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CIRCUIT 18 DAYS (AVA 1181)

18 Days - 17 Nights



Day 01: BANGKOK - MANDALAY

Arrival in Bangkok in the morning. Continue to Mandalay, where you will arrive in the early afternoon.Mandalay was the capital of Burma until the annexation of the whole country by the British. Its many monuments to the glory of Buddhism make it.A city rich in architectural and cultural interest.Even if it is likely that it never regains its former pre-eminence,It remains as it once was the center of Burmese culture and retains aChoice in the arts. She is the guardian of the best traditions Music, dance and the arts in general.After the formalities of customs and immigration, you will be welcomed by Your guide throughout your trip to Burma. Transfer and installation at your hotel for a little rest. After this short rest time, we will leave for a short city tour.

First discoveries of the city. The Mahamuni Pagoda, called Arakanese, is so named because its imposing representation of Buddha comes from the Arakan, a mountainous region West of the country. She was transferred to Amarapura in 1784 by King Bodawpaya and for more than 200 years, this golden representation of Buddha is celebrated as an icon sacred by many faithful.The statue covered with 9 tons of gold is continually rediscovered by the offerings,gold leaves that the faithful buy within the walls of the pagoda. The Buddha became deformed and only his face, washed every morning, remains intact.

Not far from the Mahamuni, visit of craft workshops: wood carving and Marble, gold drummers and Burmese tapestry workshops. Route along the moat of the Royal Palace. On March 20, 1945, during a violent attack between the Indo-English troops and the Japanese forces that occupied Mandalay since 1942, the Royal Palace was totally burned down. In the past, Multiple wooden constructions were distributed within the thick walls of the the square enclosure, the sides of which are 2 kilometers in length are several meters.

You will appreciate the sunset from the hill of Mandalay which enjoys a magnificent view of the city and the walls of the Royal Palace.

Day 02 : MANDALAY

In the early morning, departure to the Jade market of Mandalay, famous in the region for thousands of years. It brings together Burmese traders, chi-Natives, Indian and Thai, came to sell their precious stones under all shapes and colors.Crossing a small river by local ferry to reach Ava, ancient Capital Of Burmese kingdoms between the 13th and 18th centuries, formerly known as Inwa. Small carriages await you for a discovery of this site today very pastoral: visit of the vestiges of the Royal Palace, the watchtower and the beautiful monastery in teak barrels,Bagaya-Okkyaung. Upon return, walk on the bridge U Bein entirely built in teak at 1782, with the wood coming from the ancient palaces of Ava. The visit of the site at the end. Afternoon is particularly interesting when all the bonzes come out .Walk on deck at sunset.

Day 03: MANDALAY - PALEIK - KYAUK SE - POPA

Drive to Monywa.Visit of the Thanbodday Pagoda, located at about 20 km and one of the main attractions of the region. Its facade is painted of multiple colors. And its interior is filled with 500,000 images of Buddha, making people believe a set of mirrors. Built between 1939 and 1958, there are 582,363 sculptures and 815 small stupas that surround it.

The site still contains a residence of painted monks immense white elephants made of concrete. Monywa offers several interesting excursion possibilities including the Po Win Daung caves, a complex Hundreds of caves carved in the rock. All Buddha and Buddhist rock paintings dating back to the 17th Centuries, but also of the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, considered among the most refined of all Southeast Asia. After the visit of Po Win Daung, discover the site of Shweba.

Day 04: MONYWA - BAGAN

Drive to Pakokku and boat to Bagan, on the way you can see the villages , farms and plantations etc. Arrive Bagan in the evening . Built in the 9th century at the confluence of the Chindwin and the Irrawaddy, Bagan was the great capital of Southeast Asia from the 10th to the 12th century. Hundreds of buildings remain.

Day 05 : BAGAN

We propose you to start this day with a balloon flight over the plain of Bagan. During a Hour (maximum duration) you will enjoy a unique panorama above thousands of pagodas of the plain. Winds never exceed 20 km / h and you will slide gently above Of Bagan at sunrise. Visit Shwezigon pagoda which is famous for its magnifique style.Wetgyi Inn Gubyaukgyi which is famous for its paintings and Htilominlo which is famous fo stucco. In the afternoon, visit Arnanda temple which is famous for its architecture style, transfer to the big temple of Thatbyinyu (the highest in Bagan).To appreciate the beauty of the site in the light of the temple.Sunset at Shwe san daw pagoda.

Day 06 : BAGAN

Day of exploration by bike through the suburbs of Bagan. You will pass several villages, discovering the traditional rural life and its curious inhabitants. This one-day guided tour takes you along the Narrow streets inaccessible to cars, far away from tourist paths.

Day 07 : BAGAN - HEHO - KALAW(Trekking)

Transfer to the airport and flight to Heho. Direct transfer by car to Kalaw. Begin your hike at Kalaw to Inle Lake. The final itinerary will be established by the guide according to the conditions of the day.Walk to reach the village of Lu Pin, populated by the Danu ethnic group Picnic lunch prepared by the porters in the house of a village.After lunch we continue to Nan Thale . Night at the inhabitant or in a monastery.

Day 08 : TREKKING

After breakfast at the monastery, departure for a long day.In the morning, the forest gives way to the cultivation of rice, sesame and pepper (3h30).After a picnic lunch in a village, continue around 4h to reach the beautiful wooden monastery of Htee Dein. Night at the inhabitant or in a monastery.

Day 09 : TREKKING - INLE

Depart through a steeper landscape that after a slight climb to descend gradually towards the lake which is suspected in the distance. The Village of Kyauk Su, the view of Inle Lake is magnificent. 1 hour walk to the village of Ngoak. Picnic lunch in the village. Continuation on the path that goes down along a gorge, then crosses a forest of bamboo, before joining the Inle Lake.Estimated walking time 4h.

Day 10 : INLE

At 880 meters above sea level and surrounded by high mountains, Inle lake, wide of 6 to 7 kilometers and 22 long, with particularly clear waters and above all Shallow, is the place of blossoming 70'000 Inthas (son of the lake). They Live in houses on stilts erected in villages, some of located in the middle of the lake, like their capital Ywama. Their plantations and gardens market gardeners are floating islands that they reach piles. Apples ,Earth, beans, and flowers grow all year round. The exchanges are the water.It is astonishing to see the movement of the boats whose paddle is actuated by the leg of the boatman, standing at the back of his canoe; Here the inhabitants know rowing before learning to walk.

Day of sailing in traditional motorized canoe to discover the main sights of Inle Lake. Visit to the Nga Phe monastery which houses especially a superb collection of statues of Shans Buddhas.Visit the Phaung Daw OO Pagoda, the main sanctuary of the lake.Along the way you will have the opportunity to observe the fishermen as well as the boats harvesting algae from the bottom of the lake that will serve as a base for floating gardens Possibility of visiting a workshop of weaving of the silk in the village of Inpawkhone, a traditional "cheeroots" factory, the Burmese cigar,and a canoe maker in Nampan.

Day 11 : INLE

Early departure to Kakku where the festival of the pagoda takes place. During 4Days, the minorities Pa'O and Shan go to the pagoda, exchange, have fun,haggle. Everyone comes dressed in his traditional costume, making himself the ambassador of his village of origin. For the youngest, it is time for meetings love.

Day 12 : INLE - YANGON – GOLDEN ROCK

Early morning transfer to the airport and flight to Yangon. At your arrival direct departure towards the golden rock (3h30 of road).Upon arrival at Kin Pun camp, transfer to local pick-up truck. You will cross the last kilometers on a narrow and chaotic path, in the regulated sense, before reaching the Mountain peak.The impressive Golden Rock crowned with a stupa is literally suspended at the edge of a cliff at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo. His vision at bedtime Sun and magic. According to tradition, the rock of 6m in diameter, laid in equilibrium at 1'200 m of altitude, would have been placed at this place by two nats (spirits) 2,500 years ago; Covered over centuries of innumerable layers of gold leaves deposited by devotees who came to Pilgrimage of all Burma, it is with the Shwedagon in Yangon and the Mahamuni In Mandalay, one of the three most revered Buddhist sites in the country.

Day 13 : GOLDEN ROCK -HPA AN

Downhill in truck and continue towards Hpa'an (2h30 of road).Discover the countryside around Hpaan, with its beautiful landscapes of rice fields. Possibility of walking, cycling ...

Day 14 & 15 : HPA AN

Two days in the vicinity of Hpa'an. Visit one of the most interesting caves of the region, Ka Yone Gyu. you will see a spectacular collection of Buddhas lying down, sitting or meditating lost in the darkness. A small candle flickering in front of them. The site is guarded by an incredible a procession of disciples in a golden robe waving among the rice fields.Visit also the huge cave of Saddan, also full of statues Buddhas, and pagodas. By crossing its immense halls from where hang stalactites, you will come out on a charming little lake covered with lilies and surrounded by cliffs. The old man who lives there will be able to take you ride on his canoe.Also visit the cave of Kawt Gone with its thousands of Buddha Terra cotta covering the walls and ceilings of the cave, and its many statues of the Hindu pantheon.

At sunset, walk around the artificial lake in the middle of which points a astonishing rocky peak, surmounted by the small Kyauk Kalat pagoda. The view Mount Zwegabin and the surrounding rice fields are beautiful.

Day 16 : HPA AN - YANGON

Return to Yangon (5 hours drive).On the way, visit of Bago, capital of a Mon kingdom, Name of Pegu. The city has retained many testimonials of its prestigious past. Visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda which overlooks the city with its 114 m and the impressive Lying Buddha of Shwehtalyaung which, with its 16m high on 55m long, is considered to be one of the most expressive at world. You will make another stop south of Bago for the discovery of the site of Kyaik Pun and its 4 Buddha statues of 25 m sitting back to back. First discoveries of Yangon, which no longer has the role of capital of the Burma but remains the strategic point.It is a city in full expansion of population which has developed its activities Port and commercial. It was built by English engineers who have borrowed nothing from Oriental architecture. Its broad streets, straight and shade are lined with massive buildings that recall the style of banks New Greek. Everything is on the front and in the spotlight, with few concessions to the comfort and none to climate.

Day 17 : YANGON

Visit the colonial districts. You will discover the post office, the pagoda Sule, the Strand Hotel and the Independence Monument. Continue to Restaurants and colorful temples of Little India and China Town. Visit the Bogyoke Market known as the Scott Market. Its 2000 shops offer the largest selection of handicrafts and typically Burmese objects of the whole country: fabrics, precious stones (jade, rubies and sapphires), basketry and Bamboo braids, lacquers, puppets, antiques etc.Visit of the famous Shwedagon pagoda, famous for its golden stupa almost 100 m high. Shwedagon Pagoda is the heart and soul of Yangon. This pagoda is a real city where a crowd of faithful is pressed all day with offerings and prayers and the place is magic at sunset. It is one of the main places of pilgrimage of the Buddhist worl. It is the only one containing not only relics of Gautama Siddharta (it houses 8 hair of the historical Buddha), but also those of the three Buddhas who preceded it.

Day 18 : YANGON DEPATURE

Transfer to the airport for international flight.