Burmese Days: Along The Irrawaddy River With Bangkok & Inle Lake – Southbound 2019
Countries:
Burma (Myanmar), New Zealand, Thailand
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Explore the best of Bangkok and cruise Myanmar’s captivating Irrawaddy River on this Southeast Asia river cruise experience.

Begin your journey in Bangkok, the enchanting capital of Thailand, where you’ll get up close to its most renowned temples, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha—the oldest and largest of its kind. Next, explore Yangon, where you will visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered site in all of Myanmar. Fly from Yangon to Mandalay, where you’ll begin your cruise odyssey to discover historic landmarks, ancient pagodas, regional culinary specialties, and gracious people to welcome you. Your first stop is Kyauk Myaung to see its legendary pottery artisans at wok.

In Mandalay, you’ll come to know and love this gracious culture of art and spiritualism.
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Bangkok: Welcome to Thailand

Day 2 Bangkok: Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Day 3 Bangkok: Day at leisure

Day 4 Bangkok–Yangon, Myanmar: Fly to Yangon

Day 5 Yangon: Walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda

Day 6 Yangon–Mandalay (Embarkation): Fly to Mandalay; onboard welcome reception

Day 7 Kyauk Myaung–Sin Kyun: Walking tour through the pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung; see straw hat making in Sin Kyun

Day 8 Mingun-Mandalay-Amarupura: See unfinished pagoda & bronze bell in Mingun; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura

Day 9 Mandalay: Sightseeing including Mahamuni, Kuthadaw and Shwenandaw Pagodas; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold leaf workshops; traditional dance performance

Day 10 Sagaing: Visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, a silversmith workshop, and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda

Day 11 Shwe Pyi Thar: Walking tour through this typical river village to visit a local farmer's home and see palm candy being made; traditional puppet show

Day 12 Bagan: Watch sunrise from temple; sightseeing including a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Sulamani Temple; ox cart ride to
temple for sunset

Day 13 Bagan (Disembarkation)–Heho–Inle Lake: Fly to Heho; transfer to Inle Lake; lunch at Red Mountain Estate

Day 14 Inle Lake: Full-day excursion around the lake to see scenes of daily life; visit workshops of several cottage industries; Padaung music & dance performance

Day 15 Inle Lake–Heho–Yangon: Transfer to Heho; fly to Yangon

Day 16 Yangon: End of vacation



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