MYANMAR ELEPHANTS (9 Days-8 Nights)
Route: Yangon-Bagan-Mt. Popa-Mandalay-Amarapura-Heho-Inle Lake-Kalaw-Green Hill Vallay Elephant Camp-Yangon

Day 1 : Yangon Arrival

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Upon your arrival at Yangon Airport, our guide will meet you with Welcoming Signage and then escort you to your hotel (if room available).

Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). A mix of colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline.

Disembark after 45 minutes - 1 hour in Insein township. One of the city's best fresh markets is here, filled with vendors and piles of colorful items for sale. Spend time walking amid the stalls examining the fruits, produce and meats on sale as well as chatting with the friendly locals.

The National Museum – with extensive collection of ancient artifacts, art works and historic memorabilia on display in 14 halls in a splendid five-storey building.

After a stroll at the Maha Bandoola Park to see colonial-style high court and city hall, head to the lively Indian Town and Chinatown.

In the evening, enjoy the sunset to the Great Shwedagone Pagoda built the most prominent monument in Yangon which dominates the sky with golden flash, giant spires and holy relics.

Overnight at Hotel in Yangon

Meals: Nil

Day 2 : Yangon-Twante

After leisure breakfast, pick up from your hotel and drive to the jetty for a local ferry across Yangon River. Once across, a one hour drive by a local taxi will take us to Twante village which has very much retained its original character. The road is extremely bumpy and you should be prepared for an uncomfortable yet very interesting ride, which provides a glimpse of life on and along the famous Twante Canal.

After a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda, we can take a leisure bike to the pottery area where a large part of the population in Twante is engaged in production pottery. Walking through the many workshops where locals are busy molding pots, we will be able to observe this very traditional craft. Then transfer back to Yangon and leisure at hotel.

Overnight at Hotel in Yangon

Meals: Breakfast

Day3 : Yangon-Bagan

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Air Transfer RGN-BGN @ 06:00-07:50 (or) similar

Today, we leave from hotel about 4.30am for flight to Bagan. Bagan (Nyaung U) is the seat of the 1st Myanmar Empire founded by King Anawrahta in mid 11 century A.D. Although legends say that there were supposed to be more than four hundred thousand pagodas at Bagan there are now approximately 2000 pagodas situated in an area about 16 miles square and under the care of the Archaeological Department. Many of the pagodas are in ruins but inside these structures beautiful wall paintings are still very much fresh as if painted only yesterday.

Visit Nyaung U Farmer Market and a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; the Wetkyiin Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, as well as the elegant Htilominlo temple, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; the Ananda Temple, with four huge standing Buddha images and Ananda Okkyaung, a small red brick monastery, one of the few received plants is next door from the time of the early Bagan. At the inner walls are designs from that 18. Continue to famous Dhammayangyi Temple and Sula Mani Temples.

In the afternoon, short take a rest at hotel and in the afternoon visit Myinkaba, two km south of Bagan. This village is well known for its lacquerware workshops and has also a number of interesting temples, as Nanphaya Temple, said to have once been the residence of King Manuha and Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, which has very nice frescoes inside. Enjoy your soothing sunset at Shwesandaw Pagoda.

Overnight at Hotel in Bagan

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 : Bagan-Mt. Popa-Bagan

After Breakfast, you will visit one of local village to discover the real life, how much different compare to other side of the world. Some candies or small gifts would be a great thing for local children. Then driving 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. On the way back, visit palm sugar workshop.

In the evening, enjoy sunset from the Ayeyarwaddy River by boat with cocktail.

Overnight at Hotel in Bagan

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 : Bagan-Mandalay

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Air Transfer BGN-MDL @ 08:05-08:35 (or) Similar

Mandalay can always give Myanmar tours' fans a hint of how the imperial era was like back to the 19th century. In the morning we will fly over Myanmar's golden land to Mandalay.

Visit Mandalay's major attractions of Mahamuni Pagoda, inside of which the bronze Buddha statue is all yet monks and pilgrims are still applying gold layers everyday. Continue our trip to the world-known Kuthodaw Pagoda, holding the world's largest book carved Buddhism scriptures on 729 marble slabs.

After lunch, we will take a short break and then continue the tour visiting the Mandalay Palace & Fort, which best portrays the golden days of Mandalay Kingdom. Later, we will visit Shwenandaw Kyaung, a traditional modern monastery with carved panels telling the past-life stories of the Buddha. The friendly monks in the monastery will leave you a lifetime memory for your surprise-full Myanmar tours.

Our last stop will be the Mandalay Hill. Atop the hill, Buddha once prophesied that a grand city, that is Mandalay of present day, would rise in the 2400th year of his faith. Taking in a panoramic view of the whole city, you might find yes sometimes prophecy does come true.

Overnight at Hotel in Mandalay

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 : Mandalay-Heho-Inle Lake

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Air Transfer MDL-HEH @ 08:50-09:20 (or) similar

After breakfast, morning transfer to the airport to take the flight to Heho. Arrival at Heho airport the weather is little cold in order to 3858feet higher of sea level. Our representative will wait you with name board first at the arrival lodge. Our guide and driver will wait at the outside of airport as policy of Heho airport.

Then we drive to Nyaung Shwe. At Nyaung Shwe, you have to go jetty and take special chatter boat to your sightseeing.
Inle Lake is often called the “Venice of the East.” Take some time to see the floating gardens and observe the lifestyle of the local people. Watch carefully and you can see boatmen paddle their craft with an oar using their foot.

After check-in, begins a full day sightseeing by charter boat on Inle Lake floating village of Heya Ywama and weaving, Padaung tribes (long neck women) silk weaving village which the highlights are the unique and famous leg– rowering, typical floating hundred colorful market; floating garden and fishing method; Visits to Phaung–daw-Oo pagoda; Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, one of the most impressive of the many monasteries on the lake with its 150-200 pillars with elaborate wooden carvings.

Continue visit to Inpawkhon weaving village, own fish farm, fisherman net and cheroot making at Pauk Par village. Return to hotel on the way we pass through the Floating gardens of Hydroponic system (especially tomato, others vegetables. Then back to hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

Overnight at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 : Indein

Inle Lake is often called the “Venice of the East.” Take some time to see the floating gardens and observe the lifestyle of the local people. Watch carefully and you can see boatmen paddle their craft with an oar using their foot.

This morning visit a traditional 5 day market. The 5 day market rotates around the villages and towns of Shan State, where several tribal people in their colorful costume come from the nearby villages to sell their indigenous agricultural products.

Then, enjoy a boat trip to Indein, located on the western shores of the lake. Your boat journey takes you through a long channel where you can watch the farmers cultivate their produce. You will visit some of the most scenic areas in the region. The idyllic site of Indein with its 17th century ruins of pagodas is an 'Indiana Jones' type setting. Stroll along the trail among the bamboo groves and explore the craft villages.

Then we transfer to hotel and leisure at the balance of the day.
Overnight at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 : Inle Lake-Kalaw-Green Hill Valley Elephant

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After breakfast, we drive to Kalaw about 2 hours to pay a visit to Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp in Magwe village. Upon arrival, be welcomed and take a light refreshment walk to the river where elephant bathing. If you have an opportunity to feed, bath the elephants and witness elephant families down in the valley with their bamboo houses. Take 30min exploration of the forest area on elephant back, opportunity to see butterflies, birds and orchids around our conservation area. Return to main camp for lunch.

This afternoon, be free to explore around with local trekking guide and you are also welcome to join us by planting regional trees from our nursery in our forest recovery efforts. Then, transfer to Kalaw and drive to hotel.

Overnight at Hotel in Kalaw

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 : Kalaw-Heho-Yangon departure

Air Transfer HEH-RGN @ 09:05-10:15 (or) similar

This morning, transfer to Heho for a 1.10hrs flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, enjoy your free time until flight out of Myanmar. Today we will say goodbye to you at the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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