YANGON - KALAW - INLE (HARD TREKKING, ROUTE-6) - MANDALAY - BAGAN TOUR

Fred Cole Travels

Tour Type: IC: TRK-FC04

Tour Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights

Journey Start: October

Journey End: Apirl

Transportation: Yes

Tour Detail Itinerary

Day- 01 Yangon(-/L/D)

Arrive at Yangon International Airport, and welcome and meet with the assigned guide and transfer to hotel. If the room is available, directly check in to the hotel. (The international check in time is 2pm.)Lunch will served at outside local restaurant.Then, start Yangon sightseeing visit to the most well-known and very impressive 65 meters long and 16 meters high Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha image. Also visit toMyanmar’s most revered Shwedagon Pagoda - world famous Golden Stupa where the dome shapes rises 98 meters above its base. Be impressed at the richly layered exterior of the Pagoda which the people of Myanmar had pampered with 60 tons of pure gold.Dinner at outside local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day- 02 Yangon - Kalaw (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, check out from the hotel transfer to the Yangon domestic Airport to take flight to Heho, the Shan State. From Heho, proceed by car to Kalaw, an old hill station with a laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate and scenic views.At Kalaw, visit toShweoomin Natural Cave Pagoda- filled with golden Buddhas,Nee Paya (Bamboo strip lacquer Buddha Image), Myin Ma Hti natural cave - inside with an ancient stupa and pagodas, which located just to the east of Kalaw. Lunch will be served at simple local restaurant. In the evening, visit to a different kind of religious monument - Anglican Church.This Anglican Churchis one of the many buildings in Kalaw built in 1906 by the British during the colonial times. Return back to hotel. Dinner at hotel and overnight at the hotel in Kalaw.

Day- 03 Kalaw -Inle (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, transfer by car to Inle Lake, which is located 1,328 meters above sea level and is 22km long and 11km wide. Full day excursion by boat on Lake Inle and includes sights of the famous leg-rowers, typical floatinggardens, local methods of fishing and village life. Visit the local floating market and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. (Please note that the floating market is once every 5 days, but may vary according to the Buddhist Sabbathdays).Lunch will be served at outside local restaurant in Inle Lake.After lunch, continue sightseeing the weaving village of Inpawkhon and Ngaphekyaung Monastery, Ywa-Ma Village which is well known for its gold and silver ware and you can also see the Gold Smith & Silver Smith Workshop. Return back to hotel. Dinner at hotel and overnight at your hotel in Inle.

Day- 04 Day Return HardTrekking (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, transfer to the trekking starting point at Mintauk, the eastern shore of the lake. Day tour & trek to the summit of the blue and hazy mountain range. Visit a traditional Pa O Village at Inne. Take a 4wd up to the mountain of Inne. Village it is located about 15km from Inle Lake. On the way enjoy the beauty of nature, Tawya monastery and seasonal terrace crop plantations. Lunch would be offered at Inne with Pa O food. After lunch, explore to houses and study the local life-style. Return back to Inle Lake by descending down the slope passing through the Thapyaykone village and then proceed to Thaleoo village. Return back to respective hotel by boat. Dinner at hotel and overnight at the hotel in Inle.

Trekking program: CIT 006[Inle (Minetauk) - Inne -Thaleoo]
Trek condition: 45% up, 20% plain, 35% slop down (HardTrek)
Total walking time: 7 - 7.5 hrs (Remark: It may vary according to clients’ walking capacity and can take more than general assumedtime limit.)

Day- 05Inle (Indein Visit) (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, visit to Indein Pagoda complex built by Pa-O tribes which is situated on the western bank of Inle Lake. You would visit market and small villages. A Buddha image has enshrined at a whitewashed stupa, which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas most are ruins overgrown with bushes.Lunch will be served at local restaurant in Inle Lake. Then, visit Ywa-Ma Village which is well known for its gold and silver ware and you can also see the Gold Smith&Silver Smith Workshop. Return back to hotel. Dinner at hotel and overnight at your hotel in Inle.

Day- 06 Inle - Mandalay (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, transfer to the Heho domestic Airport to take flight to Mandalay,the last Capitalof Myanmarmonarch. Arrive Mandalay and firstly visit to Ancient Capital Amarapura, 11 Kilometres south of Mandalay. Walk over the 1.2 kilometres long U Bein Wooden Bridge which is situated over a large lake, named Taung Tha Man Lake. Then, visit to Mahagandayonmonastery where more than a thousand young monks are accommodating. The main attractionof this monastery is the systematic manner of the monks during the lunchtime, having their meal in total silence. (Note that: Whether you will be able to see this main attraction of Mahagandayon monastery or not is depending on the morning domestic flight time arrival to Mandalay.)You can also visitsilk-weaving factory. Lunch will be served at outside local restaurant.And then, afternoon visit to Maha Muni Buddha Image, handy crafts workshops, Shwenandaw Monastery - noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda - known as the world’s largest book from its 729 marble engraved with Buddhist scriptures. The evening ends with a breathtaking sunset view offered at Mandalay Hill. Dinner at outside local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Day- 07 Mandalay - Mingun - Sagaing - Inwa (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing start proceeding delightful boat trip to Mingun where the world largest ringing bell awaits you. Sightseeing included Pahtodawgyi unfinished Pagoda, Chinthe Ruins(the pagoda’s half-lion, half-dragon guardian deities ) Pondaw Pagoda, Settawya Pagoda(footprint of Buddha), Mingun Bell, Hsinbyume Pagoda(also known as Mya Theindan Pagoda) rises in seven wavy, whitewashed terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt.Meru - the mountain at the center of the Buddhist universe . It was built by King Bagyidaw in 1816, in memory of his favorite wife the Hsinbyume Princess.Lunch will be served at outside local restaurant.After lunch, excursion to Sagaing driving over Inwa(Ava)Bridge across the Ayeyarwaddy River. Tourhighlights are Ywataung Village, silver smith workshop, Hsoon Oo Ponnyashin Pagoda and Sagaing Hills,where has numerous pagodas, monasteries and meditation centers known as a peaceful place for Buddhist studies. After that,visit toInnwa and pass through the ancient city walls tovisit a brick andstucco monasterycalledMaha Aungmye Bonzan(also known asOk Kyaung). Continue to see Nanmyint Tower, and woodenmonastery ofBagaya Kyaung. Return back to Mandalay.Dinner at outside local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Day- 08 Mandalay - Bagan (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel.Then, morning transfer to the Mandalay Domestic Airport to take flight to Bagan, the Ancient Capital and Birth place of Myanmar Culture.Sightseeing begins Nyaung Oo market,Shwezigon Pagoda - build by king Anawahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine,Wetkyi-in Guvyaukkkyi- a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scene,The Tharaba city gate, the main gate of the eastern wall. And also visit to Lacquer ware industry. Lunch will be served at outside local restaurant.After lunch, continue sightseeing to Ananda Temple- an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek cross; Thatbyinnyu- the highest of Bagan Temples; Damayangyi Temple- the most massive structure in Bagan. Finally, watch sunset over the suitable pagoda. Dinner with puppet show at outside local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Day- 09 Bagan (B/ L/ D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing begins with Htilominlo Temple- double-storied structure and noted for its fine plaster carvings; Lemyethna Temple- noted for its fine mural paintings, The Seinnyet SistersPagodas - standing side by side which can see the comparison of a temple and a stupa structures.Lunch will be served at outside local restaurant. Afternoon visit Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi Temple - a typical Mon style temple, Manuha Temple - the big enshrined Buddha Image in the room which King Manuha would like to show his feeling about captive life in prison,Nanpaya Temple- adjacent to the Manuha temple and can see an earliest masterpiece with its fine stone carvings and Bupaya Pagoda, a Pyu style pagoda on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. In the evening, horse cart ride for 30 minutes around the city. Dinner at outside local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Day- 10Bagan - Yangon (B/ L/ -)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, transfer to the Nyaung U airport and take a domestic flight back to Yangon.
Lunch will be served at outside local restaurant.After lunch, visit to Bogyoke Market (also known as Scott Market) to browse and bargain freely among the hundreds of stalls for great souvenirs. (Please note that this market is closed on Mondays and gazette holidays).Then, visit city center landmark Sule Pagoda, Mahabandoola Park (The park's most notable feature is the Independence Monument),City Halland downtown of Yangon with remarkable sites of Colonial Buildings. Finally, visit to Strand Jetty - the heart of the city surrounded by several old but significant colonial style buildings which allow you experience how the Europeans influenced Myanmar history and culture. In the evening, transfer to International Airport for your departure flight to your next destination.

Included services:

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Lunches at outside local restaurants as per itinerary / localtraditional lunch on route on trekking day
  • Dinners at outside local restaurants in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay / Dinners at hotels in Kalaw and Inle
  • Entrance fees for the tour sites
  • Guide services for the visits and transfer
  • Local trekking guide service
  • Boat ride for excursion to Mingun and Inle Lake
  • Domestic flight fares as per itinerary (including airport taxes)
  • All sightseeing and excursion by air-conditioned in private vehicles
  • Refreshing towel and mineral water (1/2 litre – 2 bottles per day) on the private vehicles
  • Baggage handling of maximum 20kg for person

Excluded services:

  • Beverage
  • Unlisted meals
  • Video and camera tax
  • Insurance & Visa fees
  • Porter fees and excess baggage handling fees (more than 20kg for person)
  • Other services which are not mentioned in here
  • Other expenditure of personal nature’s spending money

HOTEL CHECK-IN/OUT TIME:

Check-in time is             14:00
Check-out time is           12:00

DAY USE, EARLY CHECK IN AND LATE CHECK OUT:

Day use room , early check in room (before the international check in time ) , and , late check room ( after the international check out time ) will be charged at 50% to 100% of one night stay rate depending on the requested hotels and subject to availability because of the hotel’s tight and high occupancy .

NOTE: The above program is subject to change with or without prior notice due to factors such as unexpected weather condition, domestic flight/ground handling vehicles availability, road transport conditions, vehicles’ technical missing problem and etc.­