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MTFU 02: YANGON-BAGAN-YANGON (5D/4N)

MTFU 02: YANGON-BAGAN-YANGON (5D/4N)

Bagan, one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, is situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River. The ruins of Bagan cover an area of 42sq.km, featuring 2,000 ancient temples offering a unique view of the Myanmar’s rich architectural and cultural heritage from the 11th to 13th centuries A.D.

(Balloons Over Bagan is available on request)

Coverage: YANGON–BAGAN–YANGON
Start City: Yangon
End City: Yangon
Duration: 5Days/4Nights
Operational Period: All Year Round

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Yangon (transfer + sightseeing)
Day 2: Yangon-Bagan (by flight)  (transfer + sightseeing)
Day 3: Bagan-Mt. Popa-Bagan (by private A/C vehicle)
Day 4: Bagan-Yangon (by flight) (transfer + sightseeing)
Day 5: Departure Yangon (transfer)

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL YANGON (transfer + sightseeing)

On arrival at Yangon International airport, you are welcomed by our English speaking tour guide and transferred to your hotel. On the way, firstly we visit to;

(1) Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (one of the biggest marble Buddha Images in Myanmar with a height of 37ft/11m and a weight of weighs over 600 tons) You will also see the white alive elephants at this pagoda compound and then proceed to hotel. After refreshment, start on a city tour including;

(2) The Karaweik Hall to marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” floating barge on Kandawgyi royal lake with a great view of Shwedagon Pagoda.

(3) Chauk-htat-kyi Phaya; a huge life-like reclining Buddha statue surrounded by Buddhist monasteries.

(4) A visit to the magnificent and world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, known for its religious significance and artistic beauty. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz - a stunning sight as the sun sets and an unforgettable place to begin your trip in the "Golden Land". Lunch & dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meal: Lunch & Dinner

DAY 2: YANGON-BAGAN (by flight) (transfer + sightseeing)

After breakfast at hotel you are transferred to Yangon domestic airport for the morning flight to Bagan. On arrival at Nyaung U airport, our local tour guide will meet you at the airport and start a full day of Bagan excursion around the Archaeological Zone Heritage Area a comprehensive the day’s tour with:

(1) A morning visit to the interesting local Nyaung Oo Market where you can buy some cotton clothing or local woven fabrics and souvenirs.

(2) Shwe-Zi-Gon; completed in 1084, noted for its glazed plaques depicting scenes from the Jatakas, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas.

(3) Wet-kyi-Inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with its exquisite mural paintings of 13th century

(4) The majestic Htilominlo Temple; built in 1211 AD and one of the largest temples, noted for its fine plaster carvings on the arch pediments and friezes.

(5) In the afternoon proceed to Minnanthu farmer village and lacquer-ware workshop to learn about the fascinating technique of this art

(6) Ananda Temple, 1090AD, a masterpiece of early period temple-architecture with four huge standing Buddha Images.

(7) Manuha Temple built by exile King Manuha (a captured king's impression of life in prison)

(8) Nam Phaya an earliest masterpiece with its fine stone carvings (photo stop at Seinnyet Nyima Pagodas, a temple and a stupa with exquisite design)

At the end of the temples tour, drive to a view mound in order to enjoy the spectacular sunset over Bagan ancient monuments. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: BAGAN-MT.POPA-BAGAN (by private A/C vehicle)

After breakfast at hotel, we leave for Bagan temples and take a short drive to Mt. Popa.

(1) Upon arrival, we join local pilgrims on a 777-step winding staircase ascent of the Mt. Popa and see the Nat (spirit) shrines that line the walkway along with the monkeys that live on the mountain. Mt. Popa is known as the abode of Nats (spirits) - a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honoured by some Myanmar people and you can also see the Nat museum, which houses 37 life-size Nat statues sculpted from teak.

(2) On the way back to Bagan we will experience the traditional toddy palm sugar and peanut oil production. We may stop several places for making the photos and knowing the countryside.

One hour before sunset, drive to the jetty in Old Bagan to take a short boat ride for the sunset along the mighty Ayeyawaddy River. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4: BAGAN-YANGON (by flight) (transfer + sightseeing)

Enjoy your breakfast at hotel, we drive Nyaung U airport for the morning flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by our local tour guide and transferred to the hotel. After refreshment, start on a city tour including:

(1) Explore Downtown Yangon where the British colonial influence is still evident with a visit around Sule Pagoda which is located at the heart of the city and proceed to a range of beautiful colonial style buildings such as the City Hall, the High Court, former Immigration Offices and the Independence Monument in the green Mahabandoola Park. Afterwards, continue to the Central Post Office at Pansodan Street which is famous for some of Yangon’s most impressive colonial buildings and then have a look at busy life of Pansodan Jetty on Yangon River. Take a short tea break at Strand Hotel by own account.

(2) Botahtaung Pagoda, a famous landmark pagoda beside Yangon River, with a walk-in internal a sacred hair relic chamber of Buddha and its wish-granting Bo Bo Gyi and Mya Nan Nwe’s Nat Shrine.

(3) The National Museum where you will see the regalia of Myanmar Kings and the Lion Throne of Myanmar returned from the Albert and Victoria Museum in England by Lord Mountbatten of Britain on Myanmar’s independence in 1948.

(4) Bogyoke Aung San Market (named after the father of Aung San Suu Kyi and formerly known as the Scott Market) to purchase souvenirs and handicrafts if you wish. There are gems, fabrics, lacquer ware, wood sculptures, paintings etc… the range of wares is fantastic and don’t forget to bargain!

(5) Complete the day with an extended visit to China Town, noted for its fruit market, delicious street foods and old world atmosphere. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5: DEPARTURE YANGON (transfer)

After breakfast at hotel, morning is at leisure until you are transferred to Yangon International airport for your return international departure flight.

Accommodation: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

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