Golden Myanmar

Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is known throughout the world as the Golden Land because of its many golden temples which adorn its countryside. Golden Myanmar takes you on an unforgettable journey through this mysterious land rich with culture which lives in its many songs and folktales. It is said that the map of the country itself resembles the figure of a dancing lady. Begin in Yangon and visit Shwedagon Pagoda, Chaukhtatgyi, and Kandawgyi Lake famous for its Karaweik. Fly to Mandalay and tour Amarapura, once a capital city. Visit Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), a former British hill station. Explore Bagan in a hot air balloon and take a boat ride down Inle Lake to see its floating gardens. Bustling markets and lunch at an Intha family’s home give you an in depth look at Myanmar’s people. Golden Myanmar is a precious as the valued metal it is named for!

Day 1 – Yangon
Arrive in Yangon where you will be met and driven to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with traditional cuisine. Overnight at Chatrium

Day 2 – YangonAfter breakfast, see the glimmering golden Shwedagon Pagoda, Chaukhtatgyi known for its reclining Buddha and Kandawgyi Lake or great royal lake famous for its Karaweik,, a concrete replica of a Burmese royal barge built in 1972. Today it houses a buffet restaurant. In the afternoon visit Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market known for its colonial architecture and cobblestones streets and Sule Pagoda, a temple built more than 2500 years ago and before Shwedagon Pagoda. Take a trishaw ride along Strand Road to the Yangon riverfront. End with high tea at the Governor’s Residence. Overnight at Chatrium

Day 3 – Yangon/Mandalay
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival you are met and driven to your hotel. Embark on a tour of Amarapura, once a capital city, of which only its moat ruins remain near Bagaya monastery. Amarapura is known for its silk and cotton weaving and bronze casting. Visit Mahagandayon Monastery to see monks in their daily alms ritual. In the afternoon enjoy a city tour and see the sunset at Mandalay Hill. Enjoy dinner and a cultural show. Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort

Day 4 – Mandalay/Maymyo/Mandalay
An early morning departure takes you on a full day trip to Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), a former British hill station. Pyin Oo Lwin was named Maymyo, literally May’s Town in Burmese after Colonel May, commander of the Bengal Regiment temporarily stationed at the location in the town in 1887. Maymyo was used to escape the heat and humidity of the plains. See the bustling local market, nearby plantations and villages and grand colonial houses. Visit National Kandawgyi Garden which is a botanical gardens that has 514 species of indigenous trees and 74 foreign species, 75 species of bamboo and 300 species of indigenous orchids. End the tour with strawberries and cream or high tea. Return to Mandalay. Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort

Day 5 – Mandalay/Bagan
Visit U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the worlds, Inwa located on the Ayerwaddy River by horse cart and Sagaing Hill adorned with its numerous monasteries. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nyaung U where you are met and driven to your hotel. Overnight at Bagan Thande Hotel

Day 6 – Bagan
Take an early morning hot air balloon ride, weather permitting. Return for breakfast. Explore the city of Bagan including the vibrant Nyaung U Market, Shwezigon Pagoda and the village around it, Hgnet Pyit Taung, Lawkananda Temple or “joy of the world” and Dhammayazika Temple. The Shwezigon Pagoda is typical of temples in Myanmar. The temple consists of a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines. The Shwezigon Pagoda was completed in 1102 AD and is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Lord Buddha. Overnight at Bagan Thande Hotel

Day 7 – Bagan/Heho/Inle Lake
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Heho. You will be met upon arrival and driven to Inle Lake which is quite interesting as the road winds over the Shan Plateau. In the afternoon, take a slow boat tour through the many waterways and see the floating villages and gardens, and temples around the lake. Inle Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Myanmar. Overnight at Inle Resort

Day 8 – Inle Lake
Visit the Nampan market and see colorful villagers selling their wares. Continue onward to a local Intha family’s restaurant for a cooking demonstration of local cuisine and lunch. The Inthas are famous as the leg rowers on the lake. In the afternoon take an excursion to the pagodas of Indein village. These ruins are unique with their many decorations and carvings. Some restoration has been done to preserve the ruins which offers a unique blend of both the past and present. Overnight at Inle Resort

Day 9 – Inle Lake/Heho/Yangon
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. You will be met and driven to your hotel upon arrival. The rest of the day is free for you to shop or relax. Overnight at Chatrium.

Day 10 – Depart Yangon
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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