Three Jewels of Myanmar
Experience the Three Jewels of Myanmar. Start in the vibrant city of Yangon and travel to Bagan to discover its 3,000 plus pagodas. Join a private boat transfer and cruise between the two ancient capitals of Bagan and Mandalay.
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Day 1: Arrive Yangon
On arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Hotel: Sule Shangri-La Yangon, 2 nights
Day 2: Yangon
Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), the capital of Myanmar is also called the “Garden City of the East” because of its many parks and beautiful lakes. This morning visit the Botataung Pagoda, which is hollow and you are able to walk through and see many ancient relics and artifacts. We then visit downtown Yangon and from here we walk along Pansodan street to view its many large colonial buildings which are still in use today. It is also interesting to see the sidewalk markets including those selling old books and magazines dating from the 1960’s to today. We will then visit China town before going to the famous Scott Market, a sprawling complex which was built in 1926 and it is noted for its variety of handicrafts and other items which provides an excellent opportunity for a shopping spree. This afternoon sightseeing includes the colossal reclining Buddha Chaukhtatkyi, and the National Museum, which is filled with artifacts and cultural exhibits of Myanmar. We finish our tour with a visit to the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda which towers over all of Yangon. It is perhaps the most beautiful pagoda complex in all of Asia and is one sight that no visitor to Myanmar should miss.
Day 3: Yangon – Bagan
You will be transferred to Yangon Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Bagan. On arrival in Bagan, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, sightseeing highlights include the Sulamani Temple built by King Narapatisithu; Dhammayangyi Temple, a massive later period temple with the finest brickwork in Bagan, and Thatbyinnyu Temple which towers above other monuments of Bagan. We can also visit a Thanaka museum, dedicated to the tree bark and root of the Thanaka tree used in making a fragrant white colored paste which Myanmar women wear for skin beauty and protection from the sun. Visitors can learn how to make and apply the Thanaka paste. As the day wanes we will be at Bupaya, a Pyu-style stupa located on the banks of the Ayeyawady River.
Hotel: Aureum Palace Resort & Spa Bagan, 2 nights
Day 4: Bagan
Start our visit to one of Asia’s most stunning archeological destinations with its more than 3,000 pagodas doted the plains along the legendary Ayerwaddy River. Sightseeing include some of Bagan’s most distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas and Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi, a 13th century ‘cave temple with fine wall paintings. One of the most outstanding is the magnificent Ananda Pagoda, one of the most revered pagodas in all Myanmar and containing four tall standing Buddhas within.
This afternoon we continue our sightseeing of more Bagan impressive pagodas and temples. Sightseeing highlights includes Manuha Temple built by King Manuha to represent his displeasure of captivity, Nanpaya close behind the Manuha and which is also Bagan’s first “gu-style” (cave) shrine and next to visit Gubaukgyi Temple, in the old Bagan village of Myinkaba, is an early period temple with well-preserved paintings inside. After that we will visit a lacquer ware craft shop to see the process of hand-making these beautiful pieces. Then visit Lawkananda Pagoda, a riverside stupa rich in history and where the sunset views are excellent.
Day 5: Amarapura & Inwa
This morning depart for the former royal capital of Amarapura and visit the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teakwood bridge. Then visit Inwa, another former royal capital, and travel by pony cart down tree-lined paths to see old palace walls, wooden monasteries and the ‘leaning tower of Ava’ before continuing to Mandalay.
Hotel: Sedona Hotel Mandalay, 2 nights
Day 6: Mandalay
After breakfast transfer to Mandalay jetty where we board our private boat for a short and pleasant ride up the Ayerwaddy River to the ruins of the Mingun pagoda, the site of what would have been the world’s largest pagoda had not King Bodawpaya died in 1819 thus halting all further work. Later an earthquake in 1838 split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble. Nonetheless, the mammoth base of the unfinished pagoda is still a very impressive sight as we approach from the river. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell, moved from the pagoda after the earthquake and now hangs in a new shrine building. It is said to be the largest hanging un-cracked bell in the world.
Visit the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda with its sitting Buddha covered in gold leaf. A particular highlight is the beautiful Shwenandaw Monastery, one of the last wooden monasteries in Myanmar. Next we visit the intriguing looking Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the World’s largest book for its 729 stone slabs containing the entire Buddhist scriPrice on Applicationptures. If time permits we will go atop Mandalay Hill for a view over the city and the Irrawaddy River.
Day 7: Depart Mandalay
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Mandalay International Airport.
|2019 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs daily from Yangon:||Price on Application||Price on Application|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle & private boat|
|Flights:||Flight Ticket: Yangon – Bagan|
|Accommodation:||6 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.