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Extension Tours From Mandalay


4-Day / 3-Night
Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin – Gothtaik – Hsipaw - Mandalay

Day Description
1 Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin
After breakfast, drive to Pyin Oo Lwin, a beautiful and charming hill resort with lingering colonial atmosphere, some 76km east of Mandalay. On the scenic winding uphill road, make a few stops to visit viewpoint, and the refreshing flower market, as Pyin Oo Lwin and the surrounding hills are known for growing of fresh beautiful flowers at all season. Before making visit in town, drive a little further on the Mandalay-Lashio highway leaving Pyin Oo Lwin, to visit a famous picnic spot – the BE waterfalls. Then return to Pyin Oo Lwin and try out a cup of flavorsome local coffee and a slice of homemade cake at Golden Triangle café before taking a pony cart tour along the pine-fumed romantic circular road to see the old colonial buildings, churches, hospitals etc. Afterwards, take your time to explore in the vast grounds of exotic flowerbeds, rare and endemic plant species. Stroll around on the swamps & forest walkways, the national landmarks, and even a small zoo. The Kandawgyi Gardens, which is now called, was originally developed by a British forestry officer using Turkish POWs. Night stop will be made in Pyin Oo Lwin.
2 Pyin Oo Lwin – Gothtaik Viaduct – Hsipaw
After breakfast, transfer to old British-built railway station. Then enjoy your 6-hr journey highlighted on the enchanting landscapes, villages, railway bazaars, and a thrilling experience while the train crawls over the century-old world second highest Gothtaik viaduct. The train will leave around 8:30am and arriving Hispaw approx. 2:30pm. Transfer to your hotel and take a brief rest before taking a walk to the old Shan Palace, built in European style by the last Sao Bwa of Hispaw, the Shan Chieftain. Stay overnight at Hsipaw.
3 Hsipaw and environs
Early in the morning around 5:00am, visit will be made to interesting candle-lit market and try local Shan food breakfast. Then begin your trek & trek tour to nearby Shan villages, old typical Shan monasteries, orchards along the Dukhtawaddy River and have your picnic lunch somewhere on the way. Depending on ones interest and stamina, there are several trekking routes to be chosen to see different tribal villages, waterfalls etc. Return to Hispaw to visit a popcorn factory, central market and explore the Hispaw’s bucolic atmosphere, whether on bicycle or on foot. Stay overnight at Hsipaw.
4 Hsipaw – Mandalay
After breakfast, leave Hsipaw for Mandalay by car. Just after leaving the old Shan capital, visit will be made to region’s most revered Bawgyo temple, where four holy Buddha images are housed. Then, make a stop again to visit the downtown section and the main market place of Kyaukme. Continue drive on this highly scenic road passing through many picturesque landscapes, river gorges, and countryside Shan villages until before Pyin Oo Lwin, to visit a huge long natural limestone cave called Peikchinmyaung where many images of Buddha in different style and some reproductions of famous religious sites of Myanmar. You may stop again to take a good cup of coffee in Golden Triangle café before continuing for the last leg for your journey.

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