Multi-Day Tour | Private

Myanmar: Into the Golden Lands (11 days)

WildChina

Yangon, Myanmar To Ngapali, Myanmar

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Yangon, Myanmar
The Belmond Residence Breakfast

- Arrive in Yangon where you will be greeted by your private WildChina guide and driver who will be ready to transfer you to your hotel for check in

- Drive through Yangon’s colonial downtown area for the start of our walking tour. Get a feel of Yangon from the ground as we wander through lush parks, past picturesque lakes and encounter the gentle, local people

- Visit Chaukhtatgyi Temple which houses the largest reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia

- Explore The National Museum and fawn over the jewel-encrusted throne that belonged to the last king of Myanmar

- Revel in the beauty of Shwedagon Pa

Day 2
Yangon, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
Aureum Palace Breakfast

- Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan, The City of ‘Four Million Pagodas’

- Visit some the most famous sites in this archaeological zone including, Shwezigon Pagoda, the first gold pagoda built in Myanmar and Ananda temple, one of the best preserved temples in Bagan

- Explore the large, Indian style shrine room in Gubyaukgyi temple, known for its well preserved paintings that line the walls

- Drop by the last Myanmar style temple in Bagan, Htilominlo; built under the command of King Nantaungmya on the spot he was chosen, from five brothers, to be crowned king.

- Stop at Sulamani Temple, which translates to English as ‘Crowning Jewel’ and is a prime example of a later, more sophisticated style of temple structure

- Embark on an unforgettable cruise down the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River at sunset. Sip Burmese tea as the shadows of pagodas rise up along the horizon

Day 3
Bagan, Myanmar
Aureum Palace Breakfast

- Spend the day at your leisure in Bagan. Pony cart rides, bicycles, and hot air balloons are just a few of the different forms of transport available to aid your exploration

- View the sunset from one of the highest temples in the area and watch the dusk mist settle over the red and gold stupas adorning the lush green valley.

Day 4
Mandalay, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
Hotel by the Red Canal Breakfast

- Get up early for a morning flight to Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar

- Check out the World’s largest book – Buddhist teachings inscribed on 729 marble slabs that stand upright in the grounds of Kuthodaw Pagoda

- 19km south of Mandalay, visit the small town of Paleik, home to 3 giant pythons who claimed residence at a local pagoda and ‘mini Bagan’, a collection of  beautiful pagodas

- See the 1000 monks living at Mahagandayon Monastery line the streets to receive alms.

- Play spinning tops with the young Monks at Golden Palace Monastery, known for its intricate wood carvings

- Watch the sunset from Mandalay Hill, the mythical hill from which the city took its name

- Catch a performance from the ‘Moustache Brothers’, a comic duo famous in the region for their political satire, screwball comedy and Classic Burmese Dance.

Day 5
Mandalay, Myanmar
Hotel by the Red Canal Breakfast

- Haggle for fabric at Zegyo Market, and become part of the bustling activity

- Kneel before one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, Mahamuni Temple, where a senior monk washes the face and brushes the teeth of the famous Buddha Image here every morning

- Learn the process of Gold leaf making at the largest Gold leaf factory in Myanmar- Match master Marble Carvers at work creating Buddha statues in all shapes and sizes- Listen to Burmese folk tales during a traditional puppet show and learn how Kalaga

tapestries are made

- Visit traditional cotton and silk weavers where the pieces created are so complex that only one inch is completed each day

- Walk across U Bein Bridge which spans Taungthaman Lake. It is widely regarded as the world’s oldest and longest Teak bridge at 1.2km in length. Wander along the bridge and take advantage of the opportunity for some stunning photography

Day 6
Mandalay, Myanmar
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Aureum Palace at Inle Lake Breakfast

- Rise early for our transfer to Heho, the gateway to the Southern Shan State that sits 880meters/2900feet above sea level.

- Look out for precious gems as we wind our way from Heho to Inle Lake (1hr) through the lush countryside of the Shan hills, Myanmar’s primary source of rubies and sapphires.

- We will stretch our legs at a family owned Shan paper umbrella workshop where we will hopefully catch a glimpse of young women making patterned, handmade paper using fresh flower petals

- Situated a few kilometers north of Inle Lake, we will visit the red teak monastery of Shwe Yan Pyay, renowned for its oval windows and richly decorated walls.

- On arrival to Inle Lake we will cross by boat to check into our hotel and enjoy the evening watching passenger boats carry locals across the mirrored waters

Day 7
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Aureum Palace at Inle Lake Breakfast

- Rub shoulders with farmers, fishermen and minority communities as they squat next to their produce, ready to trade at the morning market

- Marvel at the dexterous balancing act of the leg-rowing Inthas as they use traditional methods to catch fish

- Slip off your shoes and enter Phaungdawoo Pagoda, the most famous pagoda in the lake region. The five small images of Buddha here have been completely covered in gold foil by pilgrims so the original form is completely unrecognizable.

- Breathe in the fresh, crisp air as we enjoy the sunset surrounded by serene mountain scenery

Day 8
Yangon, Myanmar
Inle Lake, Myanmar
None Breakfast

- Take an early morning flight back to Yangon

- If time permits we will visit Bogyoke Market, famous for its colonial architecture and a great place to buy those last minute souvenirs. If markets aren’t your cup of tea then we can take a stroll through Chinatown where the main streets come alive with vendors selling a variety of unusual Chinese snacks and a Yangon favorite - BBQ food and beer

- Take a private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Day 9
Ngapali, Myanmar
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Jade Marine Spa and Resort Breakfast

Optional Extension to Ngapali Beach


- Early morning flight from Heho airport to Ngapali beach

- Your time in Ngapali will be spent entirely at your leisure. Forget the world as you relax on the palm-fringed white sands of Ngapali beach and reflect on your incredible Burmese adventure. Watch the glittering waters spill into the Bay of Bengal as the local fishermen bring in their daily catch before taking a dip in the hotel pool


- Gaze up at the giant golden Buddha that sits atop a hilltop on the south end of the beach- Take a trip out on a fishing boat and help the locals reel in their daily catch- Indulge in spa treatments and read a book by the pool, shaded by palm trees

Day 10
Ngapali, Myanmar
Jade Marine Spa and Resort Breakfast

- Gaze up at the giant golden Buddha that sits atop a hilltop on the south end of the beach- Take a trip out on a fishing boat and help the locals reel in their daily catch- Indulge in spa treatments and read a book by the pool, shaded by palm trees

Day 11
Ngapali, Myanmar
None Breakfast

- From Ngapali your private driver will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight and your WildChina journey will draw to an end.

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Description

Now is the time to visit rapidly emerging Myanmar. Dive straight into the heart of a country where the tourist buses are yet to arrive and a religious, gentle population is excited to share their culture. Adventure through the 'four million' pagodas of Bagan all the way to the serene shallow waters of Inle Lake, discovering unusual beauty customs and unexpected temple residents along the way. As you kneel before the golden torch that commands the skyline in Yangon you will be in no doubt as to why we ventured beyond China to Myanmar: The Golden Land.

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