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Treasures of Myanmar


Experience the untouched side of Asia with a journey to Myanmar. Spend 10 nights exploring the many temples that dot the country's vast landscape. Journey from Yangon, to Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake to see all of Myanmar's historical past, as it still remains present today.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Romance & Honeymoon

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Day By Day

Day 1 – Fly USA to Yangon
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Welcome to Yangon, Myanmar
Welcome to Yangon, Mywanmar! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. 

Formerly called Rangoon, Yangon is Myanmar's capital city. The city's foremost attraction is the Shwedagon Pagoda, set in a 14 acre plaza of shrines and temples. The 326 foot tall pagoda, which reportedly holds eight hairs from the Buddha, is topped by a spire covered with 5,000 diamonds. Shwedagon is, in some ways, as striking as the Taj Mahal. The spectacle, colors and wind chimes leave a visitor breathless. 

Other points of interest in Yangon (pronounced yahn-koh) include the lively covered Bogyoke Aung San market (also known as Scott Market) and the Botataung Pagoda (with its maze of mirrored walls inside).

Starting Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel

Day 3 – Yangon City Tour
This morning you will be collected from the hotel for your full day tour. Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with tree-shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops.

Start the day at the Sule Pagoda, a gleaming octagonal pagoda that stands squarely at the centerpoint of the city. Afterwards, visit the National Museum to gain an insight into Myanmar. See the eight meter high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king, and other fascinating artifacts from Burmese history and culture.

Enjoy a break at Bogyoke (Scott) Market, a pleasant covered market containing crafts from all corners of Myanmar, gems, fabrics and more. In the afternoon, visit some of the more well-known pagodas, including Botataung Pagoda, named after the 1,000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from Inda over 2,000 years ago.

Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, the reclining Buddha is almost as large as the enormous figure in Bago. It's housed in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan, only short distance northeast beyond the Shwedagon Paya.

Finally, continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colors of twilight.

Starting Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel (B)

Day 4 – Yangon to Bagan
Today you will transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Bagan. Once you arrive you will embark on a full day tour exploring the city and its surrounds. 

Discover the Beauty of Bagan Tour
Explore the vast and fascinating area of Bagan, and discover temples with unique stories, features and architecture. The spectacular plain of Bagan stretches away from the Ayeyarwaddy River and is dotted with over 2,000 temple structures dating back over 800 years. After breakfast the driver and guide will collect you from your hotel. Spend the day exploring the temples and hearing the fascinating history and stories behind these imposing structures.

Starting Accommodation: Aureum Palace Hotel (B)

Day 5 – Bagan Sightseeing
Today you will meet your guide for a full day of touring Bagan. Highlights include Mahabodhi Temple, Dhamayangi Temple, Sulamani Temple, Nandamannya Temple and Thatbyinnyu Temple.

Starting Accommodation: Aureum Palace Hotel (B)

Day 6 – Mount Popa Tour
Today's excursion to Mt. Popa will begin with an overland drive to the mountain. A curiously cylindrical hill rising sharply from the surrounding plain, Mount Popa is considered to be the home of Myanmar's most important nats (spirits). Visitors ascend up a winding covered staircase encircling the mountain, observed by the curious monkeys that populate the area. At the top is a monastery and temple complex, with shrines to the 37 nats and a spectacular view over the region. (B)

Day 7 – Bagan to Mandalay
This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. On arrival you will head on a tour of the area's surrounds. 

Your tour today will visit three former royal capitals, each with its own unique atmosphere. In the morning, drive to Amarapura, and visit Mahagandayon Monastery; every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Next, head to Sagaing, the spiritual center of Myanmar. Stop at some of the most famous temples, such as Sun Soon U Ponya Shin Paya, U Min Thonsei Paya and Kaung Hmu Daw Paya. Cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

Enjoy a leisurely horsecart ride around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint Tower. On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make the famous alms bowls out of iron.

Finally, return to Amarapura, to end the day at U Bein's bridge, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometer across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge teems with monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colors of the sunset.

Starting Accommodation: Mandalay Hill Resort (B)

Day 8 – Mandalay Touring

Mingun Tour
Travel upriver by shared boat to Mingun, enjoying the views of river life - fishing villages, market boats, women attending to their washing, and children playing in the water. Explore the ruins of the vast Mingun Paya, a monument to human ambition - never finished, its size would have dwarfed all contemporary pagodas.

See the Hsinbyume Paya, a pagoda dating from 1816, first built by King Bagyidaw and dedicated to the memory of his wife, the Hsinbyume Princess. Like many other pagodas, this structure is a symbolic representation of the mythical Mountain Meru. Visit the Mingun Bell - in 1808 Bodawpaya had a gigantic bell cast to go with the gigantic chedi. Weighing 90 tons, it is claimed to be the largest bell in the world. After that, return downstream by boat to Mandalay.

Mandalay Tour
The last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty per cent of the country's monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar.



Starting Accommodation: Mandalay Hill Resort (B)

Day 9 – Mandalay to Inle Lake
This morning you will be taken to the airport for your flight from Mandalay to Inle Lake, via Heho. Upon arrival you will embark on a tour of the surrounding area. 

Enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake and discover its calm serenity, still waters and colorful brush strokes of floating vegetation and slow moving fishing canoes. Rolling high hills hug the lake on all sides, as the lake's shore and islands host 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people.

Enjoy the awe inspiring scenery and meditate on the one of a kind skill of the local fishermen who make use of their legs in a unique rowing technique to glide themselves gracefully around the lake. Visit the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market and an Intha village around the lake. The day also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (Lotus and silk weaving villages) and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.

Starting Accommodation: Inle Resort & Spa (B)

Day 10 – Boat Excursion to Mine Thauk Village
Take a boat to the village of Mine Thauk and visit the burial ground. Trek for between 30 to 45 minutes (this can be extended if required) to visit a monastery and a pagoda on the side of the hill. Visit the homes that have been established for orphaned boys and girls from the lake, and also see some of the village industries such as the local sugar mill which produces molasses and sugar bars.

This afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

Starting Accommodation: Inle Resort & Spa (B)

Day 11 – Inle Lake to Mandalay
This morning you will be transferred to Heho for your flight to Yangon where you will spend an overnight before your flight to the USA.

Starting Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel (B)

Day 12 – Fly Yangon to USA
Today concludes your Swain Destinations vacation to Myanmar. You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the USA.  (B)

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Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
YangonSule Shangri-La HotelChatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon
BaganAureum Palace HotelAureum Palace Hotel
MandalayMandalay Hill ResortMandalay Hill Resort
Inle LakeInle Resort & SpaInle Resort & Spa
YangonSule Shangri-La HotelChatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
SWNP44008
SWNP44016
Twin Share
1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017$2,935$3,500
Single Traveler
1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017$4,315$5,440


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: wwww.swaindestinations.com/terms