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The land of countless pagodas


Tour: The land of countless pagodas

Destinations: Yangon and Bagan

Duration: 5 Days and 4 Nights

Day 01: Yangon Arrival  (-/-/-)

Meet with our English guide at the airport before transferring to the hotel. After check-in, the tour will start with the visit to the famed SHWEDAGON PAGODA. This coleuses 90 meter tall stupa is the symbol of Buddhism in the country. The iconic pagoda is covered with 60 tons of gold and a single 75 carat diamond graces its tip. Stop for photo at nearby KARAWEIK HALL on the KANDAWGYI LAKEbefore visiting MARTYRS' MAUSOLEUM to honor the death of BogyokeAung San, the founder of Myanmar Independence, and six cabinet members. Next, visit the CHAUK HTAT GYI PAGODA which houses an impressive 65 meters long and 16 meters high Reclining Buddha image with 108 scared Buddhist symbol adorn each feet. Continue with the tour and visit the BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MUSEUM, the former resident of the late General Aung San, the founder of Myanmar Independence. After lunch, visit HTWE OO MYANMAR PUPPET SHOW. Enjoy the explanation about this art and entertained by the master puppeteers for an hour long show. In the evening, take a stroll in the downtown area and take picture of HISTORICAL BUILDINGS from the colonial ear once serve as the government and commercial institutions. Later visit the KHENG HOCK KEONG CHINESE TEMPLE, the oldest Taoist and Buddhist temple in Myanmar dedicated to the Sea goddess Mazu. As the sun goes down explore CHINATOWN. Enjoy mingling with locals, socked in the vibrant atmosphere, bargain with the shopkeepers for souvenirs and sample the exotic local dishes. Afterward return to the hotel for overnight stay at Yangon. 

Day 02 : Yangon to Bagan (B/-/-)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for the flight to Nyaung-U airport. After arrival, transfer to hotel and check in. Pay a visit to the SHWEZIGON PAGODA where a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha are believed to be enshrined. Continue to the GU BYAUK GYI PAGODA which has 13th century murals depicting scenes from the Jataka tales. Next, visit HTILOMINLO TEMPLE before moving on to ANANDA PAGODA build by King Kyanzittha in 1910.After lunch, visit the LACQUERWARE WORKSHOP to see how the famous handicraft is made. The evening destinations include: MANUHA TEMPLE, SULAMUM TEMPLE and PYATTHATGYI TEMPLE before visiting to the DHAMMAYANGYI PATHO which, according to legends, has the brickwork so fine that a pin could not pass through between any two brick even though it was constructed without using mortar. Also, it is the ideal place to view the sunset. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03: Bagan full day sightseeing (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel before visiting the NYAUNG-U market where bustling trades of fresh vegetables, rice, clothings and the famous thanaka are taking place. Later take a short drive to Myinkabar Village to visit GOLDEN CHCKOO LACQUERWARE WORKSHOP. Continue with the journey and take a short stop at the town of Salay. The first visit is to YOKE SONE KYAUNG, this 19th century wooden monastery is famous for its woodcarvings as well as the MUSEUM OF SALAY U PONE NYA, famous poet and writer during the time of Myanmar Kings. Also visit SHINBIN MAHA LABA MAN PAGODA where the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar is enshrined. The trip will continue with a drive to the MOUNT POPA known as Mountain of Sprits for the abode of Nats (sprits of the ancestors).Climb the mountain and visit the PopaTaungkalat monastery located on the summit and visithe nearby Taungkalat Shrine which is the home to 37 MahagiriNats. Afterwards, returning to Bagan for overnight stay.

Note: We will add the Balloon over Bagan ride in this day on request.

Day 04: Bagan - Yangon (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel before moving to the hotel for the flight to Yangon.  Once arrived, check-in at the hotel before visitingBOGYOKE AUNG SAN (SCOTT) market which offers antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing stores as well as foodstuffs, garments and foreign goods. Stop by at the HOLY TRINTY CATHEDRAL located next to the market. This cathedral, the oldest colonial building in Myanmar has different allied army’s regimental plaques hung on a wall and a display case is a leather bound book with names of commonwealth servicemen who lost their lives during the war. In the evening, visit the BOTATAUNG PAGODA considered as one of the three major worship sites in Yangon. Take a relaxing stroll at the BOTATAUNG JETTY afterwards for fresh air before returning to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 05: Departure from Yangon (B/-/-)

After having breakfast at the hotel, check out from the hotel before visiting the KYAUKTAWGYI PAGODA which house one of the biggest Buddha images in Myanmar. Craved from a single marble stone, this image is 37 ft (11M) high and weighs more than 600 tons. The classic name of this image is LAWKACHANTHA ABAYA LABAMUNI (WORLD PEACE AND PROSPERITY). Should time permits; visit the ROYAL ELEPHANT CAMP at Mindama Hill before travel to the airport for the departure flight.

***The program for the last day can be change depending on the international flight time***

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