Exquisite Myanmar (5Days / 4Nights)
Day 1 :Arrive Yangon and Full day sightseeing
Welcome by the representative from SOC Travel on arrival at Yangon International airport.
Yangon is a soft gentle city with much to recommend for those who like cities with ambiance. Known as “the garden city of the East”, Yangon has the reputation of lush green parks, picturesque lakes, charming and smiling people of the east.
After meeting with the guide, head out to explore the commercial capital Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar with a population of about 6 million.
The orientation tour of Yangon includes the photo stop at Sule Pagoda, quite unusual in that its octagonal shape extends right up to the bell and inverted bowl, the City Hall and a walk in downtown area which is one of the oldest sections in town. And one can enjoy the contrast between remains of colonial architecture and contemporary style. Later proceed to ChaukHtatGyi, known as one of the largest and lifelike reclining Buddha s. It is 70 meters long. One particular interest is the feet of the Buddha which are described with the 108 sacred symbols of an enlightened Buddha.
Continue onto BogyokeAung San market which is large and airy colonial building was constructed in 1926. It is also known as Scott market. Please do not miss out local BogyokeAung San market to do final purchase of some souvenir for your loved one at home. The Market which has over 1000 stalls selling from clothing, cosmetics , jewelry , arts and crafts either old or new from all over Myanmar.(closes on Mondays and public holidays).
At sunset, visit magnificentShwedagon Pagoda which is over 2600 years old,whose golden dome glistens from dawn to dusk. There are special places in the world where architecture, setting, scale and ambiance all come together. Shwedagon Pagoda is one of these unique experiences. You will be amazed by entering the walkway as the sun gets down. Every moment will be prized and gaining a great stunning experience in one’s life time.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 2 : Yangon/Bagan ( Morning Flight)
This morning, take early flight to Bagan; One of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. No other capital of Myanmar, either before or after has approached the magnificence of Bagan in the days of its greatness. Its ruins are still the most impressive, scattered in the plains of 16 square miles on the bank of Ayeyarwady River.
Bagan is a place where there is so much to see as the massive sights of thousands of different stupas and temples built between 11th -13th century. There are too many to explore all but we will select the most astounding ones such as Shwezigon pagoda( mid 11th century), the 13th century GubyaukgyiTemple with mural paintings, Htilominlo temple with different architectural style, Anandatemple, the master piece of Bagan architecture.
This afternoon, visitLacquare ware factory which is 1000 years old cottage industry still thriving today. Every process is done by hand. It is labor intensive and time consuming as it takes minimum 6 months to finish one piece. Bagan lacquer ware is known for intricate and exquisite workmanship.
At the end of the day, you can climb one of the stupas or temples to enjoy superb view of the landscape and the memorable sunset.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 3 :Bagan/Heho-Inle (Morning Flight)
Transfer to airport this morning for your flight to Heho, the gate way to Shan state. Drive 1 hrtoNyaungShweat the edge of the lake. En route visit Shwe Yan Pyay teak monastery with unique oval shape windows. On arrival at NyaungShwe jetty, take the long tail boat to explore the lake. The rows of floating gardens, people rowing their boat by leg, the distinctive fishing method and settlements on stilts make the lake so unique and outrageously picturesque that the lake is known as paradise for photographers and alike.
Visit the most venerated PhaungDaw OO pagoda housing five extraordinary Buddhas. The Buddhas have ben heavily gilded for good luck as an act of piety.
Continue to NgaPheChaung Monastery, the oldest wooden monastery with beautiful Shan style Buddhas. Boating through narrow canals along villages, wave back to kids and seniors as you pass by their homes on stilt, see people at work on their floating gardens and perhaps try to catch fish with their exotic fishing net.If time permits one can visit weaving villages specializing Lotus fabric and silk, silver smith workshops, and cigar making place.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4 :Inle-Indein excursion
Today start with Inle’s market (if there is one) which is held once in every five daywhereIntha and Pa O from the hill come down to sell their produced. It is a must stop to see such authentic and fascinating scene.
Afterwards continue onto Indein which is on the western bank of the lake.
It is the scenic and exciting boat ride seeing bathing water buffalo, some being ridden by kids, bamboo forest along the way. Indein is known as little Bagan with more than 1000 pagodas in one complex.If there is time, visit nearby village, encounter people over there who are friendly, a multitude of curious, smiling faces which make you feel at home.
Finally, boating back to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5 :Inle-Heho/Yangon departure
Drive to Heho airport to catch the flight back to Yangon.On arrival transfer to Yangon International airport for your return flight.