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Day 01: Arrival Yangon (-)
Upon arrival, Myanmar Damsel tour guide has welcomed you at Yangon int’l airport and offered you any assistance needed before leaving the Arrivals terminal, you will be on your way to check into your hotel to drop off your luggage. Afterwards, start an orientation tour of downtown Yangon. You will drive through Yangon’s busy roads and take a glimpse of the hustle downtown, Mahabandoola Park, Town Hall. See the magnificent colonial buildings of Victorian & Edwardian era architecture. This introductory drive will end with a stop near SULE PAGODA – dating back over 2,000 years ago, for brief photo taking. Next, visit BOTATAUNG PAGODA, named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from India over 2000 years ago. Afterwards, you may proceed for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit some of the well known pagodas, including CHAUKHTATGYI Reclining Buddha, and enjoy a break at BOGYOKE (SCOTT) MARKET, a pleasant covered market containing crafts from all corners of Myanmar, gems, fabrics and more. (The market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). Next, photo stop at Royal Lake with the background of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Finally visit sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, the finest of Yangon and perhaps the most stunning religious edifice in the world. Take your time to enjoy seeing this impressive feature and watching local people. Stroll on its platform surrounded by set of smaller temples, shrines and pavilions, and observe numerous shops along the stairways selling various colorful items, flowers and books. As the sun sets, the reddish golden rays of Shwedagon reflect on everything around and turning into a magical arena. Great photo time & a moment to take away with you. Overnight in Yangon.
This morning we transfer to the airport to get the early morning flight to Bagan (06:15-07:35). Check into the hotel and depart for a sightseeing excursion around the Bagan Archaeological Zone World Heritage Area. Begins the tour at hundred colorful Nyaung Oo local market; SHWEZIGON PAGODA, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas; KYANSITTHA UMIN; Wet-kyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite mural painting of 13th century and Htilominlo Temple.
In the afternoon, after a visit to lacquer ware workshops; next visit Manuha Temple built by exile King Manuha; Nanphaya, said to have been the residence of King Manuha; Ananda Temple, architectural masterpiece and Oak-Kyaung monastery decorated with multi color mural paintings. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset from one of the temples of Bagan. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
Early morning breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for a domesticflight to Mandalay (08:05-08:35). Upon arrival at airport, head to ancient capital of AMARAPURA, a royal capital founded before Mandalay. Firstly, we take you to MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY; every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Then, proceed to two-century old U-Bein teak bridge on the Taungtaman Lake. Take a leisurely walk over the bridge and enjoy the panoramic view of Taungthaman Lake and surrounding. Next visit weaving industries, a traditional silk & cotton weaving. Afterwards, proceed to Mandalay and check in at the hotel.
After refreshment, afternoon tour begins at MAHAMUNI PAYA, the most revered Buddha statue in entire Myanmar. The whole image, except, the face is covered with thick layers of gold foils; a token of the devotees’ intense faith to Buddha. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. Enroute to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of GOLD-LEAF BEATING, where gold is painstakingly hammered into tissue-thin squares. Before breaking for lunch, visit a CRAFT WORKSHOP specializing in one of the arts for which the city is famous: bronze-casting, marble-carving, wood-carving, or puppetry. Continue to SHWENANDAW KYAUNG (Golden Palace Monastery), a delicately carved wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA (the world’s largest book), consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Finally, visit MANDALAY HILL at Sunset. Up on the hill, you find a scenic view of the city, the plains surrounding it, the Shan Mountain, as well as the Ayeyarwaddy River, especially great at sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a domestic flight to Yangon (08:55-10:55). If time permits, visit a colorful local market en route (on market day only). Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to Hotel for check in. En route, stopping at KABA AYE (World Peace) Pagoda and MAHAPASANA HUHA CAVE, where the Sixth Buddhist Council took place.
This afternoon, the guide and car will be at your disposal for further sightseeing or shopping. As a free and easy tour for today, visit STRAND JETTY to witness the daily life of the local people and Yangon’s River. Then, visit CHINA TOWN: It is located west of the city centre, still within the downtown area, where various stalls are set on the platform to later turn to the night market. There you can enjoy the bustling street markets, you can buy nearly everything and visit Kheng Hock Keong, the largest Chinese Temple in Yangon, which is over 100 years old. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 05: Yangon Departure (B)
After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Yangon International airport for your return international departure flight