Burmese Days: Along The Irrawaddy River With Inle Lake – Southbound 2019
Burma (Myanmar), New Zealand
Your cruise on Asia’s Irrawaddy River takes you through the historical, cultural, and economic heart of Myanmar. This “Road to Mandalay” offers you a fascinating glimpse of “The Golden Land” of Myanmar.

Your Irrawaddy River cruise adventure begins in 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 work.

In Mandalay, you’ll come to know and love this gracious culture of art and spiitualism. See the tapestries, woodcarving, and gold-leaf artistry of Buddhist pagodas, and enjoy captivating song and dance performances.
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Yangon: Welcome to Myanmar

Day 2 Yangon: Walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda

Day 3 Yangon–Mandalay (Embarkation): Fly to Mandalay; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Kyauk Myaung–Sin Kyun: Walking tour through the pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung; see straw hat making in Sin Kyun

Day 5 Mingun-Mandalay-Amarupura: See unfinished pagoda & bronze bell in Mingun; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura

Day 6 Mandalay: Sightseeing including Mahamuni, Kuthadaw and Shwenandaw Pagodas; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold leaf workshops; traditional dance performance

Day 7 Sagaing: Visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, a silversmith workshop, and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda

Day 8 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 9 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 10 Bagan (Disembarkation)–Heho–Inle Lake: Fly to Heho; transfer to Inle Lake; lunch at Red Mountain Estate

Day 11 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 12 Inle Lake–Heho–Yangon: Transfer to Heho; fly to Yangon

Day 13 Yangon: End of vacation

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