Our driver and guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel to check in. Then start the sightseeing of the day to downtown area where you can explore a range of colonial buildings around city on foot. And continue to visit Yangon City Hall which is centrally located in downtown Yangon and considered a fine example of Burmese architecture, featuring traditional roofs. It is next to several important landmarks such as Sule Pagoda, MahaBandula Park which is a public park, High Court, and the Main Post Office. And will have lunch at an authentic Myanmar food restaurant. Next, we will enjoy shopping at Bogyoke Aung San Market known as Scott Market which building is also recognized as one of the blue plague of Yangon Heritage Building. Then proceed to ChaukHtatGyi Pagoda which is 72 meters long reclining Buddha image and one of the largest images in Myanmar. Then proceed to the down town to visit the temples such as Shri Kali Hindu temple and Chinatown (Guanyin temple). Our day will end at Shwedagon Pagoda which is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and surrounded by an array of temples, shrines and pavilions. Then transfer you to the hotel.
Day 2 Yangon – Pyay – Sri Ksetra
Leaving hotel early morning to drive (280 km – 5 hours) to Pyay (Prome), situated near the ancient capital of Sri Kestra (UNESCO Heritage site), where extensive archaeological excavations have taken place. An optional visit is included at the British War Cemetery near Htauk Kyan. Just short of Pyay, visit Shwemyetmhan Pagoda (Shwedaung) which is home to a most unusual Buddha image – one who wears gold-rimmed spectacles. In the afternoon, visit the busy central market, a cheroot making factory and Buddhist Shwesandaw Pagoda. This Pagoda is similar in design to Shwezigon in old majestic Bagan town, and is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage spots in Myanmar. An enormous seated Buddha figure rises up from the tree line adjacent to Shwesandaw Pagoda. Then transfer you to the hotel and overnight at Pyay.
Day 3 Pyay – AkaukTaung sightseeing
Early morning, drive to the outskirts of Pyay and cross the new bridge to Htone Bo Village and continue by local boat to Akauk Taung to see Buddha images carved into rocks overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Hundreds of niches in the cliff face are filled with Buddha images of all shapes and sizes – many of them have been carved out of rock and we will also explore villages and typical rural life as well. Return to Pyay. In the afternoon, drive out of Pyay to visit the site of the ancient Pyu Kingdom of Sri Ksetra by bullock carts (when available) and the tiny museum which houses artifacts unearthed in Sri Ksetra. There are two huge conical stupas, Payagyi and Payama, close to the museum and it is nearly always possible to reach them because the road is sealed. Bawbawgyi Pagoda, it is very special site to visit in this region because of its ancient history. Then transfer you to the hotel and overnight at Pyay.
Day 4 Pyay – Magway – Yenangyaung
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Yeanangyaung (250 km/ 6 hours’ drive). En route, pass the fields and small towns of AungLan and Magway, is well known for its production of both groundnut and sesame oils, earning itself the nickname, ‘Oil pot of Myanmar’. We stop for lunch and refreshment. Then pay a visit to the famous MyaThaLun Pagoda on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. From there continue to Yenangyaung. On arrival, check into Hotel and overnight in Yenangyaung.
Day 5 Yenangyaung – Salay -Bagan
After breakfast at your hotel, we will walk down the road from your guest house and we will visit Light of Love Private High School (LOL). We will meet the children there (mostly orphans) and village people, get local exposure and encourage and empower them. Then, we will set out to explore authentic places in Yenangyaung. We will visit the local market, brick factory. And see the famous oil industry with hand-dug wells, oil rigs and gas fields which are still operating since colonial period (Yenangyaung is also known for richness in oil manufacturing). . Then we will go to Salay where you can learn more about monastic lives and the main site of Salay is Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastery which is famous for its’ fine wood curves. Next, we will continue to visit Shinpinsarkyo Paya, about 4 miles southwest of town. Shinpinsarkyo Paya is full of original wood carvings. After discovery our ancient culture, we will drive back to Bagan and stay overnight.
Day 6 Bagan sightseeing
Our driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to visit to local colorful market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their product and other goods. Then, continue with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction to Bagan’s rich history. And visit nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite Jataka mural paintings; the elegant Htilominlo temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Then, have lunch at the restaurant and back to your hotel to reload. This afternoon begin with visit to Ananda temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon- Myanmar style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed. Proceed to visit Thatbyinnyuthe highest temple in Bagan; massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of Shwe San Daw Pagoda. And back to your hotel.
Day 7 Bagan – Mt.Popa – Mandalay
After having breakfast, we will depart from Bagan to Mandalay. On the way, we will visit to Mt.Popa where you can visit the Mahagiri Shrine dedicated to the “Nats” (spirits) at the top and you can get a wonderful panoramic view and enjoy the fresh air of the summit. Then proceed to Mandalay and transfer you to the hotel and overnight.
Day 8 Amarapura-Mandalay sightseeing and departure
After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up and start sightseeing with Maha Muni Pagoda, famous for its life like Buddha image continue sightseeing with Ku ThoDaw Pagoda, known as the world’s biggest book. Then enjoy the panoramic view of Mandalay from Mandalay Hill. Then proceed to visit Mahargandayone Monastery to learn more about Buddhism. Drive to U Bein Bridge, made of teak logs and planks over 200 years ago by then Mayor U Bein. Then, transfer you to the airport for departure flight.