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 06) 2016 - 2017
Yangon - Bago - Kyaikhtiyo - Taungoo - Mandalay - Monywa - Bagan - Pyay - Yangon
[ 14 Day / 13 Night ]

Day 01

Yangon Arrival

  Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport. Transfer to hotel. Sightseeing tour includes --- the glided Sule Pagoda, the Independent monument in Maha Bandoola Park, the old colonial style city centre, Karaweik Hall -- a Royal Floating Barge on a lake for photo stop, Chauk Htat Kyi - a huge Reclining Buddha Image & Shwedagon Pagoda - one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 02 Yangon - Bago - Kyaikhtiyo
  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, 80 km 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 covered 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 ). Check in hotel. Enjoy the amazing view from Pagoda & you will notice the unusual Pagoda sites. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 03 Kyaikhtiyo - Taungoo
  Early morning, you will see many people praying & offering soon ( breakfast ) to the Lord Buddha, an enchanting & amazing sights. After breakfast climb down to base camp & change back to our car. Then proceed to Taungoo. Check in hotel. Visit Myat Saw Nye Naung Pagoda in the evening & Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 04 Taungoo - Elephant Camp
  In the morning drive to Pho Kyar Resort about 8 hours. Lunch at local restaurant on the way. Arrive Resort in the evening & elephant riding about one hour in the forest. Dinner. Overnight at Resort.
   
Day 05 Elephant Camp - Mandalay
  After breakfast observe how elephant bathe & elephant logging skill. Check out Resort & continue proceeding to Mandalay ( about 410 km ). You will see the both in the natural Myanmar villages & towns ( authentic rural life ) along the highway road. Arrive Mandalay in the evening . Check in hotel & Overnight.
   
Day 06 Mandalay
  After breakfast, a morning visit to Mandalay Hill - for a panoramic view of the city, Shwenandaw Kyaung or Golden Palace Monastery - a superb example of traditional of wooden building, Kuthodaw Pagoda - known as the world biggest book from its 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist Scriptures. After lunch visit Mahamuni Pagoda - with its spectacular Buddha image covered in thick layer of Gold Leaves. Continuous visit to stone / wood carving, bronze costing industries, gold leaf making, Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 07 Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay
  Breakfast. Visit to Mingun, 45 min. boat trip along the Irrawaddy River. You should visit one of the largest bronze ringing bell ( 90 tons ) in the world & Mingun Pahtodaw Gyi ( unfinished Pagoda ) - 162 feet height which can be climbed on the top to see the scene of Mingun & Irrawaddy river. Also you can observe two enormous prominent of lions which faces the Irrawaddy river & Mingun Home for the Aged. Come back Mandalay & lunch. Afternoon visit Zaycho Market, Mandalay Palace and Moat & Shwe Inn Bin Monastery. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 08 Mandalay - Amarapura - Sagaing - Monywa
  Early breakfast start to leave Monywa. On the way visit Amarapura. The sites to visit are Maha Gandayon Monastery, U Bein Wooden bridge, Sagaing Hill & Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda. Before arrival Monywa visit a Thousand Bo trees Pagoda, the 222 ft. high huge reclining Buddha Image & standing Buddha on the hill top. Also visit Than Boke Day Pagoda with over 500,000 Buddha Images 7 miles from south east of Monywa which was built in 1937. Check in hotel & overnight.
   
Day 09 Monywa - Pakkoku - Bagan
  Breakfast. Across the Chindwin river by ferry boat to visit Po Win Taung where there are over 400,000 carved ( antique stone sculptures ) ancient Buddha Images, 14 miles far from Nyaung Pin Gyi Jetty ( 45 mins drive ). About leisure for 3 hrs. there & come back Monywa. Also visit Ledi Kyaung Teik Monastery with 806 stone slab on which Buddhist scriptures. Then proceed to Bagan via Pakkoku. You can observe Myanmar industries like weaving consumer goods, producing plum snacks & leather slipper. Then cross the river & continuous drive to Bagan . Check in hotel. dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 10 Bagan
  Breakfast. For sightseeing start with busy local market and visit to a diverse selection of the important pagodas and temples --- Shwezigon Pagoda - building by King Anawratha in the early 11th century as a religious shrine, Gu Byauk Gyi - a temple with exquisite murals of Jatakas Scenes in Nyaung U, Shwe Gu Gyi Temple - noted for line stucco carvings and Ananda Temple - with four huge standing Buddha images galleried interior. After lunch, continue sightseeing to visit Manuha Temple - from once been the palace of King Manuha, Lawkananda pagoda - a landmark of Bagan in Thiripyitsaya village, lacquer craftsmen's workshop in nearby Myin Ga Ba village & sunset from Bupaya - standing close to Irrawaddy River .Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 11 Bagan
  Breakfast. Morning sightseeing to Minnanthu village area. Sulamani Pagoda, Laymyetnha Temple, Payathonezu Temple with colorful Paintings & Thanbula Pagoda. Then proceed to see the daily life style of Bagan people. In the afternoon visit Dhamayazika Pagoda and Su Taung Pyay Oak Kyaung in Pwar Saw Village. Sunset from Shwe San Daw Pagoda. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 12 Bagan - Pyay
  After breakfast proceed to Pyay ( Prome ), situated on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy river. A few kilometer north - east of the town is Thaye Khittaya ( Sri Ksetra ), an archaeological site of the ancient Pyu capital ( 5 - 9 century ). Arrive Pyay & check in hotel. In the evening visit Shwesandaw Pagoda for seeing beauty over town & Irrawaddy River. Dinner. Overnight at Pyay.
   
Day 13 Pyay - Yangon
  After breakfast return to Yangon ( 180 miles ) through rural landscapes of rice fields and small villages with its own interesting myths. Visit the Second World War Allied War Grave cemetery near Htauk Kyant. Check in hotel. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 14 Yangon Departure
  Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to International Airport for departure flight.

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