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14-Day Myanmar River-Rail-Road
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Overview

This program starts from Yangon and ends in Mandalay, offers different activities with river, rail, road and one air travel.

Tour starts from YANGON, with its picturesque colonial architecture, atmospheric markets and glittering pagodas.

Start overland journey to BAGO, an ancient Mon capital; the GOLDEN ROCK, one of the holiest sites in Myanmar; PHO KYAR Elephant camp; ancient city TAUNGOO; and car trip ends in THAZI, central train staion.

Take train ride from flat region to hill station, KALAW and explore GREEN HILL VALLEY elephant camp. Continue to PINDAYA and INLE LAKE to discover the floating gardens and villages before flight to BAGAN, where is the incomparable thousands of stupas and pagodas.

After boat trip along Ayeyarwaddy River to MANDALAY, the trip ends in this Myanmar’s cultural capital for your next destination or home.

Recommended travel period : Throughout the year.

 

Day 1

Arrive Yangon

Day 2

Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock

Day 3

Golden Rock - Phoe Kyar Elephant Camp - Taungoo (By Car)

Day 4

Taungoo - Tharzi (By Car)

Day 5

Tharzi - Kalaw (By Train)

Day 6

Kalaw/Elephant Camp - Pindaya

Day 7

Pindaya - Inle Lake

Day 8

Inle Lake

Day 9

Inle Lake - Heho - Bagan (By AM Flight)

Day 10

Bagan

Day 11

Bagan - Mandalay (By Boat)
Day 12 Mandalay/Amarapura
Day 13 Mandalay/Mingun/Sagaing/Ava
Day 14 Depart Mandalay

Itinerary

Day 1         Arrive Yangon

shwedagon-pagodaUpon arrival at YANGON airport, welcomed by your Asian Tour guide and transferred to hotel.  After small refreshment, your journey begins with an afternoon tour through Yangon’s colonial-style city center.  Visit MAHABANDOOLA PARK from where you have the perfect view on Colonial Buildings, CITY HALL and HIGH COURT. Visit and stroll through the BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET (closed on Monday and Gazette holidays), a compound of hundreds of food, garment, handicraft and gem stores. After a photo stop at the KARAWEIK HALL, a 'hamsa-bird-shaped' floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake, visit the magnificent reclining Buddha CHAUK HTAT GYI. Complete your first day in Myanmar with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SHWEDAGON  PAGODA.

Overnight stay in Yangon.

 

Day 2         Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo)

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After breakfast, drive to BAGO (84 km - 1½ hours). Sightseeing starts with the charming and characteristic monastery of Kya Khet Waii, an eminent teaching center for hundreds of monks from neighbouring regions to study Buddhism. You will have ample time to observe when the monks walk mindfully in procession for their last meal of the day. After seeing over a thousand years old SHWEMAWDAWPAGODA with its spire taller than the SHWEDAGON PAGODA, you will proceed to the KIN PUN 'base camp' (110 km - 3½ hours). Lunch will be served at a local restaurant en-route. The tour will continue to one of Myanmar's landmarks, famous for its precarious position and religious importance, KYAIKTIYO the 'Golden Rock' is a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff.  To reach the pagoda from KINPUN base camp, the journey is made in open truck. If you wish, walk approximately 4 km (1 hour) from the middle camp and the walk is up a steep path ascending some 500m to the GOLDENROCK on top of the mountain range. On arrival you can enjoy great views over the surrounding jungle and a beautiful sunset.

Overnight stay in Golden Rock.

 

Day 3        Golden Rock (Kyaikkhtiyo) - Phoe Kyar Elephant Camp - Taungoo

phoe-kyar-01After breakfast, drive to Thagaya, Phoe Kyar Elephant Camp (about 7 hours) along the road passing villages, towns for first part and High-way for second part. This Camp, located in the Bago Yoma Mountain Range. Rife with rich, natural beauty, the area is home to nearly 60 elephants.

A short walk through a traditional village inside the camp uncovers a plethora of splendid sights, where most of the bamboo homes have an ‘elephant driveway’, and visitors can meet the mahouts and their familes. Also a meeting with mahout, who will explain about the routines of life at an elephant camp.

A further one hour drive lead to Taungoo, formerly known as Kaytumadi, was founded by King Mingyinyo in 1510 AD. Although few visible remnants survived, Taungoo was the capital of one of the most powerful post-Bagan Burmese kingdoms, over which seven kings reigned for a period of 155 years. All four sides of the brick city wall remain, with the exception of a portion of the southern wall.

Overnight stay in Taungoo.

 

Day 4        Taungoo - Tharzi (By Car)

Breakfast at hotel.

Explore the town. The main industry of the region is forestry products, with teak and other hardwoods extracted from the mountains. A walk will be taken to a quaint village located along the Kha Baung Stream. Here, visitors may observe the daily life of the villagers, and also visit a local family who produce Cheeroot, a handrolled cigar.

Following this, visit to Taungoo’s local market and the Shwesandaw Pagoda, the main religious landmark of Taungoo.

In the afternoon, the journey continues to THARZI (about 271 km, 6 hours), a small junction town from flat to hill region. Accoomodation in Thazi is very simple, but just night stop to join early morning train to hill station.

Overnight stay in Tharzi.

 

Day 5        Tharzi - Kalaw (By Train)

tharzi-01Early Morning transfer to train station for the train jouney to KALAW HILL STATION, departing Tharzi at 05.00.

Enjoy local train ride with local traders in ordinary class.

If in time, the train arrive to Kalw about at 12.00. KALAW is a charming little town with a mix of local and colonial-style houses. The slightly higher elevation means that the air temperature is usually much cooler than much of the country. After checking in to your hotel you may wish to enjoy a stroll around town or simply relax at your hotel.

FYI : Train in myanmar is very simple and basic, and schedule may delay or cancel.

Overnight stay in Kalaw.

 

Day 6        Kalaw / Green Hill Valley Elephant - Pindaya

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After breakfast, drive to Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp (26 Km 1 hour drive). Then embark on a short walk to the river, passing through a reforestation project set up by the camp and villagers. The elephants will likely be enjoying a refreshing swim in the stream and you can join the mahouts to bath these gentle animals if you wish. Return to the main camp for lunch (Included in package price). If there is time in the afternoon to explore more on foot with the local trekking guide or interact with the elephants. In the late afternoon, transfer to a narrow, winding and bumpy road (75 Km - 3 ½ hours) through the Shan Hills to PINDAYA. Check-in at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Pindaya.

 

Day 7        Pindaya - Inle Lake

pindayaAfter breakfast, visit to PINDAYA CAVES, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims and devotees over the centuries. Continue to visit the Traditional Umbrella and bamboo paper workshop.

After lunch, drive to NYAUNG SHWE (97 Km, 3 Hours). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the lake by boat.

Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

 

Day 8         Inle Lake

inle-07After breakfast, day excursion by boat on the Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. Begin with LOCAL MARKET (if possible according to market day schedule); the PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, one of the most sacred shrines in Myanmar, dating back to the 18th century; SILVER SMITH, BLACK SMITH AND WEAVING WORKSHOPS in YWA-MA and INPAWKHON. And also visit the NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY wonderfully carved wooden floating monastery in the lake.

Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

 

Day 9        Inle Lake - Heho - Bagan (By Am Flight)

bagan-07After early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for a domestic flight to BAGAN. Upon arrival to Bagan, transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon learn of manufacturing Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts and visit a lacquer ware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby MYINKABA village. Later continue to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in Mon style in 1059 and explore the MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE, a temple known for its famous UNESCO protected mural paintings. Finish the day of sightseeing by watching sunset over Myanmar’s longest river, Ayeyarwaddy from the SHWE SAN DAW PAGODA (if chance).
Overnight stay in Bagan.

 

Day 10        Bagan / Village Tour

bagan-09After breakfast, visit the colorful local market and continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan: including SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; HTILOMINLO TEMPLE, noted for its plaster carvings and KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments.

In the afternoon, visit ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images and horse-carriage will take you through some of the more off the beaten track temple sites.

Overnight stay in Bagan. 

Optional: Experience the magic of Bagan and a thousand years of history from the enchanting platform of a hot air balloon, for the first time ever. Balloons in Bagan offer visitors exclusive sunrise champagne flights over the ancient pagodas of Bagan from late October to April.

 

Day 11        Bagan - Mandalay (By Boat)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to jetty and board a Chinese-built ferry boat for your journey on the AYEYARWADDY River to MANDALAY. The trip takes approx. 10 hours upriver, depending on river conditions and water level. There is small restaurant on board or please ask the guide to arrange lunch box (with own a/c) by a day ahead.

Upon arrival to, transfer to your hotel.

Optional: Experience 1nights/2nights/3nights/4nights cruise between Mandalay and Bagan by exclusive vessels. (Details see River Cruises ).

Overnight stay in Mandalay.

 

Day 12        Mandalay / Amarapura

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY where more than a thousand monks live and study. Time permitting you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. Then, visit also one of the most revered religious monuments of Myanmar, the MAHAMUNI PAGODA. Mandalay is also a major arts and crafts center. Visit a Kalaga tapestry craftsmen’s shop.

In the afternoon, experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including the SHWE INBIN MONASTERY; the GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA the world’s largest book made of marble. Then proceed to MANDALAY HILL for sunset.
Overnight stay in Mandalay.

 

Day 13        Mandalay / Mingun / Sagaing / Ava

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After breakfast, an excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to MINGUN, about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. Visit the unfinished MINGUNPAYA, which was meant to become the largest stupa in Myanmar constructed by King Bodaw Paya one of the world’s largest bells; the 90 ton weighing MINGUNBELL and HSINBYUME PAYA. Return back to Mandalay.

In the afternoon, drive to SAGAING and visit KHAUNGMUDAWPAGODA. Then embark for a short boat ride over a river and explore the former Royal Capital INWA (AVA) by horse cart. Visit NANMYINTWATCHTOWER, the remains of the ancient palace building, also known as “the leaning tower of Ava“; MAHAAUNGMYE BONZAN MONASTERY, built of brick and stucco; BARGAYAR MONASTERY, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. 

Continue to 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 during the era when Amarapura was the Royal capital, for sunset viewing.

Overnight stay in Mandalay.

 

Day 14        Depart Mandalay

Breakfast at the hotel.  Transfer to airport for International departure.

Itinerary is subject to changes depending on flights, road conditions and availability of rooms.

You can extend the program with Extended Tours .

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