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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”.

Arrival Mandalay and meet our guide at the airport. Transfer from airport to hotel in Mandalay. Enjoy the rest of the day and get ready to see Mandalay City & its environs tomorrow. ( Dinner can be arranged upon request )

Overnight: Mandalay

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the Mandalay International Airport to fly to Bahmo with morning flight. Arrive at Bahmo, is a small quiet town on the banks of the Irrawaddy in Kachin State and very mixed with various ethnic groups including Chinese and Bamar.

Visit to the evening market by three-wheelers along the Irrawaddy River; observe the local life, products, foods as well as beautiful old wooden houses, some of them still remaining ingood condition. Explore to the Sanpanago Myohaung (old capital of Shan kingdom) near Terpen River. Visit to Shwekyina Pagoda by walking on the bamboo made bridge beside the river, become much popular among the local pilgrims in Bahmo and around.

Tour Sites: Bahmo Town, Sanpanago Myohaung (old capital of Shan kingdom), Shwekyina Pagoda

Overnight: Bahmo

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to our charter boat berthed on The Ayeyarwaddy river. The river boat will continue to set sail downstream. The second defile of the legendary river is located between Bahmo and Katha. The part of the river is famous for its breath taking scenic views. The depth of the river is 180 feet in the rainy season. On the way, see the Nat Myet HnaTaung (Nat’s Face Mountain) where the river becomes narrowest. After that, see the famous rock parrot’s beak being regarded to measure the water level by local people. When the water level reaches to the parrot’s beak (like the parrot is drinking river water), it is usually impossible for boats to go up river because of the strong current and whirl-pools.

Just north of the town Shwe Gu, visit to Kyun Taw, the sublime pagoda on the island and its festival is annually celebrated in March. Just after passing second defile, the boat stops at Shwegu which is famous for pottery. We will discover the local village depending on the water level up and down. In the late afternoon, the ship will anchor off the old market town of Katha became famous by George Orwell in “Burmese Days”. The main economy of the town is fisheries and farming of kidney beans.

Tour Sites: Sites along Ayeyarwaddy River

Overnight: Onboard

At early morning, we will take you with a local van to visit to Nat Pauk Elephant Camp. After 25 minutes driving, reach to the camp; touch with unspoiled natural beauty by riding elephants. You would see world famous Natural Teak forest along the road. Drive back to Katha. Explore the town by local transport through the market place and visit to the George Orwell’s house and town jail by three wheelers or bike.

Then the boat continues sailing down to the beautiful river port of Hti Gyaik. Disembark at the jetty to walk for minutes to see typical life of upper Myanmar. This town is glorified as a small replica of Sagaing. Then, the boat will sail down to Maung Kone for night stop.

Tour Sites: Sites along Ayeyarwaddy River.

Overnight: Onboard

Then, proceed sailing to Tagaung, the ruined capital Pyu kingdom who would be Burmar later, which stood earlier before Bagan. Sightseeing to explore the famous town for Myanmar history by bike or three-wheelers including local market.

Enjoy a full day of sailing down into the vast stretches of the river with many interesting rural villages on its shore. Set sail along the mighty river and entering the 3rd defile between ThabeikKyin and (once, a heavy fighting place in 1945) Kyauk Myaung. On the way, the ship will sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw (One of the most famous and revered island pagodas). In the late afternoon, the boat will anchor off the town of Kyauk Myaung. Enjoy overnight on boat near Kyauk Myaung.

Tour Sites: Sites along Ayeyarwaddy River.

Overnight: Onboard

This morning, take biking or walking tour in Kyauk Myaung (the biggest pot-making workshop in upper Myanmar) for the opportunity to see the traditional clay pot sculpting.

Then, we will sail down to Myitkangyi Village, to see mostly local fishermen’s lives, cultivated islands, oil production, and others. The area is where you might have a chance to see fresh water Ayeyarwaddy dolphins. Take local small boat to watch the cooperative fishing between local fisherman and dolphins. Approximately, it takes about 1 hour long. Tonight, the boat will anchor-off the village jetty at Indaung to make nights stop.

Tour Sites: Sites along Ayeyarwaddy River, Ayeyarwaddy Dolphin Watching

Overnight: Onboard

After breakfast, keep continue sailing downstream to Mandalay; you will finally reach to Mingun (residence of king). You will have a chance to visit very massive unfinished Mingun Pagoda, largest ringing bell called Mingun Bell, two broken gigantic lion statues facing with the river and very unusual structure Myatheindan White-washed Pagoda with circular round shaped compound.

Continue sailing for thirty minutes to Mandalay around 5pm and disembark at Gawein Jetty. You may have time to take photos background Ayeyarwaddy River with beautiful sunset. Transfer hotel.

Tour Sites: Mingun Pagoda & Bell, Myatheindan Pagoda

Overnight: Mandalay

This morning is free for you to enjoy the city in your way. Transfer to Mandalay International Airport for your flight. Goodbye Myanmar and we hope to serve you once again.
Why to choose this tour; This boating tour is really recommended from October to March. During the tour, clients can taste of boating in relaxation, the beauty of river, typical river-side villages, lively view of fishing & loaded boats, rafting, local products, historical site, cooperative fishing with dolphins and others.

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