Destinations to Visit: Yangon - Bagan - Mt. Popa - Thandwe - Ngapali.
From dawn until dusk Myanmar is full of beauty. Witness a magnificent sun set over the temples of Bagan and enjoy a tranquil sunrise over the clear blue waters of Bay of Bengal. Explore the country's rich spiritual and cultural history before relaxing the second half of the trip on pristine beaches. Relax and enjoy the best of Myanmar's culture and beaches as you travel on this tour. Your tour begins with your arrival in to Yangon. This charming city is full of lush parks and lakes, bustling streets, and golden temples.
Learn about the country's history at the National Museum, bargain for handicrafts at Scott Market, and stare in awe at the 98-meter gilded stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda. Fly north to the mystical planes of Bagan. Situated along the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Bagan served as the country's capital from the 9th to 13th centuries. Prolific temple building during that era resulted in thousands of stupas dotting the landscape, hundreds of which still remain. A visit to the nearby Mt Popa is an unforgettable experience.
Witness the locals making pilgrimages to this extinct volcano that they believe is home to the culture's ancient spirits, called nats. Several days of relaxation await you as you continue your journey to Ngapali Beach. Situated on the Bay of Bengal, this 3 kilometer stretch of beach features soft white sands, calm blue waters, and coconut palms lining the edges. As you return to Yangon, reflect on the wondrous beauty and culture that you have encountered on your tour in Myanmar as well as the friendly and welcoming locals.
Day 1: Arrive Yangon
Upon arrival, you will be welcome by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Your sight seeing begins with a visit to the National Museum, for an introduction in to the wonderfully rich history and culture of this dynamic country. Continue exploring downtown Yangon by foot. Continue to the huge Bogyoke Market (formerly known as Scott Market) offering a wide selection of Burmese handicrafts and other goods. End your day with Myanmar's holiest monument, the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda, a place of great spiritual importance to the Buddhist people. Overnight at Chatrium Hotel, Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon - Bagan
This morning, fly to Bagan, whose thousands of ancient stupas and temples make the area one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. From the 11th till 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Your day's tour, takes you to some of the best known sites including: Shwezigon, Ananda, Htilominlo, Sulamani, amongst others. End your day with a horse carriage tour among the temples and watch the sun set over the plains of Bagan from one of the open upper terraced temples. Overnight at Aureum Palace Resort, Bagan. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Bagan
This morning's tour begins with a visit to the local market before proceeding to Myinkaba village to visit some smaller temples. We will also visit a local family workshop to watch about the production process of lacquer ware, one of Myanmar's best-known handicrafts. In the afternoon, visit to the countryside village of Minnanthu, one of the least visited area in Bagan. Here you will find temples such as Payathonzu, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyethna and Nandamannya. End your day with a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River, Myanmar's largest river. Overnight at Aureum Palace Resort, Bagan. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Bagan - Mt. Popa - Bagan
Take an excursion to Mount Popa, located southeast of Bagan. This extinct volcano is over 1,500m high and plays an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history. The local people believe that Mount Popa is home to 37 nats, ancient animist spirits, and they come to the shrine to pay homage and make offerings to these spirits. After your visit, enjoy sweeping views of the valley below as you dine at the Popa Mountain Resort, nestled in the hills behind Mount Popa. Upon returning to Bagan, the afternoon is at your leisure to shop, swim in the hotel's pool, enjoy a massage, or perhaps do more sightseeing. Overnight at Aureum Palace Resort, Bagan. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Bagan - Thandwe - Ngapali
After breakfast, depart for the airport for the flight to Thandwe. Upon arrival, a short transfer takes you to the Ngapali Beach. Over three kilometers of pristine white sandy beach await you at Ngapali. The tranquil blue seas of the Bay of Bengal and coconut palms along the sand make Ngapali one of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Despite its beauty, relatively few tourists come to visit, thus making it a tranquil place for a relaxing beach holiday. Overnight at Aureum Palace Resort, Ngapali. Includes: (B).
Days 6-9: Ngapali. Four full days of relaxing on the beach await you. After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, your days are free to enjoy the natural beauty of Ngapali. If you wish, there are optional several excursions that can be arranged for you. A half-day boat trip takes you out to several uninhabited nearby islands. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, a boat trip can be arranged for snorkeling or there is even an option to hire a boat for fishing! (Private boat and all necessary equipment will be provided by the hotel.) Return back to the hotel before noon and at leisure to enjoy the beach. You may wish to enjoy a massage with the hotel's trained spa staff. Overnight at Aureum Palace Resort, Ngapali. Includes: (B).
Day 10: Ngapali - Thandwe - Yangon. Breakfast at the hotel and day at leisure to enjoy the beach until transfer to Thanwe airport for your flight back to Yangon. Includes: (B).
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