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Kunming to Yangon Yunnan Myanmar Tour - 12 Days

Destination: Kunming,Dali,Baoshan,Tengchong,Mandalay,Bagan,Inle Lake,Yangon
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The Old Burma Road links Lashio Burma (is now called Myanmar) to Kunming China. The Road was used to transport materials during WWII. Because of the high ridges and deep valleys, the little impact from outside, residents of the roadside still live a simple life. The scenery along the Old Burma Road is spectacular.Fly to Mandalay Myanmar from Kunming. The Golden Land lied at the crossroads of Asia¡¯s greatest civilisations of India and China. It was well known for its ancient archaeology and rich culture. Myanmar stretches from the island of the Andaman Sea in the south, right up into the Eastern Himalaya mountain range, giving a variety of marvellous people and enriched nature, colourful culture, unique custom and famous Golden Pagoda.
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Day 1 Kunming Arrival
Meet on arrival at Kunming airport and transfer to the hotel, check in.
Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province. It is nicknamed as City of Spring. Kunming is historically and culturally renowned throughout the country. It is the center of politics, economy, culture, science and technology in Yunnan. With an annual average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, it is well known as the City of Eternal Spring without bitter cold in winter and intense heat in summer.


Day 2 Kunming - Dali
Drive 98 km. to the Stone Forest one of China's most remarkable natural phenomena. It consists of 80 hectares of innumerable bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion some 270 million years ago.

Return to Kunming, city sightseeing to Yunnan Provincial Museum. A monumental Russian-style building, Yunnan Provincial Museum houses a collection of textiles, costumes, handcrafts and artifacts of Yunnan's many ethnic minority groups. Take also a guided stroll in the old town of Kunming to the Golden Horse and Green Peacock Archway, the East Temple Pagoda and the West Temple Pagoda. Take an overnight train to Dali.


Day 3 Dali
Arrive in Dali by night train in the morning. Dali is an ancient historical city where the Bai minority lives. Chinese people call the area "Scandinavia". Meet at Dali Airport and proceed to the shore of the Erhai Lake, the village of Caicun. From there, you will take a private boat and have a cruise on the lake (about 45 minutes one way) to Jin Suo Isle. Visit the Bai minority fishing village on the Isle with its colorful market. On the way back to Dali stop and visit the Three Pagodas. Standing in a way of a tripod on the outskirts of old town, the Three Pagodas were constructed in about 850 and 1050 following the model of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an. For centuries, they are considered landmark of the region. Rest of afternoon will be guided stroll in the old town of Dali.

The old town of weathered gray granite stands at 2,100 meters on a long, narrow rice plain between the Cangshan Mountains and the Erhai Lake, a natural configuration that seems specially designed for a good, bountiful life. Format of the old town is like a chessboard with four gates guarding in the directions of east, south, west and north, a design that was adopted by most towns in ancient China.


Day 4 Dali to Baoshan
Rest on your own in the morning. Drive then to Baoshan, 180 km and approx. 2.5 hours. Boshan is located in the western part of Yunnan province. In the past Baoshan was an important center for trade among Myanmar, India and China; Baoshan is the main battlefield in the WWII. The Old Burma Road runs from here.


Day 5 Baoshan to Tengchong
Today's trip is the highlight of your whole journey. You will drive around 210 km up the Old Burma Road into the isolated parts of Yunnan.

En route, you will explore the tropical landscape of the Nu River, the branch of Lancang River (known as Mekong River outside China); Visit the coffee plantation; Overlook the famous Huitong Bridge and pass the Gaoligong Mountain National Nature Reserve.

In the afternoon, you will reach Tengchong. It played an important role in the defense against the Japanese by the allied forces during WWII. Tengchong's surroundings are dotted with countless ancient volcanoes and numerous natural hot springs.


Day 6 Tengchong
Today you will visit one of the four most famous volcanoes in China---Tengchong Volcano Park. It is 25 km away from city centre and takes 30 mins to get there. It is known as the ¡°natural volcanic geological Museum¡±. You will trek in the park for about 2 hours.

You will visit the historic town of Heshun and its picturesque Qing Dynasty-style houses. They are Ai Siqi's (a well-known philosopher) former residence, Heshun Library, Yuanlongge Taoism Temple and Heshun Wencang Palace.

You will also visit a museum about the history of the Old Burma Road.

If time permits, drive to Yinxing Village which means ginkgo village in Chinese. It is 16 km from city center and takes 45 mins. to get there. There are more than 3000 gingko trees in the village and many of them are more than 500 years old.


Day 7 Tengchong to Kunming to Mandalay
Check out, drive to Tengcheng airport and fly to Mandalay via Kunming. Meet on arrival at Mandalay airport and transfer to Mandalay city.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Mandalay Palace and the Wall. Drive up the Manadalay Hill to enjoy a beautiful sunset.


Day 8 Mandalay
In the morning, drive to Amarapura and visit Mahagandayone monastery where over thousands of monks are dwelling. Then walk on U Bein Bridge, 1.6 km long wooden bridge said to be the longest teak bridge in the world, built over 150 years.

Visit also the Ku Tho Daw Pagoda also known as world's largest book, surrounded by 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. Visit Mahamuni Golden Buddha Image, marble stone cutting craftsmen quarters and gold leaf beaters.

In the late afternoon, transfer to airport and fly to Bagan. Bagan on the banks of the Ayerwaddy River is home to the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world, many dating to the 11th and 12th centuries.


Day 9 Bagan
Privately guided temple tours are included as part of your experience. These will be tailor- made by your guide to suit individual interests, pace, the weather and the movements of other tourists.

Choice will be made out of the 2800 pagodas and temples to visit the most interesting ones like: Visit Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawratha but not completed until the reign of Kyansittha Kyansithar Umin, long dimly lit corridors decorated with frescoes
Htilominlo Temple, 150ft high temple with fine plaster carvings, glazed sandstone decorations in the base.
Ananda Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Bagan built by King Kyansitthar
Visit Thatbyinnyu Temple, tallest in Bagan built by King Alaung Sitthu
Myinkaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple with mural paintings, then to Manuha Temple which houses four immense Buddha images, Myinkaba lacquerware village to see the manufacturing stages
View the sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda


Day 10 Bagan  to Heho  to Inle Lake
Check out, fly to Heho and transfer to Inle Lake.

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 floating villages and floating gardens. 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 ride through irrigation canals to visit Indein pagoda complex and nearby village of Pa-O hill tribes. It is 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.


Day 11 Inle Lake to Yangon
In the early morning, take a boat trip to explore one of the local 5-day markets, 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.

The visit to such markets is thus subject to market day calendar and the location of the host village.
If time permits, visit lotus stems weaving.

Transfer to Heho airport and fly to Yangon.

In Yangon, you will drive through downtown Yangon, colonial buildings, Mahabandoola Public Park and China Town. Walk along the Strand Road Yangon River to see the busy harbor area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River.

Visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) closed on Monday and gazatted holidays. Transfer to airport and fly to Bagan.

Visit then the Shwedagon Pagoda and enjoy the beautiful sunset. This Pagoda rises 326ft (99.3m) above its base. Erected more than 2500 years ago and enshrining eight hairs of Buddha placed in a treasure chamber deep under its base. It is the highest symbol of the people's devotion to Buddha.

Have a farewell dinner with a wonderful view over the Shwedagon Pagoda.


Day 12 Yangon Departure
Check out, transfer to Airport and departure. End of services.

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