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S: Myanmar March 2012

FC: Myanmar | March 2012

1: Myanmar Revealed | March 2012

2: DAYS 1-2: YANGON (RANGOON) On arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel before meeting your tour leader and the small group that will share your adventure at a welcome dinner. Walk through the winding city streets and discover the British-colonial architecture and the golden Sule Pagoda. The Indian and Chinese quarters offer an insight into local life in the city. Get a closer look at the Shwedagon Pagoda, seen from much of the city, as the sun sinks in the sky. HOTEL: Summit Park View DAYS 3-4: BAGAN (PAGAN) A short flight brings you to Bagan. Gain your first glimpse of the thousands of temples dotting the plains as you explore Shwezigon Pagoda and Sulamani Guphaya Temple. Visit Ananda Temple and see the mural paintings and carvings of Gubyaukgyi Temple. A more in-depth exploration is afforded on a two hour bicycle ride through the plains and local villages. There will be a backup vehicle for non-cyclists. Learn more about traditional handicrafts at a local workshop and visit a local school before a boat ride on the Irrawaddy River. HOTEL: Thazin Garden

3: DAYS 5-6: MANDALAY An early morning flight brings you to Mandalay. Board a horse and cart for a tour around Ava, the old capital, and see the ancient, wooden Bagaya Monastery. Visit the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort before marvelling at the intricate carvings at the Golden Palace Monastery. This is also the home of the ‘World’s Largest Book’, a collection of over 700 stone slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Visit a lively Jade Market and walk along a 200-year-old teak bridge, spanning over two kilometres. At Sagaing Hill, see hundreds of pagodas painted white. With over 3,000 monks and nuns, this is widely regarded as the religious centre of Burma. Here, visit a local nunnery to offer food bought from a local market and join the nuns for lunch, a heart-warming experience. HOTEL Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel DAYS 7-8: PINDAYA CAVES & KALAW HILL STATION Fly to Heho and transfer to the Pindaya caves, filled with Buddha statues from the 18th and 19th century. Continue you on to Kalaw and spend the afternoon at leisure. Enjoy a hike through the Shan Hills to spend a day at an elephant camp. Help the mahouts wash and feed these amazing animals before venturing through the forest on the back of your elephant. Spend the afternoon learning about the camp’s reforestation project before returning to Kalaw. HOTEL: Pine Hill Resort

4: DAYS 9-11: INLE LAKE & HILL TRIBE TREK Get a taste for life in the region at a morning market, before a fun train ride to Shwe Nyaung, a real local experience. Explore a nearby town before enjoying an afternoon of relaxation. A tour of Inle Lake begins with the morning market which is a chance to meet some of the people who gather here from the surrounding hilltribe villages. See the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, then learn about local crafts at a weaving village, silversmith and see how typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. In the afternoon, visit a local village. A full day of light trekking takes you to the Pak-O villages in the hills beyond Inle Lake, or if you prefer not to trek you could choose to cycle, take a cooking class or even visit a local vineyard. HOTEL: Inle Resort DAYS 12-13: YANGON (RANGOON) A morning flight to Yangon leaves you with most of the day to explore, with the option to visit some of the great markets in town. On the last day, enjoy free time before your departure transfer. HOTEL: Summit Park View

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