SMT 3

Tour Itinerary
Cultural Tours
SMT 3: Mandalay-PyinOoLwin-Gokteik-Hsipaw-Pindaya-Kalaw-Inle-Mt.Popa-Bagan-Monywa-Mandalay
Day ( 1 ) Arrival at Mandalay International Airport

Welcomed to you all by our guide or driver at Mandalay Airport & Transfer to Innwa that is one of former royal capital around Mandalay and is noted for its ruins , proceed to Sagaing hill for U Min Thone Ze Pagoda and Soon U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda , Kaung Mu Daw Pagoda that is enormous dome shape stupa , then to Amarapura to explore traditional silk and cotton weaving & famous U Bein Wooden Bridge for sunset , Overnight at Mandalay
Day ( 2 ) Mingun , Mandalay

After Hotel Breakfast , Transfer to Mayangyan Jetty to take private boat to Mingun Village to explore Pahtodawgyi Pagoda that is unfinished pagoda , Mingun Biggest Bell ( 90 tons ) , Myatheindan pagoda that is very distinct style from other pagodas in Myanmar , Back to Mandalay , Shweinpin Wooden Monastery ( Only surviving monastery ) , Mahamuni Pagoda ( the most famous one in Upper land Myanmar ) , Gold leaf Making process , Mandalay Royal Palace , Shwenandaw Monastery ( Golden palace monastery , original apartment from Mandalay Palace ) , Kuthodaw Pagoda ( World Biggest Book ) , Mandalay Hill for panoramic view and sunset , Overnight at Mandalay
Day ( 3 ) Pyin Oo Lwin

After breakfast , Check-out hotel & Transfer to Pyin Oo Lwin , Check-in your chosen hotel , Visit to Maha Nandamu Cave ( former Peik Chin Myaing Cave ) that is large Hindu-Buddhist shrine cave , Pwe Kauk Falls ( BE Waterfall ) , Maha Ant Htoo Kan Thar Pagoda , is also known as Pyi Chit Pagoda , the Buddha who love the country , Break at local restaurant , Horse riding to explore old colonial buildings , National Kandawgyi Gardens ( former Botanical Gardens ) and Overnight at Pyin Oo Lwin.
Day ( 4 ) Pyin Oo Lwin-Gokteik Viaduct-Hsipaw

Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin train station to take train to Naung Pain , Gokteik Viaduct that is second highest railway trestle in the world and over 100 years old , get off train at Naung Pain (Nawngpeng ) station and take car again to drive to Hsipaw , sunset at Sunset hill to see Duhtawaddy River and Hsipaw town from bird-eyed view and overnight at Hsipaw
Day ( 5 ) Trekking

Begin a walk from Hotel along flat path through Shan Villages and seasonal vegetable crops, rice paddy along natural spring and stream for 1 hour to reach foot-hill. Walk up along steady uphill path through hill crops and Tai villages at lower part of mountain for couple of hours to reach Palaung village and have lunch break.
Take afternoon walk for sightseeing around in the village and through tea plantation, hill cultivation. Meet ethnic tribes in the evening and try to understand their conversation and way of life. Dinner and Overnight at local family’s home.
After local breakfast, Walk down-hill back to the hotel along the path which local guide will choose different way and village for some part of trek even in raining season , Reach hotel back around noon or 1 pm , Relax at hotel at the rest of the day and Overnight at Hsipaw ( Trekking plan is various to choose & it’s up to your choice )
Day ( 6 ) Hsipaw-Pindaya-Kalaw

Drive to Pindaya City and Pindaya Cave along the colorful agricultural fields and tribe villages , Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Cave ( Pindaya Cave ) , over 8000 different shaped Buddha Images inside the limestone cave , proceed to Kalaw and Overnight at Kalaw
Day ( 7 ) Kalaw-Nyaung Shwe-Inle lake

After hotel breakfast , half day trekking to Shan Village nearby Kalaw & Check-out hotel and transfer to Nyaung Shwe for overnight.
Day ( 8 ) Inle lake Boat Tour

Take private boat and start Inle lake boat tour , Head to Shwe Indein Pagoda with one hour boat ride from Nyaung Shwe Jetty , Walk along the stairways to Shwe Indein Pagoda ( 11st to 15th Century stupas ) , Ywama Village , Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda ( 5 Buddha Images , most famous pagoda at Inle lake ) , Inpawkhone Village of Inthar Weaving Pattern , Nga Phel Kyaung Wooden Monastery , Floating Gardens & Back to Hotel and Overnight at Inle lake.
Day ( 9 ) Inle-Mt.Popa-Bagan

After hotel breakfast , Drive to Mt.Popa and lunch break at Meiktila , arrival at base of Mt.Popa and Climb up to the top of Mt.Popa , Palm sugar making on the way to Bagan and Overnight at Bagan
Day ( 10 ) Bagan Temple Tour

After Hotel Breakfast , Visit to Nyaung Oo Market that is one of typical Markets in Myanmar , Shwezigon Pagoda ( prototype of later Burmese stupa ) , Kyan Sit Thar U Min ( tunnel with mural painting ) , Gubyaikgyi Temple ( murals of Jataka scenes ) , Htilominlo Temple ( elaborate plaster moldings ) , Ananda Temple ( most surviving masterpiece of the Mon architecture ) , Tharapa Gate ( One of remaining gates of Bagan Palace ) , Thetbyaebyu Temple ( Highest one among Bagan Temples ) , Bupaya at River bank , Gawdawpalin Temple , Manuha Pagoda ( Huge massive Buddha Images ) , Myaceti and Gubyaikgyi Temple ( Earliest Stone inscription in Myanmar & Fine Frescos in the wall ) , Dhammayangyi Pagoda ( famous for its fine brick works ) & Shwesandaw Pagoda at Sunset , Overnight at Bagan
Day ( 11 ) Bagan-Kyaukse-Mandalay

Transfer from Bagan to Kyaukse to see Ta Moke Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda and Shin Pin Set Thwar Pagoda , Shwethalyaung Hill to see Panoramic view of Kyaukse town , Proceed to Mandalay and Relax at hotel
Day ( 12 ) Departure

Drive to Mandalay International Airport for departure