EXPLORING HIDDEN BEAUTY OF NORTHERN CHIN HILL
Mandalay - Kalemyo - Tedim - Loilo Village - Gantgaw - Bagan - Yangon
12 Days / 11 Nights
For the one who loves nature and adventure and want to explore off beaten track, Northern Chin Hill is authentic place.
Feeling of driving through the high mountains ranges is unforgettable.
The accommodation will be simple & home stay in Loilo village. All the guests have to sleep together (men and ladies separately). We will provide blankets, pillows, etc.
Traditional village cooked foods will be provided during the stay in Loilo Village.
Warn cloths are highly recommended as the average temperature is about 0 degree Celcius.
When should travel: Not recommending traveling in that area in raining season because of current road condition. It should be travel from NOVEMBER to MARCH.
Although still raining in OCTOBER, the famous KHUADO PAWI is taking place. KHUADO PAWI is the biggest festival for Zomi tribe and it is also called Harvest festival, observed especially from 10th to 15th OCT. This festival is the most important for Zomi tribe as it is considered their New Year. During the festival, we can learn colorful Chin hill tribes.
Day 01 : Arrival Mandalay
Arrival Mandalay in the morning, welcome at Mandalay International Airport and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon city tour in Mandalay start for visiting of traditional handicraft workshops such as, marble carving, gold leaves beating, Kuthodaw Pagoda – the world biggest book, Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery.
Finally enjoy the sunset on top of Mandalay Hill where we can admire the beauty of Mandalay City, Shan Plateau, etc. Come back to hotel and leisure. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 02 : Excursion Sagaing & Ava. Enjoy the sunset at U Bein
| Early morning leave for Sagaing (around 06:30am) and direct drive to the SMALL JADE MARKET in Sagaing and visit (Busiest time of Jade market is around 07:30am).
Continue visit KA NAR TAW Village where villagers are earning making Myanmar Traditional Toys and distributing it to the pagodas. We can see Myanmar traditional toys in every pagodas and which are attracting to the children. We can learn the process of making toys in the village (remark: workshops will be close on full moon day / Dark moon day and Sabbath days).
Then visit KAUNGMUTAW PAGODA, Silver Smith workshop and then drive up to Sagaing Hill, the place of over 700 monasteries. Visit Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda where we can observe the fascinating landscapes of the Ayeyarwaddy River from serene Sagaing Hill.
Continue to Ava and visit by horse carts to Maenu Okkyaung Monastery - built by the chief queen in 1818, Nan Myint Tower - 27 meter masonry high, Bargayar Monastery - well known for its wood carving with 267 teak pillars. Come back to Amarpaura and enjoy the sunset by Crossing Over U Bein Bridge.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 03 : Excursion Amarapura & Mingun
Early morning, pick up at the hotel and transfer to a traditional Mandalay quarter to participate in SOON OFFERING. In the morning, monks line up along the streets to receive food donations from local people and it is nice sense of Soon offering ceremony with the good merit of local people.
After that, back to hotel and breakfast.
Firstly visit Mahamuni Buddha Image - one of the most sacred Buddha Images in Myanmar and then excursion to Amarapura - an ancient capital of Myanmar, where we can observe the life of over 1000 monks at Mahagandaryon Monastery & silk weaving factory and Shwer Inbin Teak wood Monastery.
Afternoon boat excursion to Mingun (01 hour) along mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. During the river cruise, we may enjoy the fascinating landscapes of the river as well as the daily life of the people living along the Ayeyarwaddy. Visit Mingun pagoda – unfinished pagoda & the biggest ringing bell of 90 tons, the unusual Myatheindan pagoda.
Cruise back to Mandalay and enjoy Sunset On Board.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 04 : Fly from Mandalay to Kalemyo
Flight to Kalemyo. Arrival Kalemyo, transfer to hotel. Then visit Yay San Kyun pagoda to enjoy panoramic view and beauty of Myit Thar River. [If time permit, visit Tar Han market, it is close every Sunday].
Overnight in Kalemyo.
Day 05 : Kalemyo- Tedim- Loilo village (About 5 hours drive)
After breakfast at hotel, leave for Tedim.
From the village, one can enjoy panoramic view of Chin Plateau, beauty of motor road like a snake along the top of mountains ranges and beauty of majestic Manipur River. Feeling of driving through the high mountains ranges is unforgettable.
Home stay and leisure.
Overnight at local house in the village.
Day 06 : Visit Loilo village and its surrounding
In the morning, there will be mist and feeling like staying above the cloud. When sun is raising, the scenery is changing and can enjoy marvelous scenery of Chin plateau/ valley/ river / etc..
Villagers are very friendly people and they are warmly welcoming the guests & inviting for home stay. Some villagers can speak a little bit speak English and can communicate with tourists easily. It is impressive strolling in the village and chat with villagers and visiting their houses. And also learn traditional hand weaving in some houses and they are weaving for their family. And also learn their ancient traditional house and observe how they live in ancient time.
We can take car or motorbike or trekking to Manipur River. The scenery of Bridge and Manipur River is marvelous.
Then back to village and free.
Evening enjoy traditional dance if we have chance.
Overnight at local house in the village.
Day 07 : Tedim- Kalemyo (About 5 hours drive).Continue drive to Gantgaw
After breakfast, drive back to Kalemyo and continue drive to Gantgaw by land route about 3 – 4 hours drive.
Day 08 : Drive to Bagan
After breakfast, drive from Gantgaw to Bagan via Pakokku (about 7 hours drive).
On the way, enjoy marvelous scenery and having lunch at small local restaurant in Mintain Bin Village.
Upon arrival Bagan, transfer to hotel and free. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 09 : Sightseeing Bagan
Morning breakfast at the hotel.
In the afternoon visit to the Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple with two original standing Buddha images showing changing facial expressions depending on the distance the statue is viewed from.
End the day with a horse carriage tour among the temples starting at Ananda and passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, the massive Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork and Sulamani. Moreover, enjoy the unforgettable sunset over the site from one of the open upper terraces in Bagan.
Day 10 : Morning Cycling tour in Bagan and afternoon enjoy cruise
After breakfast, continue visit of Bagan by cyclying tour. Bagan is the richest Archeological sites in Myanmar and once splendid and glorious capital of the First Myanmar Empire. It is the most amazing site in Myanmar as in every direction we look, we will see ruins of all sizes huge and glorious like Ananda soar towards the sky, and small, graceful pagodas & temples stand alone in the fields.
In the afternoon around 02:30PM, transfer to jetty and take private local boat along Ayeyarwaddy River and cruise until to see Shwezigon pagoda and scene of Bagan.
Then sailing down and stop at little village Selan, river village.
[OPTIONAL: Enjoy cocktail at sandbank near Selan village by enjoying marvelous view over Majestic Bagan of spectacular sunset].
Cruise back to Bagan, transfer to hotel and free.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 11 : Fly to Yangon and visit
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.
Start the trip by exploring COLONIAL AREA as the city featuring the faded colonial architecture of the old Post office, The Strand Road, Pansodan Street with Colonial architecture Building and walk up to the Pansodan Bridge to make good photos of colonial area and bustling street. Continue walk to High Court and Mahabandoola Garden including the Independence Monument along the way and Sule Pagoda, heart of City Center.
Continue visit KYAUKHTATGYI Pagoda, a lively place of worship with a 70-meter long reclining Buddha as its centre piece. Finally, visit SHWEDAGON Pagoda - one of the wonders of the world.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 12 : Yangon Departure
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Visit Bogyoke market (close on Monday and public holidays) if time permit. Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure.