WELCOME TO THE MAGIC NORTH OF BURMA
On arrival at Mandalay International Airport you will be met by our representative. So you have a safe and relaxed beginning of your trip. No trouble at the airport of finding the way, looking for a taxi oder changing money (at a bad rate). Transfer to your Hotel. This can take a bit of time as the airport is far out of the city and the traffic in Mandalay is heavy depending on the time of the day.
Balance of the day at leisure to your own exploration.
Visit some of the beautiful cultural highlights of the city.
We first visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Stop at local workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made, gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces. Continue to Mandalay Royal Palace, where Burma's last two kings lived.
Afternoon tour includes Shwe Nandaw Kyuang or ‘Golden Palace Monastery’ noted for its intricate wood carvings, Kayuktawgyi Pagoda with its huge marble Buddha and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to ‘The World’s Largest Book’, a collection of some 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings.
Atop Mandalay Hill lie glittering glass-studded temple walls which reflect the evening glow as you watch the sunset.
Ayeyarwaddy river trip to Mingun & afternoon sunset from U Bein Bridge.
We embark at a simple wooden jetty. Cruise to the village of Mingun. Visit the world’s largest uncracked bell and marvel at the impressive sight of the unfinished Mingun Pagoda. Continue to the Hisnbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru, a sacred mountain in Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cosmology.
Return to Mandalay. (Please contact us if you require boat service from us)
Later in the aftenoon, we take a short drive to the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Visit the world's longest teak bridge to capture that memorable photo of the bridge at sunset before heading back to Mandalay.
Drive towards Shan Hill through Meikhtila to Pindaya (approx. 5-6 hours drive).
Located in the Shan State of Burma, Pindaya offers some of the country's best hiking and natural wonders. Here visitors come to see the famous limestone caves. Scenery of Myingyan plain and Shan mountain since the road leads from dry zone into Shan rolling hills.
Begin your day trek to nearby tribes.
Firstly, pay a visit Pindaya with its complex of multi-chambered caves filled with hundreds of Buddha relics.
From there, take you through the hills by passing villages fields where the Danu cultivate tobacco, tea, damson plums and mangoes. Enjoy spectacular panoramic view of Pindaya and its surroundings from the top of the hill, before making the trek back to Pindaya. (Please contact us for trekking arrangement)
Continue to Nyaung Shwe by road in the afternoon.
Note : Trekking grade – easy to moderate
Trekking duration - approx. 4 hours
The route is flexible and it depends on your being sportive.
A day touring around beautiful Inle lake by local boat.
Along the way you will gain a fascinating insight into life on the waterways of Inle Lake, passing fishermen famous for their curious ‘leg-rowing’ technique and lush ‘floating gardens’ where local farmers grow a surprising variety of fruit and vegetables. Your first stop will be the region’s morning market, which rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and which is a chance to meet some of the people who gather here from the surrounding hilltribe villages.
See the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, then visit some villages known for their local crafts including those which specialize in the production of handmade ‘cheroot’ (typical Burmese cigars)
Cruise along foliage cloaked canals to the lakeside village of In Dein in the afternoon. Here you will explore the ancient stupas of Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein Paya. The structures date from the 17th and 18th centuries and while some have been restored.
You will also have time to take a stroll around this enchanting village before cruising back to the shore.
(Please contact us if you need our assistance for boat tour)
One fullday tour to Kakku by passing Shan and Pa O villages along a countryside mountain with beautiful scenery.
Leave your hotel by boat/car and drive up through the hills to Taunggyi, capital of Southern Shan State and a former British hill station. A stop at She Phone Pyay pagoda fo dizzying views over Taunggyi and Inle Lake. Just a couple of hours from Taunggyi on tarred road, discover the "long lost" ruins of Kakku in countryside inhabited by the Pa O people. Situated in the rolling Shan Hills, Kakku pagoda is very unusual and little is known about its origins. The Pa O people believe that the original pagoda was built on the site some 2,000 years ago. Dozens of small stupas surround the main pagoda in a huge circle. You can wander around the stupas, which are decorated with fine stuccowork and Buddha images.
Visit one of the many Pa O villages near Kakku and a stop at Red Mountain vineyard on the way back to Nyaung Shwe where you will board your boat for going back to the hotel.
Set off a scenic journey to Myingyan plain. (approx. 6 hours drive)
Set off a scenic journey to Myingyan plain.
This road takes you through the Shan hills to the dry-zone of Myanmar – in summer brown and deserted – in winter green with rice fields. Witness local activities on the road and scenery of Shan rolling Hill & Myingyan plain.
Visit Mount Popa,a 1,518m high extinct volcano to enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding area and contunue to Bagan (approx. 1.5 hours drive).
Mount Popa is dedicated to animist spirits known as ‘nats’ and you will have time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. At the foot of mountain, you could observe Nat Shrine contains a display of mannequin like figures representing the 37 Nat and is a major pilgrimage destination. There will be the opportunity to explore the fascinating monasteries, stupas and shrine
Continue to Bagan.
A stop is made at a local palm tree plantation. This relaxing break will give you the chance to observe local working life with Palm trees.
Your discovery in Old Bagan begins with some of the site’s most important monuments such as
HtilominloTemple, , one of the greater temples of Bagan, Ananda temple, an architectural masterpiece, built 1105 AD in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance and angle from which the statues are viewed. Continue to Thatbyinnyu Temple standing within the city walls, rises to a height of 201 feet above the ground and overtops all the other monuments, Gubyaukgyi Temple which dates back to the 13th century AD and Sulamani Guphaya Temple.
You will return to your hotel for a couple of hours to escape the hottest part of the day.
Later this afternoon, end the day atop a pagoda which affords a magnificent sunset view of Bagan's temple studded plains.
Set off a scenic journey to Mandalay (approx. 5 hours drive).
This road takes you through the dry-zone of Myanmar. On arrival, transfer to International airport for flight to your next destination. Please note: The Mandalay International Airport is about 50km outside the city. If you want to stay longer in the city please calculate enough time for travel back to the airprt, which is on the way to Bagan (at least one hour is recommended).
Price is for party of 2 persons
Arrival / Departure: Mandalay
Includes : car with driver (saloon/sedan)
Validity : from now to end of Sep 2018 (except 12 to 17 Apr 2018)
Note: day trek in Pindaya and one day boat tour in Inle Lake by your own account
THE REAL MYANMAR has its own fleet of modern rental cars. Our vehicles are well maintained in an excellent condition and reliably. We offer vehicles and buses from two people up to groups for which we offer comfortable minibuses. Our drivers have been carefully selected. They are extremely reliable. As a rule, they speak at least basic English (rarely German language skills). They are not tourist guides or official guides. But they know their homeland Myanmar (Burma) well. They also assist you in the selection of restaurants or lodging during the trip. This route is only a suggestion.
Our guests can make their tour of Burma according to their own plans. You stop where ever you want. You are your own "tour operator". This kind of traveling is the most common way to see Myanmar. Your own rental car with our local driver brings you close as possible to the people of Myanmar.