Isolated from the rest of the world for more than three decades, Myanmar (once called Burma) is a living museum, rich with cotton candy pagodas, fairy tales, indigenous architecture, ancient villages, lively street scenes, talented craftspeople, colorful markets, bustling ports, lovers who kiss by sniffing, and locals who eagerly reach out to travelers.
Day 1: Arrival - Yangon. On arrival at Mingaladon airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon has been the capital city only since 1885 although some settlements in this site date back about 2,500 years. This colorful metropolis features an intriguing mix of the scenes from a bygone era and the modern tempo of bustling streets punctuated by serene temples and impressive colonial edifices. After checking into hotel, we start our city tour, seeing the old colonial styled city center, the gilled Sule Pagoda and the impressive Karaweik Hall on the Royal Lake. We follow these with a visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, which dominates the skyline. This masterpiece houses an intricate complex of smaller pagodas and Buddha images. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Twante - Yangon. Heading out of the town, we travel by roads to Twante. The journey offers an interesting view of the countryside as we pass by rice fields, villager bamboo huts and banana plantations. On the way, we make stop over at the vibrant local market before boarding a horse and carriage to the pottery village, where distinctive pots are made and used throughout the delta region. After an enjoyable visit to the production of pottery in local way, we return to Yangon by ferry trip which will gives a chance to explore the local lifestyle close up. On arrival, we visit the National Museum with a lovely collection of treasures and artifacts reflecting the richness of Burmese culture and enjoy a walk along the bustling streets of Indian town and Chinatown. Overnight in Yangon. Includes: (B)
Day 3: Yangon – Bagan - Yangon. Today we make our way north west to Bago which was once the capital of a former Mon Kingdom. The colossal reclining Buddha of Shwethalyaung boasts the most impressive sight in this town while the Shwemawdaw Pagoda is extremely venerated. We visit both structures as well as the four giant Buddha images at Kyaikpon Pagoda before wandering around the vibrant, colorful central market. The return trip begins as we depart Bago and pass through the scenic countryside. Along the way, we stop to visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery nearby Htaukkyan and the woven bamboo factory. Overnight in Yangon. Includes: (B)
Day 4: Yangon - Departure. There is a free time for your own visit to Bogyoke Market, full of traditional art and craft work as well as souvenirs from all over the country. The trip ends after transfer to Mingaladon airport for departure. Includes: (B)
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