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Taungyi Hot Air Balloons Festival Tours


Day 1: Yangon Arrival

Arrive at Yangon Int’l Airport by morning flight. Welcome by our tour guide. On the way to hotel, visit Lawkachantha Abaya Labamuni Buddha Image being curved from a Superlative Monolithic marble stone, Kaba Aye Mahapathana Cave (World Peace) Pagoda, walk into the Great Cave (man – made cave), which was built to hold sixth synod of Buddhist monks in order to revise the Buddhist scriptures. Then transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing commence from Chauhtatgyi Pagoda  –  a huge reclining Buddha, Kandaw Gyi Royal Lake, visit and watch the sunset at the Glorious Shwedagon Pagoda –  over 2500 years old and one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments . Dinner at Karaweik Royal Berge with cultural show. Stay overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Take a morning flight to Heho (Inle). Proceed to Pindaya, a small quiet town, famous for its Pindaya Caves (Shwe – umin or Golden Cave), formed many years ago. The caves themselves are stocked full of Buddha images (apparently 8,094 in total) many covered with gold and carved by the locals at the end of the 17th century in a variety of styles. One can also study bamboo umbrella making, paper – making, Pindaya Lake and the aged thousand years old trees. Then proceed to Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake) and overnight at the hotel.

Inle Lake sightseeing by boat includes Floating Market (can be able to see on the market days only which holds on every five days), Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, it houses 5 extraordinary Buddha images scarcely recognizable as they have been disfigured by layers of gold which people stick on both for good luck and as an art of piety, Ngaphechaung Monastery – the modest collection of Buddha images in Shan, Tibetan, Bagan and Inwa styles, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and other sights. Stay overnight at hotel in Inle.

After breakfast, transfer to Taunggyi. After check in, visit around Taunggyi to see Tazaung – daing lighting and hot balloon festival performing day and night. Taunggyi is famed for its Tazaung – daing Balloon Festival. Huge fire balloon made of rice paper or rags, in different shapes and sizes, sometimes containing gifts, are sent up as offerings to the devas. In the evening is the Unstale Robes weaving competition. The competition is on the wooden hand looms and competitors must be maidens. Unstale Robes is a large, intricate robe woven and sewn in a single night, to be offered to Buddha images at the pagoda by dawn. Continue to Kakku  –  very impressive with its beautiful 2548 pagodas believed to have been built since 307 BC and two old bronze ringing bells. Stay overnight at hotel in Taunggyi.

On full – moon day of Tazaungmon, Tour Highlights  –  in the day time there is Kathina Procession with colourful Padethabin that circle around the town. All the necessities of the monks’ slippers, umbrellas, fans, alms – bowls, robes, etc., hung on decorated wooden stands are carried with ceremonies to monasteries to offer monks. These stands are known as Padethabin, the Tree of Plentiful Treasures. Groups compete to see which can come up with the best stand. There are also birds, flowers and mythical creatures fashioned out of intricately folded crisp new bank notes of all denominations. In the evening the winning robe of the Unstale Robes weaving competition is offered to Lord Buddha with great ceremony. Late evening enjoy at Hot Air Balloon Festival. Stay overnight at hotel in Taunggyi.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure to Yangon by morning flight. Transfer to the hotel. Visit to Botataung Pagoda, built in AD 997 legend has it that 1,000 officers brought two hairs of Buddha. It is a hollow pagoda with Zigzagging corridor with walls completely covered in mosaic mirror glass. Next, proceeds to Nanthida Jetty and watch the traffic on the Yangon River. Here, luxury cruise liners come to berth at this jetty quite often. After lunch visit National Museum, has a rich collection of antiques, cultural objects, arts and handicrafts of indigenous races, royal regalia, musical instruments, decorative arts and art gallery. The significance of the Museum is the Lion Throne (Thiha Thana Palin). After that, shopping at Bogyoke Aung San Market before called Scott’s Market, where one can buy many items in one place. This Market was built in British colonial times and has a colonial shape. Stay overnight at hotel, Yangon.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure by morning flight. 

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Prices inclusive of:
Hotels (Twin sharing) with breakfast
Air fare
Boat fare
Transfer & transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
Porter charges
Throughout English speaking guide fee
Welcome dinner

Prices exclusive of:
Entrance fees
International air fare
Visa fee
Airport tax
Personal expenses (Tel: call, laundry, etc.)

Surcharge for compulsory Christmas and New Year Dinner will be subject to confirm at time of booking.

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