Hill tribe trek to northern Shan state area

Hill tribe trek to northern Shan state area (15 Days/14 Nights)

DESTINATION  : Yangon  - Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Mandalay - Hsipaw - Bagan - Kalaw - Inle - Yangon
DURATION  : 15 Days/14 Nights

yangon11Upon arrival at Yangon airport. Check in your hotel. Your journey begins with an afternoon tour through Yangon’s colonial–style city. Visit Sule Pagoda, Not a very significant pagoda but it is at the centre of the town with Mahabandoola Garden on one side & the surrounding interesting historical buildings of government, law courts. Continue to visit the Botataung Pagoda with the sacred hair of Lord Buddha enshrined. Evening take a walk to China Town where can see the many vendors on the platform & can buy the variety of Myanmar products. Overnight stay at hotel in Yangon.


kyaikhteeyo03After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and proceed to Bago by road (84 km – 1 ½ hrs). You will start visiting to Bago Market. After seeing over a thousand years old Shwemawdaw Pagoda which is higher than the Shwedagon Pagoda, you will proceed to the Kin Pun ‘base camp’ (110 km – 3 ½ hrs). The tour will continue to one of Myanmar’s landmarks which is famous for its precarious position and religious importance: Kyaikhtiyo the ‘Golden Rock‘. To reach the pagoda from Kin Pun Camp a steep 11 km long road leads to the upper staging point. The journey is made in open trucks which are very crowded. The ‘upper area’ must be traveled by foot, and the walk is approximately 4km (45 minutes) up a steep path which ascends some 500 m to the Golden Rock. On arrival you can enjoy the beautiful sunset. Over night at the hotel.


bago01After breakfast you will return to Yangon by road (194 km – 5 hrs). After lunch in Bago, continue sightseeing with the 55 m long reclining Shwe Tha Layaung Buddha which is one of the most impressive Buddha images in Myanmar and the four giant Buddha images at Kyaik Pun Pagoda. On the way back to Yangon, visit to an Allied War Graves Cemetery near Htauk Kyant. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.


sagaing01Early morning transfer to Yangon airport for flight to Mandalay. Up on arrival proceed to Amarapura; 11 km from Mandalay to visit to Mahagandayon Monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study the Buddha scripture. If time allow you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. Continue to have a walk on 162 years old and 1.2 km long U BEIN wooden bridge; noted for building without nails built in 1849 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital. Then excursion to Inwa (Ava); a historical capital in 1364. After crossing over the Myit Nge river, visit by horse-cart carriage to Nanmyint Watch Tower, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery; built of brick and stucco and Bagayar Monastery; famous for its impressive woodcarvings and teak poles. . Continue to Saggaing Hill; a retreat for Buddhist devotees and have a panoramic view of Ayeyarwaddy river.Then proceed to Mandalay for overnight.

DAY 05: MANDALAY - MINGUN ( By car/boat )

mingun07After breakfast excursion to Mingun, about 11 km up-river from Mandalay. cross the Ayeyarwaddy River by boat nearly one hour. Then, visit around Mingun especially for well-known Mingun Bell; 90 tons in weight, the largest ringing bell in the world, unfinished huge Mingun Pagoda, Settawya Pagoda and Hsinbyume Pagoda and return to Mandalay. The afternoon's tour includes some of the city's most interesting temples and palaces. Begin with Mahamuni Pagoda, the image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm thickness of gold leaf, Shwenandaw Monastery (Shwe Kyaung), the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once a part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen. Then to Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s biggest book. Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble. Numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures. Continue to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Finally, enjoy the spectacular sunset at Mandalay Hill, 230 metres in elevation, commands a magnificent view of the city and surrounding countryside. Overnight stay at the hotel in Mandalay.


pyinoolwin01After breakfast, drive from Mandalay to Hsipaw about 207 km nearly 6 hours drive. Passing through the hairpin band mountain road. On the way stop at Pyin Oo Lwin and sightseeing to Pyin Oo Lwin market, then continue to National Botanical Garden to learn the different species of trees, plants and flowers. Proceed to Pwekauk waterfall and Peikchinmyaung natural cave. Then continue to Hsipaw. Overnight at hotel in Hsipaw.


The whole day make a day return trekking trip to near by Hsipaw area of Shan and Palaung tribe villages to learn the living style of the hill tribe people. Some ladies are still wearing their traditional costume. On the way we can see the beautiful mountain landscape, seasonal crops and tea plantation along the slop can be seen. Trekking trip will be take about 10 hours. Overnight at hotel in Hsipaw.

DAY 08: HSIPAW - NYAUNG CHO - MANDALAY ( By train/car )

After breakfast, transfer to railway station to take a train to Naung Cho. We will have a pass through the Goukteik Viaduct by train on the way. Alight from the train at Naung Cho railway station and proceed to Mandalay by car. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

DAY 09: MANDALAY - BAGAN ( By Boat )

mandalay08Early morning transfer to jetty and take the boat trip nearly the whole day to enjoy the natural scenic beauty and the ways of life along the Ayeyarwady River. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.



bagan11After breakfast visit to the colorful Nyaung U Market and continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda; the prototype for later Myanmar pagodas built by King Anawrahta, Kyansitha Umin; a tunnel with interesting paintings, Htilominlo Temple; noted for its plaster carvings and one of the largest temple of Bagan, Thatbyinnyu Temple; the highest building on the Bagan plain and Ananda temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross.

After lunch, visit to one of Myanmar most treasured handicrafts, a lacquer-ware workshop. Then continue to Manuha Temple; built in Mon style in 1059 and Nanpaya temple; a unique sandstone monument. Next you will explore the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple; a temple noted worthy for its mural paintings of Jataka scenes under the protection of UNESCO, Dhamayangyi, a massive temple with a finest brickwork and go to watch the sunset over the Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bagan.

DAY 11: BAGAN - MT.POPA - KALAW ( By car )

kalaw02After Breakfast, excursion to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its shrines dedicated to animist spirits known as “Nats”. For the energetic, time to climb up the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Then continue to Kalaw about 256 km (drive 9 hours) by passing through the mountain road. Overnight at the hotel in Kalaw.


pindaya01After breakfast, visit to Kalaw market. Then proceed to Pindaya by road, 48 km far with 1½ hrs drive and visit to Pindaya Cave; a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the centuries. Drive to Nyaung Shwe, 95 km far with 3½ hrs drive and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Inle.


inle02After the breakfast at the hotel, the whole day sightseeing to Inle lake, including Indaing village, the western end of the Lake. The boat takes you through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their products. This ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle. After lunch, visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images. Once a year, in end September or early October, there is its pagoda festival during which the four Buddha images are rowed around the Lake in a colourful barge. Then visit to the old Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, known as for the jumping cats’ monastery. If time allows, stop to see silk weaving on wooden handlooms. And also visit to the local blacksmiths workshops. Overnight at the hotel in Inle.

DAY 14: HEHO - YANGON ( By flight )

ygn-airportLeisure time till transfer to Yangon international airport for departure flight.




DAY 15: YANGON ( Departure )

Leisure time till transfer to Yangon international airport for departure flight.


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