You will be picked up at your hotel in Yangon to catch the flight to Nyaung-U (Bagan) in the morning. After check-in at your hotel in Bagan your temple tour starts. The Shwezigon Pagoda, which was built by King Anawratha in the early 11th century, enshrines a number of sacred Buddhist relics. The oldest original paintings in Bagan can be found at Gubyaukgyi Temple. Get the best panoramic views of the whole area at the Bulethi Pagoda, before visiting the Ananda Temple with its four magnificent gilded Buddha statues. Visit the Mon-style Manuha Temple and the Nanpaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument, afterwards. Enjoy a panoramic sunset view at Bupaya Pagoda right by the Ayeyarwady River.
In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel in Bagan to transfer to Kanpalat by jeep. On the way along the Ayeyarwady River you visit the morning market in Chauk. Afterwards, stop by other villages such as Seikphyu and Kazunma in Myanmar's second largest Divison Magway. After a local lunch, head to Kanpalat, home to the Chin people. The Chin women have their whole faces traditionally covered with tattoos. Several stories are told about the origin of the tattoos, your guide will explain them to you when meeting the Chin women.
After breakfast in Kanpalat you will reach the base camp of Mt. Victoria after approximately 10 miles drive by jeep. While hiking to the top of Myanmar's third highest mountain, you will find a rich variety of flora and fauna. Further the area is known for its endemic and migratory birds. Enjoy the stunning view at the summit and take a rest before you hike down and continue to Aye village. The moderate hike takes about five hours in total.
As you reach Aye village, you will gain insight into the local life of the Chin tribe. You will walk around the village and enjoy local dishes for dinner. Back in the days the Aye village used to be a British hill camp. Still guests can see some colonial constructions.
From Aye village you will be transferred to Kyardo village, where you trek stream down for about two hours. Reaching the village, you will walk around and experience the local life. The village people still wear traditional costumes. Get to know about their belief of Animism, Sharman and Nat. Meet a fortune teller and experience a traditional Sharman and Chin dance. After lunch the trekking tour continues to Lote Pe village, an old Chin village located on the top of the hill. There you can also join a conversation with the people of the Chin tribe. Afterwards, transfer to Mindat and enjoy a local dinner.
Visit the local morning market in Mindat after breakfast. On the way back to Bagan, you can stop to see the beautiful pine forest hills. During another short stop at the top of the Ponetaung Ponenyar mountain range, you can also visit stupas and Nat shrines build on the summit. For sunset you will be back in Bagan.
After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung-U Airport to catch the flight back to Yangon. Depending on your arrival time, a half-day city tour will be provided. Arriving near Pansodan Street, famous for its most beautiful preserved colonial buildings in Asia, the walking tour starts at Maha Bandoola Road. There you will get the perfect view of the Sule Pagoda, the City Hall and the High Court. Pass beautiful Maha Bandula Garden before discovering the gold shops of the Shwe Bontha Street. Afterwards, head to "Little India", located in the heart of downtown, to visit a Hindu Temple. The last stop is the Bogyoke (Scott) Market, which offers a wide range of food, clothes, handicraft and gem stores.
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