Footprint of Myanmar
In Burma, the range of possibilities seems endless discoveries. The extraordinary wealth of sights such as Bagan, Mandalay, Moulmein area and Lake Inle is demonstrated. Even more secrets and other spots recently opened to foreign regions provide an universe still unknown to the mainstream tourism and are sometimes difficult access for the independent traveler. We offer a unique tour where you will discover a wide variety of landscapes, minorities, meetings in different regions. Discover two natural heritage sites in Myanmar have been recommended as priority candidates for future nomination to UNESCO’s World Heritage List: Nat Ma Taung National Park in Chin State and the Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary in Kachin State.
Day 1: : Arrival in Yangon (L,D)
Upon arrival at airport, welcome by our personal guide and then transfer to hotel for check-in. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South-East Asia. On the way visit Shwe Taw MyatZedi (Buddha’s Replica Tooth Relic Pagoda, Kaba Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda)built for memorial of the 1954-56 sixth Buddhist Synod, is located on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangon Township. And then proceed to MahapasanaGuha: “Great Cave”, built close to the Kaba Aye Pagoda. After check in the hotel, take some relax for a while. Afternoon sightseeing Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image: 230ft (70 m) long in the pose of rest, the original image was built in 1907 andShwedagon Pagoda: world famous glistening gold stupa towering over the city with spearing to height of 326ft. Dinner and stay overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport, catch a flight to Bagan. Welcome by our driver then start your sightseeing with the busy local market. After that, visit of diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezi Gon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha ’Cave’ Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another ’cave’ temple with fine frescoes of the ’Jataka Tales’. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Visit the Taungphi village to see old monasteries, which have beautiful Khone Baung dynasty frescoes. In the afternoon, visits continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters – Thatbyinnyu known as ’temple of omniscience’ and dating from 1144. Continue to Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River. Dinner and stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan – Mt. Victoria (B,L,D)
After breakfast, drive to Natmataung National Park (Mt. Victoria), famous for its biodiversity. We will get Mt. Victoria (3,053m) by jeep; it is the highest summit of Chin Hills. We pass through an evergreen forest surrounded by mountain ranges and discover its wild vegetables and animals. Arrival in “Aye” village and stay overnight there.
Day 4 & day 5 : Birds watching (B,L,D)
These 2 full days will be reserved to bird watching excursion. Natmataung (Mt. Victoria) National Park is a major focal point of the tour. It holds a great variety of eastern Himalayan bird species together with some Myanmar endemic bird and near-endemic bird species. Mount Victoria has a species of endemic birds. Nat Taung Ma also called Mount Victoria and Khaw-nu-soum or Khonuamthung Chin, is the highest peak in the Chin State, western Burma. It is part of the massif of Chin Hills with an altitude of 3,070 m and a height of 2 148 m culminance, Nat Ma Taung is the one of Asia ultra prominent peak due South East. Pine, oak, rhododendron and evergreen forests with shot grassland characterize the habitat type of higher altitude of Mt. Victoria; Return back to your hotel for the night.
Day 6: Mt. Victoria – Bagan – Yangon (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will take a transfer back to Bagan (Driving hour is 4 or 5 hours). On the way visit Kya Htoh Village, meet with the local tribes there and learn of their lovely culture and the way of their living. Transfer to the airport and fly back to Yangon. Welcome by our driver, dinner and stay overnight at your hotel.
Day 7: Yangon – Putao (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for your flight in destination of Putao. Upon arrival at Putao airport; you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Putao, lies in a flat valley, jumping-off point for trekkers who want to explore the region’s deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries and snow-capped mountains etc. After a brief fresh up we have light lunch and take a walk in and around Putao for the orientation. Visit of Pan Hlaing village (30 minutes walking), see the way of life in this region. Dinner and stay overnight at Putao guesthouse.
Day 8: Putao sightseeing (B,L,D)
Breakfast at your hotel, we drive to the city ” Mularshide ” (1h). This city is located near the Mularshide River and named after the river. The city is a pleasant place to explore with wonder and activités. Afternoon, visit of a Tibetan monastery. Spend the time to explore the market which often fills with colourful ethnic minorities, the largest group Kachin and exotic hodgepodges races are Rawam, Lisu and Shan Khanty. Overnight at hotel in Putao.
Day 9: Putao – Myitkyina (B,L,D)
In the morning, transfer from your hotel to Putao Airport for your domestic flight to Myitkyina (only 144 m above sea-level), the capital of Kachin State, located in the Ayeyarwaddy plain and surrounded by high mountain ranges. This region is populated by Kachin, Bamar, Shan, Chin, Naga, Lisu people. Upon arrival, visit of “ Thetkya Marazein Andawshin-Paya”, famous for it’s glass mosaics and the Kachin-State-Museum (closed on Mondays and public holidiays). We finish our journey at “Tsu Taungpyi Zedidaw” pagoda, nice located on the riverbank for sunset. Stay overnight in Myitkyina.
Day 10: Sightseeing in Myitkyina (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel, morning drive to Pindaya and explore Shan paper making, basket weaving, monk umbrella making workshops and Pindaya Caves, contain more than 8000 Buddha statues dating back hundreds of years. It is an astounding sight that has long beguiled Buddhist pilgrims and casual visitors alike. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Myitkyina – Indawgyi lake (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, drive to Indawgyi Lake (approx. 5-7 hrs). Stop in Hopin, a small town, for a coffee break in a local teashop. Afterwards continue to Indawgyi Lake (2-3 hrs.) on a rough road. On the way after you passed the mountain range, stop in “Namawun” village. Then proceed to Indawgyi Lake, stretching 24 km from north to south and 12 km from east to west, it is the largest lake in Myanmar. There are certain villages around the lake area, whose population mostly consists Shan and Shan-Bamar descent. The Indawgyi Region is a place of natural beauty, surrounded by mountain ranges in the east, west and south. Stay overnight at a Guesthouse near the lake.
Day 12: Indawgyi lake (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will discover it’s breath-taking natural beauty by boat. Visit “Shwe Myitzu” island pagoda with relics of Buddha. People believe in the superstitious power of the pagoda “That”. Before the pagoda was built under the auspices of the monk Sayadaw U Thawbita in 1869, the Lake area remained uninhabited, as it was believed to be guarded by bad spirits. After your visit at the Pagoda Island on the lake, proceed to the other side of the lake to visit Nyaung Bin Village. If time permit visit “Chaung Wa” village to observe different kind of wetland-birds. In the afternoon return back for your last overnight at Guest House in Indawgyi Lake.
Day 13: Indawgyi – Myitkyina – Yangon (B,L)
Free at your leisure until drive back to Myitkyina, then transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Yangon. Welcome by our drive and check in at your hotel. Stay overnight in Yangon.
Day 14: Yangon departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for your relaxation. Transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight. Registration formalities, customs and police. Boarding and taking off on flight to your destination.