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Best of Burmese days
Best of Burmese days OverviewThe very best of Burmese days from is an exhilarating journey through Irrawaddy villages, cruise on the Mekong, visit Mandalay and Inle Lake and witness sunset over Buddhist pagodas.. Immerse yourselves in culture and spend time with a local family. Available from 15 Oct 2014 to 30 Apr 2015 this 14 day holiday costs from £2,362 inc flights.
The Very Best Of Myanmar - 14 Days / 13 NightsAll our holiday itineraries can be amended in any way to suit your style, time and interest.
A journey including Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Golden Rock - Bago - Heho - Inle Lake - In Dein - Mandalay - Sagaing - Ava - Amarapura - Mingun - Monywa - Po Win Taung - Pakkoku - Bagan
Day 1: Arrival into YangonYour Burma holiday starts with your arrival by flight into Yangon.. Afternoon visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha and Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots here. Continue to witness sunset over Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar
Day 2: Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Golden RockDepart Yangon early this morning for a journey by road to Kyaikhtiyo and the Golden Rock.
Day 3: Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - YangonYour visit in Bago begins at the local market for a short walk among the colourful stalls selling flowers, produce and spices. Then we visit Shwethalyaung Temple which houses a beautiful 55-meter long reclining Buddha.
Day 4: Yangon - Heho - Inle LakeToday you will fly to Heho and take a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images.
Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people.
Day 5: Inle Lake - In Dein - Inle LakeVisit the lake’s morning market where the surrounding hill tribes comes to sell and trade their wares. Experience Inle Lake in all its glory in your own private motor boat.
Day 6: Inle Lake - Heho - MandalayBiking and Wine Tasting at Red Mountain Estate, a winery tucked in the Shan Hills. Afterwards fly to Mandalay.
Day 7: Sagaing - Ava - AmarapuraExplore the former capitals of of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura.
Day 8: Cruise to MingunTransfer to the Mandalay jetty and board a private local boat for a 1-hr cruise on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun. In the afternoon this is an opportunity to make your own marionette! Join the local craftsmen at their workshop and create your own, unique puppet. A hands-on way to learn about the local culture and create a memorable, personalized souvenir! Head to the top of Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset.
Day 9: Mandalay -MonywaDepart Mandalay for a 3-hour drive to Monywa, a typical Burmese town on the banks of the Chindwin River. Having explored the sites and scenery of Monywa we then head to the banks of the river to watch the sunset.
Day 10: Monywa - Po Win Taung - Pakkoku - BaganProceed to Po Win Taung (approximately 1 hour drive). This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in Southeast Asia.
We then continue down the ‘road less travelled’ for another 90 minutes, passing traditional villages where you may see farmers climbing palm trees to extract juice from which they will produce palm tree sugar. Stop at Kyet Su Kin village for an opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle and culture of the countryside residents.
Proceed to the jetty and board a private local boat in Pakkoku for a leisurely, two hour cruise downriver to Bagan.