Top Notch Tours

Myanmar has many wonderful places to see and lots of things to explore although it is still in the state of developing and visitors may encounter its poor infrastructure and slow transportation system. But apart from this inconvenience, one will understand the glorious nature of Myanmar once being experienced.

Gold Backed's Top Notch Tours

Tour Code: (GB - TN 05) 2016 - 2017
Yangon - Kyaing Tong - Heho - Pindaya - Inle - Bagan - Popa - Mandalay - Bago - Kyaikhtiyo - Yangon
[ 12 Day / 11 Night ]

Day 01

Yangon Arrival

  Arrive Yangon by international flight. Welcome & transfer to hotel. Some highlights of Yangon sightseeing-Sule Pagoda atthe heart of city , Maha Bandoola Park with Independence monument, photo stop at Karaweik hall - a royal floating barge, National Museum to the 8 meters high Golden Lion Throne & Mandalay Royal Regalia , Chaukhtatgyi reclining Buddha,Bogyoke Market with hundreds of stores , the old colonial style city & dating back over 2000 years Shwedagon Pagoda. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 02 Yangon - Kyaing Tong
  After check out hotel transfer to airport to leave for Kyaing Tong. Arrive Kyaing Tong & check in hotel. Visit Thittapin Taung Hill - the 245 years old tree planted by King Alaung Paya of Third Myanmar Empire - for panoramic views over Kyaing Tong. Proceed to Standing Buddha, Mahamyatmuni Pagoda, the old palace of Saw Bwa ( Shan Chief ), the tomb of Kyaing Tong Saw Bwa, famous Noung Tong Lake and then traditional Shan Style lacquer ware work shop. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 03 Kyaing Tong
  After breakfast drive approximately 25 minute to Palaung tribe village ( Wan Pauk ). The Palaung tribe are known locally as " Sliver " Palaung. A branch of the same tribe, locally called " Gold " Palaung, live in Northern Shan States. Three hours hiking from there is white Lahu villages, kunpe-1 and kunpe-2, White Lahu & Black Lahu are the same tribes. Trekking through forests, Valleys and gorges is very fascinating. Return to Kyaing Tong. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 04 Kyaing Tong - Heho - Pindaya
  Transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho, transfer to Pindaya. Wandering around the town and overnight accommodation at the Hotel in Pindaya.
   
Day 05 Pindaya - Inle- Bagan
  After breakfast start to drive to Nyaung Shwe. Inle by boat. The famous sites are typical floating garden, floating market, leg rowers, local ways of fishing method, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda & jumping cat monastery. After drive to Bagan. Check in hotel. Visit to the colorful Nyaung U Market to watch the populace of the up-country, Shwezigon pagoda - its magnificent golden stupa, Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sand stone decoration, Then visit to Myinkaba Village and observe the Process of Traditional Lacquer ware Industry - one of Myanmar's best-known handicrafts. Continuous enjoy the view of Ananda temple - well famous for its architecture masterpiece of the early-style temple with four impressive standing Buddhha images, Thabinnyu Temple - the highest in Bagan, enjoy sunset from Bupaya located on the bank of majestic Ayeyawaddy River. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 06 Bagan
  Whole day visit in Bagan. First sightseeing to Nyaung Oo Market to see traditional Myanmar life. Then the worthy sites to visit are Shwezigon Pagoda - built in ( 1084 - 1113 ), Kyansittha Umin near Nat Hlaung Kyaung, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi Temple - with finr mural painting of Jatakas scenes, Htilominlo - with its plaster carvings, Ananda - an architectural masterpiece, Thatbyinnyu Temple - highest in Bagan. Continue to Myinkaba village to see Manuha temple - with gigantic Buddha image, Nanpaya temple - an early style with the finest stone carving and Dhamayangyi Temple, now you have seen the most beautiful, the highest & the most massive three temples of Bagan - Ananda, Thatbyinnyu & Dhamayangyi respectively. Enjoy sun set from Shwesandaw Pagoda. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 07 Bangan - Popa - Mandalay
  After the early breakfast, drive to visit the Mount. Popa, an extinct volcano with spectacular views. It's shrine is dedicated to animist spirits known as "Nat" and you will have time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. After lunch at simple local restaurant en route, the journey continues on a narrow, winding and bumpy road through Mandalay.
   
Day 08 Mandalay
  Enjoy the sunrise from boat. After an early breakfast,the passengers will disembark at Gawein Jetty around 10 am. Transfer to Mandalay Hill Resort & check in. Afternoon visit to Shwe Inbin wooden monastery, gold leaf making, Shwenandaw Kyaung or Golden Palace Monastery - famous for its wood carvings, Kuthodaw Pagoda known as the world's biggest book, sunset from Mandalay Hill. Dinner. overnight at hotel.
   
Day 09 Mandalay - Bago ( train )
  Early Breakfast, leave to Mandalay by train. Arrive to Bago. The famous sites in Bago are Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Shwethalyaung Pagoda - Reclining Buddha Image with 55 meters long, Kanbawzathadi Palace & Kyaik Pun pagoda - famous for its four giant Buddhas. Check in hotel. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 10 Bago - Kyaikhtiyo - Yangon
  After breakfast an excursion visit to Kyaikhtiyo " Golden Rock ", 190 km east of Yangon by private car. On the way, you can visit Bago, an ancient capital of Mon Kingdom, 80km northeast of Yangon. The famous sites are Shwemawdaw Pagoda - one of the most venerated pagoda in Myanmar, Shwethalyaung – the 55 meter Reclining Buddha & Kambawzathadi Palace. Then proceed to Kyaikhtiyo, a huge boulder completely convered by gold and delicately balance on the edge of a cliff. Arrive the base camp of Kyaikhtiyo ( Kinpun Sakan ). Switch to the mountain climbing shuttle truck for drive to Hermit Hill. Then either climb on foot or take a sedan chair to Kyaikhtiyo ( If you don't want to climb on foot you can take sedan chair & that cost will be on you ). Then, return to Yangon. You will be treated farewell dinner and overnight accommodation at the hotel in Yangon.
   
Day 11 Yangon
  Morning tour include Chaukhtutgyi Pagoda, a huge reclining Buddha image followed by a photo stop at Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge in Kandawgyi Lake; National Museum to see the 8 meter high Golden Lion Throne & Mandalay Royal Regalia. Lunch. Afternoon tour includes Bogyoke Market with hundreds of stores; Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments. Dinner. Overnight in Yangon.
   
Day 12 Departure Yangon
  Breakfast. Trasfer to Yangon International Airport for departure flight.
   
 

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