A WINDOW TO GREEN GHOSTS
10 days – all you want to see
Loikaw, one of the best places to head in Southeast Asia for a window into authentic tribal life. There are very few places left where we can have this sort of opportunity. Ladies wear traditional clothing, which consisted of leg rings, circular earrings, and elaborate necklaces. There are three main tribes in Loikaw: the Kayan, The Kayah and the Kayaw.
From Loikaw, rowing along from the edge of Phae Khone Lake to Inle Lake by enjoying mountain scenery, some photo stops at Sagar village, the floating garden, slits houses & leg rowers along the canal.
Road trip from Inle Lake to Royal Mandalay by passing Ywangan Township, which is now wel-known for production of coffee.
Cruising from Ancient Bagan to Royal Mandalay along the Ayeyarwaddy river , e-bike adventure among Bagan temples,
Yangon – Loikaw – Inle Lake - Mandalay – Bagan – Yangon
On arrival, welcome at the airport and transfer to downtown with a brief introduction enroute.
Then, explore this fascinating Yangon taking in the city’s best examples of British colonial architecture and the winding city streets. Then, take a stroll to Indian Quarter, local markets offer an insight into local life ,contemporary art galleries.
Transfer to hotel for check in.
Afternoon return to the city to witness the most sacred Buddhist site in all of Burma—Shwedagon Pagoda. Also known as the Golden Pagoda, the 2,000-year-old hilltop temple complex covers more than twelve acres and dominates the Rangoon skyline.
Arrival at Loikaw,
Loikaw, located in the Karen Hills of Kayah State, the sleepy town of Loikaw is slowly waking up.
On arrival, visit Taungkwe pagoda, which is built on across two mountains. Enjoy stunning views over the city and surrounding mountains.
Afterwards, take a drive to Demoso town about 25 mins. On arrival at Demoso, check in at hotel.
Refreshment at hotel. A drive to Panpet village for about one hour. A light trek through lush, shady and forest towards the village. Kayan Ladies (known as long neck lady). Observe their daily life and speak with them.
Then, continue to Sunbon, which is closer to the town. It is interesting to learn that when they sleep, it is a lock on the back. The rings do not, however, ever come to be entirely.
Return to Demoso.
Today, visit Kayaw tribal village of Htekho. Along the way, we stop at Demoso market (5 days market if available), where we can see Kayan women as well as a few Pa Oh come from the Inle area to trade their local products. It is interesting to taste Kayan rice wine locally called “Khaung Yay”. Kayan elders practice to drink strictly wine, and no water. Explore lively Demoso market and continue to Hetkho about 4 hours . Due to road condition, 4 wheel drive is a must in rainy season and surcharge is involved for 4 wheel drive. Along the way, we can see Churches, people, rice fields and traditional houses.
Arrive Htekho village. People there speak their tribal language, and could not understand Burmese. Native speaker is a must while visiting there. Kayaw people are extremely traditional. There are very few places left where we can have this sort of opportunity. Ladies wear traditional clothing, which consisted of leg rings, circular earrings, and elaborate necklaces.
After spending about one and half hour there, we continue to another Kayaw village called Yar A Pyare on the way. This village is smaller than Hetkho. There are few villagers dress in traditional clothing.
Return to Demoso later in the afternoon.
After breakfast, collect your luggage and drive along the narrow lane to Phae Khone town for a boat trip to Inle Lake. Along the way, visit Christ the King Cathedral. Kayah State is home to many churches. Kayah's oldest-surviving church - and features at intriguing blend of traditional church architecture and Buddhist styles, including attractive bell tower with a bell brought from Italy. [Nbsp] The drive passes the villages. Arrive Phaekhoe where your boat is awaiting.
The boat journey takes about 5 hours but is full of fabulous views and home to many unique species of birds, both indigenous and migratory.
Along the way, we will do several stops (the order will depend on time, other tourist boats and activity in the villages). Thaya Gone village.Watch the process of distillation and then sample some of the local brew if you wish. It is also a chance to climb to the top of a small hill to enjoy a great view of the lake and surrounding villages. Another stop at 'Sunken' stupas of Sagar - 108 stupas from the 16-17 centuries that are partially under water for a few months (normally in September at higher water level in Inle Lake). Thar Khaung, a series of more than 200 stupas which makes a fabulous photo stop.
Your last stop at Inpawknone village where you can visit the products such as shaw, robes from lotus
Stupas of Sagar- 108 stupas from the United States. The main highlight for many travelers are the 'sunken' stupas of Sagar 16-17th centuries that are partially underwater for a few months a year. There is also a local monastery and village that can be visited here.
Continue to the village of Thaya Gone, home to Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar. Watch the process of distillation and then sample some of the local brew if you wish. In Thaya Gone there is also the chance to climb to the top of a small hill which are great views of the lake and surrounding villages.
Another stop will be made in Sae Khaung Pottery Village to see the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers. This is a beautiful shot of the Sagar area in Tar Kaung, a series of more than 200 stupas which make a fabulous photo stop.
The last stop at Inpawkhone where we can observe the silk textile products from lotus plant. It is not easy to make a lotus thread from which lotus fabric is woven. Observe the weaving process and continue to the hotel in the middle of INle Lake you will accommodate tonight.
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.
Depart Inle Lake to Mandalay for picturesque drive. Shan State is picturesque in the winter season months from November to December when a range of crops are blooming and the land is a patchwork of colors. On the way, a brief stop at Ywangan Township, the town is now famous for natural Shan coffee product. Witness Blue lagoon , travel through the villages where children play by the roadside and visit coffee factory to learn about coffee plantation and processing. Of course, we can also enjoy the taste of Shan local coffee.
Home cook authentic lunch at village and continue to Mandalay.
Free at leisure in Mandalay in the morning.
Discovery in Mandalay on arrival begins with a visit to Mandalay Hill to see the best view over Myingyan plain. Afterwards, continue visit to Golden Palace Monastery.
Then, take a drive to ancient royal capital of Amarapura to witness the world's longest teak bridge over Thaungthaman Lake.
Transfer to jetty. Board to your journey to Bagan (downstream).
This journey on the Ayeyarwaddy River is an attraction in itself and can be done in both directions. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the way, scattered farms come and go on the sandy and somewhat arid riverside, buffalo plough fields, kids play, small huts and wooden fishing boats, women trek here and there with agriculture bulks balanced on their heads. Lunch onboard and it should arrive in Bagan approx. at 16.30pm.
Your discovery in Old Bagan with a ride on ebike begins some of the site’s most important monuments such 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.
After relaxing at hotel in the afternoon to escape the hea , continue your e-bike tour to some unusual temples along the narrow lane.
Your e-bike tour concludes with a ride to terrace behind the Sulamani temple to enjoy sunset view over the temples before relaxing bike to hotel.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Yangon(one hour flight).
On arrival, transfer to the international airport to connect your international onwards flight.