Tijdens onze Myanmar voorbeeldreis ontdekt u het prachtige Myanmar en zijn UNESCO werelderfgoedmonumenten. Maar Myanmar is meer dan dat.
Yangon, Mandalay, Monywa, Amarapura, Ava, … allemaal steden met een enorm arsenaal aan erfgoed en steden die u moet gezien hebben.
Het hoogtepunt van deze reis is ongetwijfeld Bagan, met z’n duizenden stupa’s, maar ook kleinere sites zoals de Pyu cities of Sri Ksetra, Halin en Beikthano zult u omarmen omwille van de locatie, de verlatenheid en de uniciteit.
- Beste reisperiode : van november tot en met april
Dag 1 - Aankomst Yangon
Aankomst op de luchthaven van Yangon. Een gids staat jullie op te wachten en start direct met een bezoek aan Yangon.
Transfer to Maha Bandoola Street, the starting point for the tour, and being strolling through Chinatown. This quarter of the city is especially alive during the mornings with fresh markets for vegetables, meat, and flowers. Stop at a typical shop to watch the making of flat rice noodles and rice flour pancakes. Continue into the Indian Quarter, passing Hindu Temples, the Jewish Synagogue and the famous Bogyoke Aung San, or Scott's Market as it is also called. Continue the tour by trishaw, passing colonial style municipal and government offices before ending the tour at the historic Strand Hotel.
Dag 2 - Yangon
The Shwedagon Pagoda is Yangon's show stealer! The golden stupa rises 100-metres into the sky and is covered in gold leaf and rubies, and topped with a diamond. This sacred stupa is at its most beautiful during sunset, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colours of twilight.
If walls could talk, the gleaming octagonal exterior of the Sule Pagoda could write a bestseller. Sitting proudly in the centre of the city, it has been the focal point for revolutions and rallies, as well as religious events. We'll visit both these pagodas plus more.
Visit Botataung Pagoda The Botataung Pagoda was named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha brought from India over 2000 years ago. This ancient monument was completely destroyed during WWII. It was then rebuilt in a very similar style to its predecessor, however this particular iteration is hollow and one can walk through it. Visit Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market (Close on Mondays and public holidays) Explore the Bogyoke Aung San Market, also known as Scott Market, which contains over 2000 stalls and is the best place in Yangon to browse through the complete range of local handicrafts. Visit National Museum The National Museum hosts several interesting exhibits, especially the 8 metre high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by King Thibaw Min, the last Burmese king, and returned to Burma in 1908 by Lord Mountbatten. The main floor contains jewellery, old black and white photos of Mandalay Palace and Yangon, royal relics, Hintha opium weights and inscribed tablets. Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda The reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda in Yangon which is almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago. It's housed in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan, only a short distance north-east beyond the Shwedagon Paya. Surprisingly, this huge figure is little known and hardly publicised at all- if the chance to go to Bago to see the Shwethalyaung was missed, then don't pass on this opportunity to witness this colossal image. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset The highlight of any trip to Yangon is a visit to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, which dates back about 2500 years and was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha. Its bell-shaped superstructure, resting on a terraced base, is covered in about 60 tonnes of gold-leaf, which is constantly being replaced.
Dag 3 - Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake
Visit Shew Yan Pyay Monastery on the way to Nyaung Shwe. Transfer by boat Today we get to see the famous one-legged rowers on Inle Lake! This is no ordinary lake though. Inle is an enchanting world of villages on stilts and gardens that float on the surface of the lake (seriously!). One of the most photographed sights is the skilled Intha fishermen who balance on one leg, while using the other to manoeuvre the oar. We'll take a relaxing boat ride across Inle Lake, stopping to see these sights along with some pagodas and lakeside villages. Today's Highlights: Boat trip on Inle Lake, local market, villages, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, and Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery.
Dag 4 - Inle Lake
Today we'll head into the mountains passing through some of the most beautiful scenery in this part of Myanmar. The entire region is dotted with Pa-O villages. We'll explore the remote Kakku Temple Complex, a cluster of literally thousands of ancient stupas and Buddhist statues, all crammed in one square kilometre. Today's Highlights: Kakku Temple Complex Spend the night in Inle Lake
Dag 5 - Heho – Mandalay – Amarapura
By vehicle from Inle Lake to Heho Flight from Heho to Mandalay Transfer by air conditioned vehicle Just outside Mandalay we'll discover two ancient royal capitals Sagaing is said to be the spiritual centre of Myanmar. Also known as a - ̃living Bagan', it is home to hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries. Inwa (Ava) is a rural riverside oasis of crumbling monasteries and artisan workshops. It's best explored by horse and cart. No workshop visits. We'll see loads of incredible sights and learn tonnes of history about the old kings of Myanmar. Today's Highlights: Inwa (horsecart ride to Bagaya Kyaung, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, Nan Myint Tower), Sagaing (Tupayon Paya, Hsinmyashin Paya)
Dag 6 - Mandalay
Mandalay - the name alone evokes the romance of old colonial Burma. We'll visit Mahamuni Paya, famous for its seated Buddha covered in gold leaf. Every morning at 4am its gleaming face is washed by the monks in a unique ceremony. At Shwenandaw Kyaung, made entirely out of teak (even though it's also known as the Golden Teak Monastery) we can see the beautifully intricate carvings.
Today's Highlights: Mahamuni Paya, Shwenandaw Kyaung, Kyauktawgyi Paya, Kuthodaw Paya, Shwe Kyin Old Monastery, craft workshop, Amarapura
Dag 7 - Mandalay - Shwebo – Hanlin - Monywa
By Vehicle from Mandalay to Monywa with sightseeing in Shwebo Visit. Hanlin (Acient Pyu City)on the way to Monywa
Dag 8 - Monywa - Pakkoku - Bagan
Visit Pow Win Daung Caves Cross the Chindwin River by local ferry and continue westwards towards the Pow Win Daung caves. POW WIN DAUNG: this mountain contains a series of caves set in the hillside along a meandering path and contains Buddha images and beautifully preserved murals dating from the 14th-16th centuries. Monywa is situated on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River. It is also known as Neem city because most of the streets of the city are covered by very old Neem trees. Few tourists visit here, yet it is home to some unique sights. Today's Highlights: Monywa
Dag 9 - Bagan
Bagan is a true bucket-list destination! Thousands of crumbling temples, pagodas and stupas rise from the ancient desert plain. These beautiful, other-worldly structures were built by the kings of Bagan in the 11th and 12th centuries. Words don't do this incredible landscape justice so let's get out there and see them for ourselves. We'll visit renowned temples, and also discover some of the lesser known, but equally impressive pagodas. Each temple has its own story to tell so we'll never tire of seeing more. And in the evening - we'll watch the sun setting over this land of pagodas. Today's Highlights: Shwezigon Paya, Gubyaukhyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn, Ananda Pahto, Gubyaukhyi Temple at Myinkaba, Manuha Temple, Shwesandaw Paya, sunset
Dag 10 - Bagan
Colonial remnants, ancient pagodas and wooden monasteries give a real reminder that life in sleepy Salay hasn't paused for tourists. Mann Paya is home to a famous Buddha that was washed down the river during the monsoon over one hundred years ago. We'll see if we can get a peek inside from the latched door out the back. Today's Highlights: Salay, Yoke Son Kyaung, market, Mann Paya
Dag 11 -Bagan
Free day in Bagan.
Dag 12 - Bagan - Pyay
By vehicle from Bagan to Pyay Visit Beikthano on the way to Pyay Inscribed by UNESCO on its List of World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia in May 2014. This is the second ancient Pyu capital of Myanmar and is located about 3 hours drive away from Pyay. Its environs reflect the culture of the Pyus and is traditionally believed to have been founded some 2,400 years ago by Princess Panhtwa descended from a still legendary dynasty of Tagaung in Upper Myanmar.
Dag 13 - Pyay - Sri Kestra - Yangon
Overland transfer to Sri Kestra Visit Sri Ksetra Site Museum and Ancient Monuments Drive to the Sri Ksetra Museum and the Sri Ksetra Ancient Monuments, which lay 8 km north- east of Pyay. By way of the Sri Ksetra Ancient Monuments, visit Paya Htaung Pagoda, Baw Baw Gyi Pagoda, Be Be Lay Pagoda, Leymyetnah Pagoda. Sightseeing in Pyay Pyay lies on a sharp bend in the Ayeyarwady River. Nearby are the ruins of the ancient Pyu capital of Thayekhittaya which has been the centre of intensive archaeological work in Myanmar for the last 100 years. Visit the Shwesandaw Paya, perched on the top of a hill and accessed by a lift. The zedi purportedly contains a couple of Buddha hairs. Also visit Sehtatgyl, also known as 'Big Ten-Storey', an enormous seated Buddha figure. Visit Shwesandaw Pagoda Shwesandaw Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda in the centre of Pyay. It is one of the more important Buddhist pilgrimage locations in Myanmar. It is said to contain a couple of the Buddha's hairs, as its name means Golden Hair Relic. It is one metre taller in height than Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
Dag 14 - Pyay - Yangon
By vehicle from Pyay to Yangon
Dag 15 - Yangon - Bangkok - Brussel
Terug naar huis na een fantastische UNESCO werelderfgoed reis.