MYANMAR SPECIAL TOUR WITH PANDAW CRUISE

MYANMAR SPECIAL TOUR WITH PANDAW CRUISE
Tour Destination:
YANGON - INLE LAKE - MANDALAY - PANDAW RIVER CRUISES - YANGON
Tour Hightlights:
This Special Myanmar Travel Package will be the longest myanmar package tour stretching over Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay with sightseeing and adventure tours then enjoying a Pandaw River Cruise trip on Mekong River. Tourists will especially experience a real Myanmar in every corners and from all different aspects... ..
Price:
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* BRIEF ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrival - Yangon Sightseeing Tours
Day 2: Yangon - Flight to Heho - Inle Lake Sightseeing Tours
Day 3: Inle Lake Sightseeing Tours
Day 4: Inle Lake Sightseeing Tours by Boat Trips to Villages
Day 5: Inle Lake - Flight from Heho Mandalay - Mandalay Sightseeing Tours
Day 6: Mandalay Sightseeing Tours
Day 7: Mandalay Cruising Tours with Pandaw River Cruise
Day 8: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Pottery Village - Mingun
Day 9: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Ava - Amarapua
Day 10: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Yandabo Potteries Village
Day 11: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Bagan - Bagan Sightseeing Tours at Monuments
Day 12: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Tan Kyi Mountain
Day 13: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Taung Ba Lu School sponsored by Noble Caledonia and Pandaw Cruises
Day 14: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to visit Minhla and Gwechaung
Day 15: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Thayetmyo Frontier Post
Day 16: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya
Day 17: Prome – Travel Overland Tours to Yangon - Yangon Sightseeing Tours
Day 18: Yangon City Tour
Day 19: Yangon - Departure


Day 1: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Arrival - Yangon Sightseeing Tours

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Arrive Yangon’s Mingaladon Airport off flight and will be agree by your guide and transfer to hotel. You have arrived in Myanmar (Burma), a country which has never ceased to fascinate and capture the imagination of foreign visitors through the centuries. Rudyard Kipling said of the country, “This is Burma, it will be unlike any other land you know about” .Back in 1586, the first Englishman to visit Burma, Ralph Fitch, described Shwedagon: “It is of a wonderful igness, and all gilded from the foot to the top. It is the fairest place, as I suppose, that is in the world.”Again, Somerset Maugham described the Shwedagon Pagoda as glistening with gold, like a suddenhope in the dark night of the soul”. A lady who visited the country recently said, “You cannot go back and not love the country and the people”.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Yangon - Flight to Heho - Inle Lake Sightseeing Tours

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After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and fly Yangon/Heho.

Upon arrival Heho, you will be transferred overland to Nyaung Shwe (about one hour drive) the gateway to Inle Lake and transfer by boat to the hotel situated on Inle Lake and surrounded by the Shan Hills (about 45 mins). Simply sit back and enjoy zipping across this serene and magical place, home to the famous Intha people and heavenly views.

Evening program is leisure or explore more of the lake. Then take a wander through this typical lakeside village all the while observing the lives of the local people.
You can discuss with guide as regards your wishes and preferences.
Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 3: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Inle Lake Sightseeing Tours

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Breakfast at hotel. Visit 5-day market nearest to the hotel. This rotating market changes locations every five days and is where the local hill tribes come to buy and sell their goods.  Items range from hand-made crafts to produce grown on the floating gardens. Take notice of the colorful outfits worn by the different hill tribes as they barter in this lively setting.

After lunch, leisure or explore more of the lake. Then take a wander through a typical lakeside village all the while observing the lives of the local people.
Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 4: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise:  Inle Lake Sightseeing Tours by Boat Trips to Villages

After breakfast at the hotel, begin your day with a boat excursion on the lake through a densely forested waterway to Phaungdaw U PagodaPhaung_Daw_U_Pagoda_Inle_Lake. It is regarded as one of the three principal shrines of Burma, and is the holiest religious site in the southern area of the Shan state. This particular pagoda houses five small Buddha images, whose original forms have long been lost under years of plastering with gold leaf by pilgrims. Along the corridor leading to the pagoda are a variety of stalls, some selling Shan handicrafts and others with various antiques and trinkets. Then carry on to the floating gardens to view traditional cottage industries still a mainstay in the Inle Lake economy.
Afternoon visit to the Ikat-style silk weaving industry at Inn Paw Khone Village. Next proceed to Nampan Village where you can witness traditional village life on the lake and observe the blacksmith workshop, cheroot making factory, (experience having a go at trying to make a cheroot – a famous Burmese cigar), and boat builder's workshop.
Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 5: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Inle Lake - Flight from Heho Mandalay - Mandalay Sightseeing Tours

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Breakfast at the hotel.
You will then are transferred to the airport and fly Heho/Mandalay.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.
The last visit for today is Mandalay Hill for sunset. It rises 236 meters (774 feet) above the surroundings countryside. British and Indian troops suffered heavy casualties here in March 1945, storming the Japanese stronghold which controlled the plains around Mandalay. Today, there remains only the regimental insignia near the hill's summit. Two main stairways ascend from the south, under the glare of the ever-present, white chinches which demand the removal of shoes before entering sacred ground.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 6: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Mandalay Sightseeing Tours

Shwenandaw-Monastery

Breakfast at hotel.
Today sightseeing in Mandalay starts with visit to Shwenandaw Monastery. This monastery is of great importance not only as a fine example of traditional Burmese carpentry but as a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay fort. The building is covered inside and out with carved panels. Unfortunately though, many exterior panels have weathered badly. Then move on to Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as the Maha Lawka Marazein Paya, which has also been dubbed ‘the world’s biggest book’, for standing around  the central stupa are 729 marble slabs on which are inscribed the entire Buddhist cannon, or Tripitaka. Each slab is housed in its own individual small stupa. King Mindon convened the Fifth Buddhist Synod and used a team of 2,400 monks to read the whole book in a nonstop relay lasting nearly six months. In 1900, a paper edition of the stone original was printed in 38 volumes each with about 400 pages.
Continue to U Bein Bridge, a long and rickety teak bridge crossing Taungthaman Lake curved to withstand the wind and waves. The teak logs and planks used were from the ruined Ava Palace. You will also observe 1000 or so monks having their main meal for the day at Mahagandayon Monastery, they are prohibited to take any food after midday. A visit to Gold Leaf Beating workshop afterward and view artisans making thin leaves of gold leaf used for offerings, and visits to stone carving, woodworking and bronze casting workshops as time permits.
This evening at leisure.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 7: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Mandalay Cruising Tours with Pandaw River Cruise

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Embark the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty, Mandalay in the morning for luncheon stream upstream and moore overnight at a jungle village north of Mandalay.
Overnight on board

 

Day 8: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Pottery Village - Mingun

Arrive to Ngwe Nyein village. Visit the spectacular potteries nearby, where can see manufacturing stages of the famous 50 gallon, handmade water pots and return downstream to visit Mingun to view the Pagoda and largest working bell in the world.
Overnight on board.

Day 9: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw CruisePandaw River Cruise Tours to Ava - Amarapua

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We tour central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe-im-bin teak carved monastery. We move on to explore the ancient capitals of Ava and Amarapura, visiting the teak Bagaya Kyaung, Menu Ok-kyaung and crossing the U Bein Bridge.
Overnight on board.

Day 10: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Yandabo Potteries Village

Yandabo is a very small rural village that specialises in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School and the new dispensary both built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.
Overnight on board.

Day 11: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Bagan - Bagan Sightseeing Tours at Monuments

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We tour a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments in this important World Heritage Site and visit lacquer workshops.
Overnight on board.

Day 12: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Tan Kyi Mountain

Ascend Tan-chi-taung Mountain by foot or by WWII jeep for the spectacular sunrise over Pagan. In Sale we visit a number of teak monasteries including the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings and we explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses.
Overnight on board.

Day 13: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to Taung Ba Lu School sponsored by Noble Caledonia and Pandaw Cruises

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If river conditions permit, morning visit to Taung Ba Lu School project sponsored by Noble Caledonia and Pandaw Cruises. In the afternoon, we climb the river bank and wind our way through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda. This pagoda is constructed with solid gold bricks.
Overnight on board.

Day 14: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to visit Minhla and Gwechaung

We visit Minhla and Gwechaung, two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. We climb the Gwechaung hill for the view.
Overnight on board.

Day 15: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw CruisePandaw River Cruise Tours to Thayetmyo Frontier Post

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This pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanma War of 1855 and many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse and cart to see the countryside and golf links.
Overnight on board.

Day 16: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Pandaw River Cruise Tours to archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya

Visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculpture.
Overnight on board.

Day 17:  Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Prome – Travel Overland Tours to Yangon - Yangon Sightseeing Tours (By Coach)

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Disembark at Prome and transfer to Chatrium Hotel Yangon by coach (included in cost of cruise).
Arrive at the hotel in the afternoon (Around 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm).This afternoon you will visit one of Burma’s most famous sites – and indeed of the world — the spectacular and awe inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda, shimmering above the city of Yangon, for an unforgettable sunset.  Whilst the origins of the pagoda are shrouded in legend, it was certainly well-established by the time Bagan dominated Myanmar in the 11th century.  All around the Shwedagon one finds the calm activity of a religious village, for a great pagoda is the focus of secular as well as religious life, none more so than the Shwedagon.  It is an important event for Myanmar families who make a pilgrimage to the pagoda to be able to buy a packet of gold leaf at one of the pagoda bazaars, and paste their offerings to the Shwedagon, another stupa, or a Buddha image at the pagoda.  Illuminated by the misty glow of the sun, the Shwedagon is most admired at dusk or dawn. To wander around this religious monument, with all its legends and history and to witness a breathtaking sunset over the crumbling skyline of Yangon is one of
Asia’s best kept secrets.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 18: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Yangon Sightseeing Tours

Botahtaung_Pagoda

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Botahtaung Pagoda, one of the most important in Yangon. Meaning "thousand leaders", Botataung was named after the thousand military leaders who escorted the relics of the Buddha brought from India over 2,000 years ago. Botataung is hollow inside and is a sort of mirrored maze with glass showcases containing many of the ancient artefacts. Above the interesting interior, the pagoda's impressive golden spire rises to 132 feet. A photo stop at Sule Pagoda considered the centre of Yangon, where colonial buildings are extant. Continue to visit Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, 220 feet long magnificent reclining Buddha famous for its mystic smile.
In the afternoon, you will also visit the National Museum. The showpiece of the museum is the Lion's Throne, on which King Thibaw sat in his hall and gave an audience in Mandalay Palace.
Then proceed to Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market, the largest of Yangon's markets.  You can find under one roof all the consumer goods a Myanmar family could possibly need or want.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 19: Myanmar Special Tour with Pandaw Cruise: Departure Yangon

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.


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IMPORTANT NOTES FOR MYANMAR:

+ Please note that credit cards and traveler cheques are not accepted in Myanmar and that visitors must be bring sufficient cash (best in US Dollars, but Euros also increasingly accepted) to change and make any purchases and payments.
+ Please bring new US Dollar bills ("big heads" instead of "small heads") and with series numbers not starting with CB as these are not accepted in Myanmar due to rumours these series are counterfeit.

+ Furthermore please inform passengers that they should NOT change money at the exchange booth at the airport just after immigration, as the market rate in town is MUCH better.
+ A surcharge might apply for peak season dates (Water Festival 12-18 April, X’Mas, New Year, etc.

+ Travelers to Myanmar are required to have a travel insurance covering the cost of medical evacuation flights. is available at all international airports (Yangon & Mandalay).
+ The visa application form is also available at all international airline linked with Myanmar or on-line. To apply on arrival visa, one must have 2 passport photo (4x6 cm) taken within last 6 months and passport must be valid 6 months after arrival date. For more detail information, please contact sales@dnqtravel.com 

+ The schedules of domestic flights in Myanmar are provided as an indication only. Once a booking is confirmed we can provide more precise timings, but these remain nevertheless subject to change without notice by the airlines until travelling date. It might therefore in some cases be necessary to amend your program and itinerary due to such schedule changes. We thank you for your understanding.

 

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