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Burma Road Tour from Kunming to Yangon - 25 Days

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The Burma Road  is a road linking Burma ( Myanmar) with the southwest of China. Its terminals are Kunming, Yunnan, and Lashio, Burma.The actual Burma Road was largely built by the Chinese themselves, in 1937 and 1938 〞 about 200,000 workers with no heavy equipment hacking a road through Western Yunnan and Eastern Burma, from the regional centre Kunming on the Chinese side to the railhead Lashio in Burma (Myanmar). The road is about 1150 km (over 700 miles) long and the area is extremely mountainous and heavily forested, so this was an amazing accomplishment. Starting in 1942, US Army Engineers did considerable work upgrading parts of this road.Travellers on today's Yunnan tourist trail cover some of this route, albeit on far newer and better roads. Traces of the old road, including some milestones, are still visible.
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Day 1 Arrive Kunming 
You'll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of
Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, your local guide will meet us. And then you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Kunming-Stone Forest-Kunming
You will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. There is a local saying: 'It is a waste of time not to visit the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming', which vividly expresses the deep love of the local people toward this world wonder. The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder. After lunch drive back Kunming, you will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. Late afternoon you will visit the Flower and Bird Market.

Day 3 Kunming-Shangri La
In the morning, you'll visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. And afterwards you'll go and visit the tranquil Bita Lake and Shudu Lake. After having finished touring the Bita Lake and Shudu Lake, you'll visit the Old Town of Shangri La and the Guishan Park.Tibetan home made at night and have dinner in Tibetan family with butter oil tea and Tibetan food.

Day 4 Shangri La-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Lijiang
From ShangriLa, you'll drive about 100KM to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha in this area because you can find gold in the river. Afternoon, you'll head for Shangri La, the former Zhongdian. Upon arrival in Shangri La, you will have entered the Tibetan cultural area and a landscape of barley fields and yaks scattered in the valleys. After lunch continue the driving 50KM more to visit the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley which is filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks. Drive 60KM more to Lijiang. Explore Lijiang Old Town at night.

Day 5 Lijiang
In the morning You'll head for Shuhe Old Town, which is the relic of the Tea-Horse Trading Caravan from bank of Mekong River to India via Tibet. You are planning to walk from LongQuan(Drangon Spring) in Shuhe Old Town to Baisha Village, you will visit the the Naxi family and Baisha Mural in Baisha village. Lunch at "Just Here Restaurant" in Baisha Street.After lunch drive back to Lijiang and visit the Wangu Pagoda on the top of the Lion Hill, here you will have a wonderful panoramic view of Lijiang Old Town. You will walk down from the Lion Hill to Mu Emperor's Palace which is the local chieftain's former residence. After dinner, you will attend the Naxi Orchestral and Show in Dongba Palace in the Lijiang Old Town.

Day 6 : Lijiang-Dali
After breakfast, travel (200 km - 4 hrs) south on the old road to the ancient city of Dali. If this day happens to fall on a Monday you will call in at Shaping for a visit to the colorful Bai market. Visit the Butterfly Fountain where hundreds of butterfly species in different sizes and colors flutter around.
After lunch, visit the honorable age-old Three Pagodas, symbolizing the outstanding architectural technology, the wisdom of the ancient laboring people and the brilliant culture of Dali. Enjoy some time in the restored city center.

Day 7 Dali
In the morning, you'll travel in the Erhai Lake by boat and visit Jinsuo Island. After landing, you will head for Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style architecture, taste their fragrant three-course tea and explore their distinctive culture.At last, you will visit Zhoucheng Town, and Bai people's Tie-Dyed Cloth Work Shop. At night relax in Dali Old Town.

Day 8: Dali-Tengchong
In the early morning you will drive about 6 hours to Tengchong via Baoshan City,visit Heshun Old Town in the late afternoon. Boshan City is situated in the southwest of Yunnan Province, bordered by Burma in the south and northwest. Within the province, it neighbors Lincang Region in the east, Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in the northeast and Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture in the southwest. Baoshan is nearly 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Kunming.You will stopover at the upper reach of Mekong River and some villages on the way to Tengchong. The scenery is very fantastic.When you arrive in Tengchong, you will walk around Heshun Old Town; "Heshun"means peace and harmony. You could walk leisurely around the historical old town, built in earlier days by overseas Chinese as a location for their retirement. The remaining old town is a very beautiful place with many ornamental structures such as pavilions, memorial halls, archways, and balustrades, and also with lotus ponds and outlands with many birds. The library in this town is worth mentioning-set up in 1924, it possesses over 60,000 volumes of books, many of which are rare editions of ancient works.

Day 9 Tengchong
After breakfast drive 15 minutes to the south-youst and visit Heshun, a traditional walled in historical town. Heshun looks like out of an ancient Chinese picture book and is one of the most beautiful towns remaining in today's China. Walk into town along the cobble stoned alleys up to the square where a small market is held every day. Glance through some of the entrance gates into courtyards where residents trade their goods and wares. Visit the Museum of Yunnan-Burmese Anti-Japanese War one of the most remarkable places of interest explaining the geopolitical importance of the Burma Road. Lunch at the Household Restaurant overlook the pond in Heshun. And then visit the Cemetery of World War II, Dieshuihe Waterfall Park and Rehai hot spring Park.

Day 10:Tengchong - Ruili
It takes about 3 hours to drive first from Heshun to Ruili.You will visit Ruili Economic Development Zone including Jiegao, the China's border gate to Burma, the street between China and Burma. Visit Wangdin city with a strong feel of the merging of Burmese and Chinese life styles. And explore Ruili Jade Market.

Day 11: Ruili-Muse-Lashio
Arrive at Muse, border town from Myanmar part, and process for the permission. Explore the Muse Market while waiting for the process. Then drive to Lashio, the biggest Trade Center City in Northern Shan Stat where the Burma Road ends. Visit Sasana 2500 pagoda for sunset and panoramic view of the city, then Night Market and enjoy the local .Chinese dinner there.Overnight at Lashio.

Day 12: Lashio-Hsipaw(Trekking around Hsipaw)
Early morning, drive to Hsipaw. Check-in at hotel and then go to Jetty of Dukhtawaddy river to take a boat trip upstream to visit the confluence, where in the clear green water, you may dip in to take a swin. Do a small trekking to the Shan villages. Visit traditonal Shan poeple and talk to them about the daily life. After tasting Shan Noodle at a certain village, walk back to Hsipaw. On the way, see the last Shan Saw Bwar, Shan King's Residence built in the Colonial Era.Overnight at Hsipaw.

Day 13: Hsipaw-Maymyo
After breakfast, visit Hsipaw Central Market with the local tribal people trade in and situated on the bank of Dukhtawaddy river, you will feel the coolest breeze and make your mind fresh. Then drive to Maymyo. On the way, visit Bawgyo pagoda which is most respected in Northern Shan State. Along the way, you will pass by the beautiful scenary which can make your tiring mind and body relax. Stop from time to time to take the pictures. One of the most amazing sites on the way is the famed Goke Hteik Viaduct where you can see from highway at a distance. In the afternoon, you will arrive the British Hill Station, Maymyo.Overnight at Maymyo.

Day 14: Maymyo-Amarapura -Mandalay
In the morning, take a stroll in the Botanical Garden created in the British Colonial time which used to be a part of Kew Gardens before. You will see some of the trees and flowers from your native land as well. Then take a Horse-drawn Coach to look around the Colonial Buildings at outskirts of the town. Visit the central market and also you can try Myanmar First Coffee nearby the market. Then drive to Mandalay, the last Royal Capital City of the 3rd Myanmar Dynasty. Before continue the drive to Mandalay, on the way  visit Amarapura aka the Southern City, the ancient Royal Capital before Mandalay. In Amarapura, visit  the Silk-Weaving workshop. Here, Amarapura hand-weaving silk Designs are very famous as Lun Yar Kyaw Cheik, More-than-hundred Loom Design, in which many small colorful silk thread looms wave through the weft creating the unique Myanmar Ceremonial silk longyis. Depending on the designs, to finish a longyi with a hundred or so looms, it can take at least a month! Then drive to U Bein Bridge believed to be the longest wooden bridge in the world that spans Taung Thaman Lake. Take a walk on the bridge and enjoy sunset over the bridge!Then drive to Mandalay.Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 15: Mandalay-Mingun-Mandalay
After breakfast, drive to Kywe Sun Jetty on the western bank of River Ayeyawaddy. Walk a little along the bank for photos. Then, take a private boat to visit a small village of Mingun . Visit Migun Stupa unfinished due to the mysterious beliefs of its builder. Then, visit Mingun Bell weighing over 90 Metric Tons that is believed to be the world heaviest hanging bell in the world. Just in front is the very first Home for Aged founded purely by a Burmese Lady. Meeting with the long-term nurse who speaks fair English at the Center of Old Age pays a lot. Finally visit Mya Thein Dan Pagoda which represents famous Mt. Meru according to Buddhist Cosmology. Getting on Mingun Taxis, that is, the Oxen-drawn Carts makes a visit to Minguy memorable! After that take the boat back to Mandalay.In the afternoon,  visit Kuthodaw Pagoda which is known as the world biggest book of the world, Golden Palace Monastery where you can see the best wood-carvings. The monastery was at first in the Palace City wall and 5 years before the British Annexation, it was dismantled and reassembled to the present site to be donated to the venerable monks. The Golden Palace so called because the interior and exterior surfaces of wood structure have been gilt with millions of Gold Leaves that are fabricated in Mandalay. Finally, go up Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the city with sunset.Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 16: Mandalay-Sagaing-Monywa
After breakfast, drive to Sagaing crossing over newly-opened bridge paralleling the first British-built Span side by side. Sagaing, the capital city of Sagaing Division, has been quite a few times Royal Capital and now stands as a Buddhist Center.On the way, visit Mahamuni Buddha Image situated on the outskirts of Mandalay City highly venerated and adored by Mandalay Citizens. The Image is believed to have been here from Arakan State, another Kingdom in 18th Century situated at Western Coastal Line as a war trophy. As if all the gold leaves beaten in Mandalay came upon the image, Gold leaves offered by the worshippers form the lumps on the robe of Buddha. Then visit the Handicrafts Workshops such as Gold Leaf Beating, Stone Carvings, Bronze Casting, Marionette and Wood Carvings and so on. Mandalay having built as new Royal Capital City, the king gave plots for the Arts and Craftsmanship around the Palace City and so Mandalay has become the center of all of Myanmar Traditional Handicrafts.Upon arrival at Sagaing, visit Sagaing Hills filled with Meditation Centers, Monasteries, and Nunneries. The view from the platform of Sun Oo Punya Shin Pagoda that takes the overwhelming hilltop is really breath-taking.Then, drive to Monywa(approx; 3 hours), the second biggest city after Mandalay in the central Myanmar. Monywa is the major trade center whose surroundings are filled with the fertile fields yielding the best crops such as rice, beans, vegetables and also tobacco. One the way to the town, visit Thanbude Temple with its more than half million Buddha Images inside and outside of the main temple. Then drive to the jetty of Chindwin River which is the third longest river to take a ferry to the other side where an American Willy Jeep waits to carry you to Pho Win Taung Cave Pagodas. Walk all the way up the Sandstone Caves build from 16th to 19th century. Monkey food sellers will accompany you all the way of the loop. Then, drive back to Monywa, cross the river to the town and check-in at the hotel.Overnight in Monywa.

Day 17: Monywa-Pakkoku-Bagan
After breakfast, visit Bodhi Tahtaung Buddhas so named after one-thousand Sitting Buddhas under a thousand Bo Trees. Then, visit the second largest Reclining Buddha and the tallest standing Buddha which measures 413 feet in height. Then drive to Pakkoku, on the way stop at Ma U village to feel the village life with home industries such as Bamboo Scales Making, Incense Stick and so on. Talk a walk among the 16th to 18th century Pagoda Complex nearby. You can also drop in at one of the pit-stops where you can see the Myanmar Traditional Cosmetic, Thanaka plantations. Continue driving to Pakkokku, which is known as the Tobacco Trade Center where you embark the private boat (approx; 2 and a half hours)to Ancient City, Bagan.Hundreds of Ancient Stupas, Temples, Monestaries, Libraries and Buddhist Universities welcome you to the then Heart of Buddhism. On arrival at Jetty, get on your private van then drive to your hotel for Check-in.Overnight in Bagan.

Day 18: Bagan
After breakfast. drive to a temple to have a glimpse of Bird's eye view tasting a bit of its marvel. Then you may visit Nyaung U morning market which is known as Market On The Floor with a variety of local vegetables and products such as typical snacks, food, Handicrafts, Thanakha the most adorned Burmese Make-up, and so on. Then, visit the most sacred stupa Shwe Zi Gon built in 11 Century by the most outstanding Buddhist King, Anawrahta, Gu Byauk Gyi Temple to see the mural from 12 Century, the massive red-colored Htilominlo Temple, and lastly before check-in at the hotel, visit most beautiful Ananda Temple built in late 11 Century housing giant Standing Buddhas which give the viewers illusion of Smiling-or-Serious facial expression of the Enlightened One.In the afternoon, a visit to famous Lacquer Wares Workshop is worth enough to see its hand-made black products that come in a variety of household items from the smallest one of tea-cup to the Giant Sun Oak, the food container to be sent to the Buddhist monasteries in the yester years. Then, drive to the jetty of Mighty Ayeyawaddy river to enjoy sunset by boat.Overnight in Bagan.

Day 19: Bagan(by horse-cart+Bicycle)
After breakfast, mount a bicycle touring around in the monument zone taking the snap-shots here and there among the ruined temples occasionally climbing some climbable pagodas to have the different panoramic views. Meet with local Sand Paintings sellers, Lacquered Items hawkers, etc and learn the local culture.Afternoon visit by horse-cart to a small village of Taung Phi in which a dilapidated teak-wood monastery awaits the visit of few lost tourists. The horse-cart will wind around more temples when the sun is sinking on the western horizon providing the century-old temples with its shade; the unforgettable memory of a visit to Ancient Bagan. Make some stops on the way to take your private National Geographic shots. Finally the horse will make an end at a temple for sunset. Enjoy peace and tranquility on the vast scope of temples scattered among the tropical palm trees, white-barked acacia, neems.Overnight in Bagan.


Day 20: Bagan-Mount Popa-Bagan
After breakfast, drive (approx) one and a half hour to Mt. Popa, the extinguished million-year-old volcano. Also Popa is the abode of Myanmar Nats, the Spirits worshipped by some weak Buddhists. No wonder that the poor mind may seek the shelter under which one can feel certain of high-yield harvest, safe life. The name Popa represents the abundance of flowers and you can see seasonal flowers and fruits once you enter the small town at the foot of the extinct volcano. On the way to Mt. Popa, you may stop at a palm tree collection workshop to see the ways of living of Anyar Thar people. Visit central Nat Shrine at the foothill of Mt. Popa. Going up 777 steps is optional but the view from the top makes tired-feet quite relaxing. Mount Popa houses not only Nats but also Asian monkeys along its steps uphill. Feeding the poor Gibbons, Baboons costs not much money and you may gain some merits to add a step towards Nirvana. In the afternoon, drive back to Bagan.Overnight at Bagan.

Day 21: Bagan-Heho-Kalaw(Half-day Tribe Village Trekking)
After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung U Airport for the flight to Heho, Shan State. Upon arrival at Heho airport, drive to Kalaw (approx 1 and a hlaf) on the way stop at Aung Ban, stop at a local Market selling typical foods, wines, traditional handcrafts, and you may try Shan Noodles there at one of Myanmar Traditional Teashops. Besides those items, the small street market has Myanmar Orchids Selling stalls and fruits. Shan Dried Tea there is the best of Myanmar. Then, continue to Kalaw, a British Hill Station, a small town with ethnic minorities, such as Pa-O, Palaung, besides the Shan People. In the town, you can still feel the colonial atmosphere with the colonial buildings and the houses with the chimney indicate the weather of the lovely town which is over 1300 meters above sea-level. After check-in at the hotel and lunch, in the afternoon drive to the west of the town where you start your half-day Trekking to Palaung village of Pain Hgne Pin. Before, this tribal minority used to live in Wooden long houses for a big family. And now with the growing wealth on farming they demolished their typical long houses and use cement and Adobe bricks to construct the houses and for the roofing, corrugated iron instead of thatch grass. Visit a household in the village and your local trekking guide will introduce you to the tribe. In the afternoon, walk back to another meeting point where you will see your car and then transfer back to your hotel.Overnight in Kalaw.


Day 22: Kalaw-Pindaya-Nyaung Shwe-Inle Lake
After breakfast, drive to Pindaya(approx; 2 hours), a small peaceful town situated at the base of Shan Mountains and the end of very fertail plains. On the way to Pindaya from Aung Ban is really picturesque and you can make many stops for photographing and introducing to the local farmers working in their fields cultivating a variety of crops such as Sesame, Cabbage, Coliflower, Mustard Oil, Wheat and so on besides the perennial orchards like Mandarin Oranges and Tea. Upon arrival visit Paper Umbrella Cottage industry where you can see the Shan Paper production, Process of Umbrella Making only by hands. Then, drive up to Pindaya Lime-stone Natural Caves with more than 8000 Buddha Images. Get lost yourself in the cave taking pictures of most beautiful Shan Style Buddhas.In the afternoon, drive to Nyaung Shwe (approx; 3 hours) another Shan town bordering famous Inle Lake on the northern end. On the way, you can visit Shwe Yan Pyay monastery built mainly of teak wood in 1882 and its pagoda with colorful mosaics decorated on the interior walls around the central pagoda constructed 2 years before its adjacent monastery. Then continue to Nyaung Shwe where you embark on the long boat to reach your hotel at Inle Lake.Overnight at Inle Lake.

Day 23: Inle Lake-Indein-Inle Lake
Full-day Sight-seeings of Inle Lake, start with a morning 5-day traditional market at a village on the lake or on the shore of the lake. Here at Inle Lake, the markets come on 5-day basis. Besides the Inthars, some tribal ladies such as Pa-O, Pa Laung can also be seen at the market selling their farm produce and afterwards they go back to their villages on the mountain with the purchase of what they need for the household, a photo opportunity, Phaung Daw Oo pagoda which is the Holiest Religious Stupa housing 5 buddha images, Silk Weaving village (lotus fabrics weaving technique can also be seenunique only in here!), Blacksmith, Cheroot or Myanmar Cigar factory, the nature of Inthars, Lake Residents with their Floating Gardens and finally visit the Jumping Cat monastery which is the oldest one with antique Shan-style Buddhas and Buddhas' alters. Enjoy the cat show at the monastery.
In the afternoon, continue by boat to Indein Ruined Pagoda Complex along a small river that sustains Inle Lake by flowing into it. Passing the Large green Myanmar Bamboo forests on the way, you will reach the Ruined Indein pagodas that stand on the hill slope providing a panoramic view to the lake. A small trekking can also be arranged from the pagodas.Overnight at Inle Lake.

Day 24: Inle-Heho-Yangon
After breakfast, transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe. Then from there by car to Heho airport for the flight to Yangon.Upon arrival at airport, after luggage collection, you will be welcome by local tour guide. Depending on the arrival time, these visits can be included; Downtown Area with the Old City Hall and take a stroll along Colonial Buildings ending at the old Strand Hotel, the adjacent Australian Embassy, Her Majesty British Embassy, and Red-bricked General Post Office, Mawtin Jetty to enjoy the riverside activities, Kandawgyi Park to relax, Chaukhtetgyi Reclining Buddha image which is the biggest one in Yangon, and evening visit to the most significant pagoda, Shwedagon, which the global scholars describe as One of Wonders In The World. Shwedagon plays very important role in the Old Burmese History not only standing as the holiest structure for the Buddhist all over the world. Enjoy the sunset from nearly 26-century years old Most Glorious Buddhist Shrine.Overnight in Yangon.

Day 25: Yangon Departure
Depending on your International Departure Flight time, visits in Yangon can be included; Scott Market which sells many Myanmar Traditional Handicrafts, namely, Pan Sai Myo, 10 kinds of flowers; Blacksmith, Goldsmith, Coppersmith, Stone Carvings, Wood Carvings, Lacquer Wares, and so on (Scott Market is off every Monday!). Visit the Colonial British Built Train Station and can enjoy the train ride on one of City Circling train(one-hour clockwise ride from the station to Insein Station is recommendable!)Then, transfer to Yangon International Airport for the flight back.


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