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Forgotten Burma - 12 Days
Burma
 

 

 

Departure March 14, 2013 and Return March 25, 2013

 
   
$3750 per person Land and Air from West Coast
$2390 per person Land Only including internal air/land transportations
$555 per person single supplement
 
       
Prices include Government Taxes and Fees.
 
Highlights: Journey to the last frontier of fascinating and almost forgotten Myanmar. At sunset in Yangon, visit the single most important religious site in Myanmar, the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and its 325-foot central stupa sheathed in gold. Ring the Maha Ganda Bell for luck. Travel to the city of 13,000 temples, Bangan to see Ananda Temple- the holiest temple. Experience the economic, religious and romantic portions of Mandalay, on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, as well as Sagaing, which is full of over 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries. Explore Pindayas limestone cave, with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues. Cruise the picturesque Inle Lake and get a glimpse of the floating gardens and the famous "leg rowing" fishermen.  
 

Day 1, March 14, Thursday - USA/Bangkok
Depart the USA gateway city via Cathay Pacific Airways for Beijing. En route, cross the International Dateline.

Day 2, March 15, Friday - Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. (Amari Atrium Hotel)

 
 

Day 3, March 16, Saturday - Bangkok/Yangon
Fly to Yangon (Rangoon), the capital city of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). The city has a unique charm with old colonial buildings, tree-lined streets, bustling local markets and tranquil lakes. It is very much a city of the past. Afternoon sightseeing includes a sunset visit to the magical 2,500- year-old Shwe Dagon Pagoda and its 325-foot central stupa sheathed in gold. This site is the single most important religious site in Myanmar, and it stands on the top of Singuttara Hill, it is said that before our present world, five lotus buds popped up on the hill and each bud signified the five Buddhas who would appear in the world as guides to Nirvana. Four covered walkways lead to the pagoda from the plains surrounding the hills. The Eastern walkway is crowded with vendors selling items like candles, flowers, gold leaf, and stones. The pagoda itself exists as a religious place and is one of the best places to people watch. There are eight shrines for each day of the week, according to the Burmese calendar. See the Statue of Wa Thon Da Ray, the guardian angel of the earth, who is said to have saved the Buddha from burning by wrapping her wet hair around the earth. View the Arakanese Prayer Pavilion, with exquisite wood carvings on the roof. Pick up a mallet and bang on the Maha Ganda Bell for luck. See the Naungdawgyi Pagoda or Elder pagoda, where women are not allowed on the platform. Also see the Sandawdwin Tazaung or Hair Relics Well, which is fed by the Irrawaddy River instead of the ground water. The level of the well water rises and falls with the tides. (Traders Hotel)

 

Day 4, March 17, Sunday - Yangon
Full-day sightseeing tour includes the old colonial-style city center with the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years, Bogyoke (Scotts) Market with hundreds of stores and a visit of a gem shop. Visit Chauk Htat Gyi, a huge reclining Buddha image and Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge. Also explore Botataung Pagoda and Kyauktagyi Pagoda and the National Museum. (B/L)

Day 5, March 18, Monday - Yangon/Bagan
Fly this morning to Bagan, the city of 13,000 temples. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism, with each component taking on spiritual meaning. Visit some of the most important temples and pagodas, including Bupaya Pagoda for a panoramic view of the Ayeyarwadi River. Star your day of sightseeing with the busy local market and visit Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th Century, Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, Khay Min Ga Temple, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the areas many monuments and Ananda Temple, Bagans holiest temple, with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior. The four represent the four Buddhas who have attained Nirvana, as the fifth, Maitreya, has yet to appear. Lunch is followed by a visit to a lacquer craftmens workshop in nearby Myinkaba Village and a visit to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style in 1059. Also see Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha. Then visit Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, noted for its ancient mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. Observe the sunset in the vicinity of Bagans ancient monuments. Enjoy dinner at a riverside restaurant. (Tharabar Gate Hotel) (B/L/D)

 

Day 6, March 19, Tuesday - Bagan/Mandalay
This mornings activities include a stop at the colorful Nyaung Oo Market. Walk through the lively market, where vendors sell everything from fruits and vegetables to house ware, clothing, and souvenirs. It is a great place to mingle with the locals and people watch. In the early afternoon, fly to Mandalay, the second largest city and former capital of Myanmar. The Royal Palace is at the center of the city, which has wide lanes filled with bicycles and motorcycles. Mandalay is known for both its millionaires and its monks and is both the religious and economic hub of upper Myanmar. (Sedona Hotel) (B/L/D)

Day 7, March 20, Wednesday - Mandalay
Take an excursion to the outlying environs of Mandalay. Visit Sagaing with its 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, stupas, and temple caves on the nearby hills. It is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar, and is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers. Visit the Khungmhudaw Pagodas and Sagaing Hill. See the oldest bridge across the Ayeyarwaddy River, Inwa Bridge and the worlds largest ringing bell, the Mingun Bell.

 

 

Day 8, March 21, Thursday - Mandalay/Heho/Kalaw
Fly to Heho and then drive overland to Kalaw, a summer resort set amidst a pine forest. Check into your hotel. (Hill Top Villa Hotel) (B/L/D)

Day 9, March 22, Friday - Kalaw/Pindaya/Taunggyi/Inle Lake
Journey to Taunggyi, which means big mountain. Along the way, visit Pindayas limestone cave with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues and local handicraft workshops, producing Shan paper made from mulberry bark and traditional umbrellas made from the same paper, used by monks around the country. Walk through the market at Taunggyi, where farmers sell fresh produce. Also visit the Shan State Cultural Museum, which displays divans, swords, fans, chairs, old paintings, coins, and traditional costumes. Afterwards, proceed to Nyaung Shwe on Inle Lake, one of Myanmars best-known sites. The Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent, mostly inhabit the lakeshores and floating villages. On arrival, check in at hotel. (Golden Island Cottages Hotel) (B/L/D)

 
 

Day 10, March 23, Saturday - Inle Lake/Yangon
A morning boat trip on the picturesque lake passes the floating gardens, built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. The boat trip also provides a look at the lakes famous leg-rowing fishermen and local methods of fishing and village life. Return flight from Heho to Yangon. Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner in Yangon. (Traders) (B/L/D)

Day 11, March 24, Sunday - Yangon/Bangkok
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Bangkok. Transfer to hotel on arrival. (Amari Atrium Hotel) (B)

Day 12, March 25, Monday - Bangkok/USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight for the US. And arrive the same day. Or, you may stay in Bangkok for extra days, or take an extension to Hong Kong, or both.

 
Bangkok Extra Days - 2 days

 

    March 25 - 27, 2013  
  $160 per person Land Only
$130 per person Single Supplement
       

Day 13, March 26, Tuesday - Bangkok
Today's city tour includes some of the most renowned Buddhist temples: the Temple of the Golden Buddha and the huge Reclining Buddha at Wat Po. Afternoon free to explore this bustling city on your own. (B)

Day 14, March 27, Wednesday - Bangkok
Full day at leisure.

Day 15, March 28, Thursday - Bangkok/USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight for the US. And arrive the same day. Or, you may take an extension to Hong Kong.

 


 
Hong Kong Extension - 3 Days
 
   
$360 per person Land Only
$220 per person Single Supplement
 
       
 

Day 1 - Bangkok/Hong Kong
Transfer to the airport for your departure via Cathay Pacific Airways and arrive in Hong Kong. Transfer to your hotel. (B) (Grand Harbor Hotel)

Day 2 - Hong Kong
A morning sightseeing tour introduces you to the highlights of this bustling city including Stanley Market, Aberdeen's floating restaurants and sampan dwellers, and a panoramic view of city and harbor from atop Victoria Peak. Afternoon free. (B)

Day 3 - Hong Kong/USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure via Cathay Pacific Airways and arrive the States the same day. (B)

 
   
 
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