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Sule Pagoda

The Sule Pagoda is an excellent landmark. It is said to be over 2,000 years old and contains a hair given by the Buddha to two Burmese merchants. Located on a roundabout in downtown Yangon. The golden pagoda is unusual in that its octagonal shape continues right up to the bell and inverted bowl. It is surrounded by small shops and all the familiar non-religious services such as of astrologists, palmists, and so on.

Mandalay

Mandalay is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. Located 445 miles north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, the city has a population of one million, and is the capital of Mandalay Region.

Agriculture

The major agricultural product is rice, which covers about 60% of the country’s total cultivated land area. Rice accounts for 97% of total food grain production by weight. Through collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute 52 modern rice varieties were released in the country between 1966 and 1997, helping increase national rice production to 14 million tons in 1987 and to 19 million tons in 1996. By 1988, modern varieties were planted on half of the country’s ricelands, including 98 percent of the irrigated areas.

U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge is a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. The 1.2-kilometre (0.75 mi) bridge was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Construction began when the capital of Ava Kingdom moved to Amarapura, and the bridge is named after the mayor who had it built. It is used as an important passageway for the local people and has also become a tourist attraction and therefore a significant source of income for souvenir sellers. It is particularly busy during July and August when the lake is at its highest.

Bagan

Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar.

Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach is a beach located 7 kilometres (4 mi) from the town of Thandwe (Sandoway), in Rakhine State, Myanmar. It is the most famous beach in Myanmar and is a popular tourist destination. Myanmar’s political climate means that Ngapali is not as well publicized as other good beaches of Southeast Asia.

Myanmar Lacquerware

Yun-de is lacquerware in Myanmar, and the art is called Pan yun. The lacquer is the sap tapped from the varnish tree Melanorrhoea usitatissima or Thitsee that grows wild in the forests of Myanmar (formerly Burma). It is straw-coloured but turns black on exposure to air. When brushed in or coated on, it forms a hard glossy smooth surface resistant to a degree effects of exposure to moisture or heat.

Lahpet, Burmese Tea Leaf Salad

Lahpet, also spelled laphet is Burmese for fermented or pickled tea. Burma is one of very few countries where tea is eaten as well as drunk. Its pickled tea is unique in the region, and is not only regarded as the national delicacy but plays a significant role in Burmese society. Its place in the cuisine of Myanmar is reflected by the following popular expression: “Of all the fruit, the mango’s the best; of all the meat, the pork’s the best; and of all the leaves, lahpet’s the best”.

Welcome to the Garden City Yangon. Touchdown Yangon Intl Airport with the beautiful morning breeze of Golden Land Myanmar. Experience the warmest greetings by our team accompanying your journey to the new capital, Nay Pyi Taw, 321 km away from business hub Yangon. Enjoy the coach rides on the North South Highway road, a newly opened highway road, connecting to Yangon and Mandalay. As we shall continue rolling the wheels to Bagan, you may tap our coach captain to hit the break to capture the magnificent sceneries along the highway. Once we entered Bagan, your first point of ancient city destination will be Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype of later Myanmar stupa. Then to Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi Temple with fine mural paintings of Jataka scenes and shall proceed to Hotel for check-in. (B)
(In Bagan, there are more than 2000 temples & stupas. Indeed it is very hard to cover all temples within limited time. Thus, we have carefully selected great temples for you in order to avoid hectic tourism. However, if you may wish to explore more, kindly just let your guide or coach captain knows and they may be able to assist you as many as possible within your stay.)

Rise and Shine! – breakfast, done? Then grab your camera and gears coz we shall be trailing Nyaung Oo Market where you can enjoy releasing your shutter or trying for various kinds of shops selling local foods, clothing and many other interesting things. Next stop will be at Myanma traditional foodstuff “Pone Ye Gyi” Factory, a great place to discover and capture a new taste of experience. Yes, I mean ‘Taste’ it.
Happy with your great shots lately?
Now, it is time for you to double check your guns and ammunitions again as the extravagant landscapes and ancient architectural ruins of Bagan is awaiting for your big shots. In case if you may need a little assistance for better angles of local sights, we have arranged a professional guide for your landscape photography who will suggest you with the best locations of historical Bagan’s ruins. Bagan is one of the great kingdoms of 12th century with many kinds of ancient architectural designs and structures of temples. And you may find some craftsmanship of temples with a little touch of Indian culture.

After breakfast, heading down to Salay Town and a brief stop on the way to observe Toddy farmers’ life - collecting toddy wine, making molasses, and making handmade oil.
Your Salay trip will include Yoke-son Monastery decorated with wood-carvings depicting scenes for moral lessons. A short walk through the ruined old monastery, Lacquerware Buddha Image and the ancient monastery. Then tour continue to Mount Popa (by coach), an extinct volcano, is the abode of Nats (Spirits). On top of the mountain, there are monasteries, pagodas and shrines in different designs and structures.
Mission is almost accomplished and we shall proceed back to Yangon by North Sought Highways to spend a cozy night in Yangon. (B)

Breakfast final at the Hotel, a brief visit to Karaweik Nature Park & Royal Barge will welcome you with beautiful city landscapes as a dessert for your mission, so take some shots. Late in the afternoon, arranged transportation awaits for you to say goodbye to the Golden Land. On the way to the airport, drop by Kabar Aye Pagoda, significant for its Sixth Synod which was held in its large compound in 1954, Mahapasana. (End of our service.)

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