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 11) 2016 - 2017
YANGON - BAGAN - NATMATAUNG - POPA - BAGAN - MANDALAY - PYIN OO LWIN - MANDALAY - HEHO - KALAW - NYAUNG SHWE / INLE - YANGON
[ 16 Day / 15 Night ]

Day 01

Yangon Arrival

  Arrive Yangon. Welcome & transfer to hotel. Some highlights of Yangon sightseeing - Sule Pagoda the heart of city, Maha Bandoola Park with Independence monument, photo stop at Karaweik Hall - a royal floating barge, National Museum to see 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 - Bagan
  Early breakfast, leave for Bagan by morning flight. Check in hotel. First visit Nyaung Oo market. Then the worthy sites to visit are Shwezigon Pagoda - built in ( 1084 - 1113 ), Kyansittha Umin near Nat Hlaung Kyaung, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi Temple - with fine 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. & lacquer ware workshop & panoramic sunset view from Shwe San Daw Pagoda. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 03 BAGAN - PAKKOKU - MINDUT
  After breakfast guide will take you to depart for Mindut via Pokkoku across Ayeyarwaddy river by landing craft ferry. After 8 / 9 hours driving time ( through bumpy road, sandy streams & mountainous road ) arrive Mindut, an administrative town for the Southtern Chin State. Visit around the unique Chin settlement town. Overnight at Mindut Guest House.
   
Day 04 NATMATAUNG ( Mt.Victoria National Park )
  Breakfast. Start to trek after crossing the Che river walk up until Aye Sakan Camp above sea level 5700 ft. through pine forest. Also you can make bird watching by Jeep. Natmataung ( Mt. Victoria, 3,095 m ) is the highest peak in China Hill and third highest mountain in Myanmar. It is situated on Himalayas Mountain Range and is 722.61 Sq. Km in extent, which has the Leopard, Clouded leopard, Bear, Gaur, Barking Deer , Serow, Goar, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Gibbon, Various species of Wild Cats and many species of small mammals. Forest types are hill savannah, hill evergreen, moist upper mixed deciduous and pine forests in which over 1000 flora species can be observed, especially Rhododendron cuffeanum, R. burmenaca and Potentilla monsvictorace that are endemic to Myanmar and only found in this area. Overnight at camp.
   
Day 05 NATMATAUNG
  After breakfast, collect packed lunch, and birding and trekking to the peak of Mt. Victoria. Most of the time the walking is uphill until the next camp ( sea level 9000 ft. ), forest type is mostly oaks & rhododendrons with green glass & the weather is very cold & you needs sleeping bag & warm clothing & walk down to a camp situated about 8000 ft. taking a different route. Overnight at wooden bungalow.
   
Day 06 NATMATAUNG - KANPETTLET
  After breakfast we walk down to Kanpettlet a slop step way, situated at 4560 above sea level where our transport is waiting. Visit around the unique Chin settlement town added interest one may interact with the traditional and cultural heritage of Chin people and their way of life. Dinner with a local brewed " Khaung Yay " Myanmar traditional wine made from millet. Overnight at Chin Village.
   
Day 07 KANPETTLET - BAGAN
  Breakfast. Drive back from Kanpettlet to Seikphyu & then take boat riding the opposite bank town " Chauk " where is 18 miles away from Bagan. The proceed to Mt. Popa. Check in hotel. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 08 Bagan - 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 09 MANDALAY - AMAPURA - MANDALAY
  Breakfast. Visit Amarapura, Sagaing & Innwa. Visit Mahagandayone Monastery to observe while monks taking lunch in quiet & also the typical Myanmar Buddhism where home for thousands of monks. Then continuous visit Sagaing Hill, Aung Myay Bonzan Monastery, Me Nu Oak Kyaung, old watch tower & Sagaing Hill. Then sunset from U Bein wooden bridge. Drive back to Mandalay. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 10 Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Hsipaw
  Early Breakfast, after leave to Mandalay by train about 5:00am. Arrive to Hsipaw. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 11 Hsipaw - Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay
  Afternoon, drive to Pyin Oo Lwin . Visit to Pyin Oo Lwin ( former British Hill Station Maymyo ) which is 90 mins. Up hill drive from Mandalay. Cool climate with panoramic sights are Waterfull, Peik Chin Myaung Cave - gigantic Buddha Statue, Forest Museum, Chinese Jog House, May Myo Zay & 2000 acre Botanical Garden known as Kandawgyi Garden. Enjoy the beauty of worthy sites. In the evening drive back to Mandalay. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 12 Mandalay - Heho - Nyaung Shwe ( Inle )
  After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay international airport and fly to Heho. Arrive the Heho airport Breakfast. Check out hotel. Drive to Nyaung Shwe. Check in hotel. Visit 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. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
   
Day 13 INLE
  Breakfast. Visit Market Day to observe the habit life of traditional tribes --- Intha, Shan, Taungthu, Taung Yo, Danu & Myanmar. Then trekking and birding around Inle. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 14 Inle - Aye Thar Yar
  After breakfast check out hotel.0 After that proceed to Aye Thar Yar Golf Resort - famous country style steep roof bungalows with panoramic view of blue green mountains & fairways lined by Pine & Eucalyptus trees. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
   
Day 15 Aye Thar Yar - Heho - Yangon
  With an early boat ride in the sanctuary look for greater spotted Eagle, Woolly necked Stork, Asian Openbill, Sarus Crane, Spot-billed Pelican, Painted Stork, among thousands of waders and shorebirds. This sanctuary is approximately 40 square miles with about 80 species of birds. Spend the whole morning birding in the sanctuary and after a late lunch, drive back to Yangon.
   
Day 16 YANGON DEPARTURE
  Breakfast. Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure flight.

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