Rail Tours: STEAM RAIL
YANGON - MANDALAY - MINGUN -
SAGAING - BAGAN - INLE LAKE - YANGON (10 Days/ 9 Nights)
Day 01 Yangon
Arrive at Yangon Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing
starts with Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, a
royal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop. Late in the
afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, described by Somerset Maugham: “The
Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the
dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the
fog and smoke of the thriving city.” Wander through this magnificent
structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples and Buddha images and
see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Enjoy the
sunset over the pagoda. In the evening time, visit Chinatown. Overnight at
Day 02 Yangon – Mandalay (by express train)
After breakfast visit World Peace Pagoda which was built at the same
time when the sixth synod was held, then proceed to Mae Lamu Pagoda which is
popular because of it’s many Buddha images, monk statues and other images
and statues. Continue to Kyauk-htatkyi Pagoda (a reclining Buddha image),
Sule Pagoda and to the downtown area where you can find colonial buildings
and witness the daily activities of the local people. At 17:30 p.m. transfer
to Central Railway Station; overnight train to Mandalay at 18:30 p.m.
Day 03 Mandalay
Morning arrival in Mandalay. Transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing includes
visits of Arts and Crafts Center such as marble cutting, woodcarving, jade
grinding and gold-leaf making. Continue to Mahamuni Pagoda. Afternoon
sightseeing: Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings;
Atumashi Monastery (Incomparable Monastery) and Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as
‘The World’s Biggest Book’ for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures;
finally climb Mandalay Hill for the sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Mandalay
Approximately 07:30 a.m. drive to the jetty and cross the Ayeyarwaddy
River (appr. 1 hr). Excursion to Mingun, noted for its huge unfinished
pagoda and the enormous “Mingun Bell”, the largest ringing bell in the
world. Back to Mandalay by boat and drive over Ava Bridge to Sagaing, 21km
southwest of Mandalay, to visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, an enormous dome-shaped
pagoda. Visit silversmith home industry and proceed to Sagaing Hills, a
retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Sunset
at U Bein Bridge in Amarapura and come back to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Mandalay – Bagan (by express boat / ETD: 6 a.m.
ETA: 5 p.m.)
After a day river cruise on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River you reach Bagan.
Thousands of decaying pagodas rise majestically from the plains a create a
timeless scene, saluting a glorious past. On arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 06 Bagan
After breakfast enjoy the whole day at the most extensive archeological
site in Asia. Bagan has over 5,000 temples and pagodas of various sizes in
varying status of repair spread across the plains. Some you can walk to,
others are best visited by bicycle or local pony cart. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Bagan – Inle Lake
After breakfast drive to Nyaung Shwe (appr. 7 hrs, by air-con bus). On
the way you can visit Meiktila Lake and the villages along the way to see
how hilltribes in Myanmar live and to witness their daily activities. On
arrival at Nyaung Shwe transfer to hotel.
Day 08 Inle Lake
After breakfast full-day excursion on Inle Lake (25 km); view the famous
“One leg rowers”, typical floating gardens, local fishing methods and
witness the village life. Continue visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. After
lunch proceed to the weaving village of In Phaw Khon and on the way back
visit Nga Phechaung Monastery, cheroot making home industry and then return
to Nyaung Shwe. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Naung Shwe – Heho – Yangon
After breakfast drive to Heho airport for the flight back to Yangon by
Yangon Airways. Upon arrival transfer to hotel; day at your leisure.
Day 10 Yangon/ Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport for the flight back to Bangkok.
Tour codes : MH-10-SR