On this half-day city tour you visit the spectacular sights in Yangon. Your first stop is the Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple - one of the most revered reclining Buddha images in Myanmar. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda afterwards, not only known as Myanmar's most precious sight, but also the most sacred pagoda in the whole country. Upon arrival in Yangon's bustling downtown area, amble past Bogyoke (Scott) Market, which offers a wide range of food, clothes, handicraft and gem stores. The last two stops are the ancient Sule Pagoda, which was built over 2.000 years ago, and the Botahtaung Pagoda, located right next to the Yangon River.
If your flight arrives late in the afternoon/evening, the half-day city tour is offered in the morning time on day 2.
Upon arrival in Nyaung-U (Bagan), you stroll around the colorful local market before visiting the most significant temples and pagodas around Bagan. 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. Continue your tour after lunch break at a local restaurant to Myinkaba village, famous for its traditional lacquerware handicrafts.
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.
Upon arrival in Heho, transfer to Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake). Here you enjoy a comfortable trip by boat on the Inle Lake, known for its leg rowers, floating villages and gardens. 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. Depending on the water level, you will pass by the western shore of the Inle Lake afterwards and visit the Indein Pagoda complex, where hundreds of impressive stupas are slowly being reclaimed by nature.
After breakfast, tranfer to Loikaw. On the way you will have a breathtaking view of the Shan Plateau and many tea leaf plantations. Arrival in Loikaw in the late afternoon.
Breakfast and early morning depart to "San Bwinn village" (approx. 30 min drive) in order to catch about seven Padaung ladies before they go to the farm. Enjoy walking through the village.
You will get insight into the unspoiled culture and traditional life-style of around thirty Padaung People. Ladies dressed in their richly decorated attire with the brass rings round their necks. The best time to see is in the late afternoon, when they came back from farm. Evening back to Loikaw and visit to. "Taung Kwe Zeti" scenically built on a hillock overlooking the vast expanse of the environs. You can watch desolately at the pilgrims and enjoy the marvelous landscape and sunset view from the top. Overnight at Hotel in Loikaw.
Early breakfast and drive to Heho. Then take late afternoon flight back to Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon International Airport for Yangon Departure.
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