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Mingalar-bar! Upon your arrival to Yangon International airport, you will be welcomed by BFF Travel guide and transfer to your hotel.
After the hotel check-in, we start a day tour in Yangon, a commercial capital of Myanmar and it’s the famous with historical Pagodas and the colonial-style buildings. Firstly we visit to Sule Pagoda , it built over 2,000 years ago and then the beautiful Maha Bandula Park with the Independence Monument. Then, we take a walk through the colonial buildings and visit the historic Post office . After that, we visit to the heritage Strand Hotel , where you will have a chance to taste Burmese High Tea (as own account). After that, we visit to Bogyoke (Scotts) Market , a major bazaar where you can find and buy hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and local food stores. (Please note that the market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays.)
We end our day with a visit to the 2,500 years old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda shealthed in 11 tons of pure gold and 4,350 diamonds weighing 1,800 carats! Overnight stay in Yangon.
Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to the airport for morning flight to Bagan. Bagan is an ancient city on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River and one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia. It named as UNESCO World Heritage site of Myanmar in 2019.
Arrive at Bagan and you will be welcomed by the Representative from RV. Cruise and transfer to the cruise for check-in and lunch. Then, we explore to Bagan by bicycle or coach with the cruise arrangement. The first temple visited is Ananda temple , the Buddhist temple houses four standing Buddhas, each one facing the cardinal direction of East, North, West and South. We visit to Myinkabar Gubyaukgyi temple built in AD 1113 by Prince Rajakumar, son of King Kyansit Thar. We discover the well-preserved murals which also depict typical day-to-day life in Bagan. We end our day with a walk through Phwar Sar Villa , a small village with just over 500 inhabitants situated between New Bagan and Nyaung U airport. It was named after the very famous and influential queen for three consecutive Kings in Bagan’s late 13th century. The Villagers rely on bean and pea farming, breeding cattle and producing small lacquerware handicrafts. A short stroll in the village under the shimmering sunshine in the late afternoon is the perfect way to capture the villagers’ way of life including fetching water, herding cattle back home and preparing for dinner. After sightseeing, we return to the cruise and overnight on board.
Breakfast on board. In the morning we visit to Shwe San Daw stupa , one of only a few monuments allowing travelers to climb it, gaining a 360-degree view over the pagoda-studded plain. We next visit to Shwe Zi Gone Pagoda , built in AD 1086 and believed to enshrine a hair relic of the Buddha. Before returning to the cruise for lunch, we take a stroll around Khay Min Ga Pagoda complex to learn about the different architectural styles; Indian, Sri Lankan, Myanmar-Mon hybrid and Myanmar.
In the afternoon we visit to a Lacquerware workshop to explore the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is the specialty craft of Bagan. We continue to the unique Payathonezu , three inter-connected temples with a narrow passage built in the late 13th century. We end our day with a visit to Dhamayangyi from AD 1170, the widest and largest temple in Bagan. We enjoy the sunset from the View Point before returning to the cruise. Overnight on board.
Breakfast on board. In the early morning we set sail to Salay , a small town which was once a bustling trading port, now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries. We walk to Yoke-Sone Kyaung , the best-know teak carved monastery in Burma and we stop at Salay House on return. Continue sail upriver to Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw then drive up the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung Mountain to visit the hill-top stupa. After that, we watch the traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villages from That-Chi. In the late afternoon we return to the cruise and overnight on board.
Breakfast on board. We explore Pakokku , experiencing the local market and town centre by Tuk Tuk. Pakokku is a city of about 100,000 inhabitants located 30 km from Bagan. Main produce are tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanatkha (traditional make-up and sun lotion) and textiles. We visit to Pakokku’s main market by Tuk Tuk. We stop at a cheroot workshop and discover how traditional cheroot cigars are made. Overnight on board.
We explore Yandabo village , famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay. This village is well-known as the place where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. In the morning we make the walking tour and a visit to a pottery workshop to see first-hand the production process. After that, we visit to Yandabo School (if no school holidays) that the Pandaw supported. Then, we return to the cruise and overnight on board.
In the morning we visit to the ancient city of Ava which served as the capital of the Burmese Kingdom for nearly 400 years, longer than any other ancient capital. We first proceed to Ava Jetty by coach and then across the Myit Nge River by small ferry boat. After that, we start visit to Ava by horse cart. We first visit to Menu Oak Kyaung monastery built by the chief queen in 1822. We proceed to Baya Kyaung Monastery built entirely of teak in 1834. After sightseeing in Ava, we excursion to Sagaing were there are 1000 hermitages and sanctuaries rich in woodcarving and religious art. From Sagaing Hill admire the bird’s eye view over the Irrawaddy River curving around Sagaing from Soon U Ponnya Shill hill top-pagoda. Later an introduction to the Buddhist nuns’ way of life at a nunnery. After sightseeing in Sagaing, we next drive to Amarapura , a former capital (initially from 1783 to 1819 and subsequently from 1839 to 1852). We visit a silk and cotton weaving workshop, Amarapura’s major business. At sunset, we take a local boat on Taungthaman Lake at U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge. After all sightseeing, we return to the cruise and overnight on board.
We set sail to Mingun for a morning walking tour around the unfinished stupa built by Amarapura’s King Bodawpaya in 1790 which was intended to be the world’s largest stupa but remained unfinished since 1808 and also visit the world’s largest ringing bell.
In the afternoon we drive to Mandalay . Mandalay is not only the country’s second largest city but also the religious center of Burmese culture. The excursion starts with a visit to Mahamuni Buddha Image , one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar. The statue was brought here in 1785 by King Bodawpaya after the invasion of the Arakan Kingdom in 1784. To pay respect to the Buddha image, male devotees apply gold leaf to the image. As a result, Mahamuni Buddha Image has been covered with a thick layer of gold leaf (about 15 cm). The walk continues along the street renowned for its marble carvers. We continue to Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) which was built in 1857 and was originally part of the royal palace before it was moved to the present site in 1879. Then, we explore UNESCO listed Kuthodaw Pagoda , with the world’s biggest book. It accommodates 729 marble slabs engraved with the Buddha’s Parli Scriptures housed in shrines. After the gold leaf hammering workshop, we stop by the moat surrounding Royal Palace for a great photo opportunity with a backdrop of Mandalay Hill. We return to the cruise and overnight on board.
After breakfast on board, we disembark in Mandalay and then drive to Pyin Oo Lwin , a colonial hill station in Mandalay. It’s well known for its colonial style houses with large compound and pine trees. Arrive at Pyin Oo Lwin and we visit to the main highlight places such as Botanical Garden, Forest Museum, Peikchin Myaung Cave and Pwe Kauk Waterfalls. After all sightseeing, we transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we return to Mandalay and transfer to Mandalay airport for your departure.