AM 20 – FE 1 (14 Days /13 Nights)
Yangon - Myitkyinar - Mandalay - Heho - Inle - Pindaya - Kalaw - Bagan - Yangon
Manaw is the colorful festival of the Kachin people who live in northern Myanmar and annually held in January. Manaw festival means reunion ceremony and traditionally Manaw was a Nat Festival, honoring guardian spirits, and the Padian Nat is believed to be the protector of Kachin. On the other hand, it is a show of gratitude to ancestral spirits and all participants pray for a bright future. There are many versions of Manaw: a version to celebrate the New Year, other versions to celebrate victory in battle, housewarming, and so on. In earlier times, it was a festival for the Duwars, or tribal chieftains, but now it is the victory festival for all of Kachin State. Manaw festival (The New Year Festivals) are celebrated in Myitklyina with dancing around the erected Manaw poles, quite similar to the totem poles of North American Indians.
Please have a great apportunity to enjoy this fantastic Manaw Festival.
We highly recommend to combine this festival with other destination upon your choose.
Domestic flights on Myanmar Airways or Air Bagan (F-100, ATR 72/42)
Can be done as per date of every year to match Manaw Fetival (2010/2011)
08/1 Arrival Myanmar
Welcome At Yangon International Airport. Transfer and check in at the hotel. Orientation tour Yangon if time permits. Visit 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 at Yangon.
09/1 Fly to Myitkyinar & visit
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Myitkinar. Trnasfer and check in at the hotel. Afternoon, excursion to Myitson – 45 km away from Myikyinar and it is original of Ayeyarwaddy River. It’s orginate from the conflurence of Malihka & Manka Rivers. Enjoy boat trip along Myitson. Drive back to Myitkyinar and on the way back visit Karain Naw Bridge. Overnight at Myitkyinar.
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Visit beautiful local market. Hsu Taung Pye Zedidaw – gilded pagoda which is situated on the banks of Ayeyarwady River, Andawshin Paya – silver plated zedi. Afternoon, you may enjoy the preparation of Manaw festival. Overnight at Myitkyinar.
11/1 Manaw Festival
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Manaw New Year festival and night market. Overnight at Myitkyinar.
12/1 Fly to Mandalay
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, transfer and check in at the hotel. Leisure on your own and overnight in Mandalay.
13/1 Excursion Amarapura, Sagaing & sightseeing Mandalay
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Visit Mahamuni Buddha Image one of the most sacred Buddha Images in Myanmar. Transfer 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. Drive to Mandalay and visit the 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.
14/1 River cruise Mingun-Ava (Inwa)
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. 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 one & the biggest ringing bell of 90 tons, unusual Myatheindan pagoda. Proceed to Ava (Inwa) by boat for about 02 hours. On the way, we may observe the beauty of serene Sagaing Hill & bridge from the boat. Arrive to Ava and visit by horse carts to Maenu Okkyaung Monastery - built by the chief queen in 1818 for the venerable chief monk is the unique brick type building of 19th century, Nan Myint Tower - 27 meter masonry high is declined due to the earthquake in 1811, 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.
15/1 Flight to Heho. Drive to Inle (35 km/ 01hour)
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. Proceed to Inle and on the way, visit Shweyanpye Monastery - typical Shan Monastery. Upon arrival, transfer and check in at the hotel. Evening, enjoy the canoe riding along the floating garden and floating farm.and overnight at Inle Lake.
16/1 Excursion Inle
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Boat excursion on the lake. Visit Inn Dein pagodas in ruins covered by trees and bushes, 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. Overnight at Inle Lake.
17/1 Drive to Pindaya (97 km, 03 hours), and proceed to Kalaw (45 km, 01:30 hours).
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Pindaya and enjoy the marvelous landscapes of hilly region with vegetables plantation, terrace landing cultivation, etc. Visit Pindaya Caves - houses 8094 buddha images and umbrella workshop which is made of pulp. Proceed to Kalaw and check in at the hotel. Overnight in Kalaw.
18/1 Excursion Mt. Popa (240 km, 9 hours). Drive to Bagan (50 km, 2 hours)
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Mt. Popa – an extinct volcano which is known as “Home of the Sprits” and observe the life of the rural area on the way such as producing the palm sweets. We may stop several places for making the photos and knowing the countryside. Climb up 777 steps to reach the top of Mt. Popa cliff temple and ejoy the landscapes. Comde down and proceed to Bagan. Check in at the hotel and leisure. Overnight in Bagan.
19/1 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 - monastery made of teak wood, Ananda Temple - the masterpiece of Bagan, 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 templethe lacquerware workshop - the unique of Bagan, etc. Finally, enjoy the sunset on top of a pagoda or temple. Overnight in Bagan.
20/1 Sightseeing in Bagan
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Visit Lawkananda pagoda, which has the fascinating river view, Payathonezu temples with mural paintings, Nagayon Temple of 11th century, Apyeyadanar Temple with mural paintings, etc. In the late afternoon, visit Minanathu village to observe the life of people. Finally, we may take the boat ride on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River during the sunset time. Overnight in Bagan.
21/1 Fly to Yangon & depature
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport and fly to Yangon. Upon arrival Yangon, Visit Bogyoke market [except on Monday] & china town. Evening, transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure flight.