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MTFU 04: YANGON-INLE LAKE-YANGON (5D/4N)

MTFU 04: YANGON-INLE LAKE-YANGON (5D/4N)

This tour focuses on the “Inle Lake” a highland lake with breathtaking views. The colorful Palaung, Shan, Pa-O, Intha and Padaung ethnic hill tribes who inhabit the area, the floating villages, cool weather, lake agriculture, colorful markets and friendly people make it an outstanding destination.

Coverage: YANGON–INLE LAKE–YANGON
Start City: Yangon, End City: Yangon
Duration: 5Days/4Nights
Operational Period: Year Round

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Yangon (transfer + sightseeing)
Day 2: Yangon-Heho (by flight)-Pindaya-Inle Lake (by car)
Day 3: Inle Lake-Indein (full day boat excursion)
Day 4: Inle Lake -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 friendly company's tour guide and transferred to your hotel. On the way, firstly we visit;

(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 elephants at there.) and then proceed to hotel. After refreshment, start on a city tour including;

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

(3) 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.

(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-HEHO (by flight)-PINDAYA-INLE LAKE (by car)

After breakfast at hotel, you are transferred to Yangon domestic airport for the morning flight to Heho on the Shan plateau. On arrival at Heho airport you are welcomed by our local tour guide and begin the day’s tours with;

(1) We transfer by road to Pindaya (60km) about 90 minutes drive and enjoy the marvelous landscapes of hilly region with vegetables plantation, terrace landing cultivation, etc… We take an excursion to the Pindaya natural cave which houses over 8,000 Buddha Images accumulated over the centuries.

(2) In the afternoon, explore the small quiet town for its famous traditional Shan paper & parasol making cottage industry. In the late afternoon drive back to Nyaung Shwe/Inle Lake.

(3) On the way we visit Shweyanpye Monastery - typical Shan Monastery and proceed to hotel. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Nyaung Shwe/Inle Lake.

Accommodation: Hotel in Nyaung Shwe/Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: INLE LAKE-INDEIN (full day boat excursion)

After breakfast at hotel, we start the day’s tours with;

(1) A boat excursion on Inle Lake, a delight to all with a camera ,its calm water dotted with floating vegetation on floating Islands and small fishing boats, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect back-drop. See the “Intha” (Lake-dwelling people) also known as the unique “Leg-Rowers” who use one leg to stand on the boat while the other leg is wrapped around an oar and rows. Observe floating Gardens, with vegetables and flowers grown on them, and the lake way of life at ‘Kay La Village’.

(2) Ngaphe Chaung Monastery (Jumping cat Monastery)

(3) Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in Southern Shan State which has five small Buddha Statues so heavily gilded with gold that the original Buddha images are unrecognizable.

(4) Observing the Lake Inle cottage industry workshops such as silk & lotus fabric weaving with wooden handlooms at “Inn-Paw- Kone”Village, traditional ‘mild-cigar –making’ (cheroot Factory at “Se’ Kaung Village” and traditional silver and gold smiths, paper umbrella –making at ‘Ywa-ma’ Village. You will also see Padaung hill tribe ladies (ladies with elongated necks from wearing brass rings around their necks) in that village.

(5) We continue our excursion by motorized boat to the Indein pagoda complex, on the south-west of the lake. The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal to a small Pa O tribal village. From the village, we follow an old path to a 13th century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance. Return to your hotel and overnight at the hotel in Nyaung Shwe/Inle Lake.

Accommodation: Hotel in Nyaung Shwe/Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Enjoy breakfast at hotel you are transferred to Heho airport for the morning flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by our 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

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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