12 Days Myanmar Ancient Cities

Duration

: 12 Days 11 Nights

Destination

: START |MANDALAY . BAGAN . ANN . MRAUK U . SITTWE . YANGON| FINISH

Trip Overview

: This tour introduces the unusual villages & towns, culture and the real taste of authentic people.
Take the opportunity to visit off beaten track to wonder the kingdoms of ancient cities and differences
Mingle the diverse architecture of the old cities, its culture and nature.
Discovery on Royal Palace, 200 years old bridge, some cottage industries and Mandalay Hill in Mandalay
Wonder Bagan ancient temples and nearby villages to see local products and daily life.
Visit Min Hla fort in Magway, has some great history and was built by Italian military engineers for the Burmese king around 1852-1853. It was used without success in the 2nd Anglo Burmese war against the British.
Observe mountain scenery of Rakine Yoma mountain range, the beauty of Ann valley and unusual riverside villages
Discover the deserted ruins of Mrauk U’s grand palaces, temples and pagodas of this important trading port and former capital. Situated by the lovely Kaladan River in a charming rural setting dotted throughout farmlands the ruins will take you back to the 16th century.

Day 1 Mandalay arrival



Arrival at Mandalay and transfer to down town.
Hotel check in and afternoon at leisure to explore the busy streets in the afternoon.

Compared to the many ancient capitals scattered around the country, Mandalay is in fact a relatively new city, having been built in 1857 when King Mindon was trying to re-establish Burmese prestige after the country’s defeat in the Second Anglo-Burmese War. It was therefore constructed on a grand scale, and the size of Mandalay Palace is testament to this.

Overnight in Mandalay 3 nights

Day 2 Mandalay explorer with local guide


Pick up from your hotel and drive to Amarapura and take a stroll on U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometre is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world.

On the return, pay a visit to lively jade market where you will learn how to purchase the green stones. Business is conducted here in tiny picnic tables where buyers, sellers and experts examine the stones and negotiate the prices over a cup of tea.
Then, continue to Mandalay local workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made, gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces.

Visit Mandalay Royal Palace in the afternoon and end the day with a sunset view from Mandalay Hill.

Day 3 Mandalay. Irrwaddy River trip to Mingun accompanied by local guide



Transfer to simple wooden jetty in the afternoon for boarding to Cruise to the village of Mingun.. There are fishing boats and locals washing and drying their clothes along the jetty.

The views from the boat is impressive; hilltop pagodas, bustling harbours and unique riverside living. and visit the world’s largest uncracked bell, and marvel at the impressive sight of the unfinished Mingun Pagoda. Continue to the Hisnbyume Pagoda before getting back to Mandalay.

Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 4 Mandalay to Bagan by Paukan cruise




Cruising from Mandalay to Bagan by offering river life and
The views are pleasant – a mixture of palm trees, villages and paddy fields dominate the landscape.

Overnight in Bagan – 3 nights

Day 5 Bagan explore temples with your local guide

Your discovery in Old Bagan begins with some of the site’s most important monuments such HtilominloTemple, one of the greater temples of Bagan, Ananda temple, an architectural masterpiece, built 1105 AD in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance and angle from which the statues are viewed.

Continue to Thatbyinnyu Temple standing within the city walls, rises to a height of 201 feet above the ground and overtops all the other monuments, Gubyaukgyi Temple which dates back to the 13th century AD and Sulamani Guphaya Temple.

You will return to your hotel for a couple of hours to escape the hottest part of the day.
Later this afternoon, end the day atop a pagoda which affords a magnificent sunset view of Bagan's temple studded plains.

Day 6 Bagan villages & Ayeyarwaddy river cruise with your local guide


Morning exploration of local villages.

Start with an excursion to village market in Nyaung Oo and nearby villages to learn agriculture production and village life. Meet the people in the farming to share practices of seasonal plantations such as sesame and various kinds of beans and local products from plantations.

Back to hotel after lunch to escape the heat.

Later in the afternoon,take a boat ride (own expense) on the significant Irrawaddy River to see intricate carvings at Kyauk Gu U Min. Return to Bagan by boat as the sun sets over the Irrawaddy.

Day 7 Bagan to Ann Valley via Magway and Minbu (approx. 8 hours drive)

Depart Bagan towards Rakhine (Arakan) Yoma mountain ranges to Ann valley ( approx. 8 hours drive) by passing some small villages seasonal plantation and bridges over the creeks and rivers. The Arakan Mountains between the coast of Rakine Stated the Central Burma Basin, in which flows the Irrawaddy River.are crossed by the An route to Ngapa and Mingu and by an all-weather road from Taungup to Pyay on the Irrawaddy.
Make a stop at Magwe to mingle Min Hla fort, has some great history and was built by Italian military engineers for the Burmese king around 1852-1853. It was used without success in the 2nd Anglo Burmese war against the British. The river facing wall section is collapsing but you can still go up on the ramparts to get a great view of the Irrawaddy river. Another stop ata little town Minbu to see Mud Volcano’s. Locally they are known as Naga Bwet Taung which loosely translates to something about Dragons breath.
Starting from Nga Phe, it is hilly drive. Continue to Ann valley. The scenery is interesting - rolling hills as the road climbs into the mountains of Rakhine Yoma mountain. The road takes about 3 hours. Arrive Ann. Enjoy the cool, refreshing air and relaxed atmosphere of this charming and sleepy town.
Overnight in Ann – 1 night

Day 8 Drive Ann Valley to Mrauk U (approx. 4.5 hour drive)

Breakfast at local teashop. Take a stroll in the tiny off beaten track town and witness the local daily life beside the Ann creek.

After lunch, set off about 5 hour journey to Mrauk U by road. by passing Ramaung bridge and small villages.

Mrauk U, pronounced Mira Oo – an area featuring a concentration of temples and pagodas that is often compared with what is probably Burma/Myanmar’s most famous tourist sight, Bagan. Mrauk U is generally touted as being the less touristy, more “real” version, as on account of its difficulty to get to.
Arrive Mruak U in time of sunset from Harri Hill.

Overnight in Mrauk U – 3 nights

Day 9 Discover Mrauk U with your local guide

Meet with your local guide and explore temples such as Shitthaung Pagoda known as "80,000 Images" , erected in 1536, after King Meng Ba conquered Bengal, Andawthein, ordination hall with tooth relic, and Yadanabon stupa, heap of Jewels and gems. The temples are very different to Bagan, much more simple in appearance and made of stone rather than brick. The landscape is also different, with myriads of small hills meaning the whole site has a very different look to Bagan.

Return to the city in the afternoon to see more temples such as Kothaung temple which was built in 1553 and shrine of 90000 buddha images. Yadana Manaung Zedi , Dukkhanthein temple,vaulted passages with impressive stone sculptures in the huge fortress-like temple, Laymyetnha temple, Pitaka taik and Laungbanyau.

Sunset from Harri Hill.

Day 10 Visit Chin village

This morning, a visit to morning open fresh market where all kinds of fish, seafood, vegetables are on sale.
Then, travel on a bumpy road about 30 minutes to the small jetty for a short boat trip up along the Lay Mro River to the Chin minority villages for 2-3 hours. Chin people are probably best known for their colorful fabrics, as well as tattoo on faces of women. A legend said that the Burmese King from central land used to explore their State as Chin women are most beautiful among other minorities. Chin girls not later than age of 13 had to tattoo on their faces to make them ugly and to prevent from being taken to the Burmese palace. As tattooing habits are stopped, you can see mostly elderly women with tattoo nowadays. (You are suggested to bring some light food since your lunch will be late.
Back to Mrauk U at later noon
Relax at hotel.

In the afternoon, continue to see some remaining temples of Mrauk U, which nestle amongst hills, streams and leafy trees. Stroll through the streets of Mrauk U.
End the day with a visit to Shwetaung for good view over Mrauk U.

Day 11 Mrauk U to Sittwe by road (approx. 3.5 hour)

Depart Mrauk U to Sittwe by road .Kissapanadi River and Rakhaine Yoma mountains are lining along the road.

A stop at ancient city of Wethali, the original site of the famous Mahu Muni Buddha which is now located in Mandalay and it is interesting to enjoy a hike to Kyauk Taw Hill or U Rit Hill in Pone Nar Island by passing suspension bridge over the river if you are well energetic.

Enjoy fabulous view from the top of the mountain.
Arrive Sittwe in time for lunch.

Take a stroll along the busy streets later in the afternoon to see activities of the town.

Overnight in Sittwe - 1 night

Day 12 Fly from Sittwe to Yangon. Depart Yangon

This morning, a visit morning open fresh market where all kinds of fish, seafood ,vegetables are on sale.

Then, take a drive along the Strand Road past fishing boats to The Viewpoint , at the mouth of Kaladan River. There are some interesting shale and sandstone rock formations, as well as fabulous views over a black sand beach stretching for miles towards Bangladesh along the edge of the Bay of Bengal.

Then, drive through the town to see picturesque colonial buildings built in British days, local style houses, local family business of fried fish snack (papara) and pork sousage and nearby fisherman village to witness the same daily routines .

Then, return to the hotel to collect your luggage.
Transfer to airport for flight to Yangon. On arrival, connect your international flight to home.

Prices

Price USD 1440 per person based on party of 2 (twin hotel room sharing basis) from mid Oct 17 to end of Mar 18. Please contact us surcharge for peak season from 24 Dec 17 to 4 Jan 18.

Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

Hotel option - standard category & guest house accommodation in Ann Valley

Mandalay - Golden Mandalay Hotel
Description : Nice family running home-stay style this accommodation is a central location in Mandalay in a rather 'offside' street and walking distance to Royal Palace. Cozy style bungalows are nice, clean and full of practical accommodations. The rooms are in cabins in a well laid out garden and are decorated in flamboyant local style. The beds are comfortable and the lighting is excellent (possible to read in bed!) The shower rooms are large with lots of hot water. Breakfast is served on a terrace overlooking a stream.

Bagan - Ruby True Hotel
Description : Local style Ruby True Hotel offer standard services and a broad range of amenities. Bungalow style rooms are fitted with a private bathroom and balcony overlooking view to the garden. Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property. Breakfast is served at the garden. Easy access to nearby attractions by bike. Very good location in New Bagan and walking distance to nearby local restaurants.

Ann – Thu Kha San Guest House
Description : Family running simple guest with limited room with air conditioning. Room size is a bit small. But it offers large bed and private bath room with hot and cool shower. Walking distance to nearby local attractions such as Ann creek, morning fresh market and local tea shops. No wifi access in Ann.

Mrauk U – Shwe Thazin Hotel
Description : Shwe Thazin Hotel is located to enjoy the town's attraction and activities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destination.
Each guestroom features modern amenities such as air-conditioning, hot and cold shower and mini bar including private balcony.

Sittwe – Hotel Memory
Description: It is a modern style hotel and located in the of the city closed to Myo Ma fresh market, habor area, walking distance to River Valley seafood restaurant and nearby shops. Rooms are large ,comfortable, good bathroom with hot/cool shower. Windows are large and nice view to the streets.


Due to tourism infrastructure of this part, upgrade accommodation cannot be arranged in Ann valley and Sittwe. To get prices for upgrade accommodation in other cities, please contact us by email.

Inclusion

- 11 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily ( at local tea house in Ann)
- All transfers and transport in air-conditioned vehicle & driver
- local guide service for touring and the overland journey from Ann to Sittwe
- A short boat ride in Mrauk U
- One local flight from Sittwe to Yangon
- Cool tissue and mineral water during touring

Exclusion


Meals (not mentioned above)
Entrance fees
Any other services not mentioned above
Personal expenses
Tips and porters

Important Notes:

Rakhine is developing region and its tourism infrastructure may not match tourist standard. Regional English speaking escort will assist you during your journey from Ann to Sittwe to connect with local people as well as your safety and they will also tell you about the towns, natures etc.. He is not official tourist license guides. They speak at least basic English.

Simple accommodation only (air conditioned bedroom with bathroom attached) is available in Ann Valley.

The above itinerary is indicative and some details may change according to conditions and availability; you will always be informed of such changes.

This program is not recommended from mid April to mid September.

There may be changes to estimated prices depending on air fuel cost, domestic airfares, US$ exchange rates and festive season surcharge. All supplemental cost to be advised.

Would you like to combine with a visit to Shan Hill or extend your tour to the beautiful and relaxing Ngapali Beach ? Our travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you, along with any other travel, accommodation or activity requirements you may have. Please feel free to contact us.

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