Shwedagon Pagoda and people behind the stage, half day tour
Tour will start with an easy walk and we’ll be tasting Burmese traditional breakfast. Just for the experience if you are full from hotel breakfast! Afterward, an intriguing half day tour is starting and being in touch with local pilgrims, monks, craftsmanship and people’ daily activities at behind the stage of the great Shwedagon Pagoda. During this tour, we take you through the hectic open-air markets, and show you the full history of the pagoda, a couple of impressive monasteries, Bronze seated Buddha Image, and explanation of the Jataka tales (Buddha lifetime stories). At a small planetary post where guide will explain how Buddhists’ pilgrims act at their birthday corner. You’ll learn more insights of Buddhist religion and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in Nats. This is a perfect introduction to Myanmar and very useful to know every detail of Myanmar culture, people life and their beliefs for the rest of your journey.
Enchanting Mandalay, full day tour
Morning starting the tour from Mahamuni Buddha Image, 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. Continue to Golden Palace Monastery, a delicately carved wooden building where we will see the excellent wood arts. Kuthodaw Pagoda is very close to Mandalay Hill and consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. A visit to 230 meters high Mandalay Hill will let 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. Visit one of the tapestry workshops or gold leaf making cottage if interested. Lunch is served at local restaurant with special foods from Mandalay. Afternoon, visit Amarapura, a royal capital founded before Mandalay. Firstly, we take you to Mahagandayon, one of the most prominent monasteries where nearly a thousand monks live and study. It’s a chance to observe unique Myanmar monkshood. A brief stop is possible at traditional silk & cotton weaving. Afterwards, proceed to U Bein Bridge originally built in 1851. Take a leisurely walk over the bridge and enjoy the panoramic view of Taungthaman Lake and enjoy the most beautiful sunset once in a lifetime!
Amazing Bagan, Full day
What an amazing site! Over 2000 Pagodas, or temples, are stretching out across the plain, as far as the eye could see. No holiday to Myanmar would be complete without a visit to Bagan. This full day tour will be taking you through Bagan’s areas to visit the best-known temples with remarkable architectural designs there. Visit to Ananda, an architectural masterpiece of the early - style temple with four impressive standing Buddha images, Dhammayangyi which is famous for very strong foundation, Ananda Okkyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period and Thatbyinnyu the highest temple in Bagan rising to 81 meters. A brief stop is made for photo at Tharabar Gate, visit to the colorful Nayung Oo Market and lunch is at local restaurant. We’ll stop at Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. End the day at one of the temples with soft drinks and enjoy sunset in Bagan.
A beautiful day on the Lake, Full day
Inle Lake is well known for its unique leg rowers and scenic beauty with wonderful floating gardens, tomato and flowers plantations, many cottages and the stunning views of the water lies between the steamy mountains ranges. Your exploration of a day on the lake will include local five days market held by around the Inle Lake, find different tribes from the mountains and the lake, fisher men, leg-rowers and colorful vegetables at the market. During the visit have local tea and have conversations with host family and taste local snacks. Continue to visit famous pagoda Paung Daw Oo, Burmese Cats breathing areas, teak boat factory or Cigar making from local women in and out around fishermen villages and Lotus Weaving where you can see only in Inle Lake.Traditional Inthar’s foods for lunch will be served.
East and west parts of Inle Lake, full day actions packed tour
Biking is quite suitable as the area is flat and easy to do biking, and you can see the beauty of Inle Lake in different ways, not just by the boat. Eastern part of the lake is definitely an active and exciting trip. Today we start visiting by bike from Shwe Yan Pyae monastery with oval windows, glass mosaic and learn there about monastic education as you will see young monks are studying there. On the way to village to east bank, we can stop and visit at Shan Museum, old palace of Shan Prince (the first president of Myanmar-1948). After 2-3 hours easy biking, tour will end at Aureum Palace Hotel jetty. Drinks will be served at there. Continue by boat to west bank of the lake, a relaxing trip by a private boat to Khaung Daing and visit Intha’s villages at the west bank of Inle Lake. See how they produce Tohu, soy-bean and birds’ foods make from the flour. Continue walk through Bamboo forest and en route see the ways of life of Intha busy with the boat, planting and with their household things. A local transport will take you finally to visit temples ruined in Indein village. At the end we’ll return back to hotel. Lunch will be served at one local restaurant in the lake.