20 Days

Explore to Remote Land (NS-S-01)

20 Days - 19 Nights
  • Recommended Dates : No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish. Yearly Round
    Starts/Ends : Yangon city
    Tour Type : Landscape, Culture & Hill Tribes
    Activity Level : Regular Itinerary

    Overview & Tour Highlight :
    • Appreciate amazing Golden Shwedagon Pagoda and Myanmar Culture
    • Hilly Region and feel fresh air on highland villages at Kalaw
    • Discover Shan Ethnic Culture and Inthar’s unique one leg rowing, fisherman technique
    • Feel the magnificent temples and dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries of Bagan Era
    • Meet with the tattooed face with the smoked tobacco – pipes in Chin State
    • Explore the living ways of Akha and rare Ann ethnic tribe in Kyaing Tong

Day 1: Yangon Arrival & Evening Sightseeing

Overnight :
• Arrival Yangon by international flight.
• Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check in.
• Free & Leisure at your hotel.
• Evening visit Shwedagon Pagoda.
• Shwedagon Pagoda rises 326ft (99.3m) above its base. Erected more than 2600 years ago and enshrining eight hairs of Buddha placed in a treasure chamber deep under its base. It is the highest symbol of the people's devotion to Buddha.
• Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon Sightseeing

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• Start sightseeing to Down Town area early morning.
• Photo stop near Sule Pagoda & Mahabandoola Public Park, located in down town Yangon Colonial style buildings. Walk around colonial style buildings.
• Transfer to train station to know real Yangon and daily life of local people.
• Board the local ‘circle train’ which runs from Yangon’s main railway station in a circle around various neighborhoods in town and on the outskirts of town. The slowly traveling train gives you unique opportunity to enjoy observing the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people.
• After 30-40 minutes riding, disembark and visit one of the city’s best fresh markets is here, filled with vendors and piles of colorful items for sale. Spend time walking amid the stalls examining the fruits, produce and meats on sale as well as chatting with the friendly locals.
• Then back to downtown of Yangon by car.
• Lunch at the local restaurant
• Proceed to Chaukhtetgyi Pagoda, Reclining Buddha Image which is 230ft (70 m) long in the pose of rest, the head is lifted up by the right arm bent at the elbow.
• Walk on the busy streets of downtown. In the evening the pavement turns into a night-market with a variety of goods on display. It is the opportunity to see “the real Yangon”.
• Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 3: Yangon - Elephant Camp - Taungoo (By Car - Approx 4 Hours)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• After breakfast, drive to Taungoo. It will take about 4 hours.
• On the way, you may observe the natural landscapes and the ways of life of rural areas. On the way sightseeing Htauk Kyant War Memorial Cemetery of the Common Wealth Soldiers who gave their lives during the Second World War.
• Then proceed to Taungoo and on the way visit Hmaw Yaw Gyi Elephant Camp, is a newly established camp which have 16 Elephants including 6 young elephants (3-17 aged) and other elephants will be elder elephants (56 to 65 above retired from logging). Hmaw Yaw Gyi is located 105 mile and 4 furlong at Ma Hout Village in Phyu Township near Taungoo).
• 15 minutes walk to reach Elephant camp and arrive there study daily life of elephants.
(Clients can make activities such as feeding water melon, pumpkin, sugarcane buffet to elephants/ Riding Elephants half hour passing through forest/Bathing Elephants/Chatting with forester of camp/Green tree plantation with your name and other attractions.)
• Real traditional lunch at Elephant Camp.Then proceed to Taungoo and transfer to hotel for check in.
• Overnight at hotel in Taungoo.

Day 4: Taungoo - Loikaw

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• After breakfast, we will start the trip Taungoo to Loikaw is partly flat and slowly crawls up the low mountain ridge. There are full of challenges for a car; narrow road, potholes, twist and turns all the way up to Demoso which is 20 km south from Loikaw. This country road goes through the four provinces; Bago division, Karen state, Shan state and Kayah state. Many villages will come to your view living Karen, ethnic Shan and Kayan people.
• Advise leaving Taungoo at 07:00 and several stops for photos, refreshing, meal breaks and sightseeing. Arrive back to Loikaw at end of the day.
• Then transfer to hotel for check in.
• Overnight at hotel in Loikaw.

Day 5: Loikaw Sightseeing

Overnight :
• After breakfast at hotel, sightseeing by going to the market (Taung Zay).
• Just acrossing the Japanese Bridge to take photos a lot.
• Drive to Pan Pet village about 1 and half hour to see Padaung tribe (Long Necked Women) and to study their way of living.
• Arrive to Pan Pet village, walk around village.
• Taking photos, chatting with Padaung Tribe (Long Necked Women) and study their ways of life.
• Late afternoon, back to Loikaw and proceed to Chit Kal village to see Banner’s Post for Kayar People.
• After that go and visit to study Kayar traditional weaving centre.
• Late evening visit to Thimingalar Pagoda (Taung Kwe Zedi) and to observe the beautiful sun set from the hill top.
• Overnight at hotel in Loikaw.

Day 6: Loikaw - Phekhone - Sagar - Inle Lake (By Car/By Boat)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• After breakfast transfer to Phekon where to start boat trip to Inle Lake.
• After an hour boat ride through Phekhon lake and arrived at the ancient city of Sagar. This old city from 17th century was flooded and abandoned due to the construction of a dam downstream. There are some 50 different pagodas and temples here built by Shan nobilities. Take a short walk among temple ruins and viewed some beautiful Buddha images.
• Crossed the Sagar lake to visit rice liquor making place at Thar-yar-gone village, had lunch there and took a walk through village to get to jetty.
• Continue boat trip to Inle Lake. The boat trip was fabulous: the mountains on either side, the villages and the activities of villagers bathing, rowing their canoes, water buffaloes and cattle bathing in water, big wooden monasteries, wooden and bamboo houses in all different villages as we passed on. It took about 2 hours to get Nyaung Shwe town, the gate way to Inle lake.
• Arrive Nyaung Shwe and hotel check in.
• Overnight at hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

Day 7: Inle Lake Sightseeing (By Boat)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• After breakfast, start sightseeing by boat on the beautiful Inle Lake home to Inthar national race, many of whom live in stilted houses built over the water. Inle Lake is second largest lake in Myanmar, stretches 11 miles (17.7 km).
• On the boat trip you will visit the market places, floating villages and floating gardens, silk & lotus stem weaving. You can also see Inthar technique of leg-rowing where one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the boat and also their traditional way of fishing.
• Afternoon: visit the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung (Cat jumping) Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake to see ancient Buddha images.
• Then back to hotel and relax.
• Overnight at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

Day 8: Nyaung Shwe - Kalaw - Meikhtila - Bagan (By Car)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Kalaw.
• Driving along rolling hills and pine woods arrive small town Kalaw which is once a favorite hill station for British officials, cool, spring-like weather, pine forests, tea plantations and colorfully clad hill tribes make this town to a natural magnet for tourists.
• Arrive Kalaw and proceed to Tharzi and Meikhtila.
• Drive along sesame and peanut plantation fields such as paddy and potato plantation fields.
• Late afternoon, arrive to Bagan and enjoy view the sunset at Pyathatkyi Pagoda.
• Then transfer to hotel for check in.
• Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Day 9: Bagan Sightseeing

Overnight :
• Breakfast at the hotel.
Privately guided temple tours are included as part of your experience. These will be tailor- made by your guide to suit individual interests, pace, the weather and the movements of other tourists.
We have listed a number of the most distinctive temples and sites that you may be interested in visiting.
• Start for highlight sightseeing in Bagan.
• Visit Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar stupa and Kyansittha U Min, a tunnel with an interesting feature of paintings.
• Then to Htilominlo Temple, 150ft high temple with fine plaster carvings, glazed sandstone decorations in the base, and Ananda Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Bagan built by King Kyansitthar, visit Thatbyinnyu Temple, tallest in Bagan built by King AlaungSitthu.
• Lunch at the local restaurant. Head to Myinkaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple with mural paintings, to Manuha Temple which houses four immense Buddha images, Myinkaba lacquer ware village to see the manufacturing stages. View the sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda.
• Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Day 10: Bagan Sightseeing (1/2 Day Horse Cart Experience)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Start for highlight sightseeing in Bagan.
• Visit Min Nan Thu village and Paya Thonzu worth for seeing its 13th century mural painting, Dhammayazika Pagoda, pentagonal pagoda similar to Shwezigon with lovely views from its highest terrace and Law Ka Nanda Pagoda with lots of benches for wide open view of the Ayeyarwady River.
• On the way back, visit Seinnyet NYIMA, AHMA pagoda, Soe Min Gyi Kyaung, Nagayone Pagoda, Abeyadanar and Nanbaya.
• Afternoon, visit the Reclining Buddha SHINPIN THALYAUNG, Dhamayangyi Temple, huge brick red temple built by King Narathu.
• Continue to Sulamani Temple a beautiful majestic structure built by King Narapati Sithu (Just Taking Photos because it was damaged by the earthquake and now renovation procession time.)
• Evening view sunset from Pyathatgyi Temple.
• Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Day 11: Bagan - Pakokku - Kanpetlet (4x4 Driving)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• After breakfast, drive straight to Pakkoku via New Ayeyarwaddy Bridge.
• Continue to Kanpetlet pass on bumpy and dusty roads through the villages and towns of Ka Zun Ma and Nga Ga Bwe, where people are still living very isolated from the rest of the world. Lunch will be served at a simple local restaurant en-route.
• Once reaching Saw town, at the foot of Chin Hills, the nature becomes suddenly more lush and green. Continue up the Chin Hills on a winding road and forested slopes until reaching Kanpetlet, a beautiful village set on a mountain ridge between deep valleys on both sides.
• Upon arrival at Kanpetlet and tour around Chin villages to see elderly women in blue tattoo faces with big ear plugs.
• See some people smoking cigar with their noses. Rare birds and wild orchids are possible to see.
• Overnight at hotel in Kanpetlet.

Day 12: Kanpetlet - Mt.Victoria - Kanpetlet (4x4 Driving)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• Start sightseeing to CHIN VILLAGES around the town of Kampelet.
• We will find tribes such as: NGARA, YIN DU, DAI, OKPU, MAGAN, MWYN.
All these groups speak different dialects and have different costumes. The women, mostly elderly ones, also we spotted a few young girls, have TATTOOED FACES, with very different patterns. We count about 5 different ways of putting the tattoos on: dots, spider, lines, curls, almost black. Walks to each village take about 1 to 1 ½ hours. The CHINS are mostly Christians with a variety of all beliefs from Methodists to Catholics.
In every village one will see houses decorated with buffalo corns. These are from animals called MITHAN a cross between a domestic cow and a wild GAUR. Each time such an animal is slaughtered a kind of wooden pillar decorated with all sort of ornaments is erected in front of the house. In addition a stone table, which is also used as cover for urns, is placed nearby. Some of the houses have up to 10 such pillars and in some villages the stone tables are all gathered together (like a cemetery) whereas in others they are near each home.
• Trekking and hiking to Mt. Victoria and visit Natma Taung National Park covers 72,300 hectares of the Chin Hills and contains Mt. Natma Taung, which rises 2,200 m above the surrounding landscape to a height of 3,051 m (Platt et al. 2012). NTNP ranges in elevation from 740 m to 3,051 m. NTNP was established in 1994 primarily to protect the upper watersheds of the Lemro and Myittha Rivers. Dipterocarp, pine, oak, and oak-rhododendron forests are found across the elevation gradient. NTNP is an alpine “sky island” containing a Holarctic floral species assemblage.
• Back to Hotel and overnight at hotel in Kanpetlet.

Day 13: Kanpetlet - Mindat (4x4 Driving)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• After breakfast, drive to Mindat ( 4 hours drive), a small Chin town, 4860 ft above sea level.
• Arrive Mindat and visit around Mindat area and villages. Start soft trekking and sightseeing the village life of Chin tribes. Pan-Auh Village, 15 minutes drive from town. One may still see the Chin women who still wear the traditional costumes, and the older ones have heavily – tattooed faces and smoked tobacco – pipes.
• Overnight at hotel in Mindat.

Day 14: Mindat - Pakokku (4x4 Driving)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• After berakfast, drive back to Pakkoku and on the way stop at Pauk.
• Arrive to Pakokku and hotel check in.
• Overnight at hotel in Pakokku.

Day 15: Pakokku - Mandalay (By Car)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast, check out from the hotel.
• Drive to Mandalay via Phakhangyi, Chaung Oo and Myin Mu.
• On the way, stop at Pha khan gyee where has a biggest teak wood monastery, visiting around there.
• Then continue to Sagaing and visit Kaung Mhuu Daw Massive Pagoda.
• Proceed to Sagaing Hills, dotted with hundreds of pagodas, monasteries and nunneries quarters.
• In Sagaing visit Soon OoPonya Shin Pagoda, perched on the highest hill which offers panoramic views of the valleys and wide Ayeyarwady River. After visit to U Min Thonze (Hall of thirty Buddha).
• Then, drive to Amarapura and enjoy view the sunset at U Bein Bridge.
• After enjoying sunset, drive straight to Mandalay and hotel check in.
• Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Day 16: Mandalay - Inwa - Mandalay (By Boat/ Horse Cart)

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• Drive to Amarapura, capital before Mandalay for visiting silk weaving industry cottages.
• Morning visit Amarapura Mahagandayone monastery where over thousands of monks are dwelling.
• Continue to Inwa (Ava) by boat. Inwa was founded in 1364 and served as capital of Burmese Kingdom for nearly 400 years. Inwa’s finest attraction to visit is the teak Bagaya Monastery which dates from 1834. The 90ft high masonry watchtower Nan myin, the leaning tower of Inwa is all that remains of King Bagyidaw’s palace.
• Visit Maha Aungmye Bonzan also known as Me Nu Ok Kyaung, the brick structure built in 1818 is same style as common teak monasteries.
• Then back to Mandalay and visit Mahamuni Golden Buddha Image, bronze casting and marble stone cutting craftsmen quarters and gold leaf beaters.
• Visit Ku Tho Daw Pagoda also known as world's largest book, surrounded by 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. It was built by King Mindon in 1857, modeled on the Shwezigon Pagoda at Nyaung U. Proceed to Golden Palace Monastery, which was once part of the palace complex where King Mindon lived. Evening view the sunset from Mandalay Hill.
• Overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 17: Mandalay - Kyaing Tong (By Flight) - Sightseeing

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• After breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to airport to board flight for Kyaing Tong.
• Arrive Kyaing Tong and transfer to hotel for check in.
• First visit the local market to observe the colorful hill tribes. Then you will be taken by car (~ 45 min) to the trekking point at Pin Tauk area where you can visit the villages of Akha and Lahu.
• Then start hiking to explore the living ways of Akha and rare Ann ethnic tribe, subgroup of Wa. Some are baptized, some tribes still animists. The region offers scenic panoramic view over the valley covered with terraced rice fields. Some of the Ann villages are on hills, appr. a 45% "steep" walk up but for not more than half an hour. The Ann people, known to be the kindest tribe, as there is no case up to nowadays where an Ann member has ever been violent. It will take about 6 hours to visit the villages, including visits of the houses.
• On the way back to Kyaing Tong, short visit at a Palaung ethnic village, Wan-Pauk.
• Then back to hotel.
• Overnight at Hotel in Kyaing Tong.

Day 18: Kyaing Tong - Ho Kyin Sightseeing

Overnight :
• After breakfast, Take the coach about 01:30 hours. Then, trekking about 01:30 hours to "Ho Kyin" villages with Akha tribes, still wearing traditional costumes with silver coils. If an Akhar woman wants to have her complete costume,it will take about more than one hour.
• Then walk to near by 3 villages of Akha tribes to see their daily life in those rural areas. Then another 30 minutes to Na Phi Phank village, where Lahu and Akha tribes living together.
• From there walk to Phata Akha village and to "Pang Ma Phai" Akha tribe village to learn more about their daily life.
• Come back to the car to go Mong Zine (Khun Village) to see traditional Lahu Knives made by Lahu black smith. On the way back to hotel visit Joe Phyu "Wa village".
• Overnight at hotel in Kyaing Tong.

Day 19: Kyaing Tong - Lowimwe Sightseeing

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• Depart by car <approx 1 hour> to Akha village situate 9 km northeast of Kyaing Tong. The costume of the ladies of this tribe is simple, a wide sleeved short black jacket over a sarong of horizontal red stripes on black. Proceed to Loimwe <approx 2 hour>, 33 km from Kyaing Tong situates over 1600 meters above sea level.
• Enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding area and temperate climate. Loimwe, old colonial town with different colorful tribes.
• The main attraction along the way is the scenery on the ascent to Loimwe, which passes through forests, terraced rice fields and a lake. You will see many colonial buildings and a Catholic Church in Loimwe.
• On the way to Loimwe, you will have several stops to visit different villages such as Wanlun Shan villages, Holup Akha village, Nangcho Wa village and Panwai Lahu village etc. Visit around the town and return to Kyaing Tong.
• Overnight at hotel in Kyaing Tong.

Day 20: Kyaing Tong - Tachileik (By Car) - Tachileik - Border Crossing

Overnight :
• Breakfast at hotel.
• Check out from hotel and drive to Tachileik by car approximately 4 hours drive.
• On the way you have enough time to stop and visit some villages.
• Arrive to Tachileik and drop you at immigration clearance counter to cross Thailand Border Gate.
    Our service includes
    - Accommodation with daily breakfast
    - Transportation with private car with air condition
    - Domestic Flight Ticket for Mandalay-Kaing Tong
    - Phekhone to Inle Boat
    - Inle Boat Renting Fee
    - Horse Cart Riding in Bagan
    - Mandalay-Mingun-Mandalay Boat Fee
    - 4x4 (4 wheels) Car for Chin State Trip
    - Truck Car for Sagaing Hills and Mandalay Hills
    - AVA (Innwa) Horse Cart Renting Fee
    - Entrance Fees and Zone Fees
    - English Speaking Local Throughout Guide
    - Purified Driking Water and Towels
    - Traditional Bag & Map Present by Nice Style
Our service excludes
- Insurance
- Visa fee for Myanmar
- Drinks
- Meals (Lunch & Dinner) otherwise mentioned as B/L/D
- Camera and Video Fees
- Tip moneys & Porters
- Other personal expenses

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