Myanmar is perfectly suited for a family holiday! Meet its Immerse friendly local people and get to know a beautiful culture. This itinerary is particularly designed for families with kids and includes many fun and learning activities, such as horse cart riding among the ruined ancient temples in Bagan and delicious local food tasting. This is an adventure you can't miss out on!See more
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Safely arrive at Yangon International airport and warmly welcomed by local tourguide with the board on which your name will be mentioned. Transfer to the hotel forrefreshment and then walk on a heritage line of Yangon's bustling city center, observing theurban street networks with well-preserved old British colonial buildings where you willpass through the Sule Pagoda, 2500-year-old Burmese Stupa located in the heart ofdowntown Yangon which is surrounded by colonial era buildings such as City Hall, HighCourt and Maha Bandula Park. Yangon city center is fascinating because there can be achurch, a mosque, a synagogue and a temple all within walking distance of each other.
Then, continue to Karaweik, Kandawgyi Garden where you will find the boardwalk around thelakes’ edge and capture some memorable photos with the marvelous Shwe Dagon Pagodabackground or surreal Karaweik Palace. Every visit to Yangon should include a trip to ShweDagon Pagoda, the iconic symbol of the city. Today city tour will be ended by visiting thissacred Pagoda, gleaming in Gold and decorated with diamonds, is a spectacular work ofarchitecture and proportional beauty.
In the morning, experience the authentic Circular Train ride for approximately 1½ hour starting at Yangon Central Railway Station which will pass through "Insein Station", where you will be able to discover green fields, small wooden houses and some handicraft shops. Then leave the train and visit the lively Danyingone Local Market, which is also known as the "Railway Market" where you will see the ways of life of local people who are on the way to the market sellers and street vendors who carry large quantities of vegetables to sell in the local markets.
Continue to Botataung Pagoda, (which means 1,000 military warriors, who escorted the delivery of the hair relic in 6th century B.C.), a famous landmark on Yangon’s waterfront, is the first temple in the world with the sacred hair relic of Buddha. Then explore a harbor area around the Pagoda where the boats leave for the nearby villages and take a short ferry ride across the Yangon River to enjoy the trishaw ride and to find out the local community on the other side of the river in the small shanty town "Dhala" and its amazing workshop called “Chu Chu” which is full of handicrafts such wallets, cardholders, belts, pencil holders, bottle holders and bags- all from materials that were once trash. After that, visit “Htwe Oo Myanmar” where Myanmar traditional and cultural heritage of string puppetry to be seen or learned.
Upon arrival Mandalay, Observe Myanmar's second holiest pilgrimage site: “Mahamuni Pagoda” which has been growing in size by every year by more and thicker layers of gold. Proceed to nearby traditional handicraft workshops such as marble works, wood carving, gold leaf, and tapestry works. In the afternoon, visit Shwe Kyaung (GoldenPalace) Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carving and the huge teak wooden pillars, Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as “the World’s Largest Book of Buddhism” which refers to the 729 marble tablets of the Buddhist scriptures in pagoda compound and enjoy the sunset at the Mandalay Hill, advantaged point for a panoramic view of the city.
After breakfast at the hotel, discover one of the former capitals of Mandalay: Mingun, a small town in central Myanmar, sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy River (Ayeyarwady River), northwest of Mandalay. Start the sightseeing by about 1 hour boat excursion to Mingun located 11 km up the Ayeyarwady River on the west bank from Mandalay which is the country's vital river and the most important commercial waterway. This boat trip will allow you to observe the fluvial activity of local people on the banks of the river. Mingun has a monumental uncompleted enormous stupa, “Mingun Pahtodawgyi” began by King Bodawpaya in 1790. King Bodawpaya also had a gigantic bell cast to go with his huge stupa, the Mingun Bell, weighting 90 tons and is today one of the largest ringing bells in the world. Just a couple of hundred yards from the great stupa and bell lays the beautiful white Mya Thein Dan Pagoda, also known as Hsinbyume Pagoda with a very distinctive architectural style.
Then explore Sagaing, located on the Irrawaddy River, 20 km to the south-west of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the river is well-known for its numerous religious and monastic centers. The pagodas and monasteries crowd the numerous hills along the ridge running parallel to the river. The must-see places of Sagaing are Tha Kya Di Tha Nunnery where you can experience the grace and serenity of Buddhist nuns, Kaung Hmu Daw; enormous dome shaped pagoda and picturesque Sagaing Hill, a retreat for Buddhist devotes with numerous monasteries and pagodas along the hill such as U-Min-Thone-Sel Pagoda with 45 Buddha images inside and Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda; the oldest temple on Sagaing Hill.
In the morning, transfer to the airport for flight to Bagan, the richest archaeological site in Southeast Asia. Upon arrival Bagan, visit Shwezigon Pagoda; the graceful bell-shaped stupa which is architecturally important because it became the prototype for many later Burmese stupas, Kyansittha U-min; a tunnel with interesting murals dating back to 700 years ago, Gubyaukkyi Temple; situated near Wetkyi-in village, has fine frescoes of Jataka scenes and majestic Htilominlo Temple, noted for its elaborate plaster moldings and painted stucco walls.
In the afternoon, visit nearby lacquer workshops, Manuha Temple; which main feature is three chambers that are filled with over-sized statues of the Buddha which are vastly out sized for their spaces, built in the purpose of expressing the dissatisfaction of King Manuha when he was captive, Nanphaya Temple; a unique sandstone monument which inner walls were built of baked bricks whereas the outer walls were built of sandstone that is said to have been the palace temple of King Manuha and Dhammanyangyi Temple; the most massive temple in Bagan where you can see the fine brickwork. The legend says that if a pin could penetrate in between the bricks, then the slaves were killed assumed as they were lack of efficient work. In the evening, enjoy the playing with local children at the playground or at the open field.
After breakfast at the hotel, have 1.5 hour drive to Popa, an extinct volcano, popularly recognized as a legendary abode of many "Nats" (spirits). En route, stop at Palm Juice shop and see the progress of Palm Juice and Jaggery. Arrive at the foot of the Mt. Popa (pedestal hill), walk up to the top of the mountain by climbing 777 stairs. There can be many monkeys scampering around, hawkers, food sellers and monks along the way, but couple of shrines and panoramic views await you at the top. Then, return to Bagan.
In the afternoon, enjoy the horse cart riding around the ancient pagodas and temples. Visit spectacular Ananda Temple (one of the first built temples in Bagan); an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek cross and North Indian influence and Sulamani Temple (also known as crowning jewel) is an impressive and elegant temple which represents some of Bagan's finest ornamental work, carved stucco on moldings, pediments and pilasters.
The whole day is at your leisure day by your own arrangement. We will provide e-bikes for you.
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho
airport, drive to Kalaw (which takes about an hour drive), a former British Hill Station
which is renowned for its cool climate, many churches, railway station and colonial
inspired buildings. Kalaw sightseeing includes Bamboo Buddha Image, which is made from
bamboo, lacquer and gold leaves, Shwe U Min Pagoda which is moist and filled with
different Buddha statues and Christ The King Church, a historic church that dates back to
the colonial era. In the evening, you can walk around this beautiful cozy town.
Explore the lush forest area to see beautiful butterflies, orchids and birds. On arrival Inle Lake, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most holy place on the lake which is home to five statues of Buddha which are re-coated daily with fresh gold leaf and proceed to Nga Phe Chaung Monastery. Its the biggest and oldest monastery on the Inle Lake which is known for a collection of old Myanmar's Buddha images from different areas that are worth visiting for historical purposes and architecture as well as its cats.
After breakfast at the hotel, take a boat excursion to the village of Inndein (also spelt Inn Thein, and meaning "shallow lake") is the most famous for its crumbling and atmospheric groups of ancient pagodas, some of which are now being restored (sometimesin rather too pristine fashion). These include Nyaung Oak, immediately behind the village, with its carvings of mythical creatures, and Shwe Inn Thein Paya, which can be found at thetop of a long and atmospheric covered walkway leading up the hill; the pagoda areafeatures many hundreds of densely packed stupas to be explored. From Shwe Inthein Payayou can also see some wonderful views across the lake. Indein village also has a vibrantmarket near the jetty.
Then proceed to Inn Paw Khon village to see the traditionalhandicraft workshops of silk weaving and lotus root weaving. Then head over to YwamaVillage, the largest village in Inle Lake where you can observe the silversmith workshops,the sculpture and umbrella industries.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jetty and then go to the airport for flightback to Yangon. The whole day is at your leisure before your departure flight.
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