Hong Kong/Yangon KA 250 21:45-23:30
Upon arrival, group will be greeted by a local guide who will accompany you as you
transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast, guide will greet you at hotel to embark on group Pilgrimage Tour.
Drive through downtown to explore the city center and its mixture of colonial and Burmese
traditional architectural designs. You can make few stop during the tour if you want to take
First visit Botathaung Pagoda, close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics and
then drive along Strand Road to Nanthidar Jetty to see the waterfront, the bustling Yangon
harbour, where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and upcountry towns along the
Continue drive to the glittering 2000-year-old, the octagonal structure of Sule Pagoda, and
tranquil Mahabandoola Park with Independence Monument. The pagoda is surrounded by
small shops and all the familiar non-religious services such as of astrologers, palmists, photo
studios, watch repair, and so on. It is a busy road junction, always crowded with vehicles
You then will have some free time shopping at Bogoyke Aung san market (closed on
Mondays and Public Holidays), best known for its colonial architecture, inner cobblestone
streets and wide selection of handicrafts and souvenirs.
From there proceed to the magnificent a 70-meter long and 16 meters high reclining Buddha
at Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda. The soles of the feet contain 108 segments in red and gold colors
that show images representing the 108 lakshanas or auspicious characteristics of the Buddha.
Late this afternoon, pay homage to the famed 2500-year-old Shwedagone Pagoda. It is
reputed to be one of the most outstanding religious monuments in Southeast Asia.
This great golden dome rises 99 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure
gold. According to legend, the pagoda was enshrined with hair relics of the Buddha.
Enjoy the gentle sound of the pagoda bells chiming in the evening breeze. Here visitors can
see into the heart of Myanmar’s Buddhists as they pray and offer flowers, incense and candles.
Return to your hotel.
**Option: Oil Lamp Ceremony at Shwedagon Pagoda**
- The lighting of 500 oil lamps: $250/pax
- The lighting of 1000 oil lamps: $400/pax
Create a memorable evening with a beautiful ceremony Illumination 1000 oil lamps. Take a
long candle and start to light the handmade lamps, Oil lamps and candles are commonly used
in Buddhist ceremonies as the flame represents the enlightenment of the Buddha and the
positive light of his teachings. By partaking in this ceremony, you are experiencing a special
aspect of Myanmar culture.
Yangon/Mandalay K7 244 07:00-08:25
Early in the morning, transfer to the Yangon Airport for a flight to Mandalay, the spiritual heart
Visit Mahamuni Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s most revered Buddha images, a 4-meter-high
statue covered with a thick layer of gold leaf applied by generations of pilgrims seeking merit.
Here pilgrims pray and place gold leaf upon the Buddha, which you are welcome to partake
in as well.
Stop at local workshops to see marble being carved into Buddha images, and gold leaf being
beaten into paper-thin pieces.
Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops, you will
learn more about the city’s cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga
tapestries, and gold-leaf where the techniques remained unchanged from those used centuries
ago to craft items for the Royal Court.
Then transfer to hotel for check in.
This afternoon, continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the
Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname
‘the world’s largest book’. Each slab is housed by a small temple and it is amazing to see the
Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal
Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving.
You will end today at Atop Mandalay Hill, which is crowned by a pagoda from which you can
enjoy a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding countryside.
**Option to visit (without charges): Maha Lawka Yan Hnain Aung Daw Mu Myat Swar Paya**
Maha Lawka Yan Hnain Aung Daw Mu Myat Swar Paya to witness Buddhist pilgrims grinding
thanaka, which is used to scent water that’s used for washing Buddha statues. There are also
many other symbolic spiritual places at the temple, including a small pond with fish and turtles.
Mandalay-Amararpura + Sagaing with Meditation section at a monastery
After breakfast depart from Mandalay for a full day trip to the ancient cities of Amarapura
Start heading 11km south from Mandalay towards the ancient city of Amarapura.
First visit a silk weaving workshop where colourful silks are woven. Then proceed to country's
largest monastery "Maha Ganyon Kyaung", home to several thousand young monks, renowned
as a centre for monastic study and strict religious discipline. If you visit at about 11 am, you can
watch the procession of monks queuing to receive alms at the enormous Mahagandayon
Monastery and they are eating silently.
Continue to Sagaing by driving over 1km long bridge across the Ayeyarwady River to Sagaing
Hills, "Buddhists studies and a meditation center of Myanmar", with numerous pagodas and
over 600 monasteries and nunneries dotted along the Hills.
Group will stop at a tranquil forest monastery with many secluded areas for meditation. The
guide will advise the group on the traditional techniques used by the Burmese Buddhists for
meditation, before group relax their mind and start meditating.
Afterwards, group will visit the Zayar Theingi nunnery, the residence of hundreds of women
scholars and meet the Master. We’ll tour the grounds and learn about their lifestyle and study,
be able to ask questions of the master.
Visit Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda, perched on the highest hill which offers panoramic views of
the valleys and wide Ayeyarwady River.
Finally, today itinerary concludes with a walk at sunset along the 1.2km long teak-pole U Bein
pedestrian footbridge spanning Taungthaman Lake.
**Option: Washing the Buddha image’s face at Mahamuni Pagoda, $50/pax**
Awake early this morning (04:00) and transfer to Mahamuni Pagoda to witness the fascinating
ritual involved with washing the Buddha image’s face.
After early breakfast, leave Mandalay you will travel to Monywa, a charming Burmese town
set on the Chindwin River.
Your guide will stop to give you a closer look at Kaung Hmu Taw, the white breast-shaped
stupa built at the beginning of the 17th C that you have seen from Sagaing Hill, on our way
In the afternoon, take a local ferry across the Chindwin River and take pick up at the scenic
Nyaungbin village. Drive to visit a sandstone cave system in the Po Win Hills.
The Caves of Po Win Daung contains stately statues and richly decorative murals from the
16th through 18th C, though some could date back as far as the 14th. We spend the rest
of the afternoon admiring the paintings before returning to the hotel to rest up for the next
Monywa-Pakokku-by boat to Bagan
After breakfast, you will visit the magnificent temple of Thanboddhay Pagoda, a huge
Buddhist temple covered with more than 500,000 Buddha images. Tour continues to visit
Boditahtaung Pagoda, the fast growing forest of one thousand Bodhi trees, each with a
large Buddha image underneath, just beyond Bodhi Tahtaung, you can see a 90m reclining
Buddha. This huge image has a hollow cave-like structure inside and you can walk from
the head to the feet. Nearby is the largest standing Buddha in the world, Laykyun Setkyar,
at 423 feet in height.
Then drive to Pakkoku, on the way to Pakokku, you will see the farmers, while they climb up
the high palms in order to make palm sugars and stop at Ma U Ma Le village. You visit to a
home workshop where children are busy making incense sticks, beige with fuchsia tips. This
productive village supply incense for the entire region. The industrious family you visit is also
weaving the flat bamboo baskets used in the construction of the scales so commonly
employed in the markets.
Then, continue your journey to Pakokku and arrive in time for lunch.
After lunch, you will visit the small thanaka market (traditional make up for Myanmar people).
Then proceed to the port of Pakkoku and board a private local boat in Pakkoku for a
leisurely - two hour cruise downriver to the ancient capital of Bagan. Upon reaching the
shores of Bagan, transfer to hotel.
Full Day Historical Swe Daw Lay Su Legendary Tour
Discover one of Bagan most famous legends as you follow in the tracks of King Anawrahta
and his precious white elephant. The tale states that the King was given a replica of Lord
Buddha tooth and he placed this on the sacred elephant back and set him free. The elephant
stopped at four places around Bagan and later the King built stupas at each of these locations.
Thus the local Burmese believe that by visiting all four of these places in one day your wish will
be fulfilled. The morning will begin with a guided explanation of the legend. Begin on the
legendary path with a visit to Shwezigon, its graceful bell shape became a prototype of later
Continue on to Tu Yin Taung, a hilltop stupa in the eastern part of the main Archeological Park.
As you approach the temple you will be greeted by 500 monk statues which line the road.
The stupa’s elevated location offers fabulous views of the surrounding plains, a unique
perspective of Bagan and its surroundings.
The next stop is Lawka Nandar pagoda, a bulbous stupa with a cylindrical bell and three
octagonal terraces as a base. It is thought to house an important Buddha tooth replica.
There are lots of benches for wide-open views of the Ayeyarwaddy.
You’ll make a stop for lunch before continuing on your Legendary Tour. This afternoon we
drive to the jetty where a private boat is waiting to transfer us across the river to Tant Kyi
Taung, the last temple on our tour.
From the boat, as you cruise across the Irrawaddy, you can see views of the temples in the
We travel by jeep (approximately 15 minutes) through the countryside to Tant Kyi Taung.
This temple is unique in Bagan as it is thought that many centuries ago, Buddha stopped on
the hill where the temple now stands.
Take-in the stunning panoramic views over the landscape below. Having completed the four
visits, make a wish and see if the legend holds true! On the return drive to the jetty we can
stop in Tant Kyi village for a short walk around. Then return by boat to Bagan.
Bagan discovering Bagan’s temples and ruins
Then start your time in this ancient temples of Bagan with a visit to the colorful Nyaung Oo
Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods.
Continue to Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi, a cave temple with exquisite Jatakas mural paintings and
the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone
Your final visit this morning is the Ananda, an architectural master piece reflecting the
early-style of Bagan temple construction and containing four 9.5m standing images.
In the afternoon, you will go to Myinkaba village. The village is also famous for its traditional
Mon-style lacquerware, the secret of whose manufacture has been passed from generations
since King Manuha brought his artisans with him into exile here more than 900 years ago.
Here you can observe the many stages of lacquer ware-making, and how lacquer is applied
in layers, dried and engraved, one of Myanmar’s best known handicrafts and a specialty of
Visit Nanpaya, an early-style temple with the Bagan’s finest stone carvings – sandstone block,
visit Manula Temple with gigantic Buddha images, named after the Mon King from Thanton
and nearby is Gubyaukgyi Temple which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner
walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior (under the protection of UNESCO
because of its ancient mural paintings).
Then you will take a relaxing horsecart ride through the temple area, winding your way along
the roads past dozens of monuments. Stop as you wish to take photos or explore the temples.
Ride through heading to see the Thatbyinnyu pagoda, named for “omniscience”, Bagan’s
highest temple, the ‘Shwesandaw Pagoda’, 12th-century Dhammayangyi Pagoda and Sulamani
Pagoda. Finally, enjoy sunset from a raised earthen bank at the northwest corner of Nyaung
Lat Phat pond near Sulamani temple.
Bagan/Yangon K7 235 09:15 -10:35 - Drive to Kyaikhtiyo
After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for your domestic flight back to Yangon. You
are picked up at the airport and a 5-hour drive from Yangon towards Kyaikhtiyo, a massive
boulder covered in delicate gold leaf and said to hold a hair of the Buddha that balances on
the edge of a cliff at the top of Mt. Kyaikto, "appears to be falling off a cliff".
Late morning, arrive at Kin Pun base camp where you start in the trucks with wooden salts for
benches (will arrange you to sit the seats next to the driver's seat) along a winding road to the
Yatetaung Bus Terminal, the end point for all vehicle traffic. No car, taxi, pick-ups, or buses
are allowed. The route to the pagoda winds up through pretty scenery.
The upper camp to the remaining steep, paved switchback path must be covered on foot
about 15-20 min hike. Those suffering from a lack of energy are suggested to hire porters to
carry them the rest of the way in a sedan chair on poles. At the top, head for one of the best
spots from which to have magnificent natural scenery, watch the people offer flowers and
incense to this sacred site and listen to the monks' chants. Overnight at the hotel near Golden
Rock where you are able to catch sunrise or sunset.
This morning there is the option to visit the Golden Rock again to see the rising sun casting its
rays upon the rock. Starting from the pre-dawn hour, local pilgrims gather by the rock to make
offerings in the solitude of the morning. Return down to base camp by the same route on foot
and by open-air truck.
Then drive to Bago, the former capital of the Mon kingdom and visit the huge 55-meter long
Shwethalaung reclining Buddha image, the Mon style 376ft-high Shwemawdaw Pagoda and
Kanbawzathadi Palace, built under the order of King Bayinnaung in 1556, the original palace
consisted of 76 apartments and halls. However in 1599, it was burned down before being
reconstructed in 1990 and finished in 1992.
Also stop at Shwe Pyi Resort, this resort included a big lake which is set on the 120 acres
compound and get around by battery car (baggy car) to catch you with wonderful uncountable
hand made wooden sculptures everywhere, small lake, green environment and shady trees.
After visit continue to Yangon. You will be taken to visit the Gaba Aye (World Peace) pagoda
which was built for the 1954-56 Sixth Buddhist Synod, and Mahapasana cave, a totally artificial
After dinner, transfer to airport for flight back to Hong Kong.
Yangon/Hong Kong KA251 01:10-05:45
Depart Yangon for flight back to Hong Kong.