What is included in the tour
- accommodation inc. breakfast (B)
- other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
- local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
- all transfers
- boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
- sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
What is NOT included in the tour
- international flights from and to your country of origin
- travel insurance
- meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
- visa fees
Day 1: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin Horse Cart Riding
This morning, leave Mandalay for a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin, also known as Maymyo. Pyin Oo Lwin is home to many ethnic tribes as well as a considerable numbers of Nepalese and Hindu who migrated during the British occupation. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride through town. Stop at the Botanical Gardens, 432 acres of leafy gardens home to a diverse mix of botanical species from around the world. Continue to the local market to see the multicolor flowers and vegetables on sale.
Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin
Day 2: Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw & Train to Naung Pain ( B, L, - )
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the railway station for a 3-hour train journey to Naung Pain station where you will get off and continue by car to Hsipaw. The scenic journey crosses the famous Gokteik Viaduct which spans a 300-meter deep gorge in the Shan mountains. The views from the train are spectacular. Lunch-box on board . Arrive this afternoon in Hsipaw, a pleasant small town on the banks of the Dokhtawady River. Take a short evening walk around Hsipaw.
Overnight in Hsipaw
Day 3: Trekking in Hsipaw & Boat Trip on Dokhtawady River ( B, L, - )
This morning, after breakfast at a local tea shop, take a light trek around Hsipaw with a local guide. You will pass through rice paddy fields and other crop fields, and over gently rolling hills. The area is home to many hilltribes, such as Palaung and Pedung. Enjoy a picnic lunch during the trek. For the return to Hsipaw, travel by local boat on the Dokhtawady River. This evening visit Nine Buddha Hill, 2 kilometres from town centre, to watch the sunset over Hsipaw and the Dokhtawaddy.
Overnight in Hsipaw
Day 4: Hsipaw to Mandalay ( B, L, - )
This morning, you will check out of your hotel and have breakfast at a local tea shop. Then visit to vibrant Shan market in Hispaw before you depart to Mandalay. On the way, you will visit Bawgyo Pagoda, which is one of the most famous pagodas in northern Shan State and a view point overlooking the Gokteik Gorge. Midday you will reach PyinOoLwin. Have lunch in town. On the drive to Mandalay you will also stop at a small market where a variety of flowers, vegetables and other products are sold. Continue the drive to your hotel in Mandalay, arriving in the early evening.
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