AM 20 – DNH 2 (12 Days /11 Nights)
Yangon - Kyaing Tong - Heho - Inle - Mandalay - Bagan - Yangon
If you want to be free from all care and learn things little know, just pack up, get start off for a unique journey to discovery the authentic hill tribes. The mountain with fresh air, rugged terrain and colourful hill bribes are an ideal hideaway from townsfolk and nature lovers.
The trekking in Kyaing Tong is not so hard and it can done at every age.
We can arrange 4x4 on request to reach some of the villages. The maximum walking time is about two hours. The road condition is a little bit ban in the rainy season (july to September). Trekking boots or sport shoes are recommended.
Sightseeing & transportation by coach with air-condition (except in Kyaing Tong)
Day 01 Arrival Yangon
Welcome at Yangon International Airport. Transfer and check in at the hotel. Orientation tour Yangon if time permits. Visit Botahtaung Pagoda - the combination of stupa & temple, the colonial area, Sule Pagoda - the landmark of Yangon City Centre, Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image. Finally, visit Shwedagon Pagoda - one of the wonders of the world. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 02 Flight to Kyaing Tong
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Kyaing Tong.Upon arrival, transfer and check in at the hotel. Drive to trekking start-point (01:30 hrs). Trekking to Akha village (approximately 30 minutes), ladies with the black dress and the silver headdress. Proceed to Enn village (approximately 20 minutes), the men wear the long black trousers and the black jackets whereas women wear the black longies and black blouses, similar to Red Indians. Trek back to the starting-point (30 minutes). Drive back to Kyaing Tong. Leisure and overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Day 03 Kyaing Tong
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Drive about 01:30 hrs to start trekking. Visit Akha four villages with different religions and different ways of living. Back to the coach. Continue to Palaung Village, women wear their traditional costumes. Back to Kyaing Tong and wandering in the town, such as nearby Naung Tong Lake, etc. Overnight in Kaying Tong.
Day 04 Flight to Heho. Drive to Inle (35 km, 01 hour)
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Visit local market. Observe “Wat Zon Kham Temple”, which is very similar in architecture of Laungpraban in Laos, lacquerware workshop, pottery village, etc. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive to Inle and check in at the hotel. Overnight at Inle Lake.
Day 05 Excursion Inle
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Boat excursion on the lake. Visit colourful local market, floating gardens, floating villages, Lotus-petal robe & silk weaving looms at Inn Paw Khone village, Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda - the most venerable pagoda on the lake, jumping cats monastery, etc. Check in at the hotel and overnight at Inle lake.
Day 06 Visit Inle & flight to Mandalay
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Inn Dein pagodas in ruins covered by trees and bushes. Afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, drive to Mandalay (01 hour) and check in at the hotel. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 07 Excursion Mingun & sightseeing Mandalay
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Boat excursion to Mingun (01 hour) along the 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, unusual Myatheindan pagoda. Back to Mandalay and visit traditional handicraft workshops such as, gold leaves beating, Kuthodaw Pagoda – the world biggest book, Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery – the finest of wood carving. 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 08 Excursion Amarapura, Sagaing & Ava (Inwa)
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Visit Mahamuni Buddha Image - one of the most sacred Buddha Images in Myanmar. Excursion to Amarapura, an ancient capital of Myanmar, where we can observe the life of over 1000 monks at Mahagandaryon Monastery & silk weaving factory. Proceed to Sagaing, where we can observe the fascinating landscapes of the Ayeyarwaddy River from serene Sagaing Hill, the place of over 700 monasteries, Kaungmudaw Pagoda - the magnificent dome remarkably seen from far away, silverware factory, etc. Continue to Ava (Inwa) and visit by horse carts to Maenu Okkyaung Monastery - built by the chief queen in 1818, Nan Myint Tower-27 meter masonry high is, 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 09 River cruise to Bagan
Early morning, transfer to the jetty for the river cruise to Bagan. Leisure and enjoy the marvelous landscapes during the cruise. The boat may stop in some villages to get the local passengers up and down. Arrive to Bagan and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 10 Sightseeing Bagan
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Visit colorful local market, Shwezigon Pagoda - the glory of Bagan, Htilominlo Temple - the best pilaster carving, Nathtaukkyaung - monastery made of teak wood, Ananda Temple - the masterpiece of Bagan, the Gubyaukgyi Temple - the best mural paintings of 11th century, Manuha Temple - huge Buddha Images, Dhamayangyi Temple - the biggest temple in Bagan, Sulamani Temple - the 12th century temple, the lacquerware workshop - the unique of Bagan, etc. Finally, enjoy the sunset on top of a pagoda or temple. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 11 Flight to Yangon. Sightseeing
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer and check in at the hotel. Visit Bogyoke market [except on Monday] & china town. Leisure on your own and overnight in Yangon.
Day 12 Departure
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Yangon International Airport for the departure flight.
Optional Myanmar - Thai border (Thachileik- Mae Sai)
We can enter to Thachileik from Mae Sai by crossing the bridge. Upon arrival at the border, we will assist the border pass procedure and bring the clients to waiting vehicles. We just have to walk about 05 minutes to cross over the Myanmar-Thai border bridge. We can even do vice versa by entering to Yangon, continuing to Bagan, Mandalay Inle Lake and Kyaing Tong then concluding the trip in Thachileik.