Rock and still overnight at hotel.

Day 07 : Kyaikhtiyo – Pho Kyar elephant camp

After breakfast start to going down by truck to Kinmon Base came than drive to Toungoo approximately 5.5 hours to Pho Kyar forest Resort (Elephant Camp). You will check in to the hotel and fresh up and rest for awhile. At the evening you can visit around the camp including seeing how elephant bathe and washed by their mahouts. Observe the fetching of elephant in the jungle, how elephant bathe in the stream, the setting of elephant equipment. You can start for Trekking with elephant about 45 minutes. Along the trekking journey by riding elephant you will see beauty and serenities of natural virgin forest it’s surrounding would be unforgettable. You can see how to make the extraction near the Resort, elephant show medical treatment of elephant and discuss care and management of elephant by veterinarian and you can buy some rice or a ball of tamarind to feed the elephant by yourself. Stay overnight at resort.

Day 08 : Pho Kyar elephant camp – Ping Laung - Loikaw

After breakfast check out then we will drive to Shan High land it will take about 6 hour 30 minute to reach Loikaw which is the capital city for Kayah on the way you can stop at Pin Laung a small town for your lunch. All around the way up to Pinlaung you will enjoy for scenery, viewing the forest. Stay overnight at Hotel Loikaw.

Day 09 : Loikaw – Panpet village - Loikaw

Nestled in the center of Myanmar, not far from the northern border of Thailand, is Loikaw, a tradi¬tional village that is guaranteed to give you a glimpse of Southeast Asian tribal life. Home to 250,000 people, this destination is new to tourism as outside visitors were not permitted to visit many of its surrounding villages until 2006 when a local conflict ended. Since it has opened itself to visitors, it has remained true to its roots, allowing people to witness the authentic daily lives of the Kayan, Kayaw, and Kayah tribes. The hub of many remote nearby villages, located high in the Karen hills, Loikaw is the perfect home base to explore the area. After breakfast at hotel, begin your scenic hour and a half drive to Panpet village, the home of the long-necked tribespeople. Panpet is a Kayan tribe village and is a naturally beautiful area surrounded by spectacular rice fields and study ways of their life. At the afternoon visits to Shi kal village to see for Kayah woman with their traditional dress and visit to the Kayah museum. En route back to the hotel in Loikaw, make a stop at Taung Kwe Pagoda to take in beautiful, sweeping sunset views of the city and gold ornamental monuments which tower over Loikaw like two gods rising above Earth. Built in the 12th century over two mountains, legend says that two opposing groups inhabited each point - but over the centuries, a bridge was built between the two mountains as the groups found peace with each other and within Loikaw. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Loikaw – Phe Khon – Sagar – Inle Lake

After breakfast at hotel, before leaving Loikaw, visit to the morning Market in the morning. Here, you can pick up some locally-crafted goods and meet villagers, who sell their crafts and meet in the village to socialize with each other and visitors.
Then drive one hour to Phekhon jetty and take the boat trip to Inle Lake. You will see different scenery of Shan high land and pass such a big like and approach to Samgar village which is one of the old cities from 12th to 16th century. Located at an altitude of 2,900 feet above sea level, Inle Lake is a remarkable water-based culture, where floating farms grow fruit, vegetables and flowers literally on the surface of the lake, and many depend on fishing for their livelihood. The water level of this vast lake can rise up to five feet in the rainy season, and local villages are built to accommodate these extremes. This unique and extremely picturesque area is known for its “one-legged fishermen,” who have a highly eccentric yet effective method of boat-rowing using only one leg. You can visit to cottage industry for making rice wine. Stop at local restaurant for lunch then continue to your hotel by boat. For today there will be a long drive for boat trip (5hrs).

Day 11 : Inle Lake – Inn Dain

Early morning visit to the one of the local market according to five day market schedule of Inle Lake region. And proceed to Indein village situated southwest part of Inle Lake by taking a winding creek. Indein is a small village of Inntha and Pa-O tribe. There are over 1058 of ruined religious monuments of during 14 to 18 century. And return back to jetty by passing through a small bamboo forest and visit rice cracker making place in Indein. Most of the people in Inle Lake love to have those crackers as a snack and day time they match this cracker with fermented tea leaves salad or yellow Tophu salad. After that continuing the trip, tour included famous Phaung Daw Oo temple the holiest religious site in southern Shan state, silk and lotus fiber weaving center ,blacksmith work shop, silversmith workshop, boat making place and Nge pe Chaung monastery which is over 165 years old and like a Buddhist museum. Enjoy a spectacular sunset from your hotel.

Day 12 : Inle Lake – Heho – Mandalay

After breakfast at hotel then transfer to Nyaung Shwe jetty. Proceed to the Heho airport then flight to Mandalay. At the afternoon, visit to gold leaf making, golden monastery and Kudodaw pagoda which is famous as the world largest books. Enjoy for the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 13 : Mandalay – Putao

After breakfast at your hotel and transfer to Mandalay international airport and flight to Putao by UB Myinamr air ways. A visit to the completely isolated Putao region is a wonderful addition to any trip to Myanmar, offer¬ing a glimpse of undisturbed nature that few travelers ever see. Inhabited by the Hkamti Shan people, Kachin, Rawang, Lisu people, the region was once known as Hkamti Long, or “great place of gold,” and borders both China and In¬dia. Because of the incredibly mountainous terrain, little to no infrastructure links Putao with the rest of the world. The climate of the region is highly diverse, ranging from subtropical valleys to alpine peaks, creating lush biodiversity perfect for eco-travel: hiking, biking, canoeing and climbing activities are all available, or just relax and take in the lush and largely untouched landscape.

Day 14 : Putao – Kaung Mu Long Pagoda –Mulashide - Putao

Early morning visit to Putao market and have a breakfast with Shan traditional noodle soup and then drive to Kaung Mu Long Pagoda which is about 22 km north of Putao. We will cross the river Malikha which is one of the resources for the river Ayeyarwaddy. Then drive to Mulashide, Lisu village and stroll around and taking photo. Back to Putao & stay overnight at guest house.

Day 15 : Putao – Machanbaw – NatKyun - Putao

Situated about 12 miles far away from Putao, Machanbaw is the last administrative town in northern Myanmar, and an hour of scenic drive across many villages of Rawang and Lizu will take you to the town. Upon arrival at Malikha River make sightseeing by a small boat together with the vacation to Natkyun, a small spirit island in Burmese, for a rest. The only one thing in Southeast Asia, the icy and crystal-like water among the beautiful natural rocks is very lovely to be as an image in your consciousness. It is also the best for your photography while sightseeing. We select a traditional small restaurant for lunch in Machanbaw, there Kachin style Shan noodle is one of the highlights of the trip. After all of them, go and see the famous stone dragon in the view point, and then walk back to our car across the Malikha suspension bridge and drive back to Putao.

Day 16 : Putao – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin

After breakfast, visit market and sightseeing until before transfer to airport. Leave for Mandalay by Air bagan flight after arrival at Mandalay international airport drive to Mandalay and continue to Pyin Oo Lwin approx two and half hour to reach there. Watch in awe as you drive through the lush, green countryside to the classic British hill station, used during British rule - Pyin Oo Lwin. Check out the quaint European-style town as you walk through the local market and snap a picture with the old clock tower. Tour the town in a charming antique horse-drawn cart. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 17 : Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay

Visit the National Botanic Gardens and the adjacent Pyin Oo Lwin Nursery. The town is the center of sericulture, or silkworm rearing, and the botanical gardens are home to a large number of mulberry trees, which are important in silk production. Flowers and vegetables grow abundantly in Pyin Oo Lwin, making it the top flower and vegetable producer in the country. There are also strawberry and pineapple orchards, coffee plantations and cow pastures in this highly scenic hill town. After sightseeing proceed to Mandalay and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 18 : Mandalay – Mingun – Innwa – Amarapura – Mandalay

After breakfast transfer to MaYanChan jetty and take a boat for 1 hour to Mingun 11 km far from Mandalay by passing through the mighty Ayeyarwaddy river. This trip will have a leisure moment along the Ayeyarwaddy River. After arrive to Mingun visit to Pathodawgyi unfinished stupa built in 1790 by King Bodawpaya only one third (50m) was finished, Mingun bell (weights 90 tons), which is the second largest bell in the world that can still be rung Myantheintan temple built by the crown prince in 1860 as a memorial to his wife. Visit to home for age. After visit, come back to Mandalay by boat. At the afternoon, visit to to Innwa (AVA), arrive to Innwa jetty transfer by small boat and take a horse cart for visiting Innwa. Tour highlights are Bagaya wooden monastery build in 1834 by King Bagyidaw, Yadana se-mee old temple, alms bowl making place, watch tower, Queen MaeNu brick monastery.Then continues to visit silk weaving and go to U Bein Bridge for the fantastic sunset. U Bein bridge is the longest wooden bridge in the world over 1.2 Km long and built in 1849.After the sunset come back to Mandalay. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 19 : Mandalay – Bagan (boat)

Early morning transfer to jetty for Ayeyarwaddy River cruise to Bagan. It will take about 10 hours to get Bagan. Enjoy and relax on boat. After arrival at Nyaung O jetty, transfer to hotel and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 20 : Bagan full day

After breakfast, start for hopping temple in Bagan: such as Sulamuni temple, Damayangyi temple, Nan Paya temple, King Manuhar temple & stop for lunch. After lunch, visit to lacquer ware workshops. The rest of the day, enjoy for cycling or taking horse cart around Bagan. Then proceed to the Shwesandaw Pagoda for sunset. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 21 : Bagan

Early morning take a walk for seeing the fantastic sun rise view of Bagan from suitable Temple. Then back to hotel for breakfast. After that, start for hopping temple in Bagan: Shwezigon pagoda, Kyansittha cave, Thagyabone temple and stop for lunch. Afternoon visit to Ananda temple which is one of the finest, largest, best preserved of Bagan, completed in AD 1091 built by the King Kyansit. The structure of the Ananda Temple is that of a simple corridor temple. Four large vestibules, each opening axis surround the central super structure which itself is inlaid with four huge niches. In the niches facing the cardinal point are four tall Buddha images measuring 9.5 meters (31 feet) on carved lotus pedestal. Enjoy for the sunset at suitable temple and stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 22 : Bagan – Yangon - Sittwe – Mrauk U

Morning fly back to Yangon and transit to Sittwe flight. Sittwe is Myanmar second port on the Andaman Sea. Capital of Arakan, it occupies a beautiful location where the Kaladan river joins the Bay of Bengal. All aboard a small private boat and the beginning of a slow boat (about 6 hours) to reach M'rauk U, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Arakan.

Day 23 : Mrauk U Excursion

Today dedicated to the discovery of the archaeological site of M'rauk U. This region of Arakan corresponded to the capital of a flourishing empire in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Walk (about 3 hours) through the site for a visit of the main temples in ruins but sometimes the exceptional atmosphere Shittaung, a kind of initiatory temple wound on itself, Sukkanthein, richly carved Kothaung or in part but collapsed in magical atmosphere ...

Day 24 : Mrauk U – Sittwe – Thandwe - Ngapali Beach

After breakfast at your hotel drive to Sittwe for approx 5 hours then transfer to airport bound for your flight to Sandaway Ngepali beach by noon flight. After arrival on the air port from your hotel representative person will pick you up to the hotel. Enjoy and relax at the beach.

Day 25 : Ngapali Beach

Enjoy and relax at the beach.

Day 26 : Ngapali Beach – Yangon

For this morning, relax at the beach then at the afternoon transfer to airport and fly back to Yangon. The rest of the day is free after check in to the hotel.

Day 27 : Yangon

For today, as you wish you can do some sightseeing in Yangon.

Day 28 : Yangon Departure

Transfer to Yangon international airport and fly back to home today

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