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Day 1: MAE SOT-MYAWADDY- HPA AN

Departures from Mae-Sot to Myawaddy cross the bridge which links Mae Sot (Thailand) with Myawaddy (Myanmar). Our guide and Myanmar Tourism officer will meet our group at the entrance of Myanmar. As it is not usual that Myanmar immigration and customs officials are dealing with a group of camping car entering Myanmar, we are prepared to have a lot of patience until the lengthy procedures to get all the papers right, inspect all the cars, etc. are terminated. Than we drive from Myawaddy across the Dawna Mountain Range to Hpan An, capital of Karen State.

Day 2: HPA AN- GOLDEN ROCK

After breakfast, we cross the Thanlwin (Salween) River as you continue to Thaton, which was the capital of the former Thaton Mon Kingdom which ruled Lower Burma from the 9th – 11th century and stretched far into Thailand. From Thaton we continue in Northern direction to Kyaikhto, a small town in Mon State, which is the nearest town to the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (or the Golden Rock), one of famous landmark in Myanmar.

Day 3: GOLDEN ROCK - TAUNGOO

The morning is spent visiting one of the wonder of Myanmar, famous for its precarious position and religious importance: Kyaiktiyo: the ‘Golden Rock’, a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. and enjoy the magnificent view. We drive to Kin Mon, the base camp from where a steep 15 km road leads to the upper staging point. The journey is made in open trucks, which are very crowded. From the summit where we disembark from the truck, it is a mere 10-15 min. walk to the Golden Rock. A visit to the Golden Rock is a mesmerizing experience as we will encounter the religiosity of Myanmar people in stunningly beautiful natural surroundings. Afterwards, return to Kin Mon base camp by truck.
Afterwards we take off in direction of Taungoo which is located 220km from Yangon, with mountain ranges to both east and west. The main industry is in forestry products, with teak and other hardwoods extracted from the mountains. King Mingyinyo founded Taungoo (known as Kaytumadi) in 1510 AD. Taungoo was once the capital of one of the most powerful post-Bagan Brumese kingdoms. Sunset at Shwesandaw Pagoda and the pagoda was built in 1597 and there are many interesting pavilions in the pagoda compound.

Day 4: TAUNGOO - KALAW

We leave Taungoo in the morning and drive to Kalaw (Shan State) by passing the small villages, plantation of paddy fields. We will see the Irrawaddy plain before reaching the mountains of Shan State. We will arrive in the afternoon to Kalaw, which it was popular with the British during colonial rule. The hill station is located at an elevation of 1320 meters, 50 km from the Inle Lake.

Day 5: KALAW-PINDAYA-INLE LAKE

We leave from Kalaw in the morning drive to Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake). The road winds along the valley, the plantation of the tea, paddy fields, small forests. On the way we visit the Pindaya Cave, one of the famous places of Myanmar. The main reason to make this appealing journey is to visit the famous Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave pagoda, a massive limestone cavern filled with thousands of gilded Buddha statues, but hills around Pindaya are also home to a nascent trekking scene. Late afternoon we reach Nyaungshwe at the fabled Inle Lake.

Day 6: INLE LAKE, BOAT EXCURSION

Today, we spend most of the day touring Inle Lake by boat. We will visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site of the Shan State, weaving villages, silk weaving on wooden handlooms and black smith, and Nge Phae Kyaung Jumping Cats Monastery, unique leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, process of canoe making and the floating village life.

Day 7: INLE - BAGAN

We leave from Nyaung Shwe in the morning drive to Bagan. The road winds along the valley, the plantation of the tea, paddy fields, small forests. On the way, we will pass a lot of villages where we can stop and observe the locals and arrival in Bagan should be around 15:00pm.

Day 8: BAGAN SIGHTSEEING

Today we explore the archaeological site of Bagan. Discover the richest archeological site of Asia with more than 3,000 stupas and temples. Visit of some famous pagodas such as Ananda: the most finest one, Thatbyinyu: the highest temple of Bagan. Shwesigon: the most venerable pagoda, Dhammayangyi, the most massive temple, Shwesandaw Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi and Gubyauknge. Inside the temples, learn the old Myanmar People’s mural paintings and the fresco of 11th and 13th centuries.

Day 9: BAGAN - MANDALAY

Leaving Bagan, we drive to Mandalay and visit some famous weaving factory ( modern ) and maybe we will have a chance to see some elder people who use to weaving with loom. Then, continue to Mandalay and arrive at Mandalay end of the afternoon. Depend on arrival we can visit Ava , visit Maha Aung Mye Bonzan and Bagaya monestary. In the evening visit to Amarapura, 3 times ancient capital and it’s well-known weaving factories. Enjoy the sunset at U Bein teak Bridge from 19 century. Return to Mandalay.

Day 10: MANDALAY EXCURSION

Today we will do some sightseeing in Mandalay, the last kingdom and the second largest city of Myanmar. Sightseeing includes the gold leaves making factories, craftsmen’s quarters, weavings and bronze castings, tapestries, the marble stone making: slab, Buddha image, the sculptures and can discover the Royal Palace, lion throne and its moat. Sunset at Mandalay Hill in the evening.

Day 11: MANDALAY - MONYWA

Morning drive to Monywa (±4h). Visit the magnificent Thanboday Pagoda and typical Myanmar town. Visit to Po Win Taung Caves by crossing the Chindwin River. Return to Monywa in the evening.

Day 12: MONYWA - KALAY

Morning drive to Kalay. also known as Karlaymyo, is a town in the Sagaing Division of Burma. It is located upstream from Mandalay and Monywa on the Myittha River, a tributary of the Chindwin River.It has gained importance with trans border movement enabled between Burma and India following the 165 kilometres (103 mi) Tamu–Kalayamyo road built by the Border Roads Organization of India. We will arrive late afternoon to Kalay and visit around kalay depend on arrival time.

Day 13: KALAY ~ TAMU ~ MORAH (DEPARTURE TO INDIA)

Morning drive to Tamu. Tamu is a town in Sagaing Region in northwest Burma near the border with the eastern Indian state of Manipura. Then, we continued drive from Tamu to the border between Myanmar and India. After customs / immigration procedures are terminated, we leave from Myanmar and find ourselves to India.