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Trekking from Kalaw to Inle and Taunggyi Festival (This Itinerary is highly recommended for Honeymooner)

Day 1,              Yangon Arrival

Arrive at Yangon arrive at Yangon airport in the afternoon. Meet with your guide at Yangon international Arrival Hall after clearing immigration and custom formalities. He or she will welcome you or your group with welcome signboard. Then transfer to your hotel. Accommodation at hotel Yangon. Sedona Hotel Yangon. (superior room)

No meals

Day 2,              Yangon (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Start your sightseeing with drive through the Colonial Style Buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Enjoy your photo stop at Sule Pagoda and City Hall. Continue visit to Botathaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Wharves. There is a sort of mirrored maze inside the stupa, with glass showcases containing many of the ancient relics.

Start your sightseeing with visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on every Mondays & Public Holidays) and it has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts. Continue to the reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, is almost as large as the enormous figure in Bago Shwethalyaung. Then drive to Kandawgyi Park and take photo of Shwedagon Pagoda from Kandawgyi Park. Enjoy sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,600 years old and there are always full with many people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon and especially on Full Mon days and religious days. Accommodation at hotel, Yangon. Sedona Hotel Yangon. (superior room)


Day 3,              Yangon –Heho –Pindaya – Kalaw (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight from Bagan to Mandalay (Approx: 1115-1225 hrs). Arrive at Heho Airport and drive to Pindaya Cave,believed to contain more than 8000 Buddha Images of all sizes, and caved in wood, stone, marble and bronze thickly glided. Shan papers production cottages are also interested to visit where handmade papers are produced from the pulp of mulberry bark dried in the sun. Other cottage industry interesting to visit is oiled paper umbrellas used by monks and nuns. Then drive to Kalaw, which was formerly a British Hill Station. Arrive Kalaw and check into your hotel. Pine Hill Resort Kalaw. (deluxe room)


Day 4,        Kalaw – Tha Yet Pu- Kan Par NI- War Gyi Myaung      (L, D)

At early in the morning, you will be transferred by car to Tha Yet Pu village ( 30 minutes) where you will meet the trekking guide and start walking to Kan Par Ni village (1 ½ hours). Visit the different families of the village and see the pottery and black smith workshops. Lunch will be served at the monastery of the village. After lunch proceed to Waa Gyi Myaung village (located on the highest mountain of Inle lake region, 3 hours) through different villages of Taung Yoe, Danu and Pa O ethnic minorities.

Day 5,       Waa Gyi Myaung – Khaung Daing – Inel (B)

After having very simple breakfast (prepared by your trekking guide) take the descending foot path to Kyauk Ngek village (1 ½ hours).Continue walking down hill to Khaung Daing village (located on the western shore of the Lake) through the forested valley (2 hours). Upon arrival to Kaung Daing you will be transferred to your hotel by boat.

In the afternoon, 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 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. 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. Accommodation hotel, Inle Lake. Inle Lotus Hotel. (deluxe room)




Porter fee/ trekking guide fee (the number of porter will be increased according to the number of the guest)


Simple Lunch and Dinner on the 1st day


Breakfast on the 2nd day


Drinking water bottles for the whole trip (one bottle/pax/day)


Very basic accommodation at the local house or at the village monastery


Mosquito net provided


Only providing thin mattress on the floor and the blankets available from the monastery




English speaking station guide fee


Luggage transfer to Nyaung Shwe and to the hotel


Transfer to the starting point by car


Boat Transfer from  Khaung Daing to the hotel

The main luggage will be transferred by the car to the hotel if the guests stay in the hotel in Nyaung Shwe (or) transferred to the hotel by car and boat if the guests stay in the hotel on the lake.

Additional information

For this trekking we do recommend to take only a small backpack which you can carry during the hike. The less stuff you carry around, the more you will enjoy yourself.

It can contain items you might need during the hike:

  • 2 pairs of socks. Sandals or flip-flops (for the evening)
  • Small towels and personal items
  • Sun-cream, hat, sunglasses. Mosquito repellent
  • 1 long sleeves sweater and pants, or jogging suits (for cold season)
  • A small flashlight is always useful.
  • Wear a good pair of running shoes or lightweight trekking shoes.

During the cold season (mostly months of December and January) it is always better to bring some warm clothes, as temperatures can drop down at night. It can reach a 5 degree Celsius in the morning early hours.

Day 6,              Inle – Indein  (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Explore one of the local 5-day markets, as we easily called, are well-known visit around the lake.  The markets are rotating among the villages in regular order - one village becomes the host of the market every 5th day.  By visiting 5-day markets, you will get insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods. NOTE: The visit to such markets is thus subject to market day calendar and the location of the host village.

Then take enjoyable boat ride through irrigation canals to Indein pagoda complex- an archaeological site worthy to visit where hundreds of Shan style ruined pagodas stand on slop of a hill. Some of the pagodas dated back to 17th and 18th centuries. In the afternoon, visit to the Black Smith work to look how they make products and He` Ywarma (Padaung Village). Accommodation hotel, Inle Lake. Inle Lotus Hotel. (deluxe room)

Day 7,              Inle – Taunggyi (B)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning drive up through pine-clad hills to Taunggyi, capital of Southern Shan State and a former British hill station.  In the afternoon you have enough time to participate in the Balloon Festival. About the Balloon festival and balloons: The Balloon festival is held only once a year after the end of the Buddhist Lent. Traditionally it is a festival to pay homage to the Sulamani Pagoda in heaven by sending up decorated balloons. The paper balloons are 15-20 feet tall, decorated on the outside with colored cellophane lanterns. The lantern contain candles, forming different designs. A flame heats the air in the balloon which quickly ascend, carrying a 10-15 foot long tail, filled with various types of firecrackers, that continuously light as the balloons ascend. Watch the making of the small children’s balloons, in the shapes of various animals and mythical creatures (if not there you can see this in ANY city in Myanmar!) and of course the Competition between individual villages for best decorated and high flying balloons. After dinner at Paradise Hotel, ascend to the Sulamani Pagoda to watch the Balloon Festival and the religious activities at the Pagoda. Accommodation at hotel, Nyaung Shwe.

Day 8,              Inle – Heho – Mandalay (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Car and guide at disposal until your flight from Heho to Mandalay (Approx: 1625-1655 hrs).

Note: Aye Thar Yar Wine Vineyard, where grapes are being cultivated and grape wine is being produced. Aye Thar Yar vineyard situated in Aye Thar Yar satellite town near Taunggyi in the Shan State. The pioneer of the Aye Thar Yar Vineyard is a German, Mr. Morsbach who irrigation in 1999. Covering an area of 25 acres, the vine yard is situated on a hill, 1,300 meters above sea level. They have planted 7 species of grape for making Red wine. They are Shiraz (Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon, Tampranillo, Babera, Egiodola and Dornkelfelder. For producing white wine, 3 species of grape, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon Blanc and Chemin Blanc have been grown.


Accommodation hotel, Mandalay. Sedona Hotel. (superior room)

Day 9,              Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay (B)


Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to Mandalay jetty and enjoy boat trip (approx 45 minutes) to Mingun. Arrive Mingun and sightseeing by Bullock-carts. Visit Mingun Bell, weighing 55,555 viss (90) tonnes and the largest hung uncracked bell in the world. Then Visit to Mingun Pagoda, built in 1790 by Bodawpaya with thousands of slaves and prisoners of war laboured. Then continue to Hsinbyume Pagoda (Also known as Myatheindan Pagoda), built byKing Bagyidaw in 1816 and this stupa was construed in memory of his senior wife, the Hsinpyume Princess.

In the afternoon, visit the newly renovated Mandalay Palace, See the old palace walls, the city gates with their crowning wooden pavilions and the surrounding moa  t which are still present an impressive scene of the Mandalay Palace.  Also, visit the Cultural Museum in which you will see some remains of the last Myanmar throne inside the palace ground. Accommodation hotel, Mandalay. Sedona Hotel. (superior room)


Day 10,            Mandalay – Ava – Sagaing (B)


Breakfast at hotel. This morning transfer to jetty and take the local ferry to visit Innwa (Ava)and sightseeing around Ava by horse-cart. First visit to Maha Aungmye Bonzn Monastery (Also known as the Ok Kyaung), brick-and-stucco monastery built by Meh Nu, the chief queen of Bagyidaw, for her royal abbot U Po (Nyaunggan Sayadaw) in 1818. Then visit to Nanmyin Watch Tower, 27m high masonry watchtower and climb to the top to enjoy views over the river. Then continue to Bagaya Kyaung, which dates from 1834 and built of teak   a nd supported by 267 teak posts.

In the afternoon, drive to Sagaing a town at the foot of Sagaing Hills, dotted with hundreds of pagodas, monasteries and nunneries quarters. In Sagaing visit Soon Oo Ponya 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 Buddhas). If desired visit silver smith workshops in Yahtaung village. Enjoy spectacular view at Sagaing Hill and the hill itself has a number or stupas and monasteries. Accommodation hotel, Mandalay. Sedona Hotel. (superior room)

Day 11             Mandalay – Bagan (B)             

Breakfast at hotel. This morning drive to Amarapura and visit U-Bein Bridge, which is 1.2km long leak bridge over the Taung Thaman Lake. Then visit to Mahagandayon Monastery,known as the biggest Buddhist learning Centre in Mandalay to learn the daily life of monks. Visit to the Silk Weaving workshops. Continue visit Mahamuni Pagoda, built by King Bodawpaya in 1784, the centrepiece of the shrine is the highly venerated Mahamuni buddha image, which was transported to Mandalay from Mrauk-U (Rakhine) in 1784. Continue visit to Marble Curving workshops and Gold Leaf Beating workshops.

In the afternoon, Kuthodaw Pagoda (also known as the Maha Lawka Marazein Pagoda), the pagoda complex has been dubbed 'the world's biggest book', for standing around the central stupa are 729 marble slabs on which are inscribed the entire Tripitaka. Transfer to the airport for your flight from Mandalay to Bagan (Approx: 1710-1740 hrs). Transfer to your hotel and Check in to your hotel. Accommodation hotel, Bagan. Oasis Hotel (superior room)



Day 12,            Bagan (B)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, wander through the village of Minnanthu to see how the local people live. Then visit to Payathonzu (the name literally means Three Stupas) design is remarkably similar to Khmer Buddhist ruins in Thailand and two of the shrines contain vaguely Chinese or Tibetan-looking mural paintings that contain Bodhisattva figures. Continue visit to Tayoke Pyay Temple, built by King Narathihapate in 13th century.  Visit to Damayasaka Temple, a complex pentagonal shape zedi, a contemporary structure at the time. Then visit to Lawkananda Pagoda,was built by King Anawrahta during his reign in 1059 and situated on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. The Buddha’s tooth relic is enshrined in it, which was brought from Sri Lanka.

In the afternoon, enjoy your sightseeing by bicycle (or) horse-cart to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170, which is famous for its interlocking mortar-less brickwork. Then visit Sulamani, more sophisticate temple styles, with better internal lighting. Constructed circa 1181 by Narapatisithu and the temple features two storeys standing on broad terraces assembled to create a pyramid effect. Then transfer to jetty and board on boat to enjoy sunset while in Ayeyarwaddy River.  Accommodation hotel, Mandalay. Oasis Hotel (superior room)

Day 13,            Bagan – Yangon (B)

From the airport, start your full day Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to Nyaung Local Market. Then visit to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, where the 37 pre-Buddhist 'nets' were first officially endorsed by the Barmar monarchy. The 12th Century originals were spirited away by a collector and are now reportedly som


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