4 Days / 3 Nights
Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Gokteik Bridge - Hsipaw - Mandalay
Visit a former colonial hill station, Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo) to see the beautiful colonial architecture of houses built during the British rule. Then take a train to to the sleepy town of Hsipaw, the heart of one of Myanmar’s oldest Shan kingdoms. Take a boat trip up the Dottawaddy river and watch the charming buildings of ‘Hsipaw’ along the river, then set off for a soft tracking tour that will bring you through fruit plantation gardens to 150 years old Lon Yon monastery where you will mingle with young Buddhist novices who are ethnic Shan and Palaung boys learning literature and ethics.
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Day 1. Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin (-/-/-)
We drive to a former colonial hill station, Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo) approximately 65km/1,5hrs away from Mandalay. The tranquil beauty of the town captured the minds of the British administration, who developed it after defeating the last king of Myanmar. Burmese know the town for the flowers, fruits and vegetables that grow so well in its cooler climes. We first visit to Peik Chin Myaing Cave and Pwe Kauk Waterfall located near the town. Then, at the botanical gardens, we feast our eyes on the variety of flora available in the region. To close the day, we enjoy a horse cart ride to see the beautiful colonial architecture of houses built during the British rule.
Day 2. Pyin Oo Lwin - Gokteik Bridge - Hsipaw (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we visit the lively Pyin Oo Lwin morning market where local farmers come to trade their produce. We continue to board a local train and travel 3 hours to Naungpein village. En-route, the train crawls slowly across Gokteik bridge, the scenic highlight of the day as the bridge spans a 300m deep gorge. From Naungpein Village, we join our driver again and drive 1.5 hrs further to the sleepy town of Hsipaw, the heart of one of Myanmar’s oldest Shan kingdoms. En-route we stop to see bamboo weaving before arriving to Hsipaw late afternoon.
Day 3. Hsipaw (B/-/-)
After breakfast, take a boat trip up the Dottawaddy river and watch the charming buildings of ‘Hsipaw’ along the river as well as the once famous Shan Palace. On the way, observe the Shan villagers’ daily activities such as fishing, washing, fetching water for household use. After the boat trip, a 30 minutes' drive we set off for a soft tracking tour that will bring you through fruit plantation gardens to 150 years old Lon Yon monastery where you will mingle with young Buddhist novices who are ethnic Shan and Palaung boys learning literature and ethics. After the monastery visit, the boat will bring you to the confluence of the two rivers namely Namtu and Nam-ma to form Dhu Hta Waddy. Continue downstream back to Hsipaw. In the afternoon, sightseeing around the village and then enjoy the sunset at Thein Taung hill.
Day 4. Hsipaw - Mandalay (B/-/-)
After breakfast, drive back to Mandalay. Upon arrival we proceed to the highlights of Mandalay: the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in wars between competing kingdoms; the Golden Palace Monastery, the sole surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals. We end our day with panoramic sunset views over the city skyline on Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS FROM £585 per person
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Twin sharing accommodation in a double/twin room in standard hotels.
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Myanmar. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Visa fee for Myanmar.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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