Myanmar Ancient Pagoda & Beach Holidays (10 Days / 9 Nights)
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR
– Experiencing the wonderful days at famous destinations in Myanmar such as Yangon city, Mandalay and Ngapali Beach
– Getting a glimpse of the ancient pagodas in Myanmar which have special architecture style.
– Discovering the simple but colorful life of the Burmese through the local markets and handicraft workshops.
– Enjoying the interesting days that you haven’t had before at the beautiful Ngapali Beach.
– Having panorama of Myanmar from different views.
Day 1: Yangon Arrival: visit Sule Pagoda, Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Kandawgyi Park, Shwedagon Pagoda
Upon arrival the former capital Myanmar – Yangon, you will be warmly welcomed by our guides and transferred to your hotel for check-in. After checking in at your hotel, we will begin our tour of the city. With green covering the land, cool weather, tropical trees along two roadsides, many green parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon is known as the garden city of the East.
The first destination is Sule Pagoda – a gold – covered stupa located in the heart of downtown Yangon. It is considered as a beautiful architecture of 2,500 years old – Myanmar’s oldest pagoda. Afterwards we move to Chaukhtatgyi Temple which has one of the biggest and most graceful Reclining Buddha statues in South East Asia. Kandawgyi Park is our next destination which has a combination of beautiful flowers, the natural scene of the lake water and large shady trees. Besides, there are also an orchid garden, the children play-ground, Mini Zoo, the souvenir shops and many restaurants for visitors to satisfy their favors. To complete the city tour, let’s stop off at the Shwedagon Pagoda in the late afternoon and watch a special ceremony where hundreds of small oil lamps are illuminated around the base of the golden temple. It would be more exciting if you joined with the locals to light the candles in this special event.
Stay overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Mandalay: Visit Amarapura, Sagaing, Kaungmutaw Pagoda, Ywadaung village
Early morning, we will fly to Mandalay and have a full day of religious-site visit. Mandalay is the economic hub of Upper Burma and considered the centre of Burmese culture. We start the day by visiting Amarapura – a former capital of Myanmar and a beautiful township nowadays. Then we move to Mahargangaryoni to meet and learn the life of the monks. Our next destination is Sagaing which is known as an important religious and monastic center. To satisfy your favor of religious buildings in Myanmar, we will continue to go to Kaungmutaw
Pagoda which is one of the most well known among of the Sagaing stupas, with its large white – washed edifice and large dome. The last destination is Ywadaung village where housed Sagaing Hill and people in silver wears. We will end the enjoyable day with the sunset on 1.2 km long U-Pein wooden bridge before coming back to Mandalay.
Day 3: Mandalay: visit Zegyo Market, Mahamuni Temple, the gold leaf making workshop, the marble carving street, the handicraft workshop, the U Bein Bridge
We start the third day at the colorful Zegyo Market – the main market in the heart of Mandalay. The market is filled with life, sights, smells and sounds. Everyone can find all manner of exotic fruits, vegetable and special handicrafts. After choosing your favorite items in the market, we will head to Mahamuni Temple which is a complex of structures located along a road from Mandalay leading to the southwest.
It can be said that Mandalay is the centre of art and crafts, so it would be a shortcoming if you visit Mandalay without going by way of traditional handicraft villages. Firstly, we will visit the gold leaf making workshop where we can witness 24K gold transformed into supper thin gold leaves only by precise hammer blows. This skilled technique has been remained in the country since the ancient time. Next, the tour guide will take us to the marble carving street to witness the people transforming marble into figurines. We will also go to some shops where puppets and Kalaga are made before a visit to the most picturesque U Bein Bridge on Taungthaman Lake.Stay overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Day 4: Mandalay – Bagan
Fly to Bagan, visit Shwezigon Pagoda, Kyansitta “Cave” Temple, Gubyaukgyi, Htilominlo, Ananda Temple, Thatbuinnyu, Dhamayangyi, Mingalarzedi, enjoy the view of Bagan’s Temple and the Ayeyarwady River
After breakfast at hotel, we transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Bagan home of numerous ancient pagodas, shrines, stupas, monuments and monasteries.
Today we will hava a full day city tour visits the highlights of Bagan such as Shwezigon Pagoda and Kyansitta “Cave” temple. Then we explore Gubyaukgyi – another “cave” temple with fine frescoes of “jataka tales”. Afterwards, we go to Htilominlo – a large three story red brick (with some stone) temple on a low platform. We pass through Tharabar Gateway into Old Bagan and end the morning tour by a delicious lunch.
In the afternoon, we start to visit Ananda Temple which is one of the most surviving masterpieces of the Mon architecture. It is also the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. After that, we stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters- Thatbuinnyu and take its photos. Dhamayangyi is our next destination, which is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork. Then, we move to Mingalar Zedi – the “Blessing Stupa” lies close to the Ayeyarwaddy River Bank. The Pagoda was the very last of the large late period monuments to be built before the kingdom’s decline, thus representing the final flowering of Bagan’s architectural skills.
To complete the day, we take a horse cart to Shwesandaw stupa ans then climb up to its top. From here, we can enjoy the spectacular views over Bagan’s temples and the Ayeyarwady River.
Stay overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Day 5: Bagan
Visit Nyaung U local market, Sulamani, Lemethna Temple, Payathonzu, Nandamanya temple, explore the life of locals in Minnanthu village, and discover Abeyardanar, Nanpaya temple, Manuha pagoda
In order not to miss an opportunity to visit Nyaung U local market, we have to get up early in the morning and move to there. In the market, you can see the locals in their traditional costume exchanging their goods and products bustlingly. Then, we continue to Sulamani, which is one of Bagan’s great two-storied Bamar style temples. We also go to Lemethna temple, the three shrines of Payathonzu and Nandamanya temple. Then we move to Minnanthu village to observe the lifestyle of the local people.
In the afternoon, we will plan visiting Abeyardanar Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. After that, we move to Nanpaya Temple which is a Hindu temple located in a village of the southern part of Bagan. We also contemplate the four Buddha images in Manuha’s pagoda before stoping at Myazedi stupa to watch Myanmmar’s “Rosetta Stone”.Stay overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Day 6: Bagan – Thandwr – Ngapali Beach
Fly to Thandwe Airport, visit Ngapali Beach
After breakfast at hotel, we transfer to the airport and take a flight to Thandwe. From Thandwe, we drive to Ngapali Beach. Ngapali is prime choice for beach lovers, who dream about: quite, white sand, the quiet rural surroundings, Rakhine ways of life, local fishing style, etc. You can enjoy yourself with the sun set at unique small islet, boat trip to Pearl islands, and visit to Black sand islands called ZalatHtone Island or relaxing under the palm trees. You will find unspoiled white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. With the bicycle rental service, you will visit Rakhine ways of life in fishing village and Kinmaw village where Clay Pottery works are done. So there is nothing more interesting than spending three or four days in this quite serene coastal paradise.
Stay overnight at Ngapali Beach
Day 7: Ngapali Beach: Leisure on the beach
After breakfast at hotel, you will have free time to explore more about Ngapali. It is a amazing experience if you explore nearby fishing villages on a bicycle along the motorway. Talking with the cheerful fishermen you will understand more about the local culture and life as well as the friendly natives. If you would love to explore the sea creatures and underwater weeds you should take a few hours snorkeling trip.
Stay overnight in Ngapali Beach
Day 8: Ngapali Beach :relax at Ngapali Beach
We continue the day at leisure of sightseeing at Ngapali Beach. Besides the normal beach activities, we can join in excursions like visiting the small fishing villages and local markets, or exploring the countryside by bicycle and boat trips to the magnificent offshore islands. Enjoying the sunset view of the sandy Ngapali Beach with your group is the truly wonderful minutes in your life.
Day 9: Ngapali Beach – Thandwe – Yangon: Fly back to Yangon, and visit Bogyoke Market
In the early morning, we drive to Thandwe Airport for a domestic flight back to Yangon. Reaching Yangon city, we quickly move to the hotel for check-in procedure. Then, we will visit Bogyoke Market where we can find anything in Myanmar from common goods like food and clothing to luxury products like gems and jewelry. Do not miss an opportunity to choose some souvenirs for family and friends at home country.(Note: Bogyoke Market will not opened on Mondays and public holidays)
Stay overnight in Yangon
Day 10: Yangon: Take departure flight
After breakfast at hotel, we have free time to enjoy ourselves until our departure flight. Hopefully our name pops up when you plan your future Myanmar journeys.
– Tour guide
– Airport transfer
– Ground transportation
– Entrance fee
– Hotel in Yangon, Mandalay, Ngapali
– Flight ticket