During the reign of King Alaungpaya (1752-1760), founder of the Konebaung Dynasty. They also succeeded in conquering the Ayudaya of Thailand again in his reign. The ruins of nowadays Ayudaya is the undeniable evidence of this. But it was under the Konebaung Dynasty that Myanmar for the first time in her history was to fall under a foreign yoke as the British Raj annexed her territory. Many more you can experience yourself to real.
Day 1: Arrival - Yangon. On arrival at Yangon 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 gilded 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 of city. This masterpiece houses an intricate complex of smaller pagodas and Buddha images. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon - Bagan. An early morning flight to Bagan which boasts one of the most impressive archaeological wonders of Asia. This enchanting town flourished from the 11th till 13th century when religious fervors launched a 200 year building of thousands huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. We visit the vibrant market of Nyaung U before taking a short drive to the archaeological zone. The sightseeing tour enables us to explore many magnificent landmarks including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilominlo, Ananda, Thatbyinnyu, Sulamani, Dhammyangyi. These temples and pagodas bear statement to a glorious past. The perfect way to round off the day is watching the spectacular sunset from the upper terrace of Myaukguni Temple. Overnight in Bagan. Includes: (B)
Day 3: Bagan – Pakkoku - Mandalay. Today we board a boat for a leisurely trip on the mighty Irrawaddy River, passing through the picturesque countryside to Pakkoku. The great cultural city of Mandalay was a former capital of Burma; however many outlaying towns could lay claim to the same title at some stages in the past. On arrival in Pakkoku we meet up with our vehicle and drive towards the picturesque Sagaing Hill. This lush area is covered in 600 white painted pagodas and monasteries, and is therefore regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar. After Sagaing, we cross over the Irrawaddy River to Mandalay. Along the way, we stop at Amarapura, one of these ancient cities. The spectacular teak bridge of U Bein and the famous Mahaganda Monastery are a highlight of our visit to Amarapura. Overnight in Mandalay. Includes: (B)
Day 4: Mandalay – Mingun - Mandalay. Heading out of the town, we transfer to the jetty for a boat trip on the Irrawaddy River. The lively waterfront with working buffaloes offers a spectacular backdrop as we cruise upriver towards Mingun, home to the unfinished huge pagoda, the world’s largest bell and the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda. After exploring this site we return to Mandalay and commence our city tour. Here is plenty to see, some of which are the Mahamuni Pagoda, the fabulous Kuthodaw Pagoda often called “the world's largest book“ and the wooden monastery of Shwenandaw Kyaung. This structure is still standing over centuries, despite of all vicissitudes of the city. The sightseeing tour completes with a walk up Mandalay hill to observe the beautiful sunset over the surrounding areas. Overnight in Mandalay. Includes: (B)
Day 5: Mandalay – Pindaya – Inle Lake. After breakfast we board a short flight to Heho where we meet up with our vehicle for a two hour drive into the Shan Plateau, through the picturesque countryside and the rolling hills towards Pindaya. This magnificent cave in a tranquil setting of limestone outcrops and scenic lakes, houses thousand Buddha images of various shapes and sizes, all brought there by devoted pilgrims. On arrival we enjoy a walk exploring this sacred cave and seeing the traditional production of Shan paper and parasols at a nearby village. The journey continues on to Inle Lake, a famous wonder of Myanmar. Overnight in Inle Lake. Includes: (B)
Day 6: Inle Lake – Yangon. The picturesque scenery blending with the sky and floating gardens rising from the clear water of the lake is nothing short of spectacular. Today we board our boat for a leisurely trip on Inle Lake to explore some gardens and catch a glimpse of the local Intha fishmen famous for their rowing technique. These people power their narrow boats by twisting their legs around their oars, a remarkable feat of agility and control. Along the way, we also anchor to visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the Jumping Cat Monastery with a beautiful collection of antique Buddha statues and the rotating rural market. This colourful congregation is held in different villages every five days, and attracts numerous ethnic minorities who converge from the surrounding villages to trade their goods. In the late afternoon we take a flight back to the capital city. Overnight in Yangon. Includes: (B)
Day 7: Yangon – Departure. The sightseeing tour of today is all depending on your departure flight. If time permits, we visit the colossal reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi in a quiet, open air pavilion and the National Museum with a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Burmese culture. The reminder of the day is free for your own exploration and strolling around Bogyoke Market, formerly Scott’s Market. The trip ends after transfer to Mingaladon airport for departure. Includes: (B)
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