After breakfast at your hotel in Yangon, catch the flight to Heho and transfer to Pindaya by car. There you will visit the Pindaya Caves - a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the last centuries. Afterwards, head to the traditional umbrella and paper making home cottages.
We provide a morning transfer to Kalaw, a fromer British hill station. The day is at your leisure. Join an optional soft trekking tour or visit the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp, an elephant sanctuary which adopts ethical and sustainable standards for its animals. Further places worth to see around Kalaw are Thein Taung Pagoda, Aung Chan Tha Pagoda, Su Taung Pyae Pagoda and the King Church.
This day you can enjoy a comfortable trip by boat on the Inle Lake, known for its leg rowers, floating villages and gardens afterwards. You will gain insight into the everyday life of the Intha, who mostly live in wooden houses built on tall stilts, and learn about their methods of fishing and gardening. Afterwards, you will visit the Hpaung Daw U Pagoda and the silk weaving village Inpawkhon. Here artisans produce one of the most expensive and rarest textiles in the world: silk made from lotus flowers.
Today you will pass by the western shore of the Inle Lake and visit the Indein Pagoda complex, where hundreds of impressive stupas are slowly being reclaimed by nature. Further, visit Mine Thaik village and its floating market, where lots of local products are sold.
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Heho Airport to catch the flight to Kengtung. In the afternoon you will visit Wan-Pauk, a village of the Palaung tribe people who wear silver and lacquered waistbands.
Today you will gain insight into the life of the local tribes. Visit Pin Tauk village and hike around the area to see how the Akha and Ann people live. Enjoy lunch at a beautiful picnic spot by the Pin Tauk waterfall. Afterwards, head to Wan-kan village to see the local brewery of sake wine and the Wan-La village, where the typical Shan paper work is made.
Get up early to visit the small town Loi-Mwe, an hour drive from Kengtung. Your guide will show you around the area of Loi-Mwe and its villages.
After breakfast, transfer to airport to catch the flight to Mandalay. Your sightseeing tour in Mandalay covers major attractions: Myat Muni Buddha, the most ancient Buddha image cast in bronze in Myanmar; Shwenandaw monastery, a significant masterpiece of the wood-carver’s art and Mandalay palace, the first palace to be built in Mandalay by King Mindon. After lunch, continue sightseeing at Atumashi Monastery, the Kuthodaw & Kyauktawgyi Pagoda. For sunset head to Mandalay Hill.
Head to Hsipaw, located north-east of Mandalay. On the way you will visit the Peik Chin Myaung Cave, a cave housing lots of splendid Buddha statues right by a waterfall. Upon arrival in Hsipaw, visit the Shan Palace, housing a huge historic collection of old photos. Built in 1924, the Shan Palace' architecture was mainly influenced by British colonialism.
After breakfast, visit the villages nearby around Bawyo Paya. Myauk Myo, the oldest neighborhood in Hsipaw, has a quiet enjoyable atmosphere. Its two teak monasteries and a collection of ancient brick stupas, locally known as 'Little Bagan', are the highlights of the area. The Thein Daug Pagoda, also known as 'Nine Buddha Hill', offers guests nice views over the river and the city of Hsipaw at sunset.
You will be picked up in the morning time to catch the flight from Lashio to Yangon. We provide a private transfer to either your hotel in Yangon or Yangon International Airport.
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