In the morning, visit Mahamuni Temple – one of the most famous temples in Myanmar. Next, head to the Cultural Museum which boasts a nice collection of articles, artifacts, costumes & furniture of royalty. Continue on to Shwenandaw monastery - originally part of the royal palace complex of King Mindon and made entirely of teak wood. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Atumashi Monastery also built in 1857 by King Mindon. Next head to the Kuthodaw Temple, right at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Next, drive up Mandalay hill to visit the serene standing Buddha at Shweyattaw temple.
Day 7: Mandalay – Heho (Flight) - Pindaya
This morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive to Pindaya renowned for its limestone caves. Wander around the cave and allow some time to explore the town, which is beautifully situated at a small lake and surrounded by mountains. Visit a Shan umbrella and mulberry paper production home industry and check in hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 8: Pindaya – Kalaw – Inle Lake
After breakfast, drive to Kalaw - the hill town of Kalaw is situated a 1.5 hour drive from the capital of the Shan state Taunggyi. Upon arrival, visit the Pinmagon monastery and observe the bamboo strip lacquer Buddha Image. In the afternoon, visit the King church colonial Catholic church and wander through town to observe the colonial style buildings still standing. Visit the local market and observe the different hill tribes coming together to do their daily businesses. At the end of the day, transfer to Inle Lake, the second largest freshwater lake which measures about 70km². Inle is famous for its unique leg-rowers.
Day 9: Inle Lake
Enjoy a boat trip on the lake and observe the beautiful surroundings en route to the floating market and floating gardens. Lunch is served on the shores before departing for the southwest of the lake where the Indein pagoda complex is situated. Take the small covered path from the Pa O tribe village to a monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden under vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surroundings and into the valley.
Day 10: Heho – Yangon (Flight) – Trishaw tour – China town
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After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer by vehicle to Botahtaung Pagoda for a visit and then hop on the trishaw. Head to Nan Thi Dar jetty, stop for a while to observe local scenery. Then return to the city center and pass through the colonial area; After that, continue to Chaukhtatkyi, known for the Reclining Buddha that measures 70 meters in length and explore the Bogyoke Market
Day 11: Departure
The morning is free at leisure until transfer to airport for the flight home.
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