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The annual Kakku Paya Pwe, held on the full-moon day of the lunar month of Tabaung (March), attracts Pa-O pilgrims from across Shan State.


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$790 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 days Private Tour of Yangon and Inle Lake

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Yangon Yangon, Yangon (Rangoon), Yangon RegionDay 1 Yangon-Kakku-Nyaung ShweYour guide will meet you at 5:30 am in your hotel and transfer to Yangon airport to take flight to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho airport, your car is waiting you to visit to Kakku pagoda which is a hidden gem of Southern Shan State where you can see more than 1000 ancient pagodas. On the way you will have a chance to take some photos at Ayethayar vineyard and winery. After exploring Kakku pagoda complex, proceed to Maing Thouk village to find the colourful house with floating plantation, beautiful scenery and walk along the wooden bridge. Then transfer to your hotel in Nyaung Shwe.Hotel: Cassiopeia hotel or similarDay 2 Inle Lake-Indein (B/-/-)Your guide will meet you at 7:30 am in your hotel and take a boat to shops which selling traditional clothes, Phaungdawoo Pagoda, Silverware workshop, Jumping cat monastery and Alodawpauk Pagoda. On the way, you can see the floating plantation along the way by boat. Then proceed to Indein along the small creek by boat for one hour to find the ruined ancient pagodas. Then back to Nyaung Shwe by boat and transfer to Kalaw for overnight.Hotel: Cassiopeia hotel or similarDay 3 Kalaw Hiking (B/L/-)Transfer to Myinka village (Danu tribe) by private vehicle transferring about 30 minutes and start to walk from that village along the country road. You can see crop plantation on your left and right side. After walking about 2 hour, you will reach Pain Ne Pin village on the side of mountain where you can see the Palaung tribe, have a lunch at that village. Then continue to Ye Yar village and back to Kalaw by car.Hotel: Famous hotel or similarDay 4 Kalaw-Yangon (B/-/-)Today take a flight to Yangon from Heho airport. Upon arrival at Yangon airport, drive to central Yangon to observe Mahabandula garden with independence monument, City Hall, Supreme Court and visit to the ministry office. Then transfer to restaurant for your lunch and proceed to Kandawgyi Garden and Chaukhtatgyi pagoda. In the afternoon, transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda to explore around the pagoda platform and take your unforgetable sunset. Then transfer to your lodging hotel in Yangon.Duration: 4 days

$1500 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Myanmar Crossing Journey: Yangon, Mandalay, Monywa, Bagan, Pindaya, Inle Lake

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival Yangon & Yangon City Tour (-/L/D) Stop At: Yangon Yangon, Yangon (Rangoon), Yangon RegionArrival in Yangon. Your private guide will meet you at the airport. He will drive you to your first hotel for installation. Your stay with a French speaking guide in Burma will begin with a visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda. Discover his great reclining Buddha! Breakfast in a local restaurant. The afternoon is spent exploring one of Myanmar's pearls. An important symbol of the country: Shwedagon Pagoda. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Yangon (Clover Hotel Yangon or similar)Day 2: Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Ava – Mandalay (B/L/D)Stop At: Mandalay Hill, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionBreakfast. In the morning you will fly to Mandalay. Your driver will be at the airport to take you to Sagaing Hill. Admire the exceptional panorama on the Irrawaddy. Continue your itinerary with a French speaking guide in Burma with a stop in front of Soon U Ponnya Shin pagoda.Lunch planned at a local restaurant. Pursuit to Ava. Explore its narrow streets in a traditional carriage. Visit the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Watchtower and the beautiful Bagaya Monastery. Your driver will take you back to Mandalay. Departure to Amarapura. Walk on the U Bein bridge in teak wood. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Dinner • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight in Mandalay (Great Wall Hotel or similar)Day 3: Mandalay – Po Win Taung – Monywa Stop At: Mandalay Hill, Mandalay, Mandalay RegionBreakfast at your Mandalay hotel. For the rest of your tour with a French speaking guide in Burma, you will continue towards Monywa. Visit on the way to Kaung Mudaw temple. Continuation of visits by Thanboddhay colorful pagoda which includes in its interior 500 000 small buddhas.Lunch. The afternoon will be spent exploring the many cave temples of Po Win Taung with its hundreds of Buddhas and Shwe Ba Taung. Return to Monywa accompanied by your driver guide. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Monywa (Win Unity Resort or similar)Day 4: Monywa – Pakokku – Bagan (B/L/D)Stop At: Bagan Temples, Bagan, Mandalay RegionBreakfast. Your tour with a French speaking guide in Burma continues towards Pakkoku. This is where you embark for a nice cruise on the Irrawady River. Cape to Bagan. While sailing, you will be able to discover the daily life of the inhabitants who live on the banks.Lunch. Arrival in Bagan early afternoon. The opportunity to discover this splendid city which proposes a famous archaeological site in the whole world. In the evening, you can climb to the top of a pagoda to admire the sunset. Dinner and night at the hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Bagan (Yun Myo Thu Hotel or similar)Day 5: Bagan Full Day Sightseeing (B/L/D)Stop At: Bagan Temples, Bagan, Mandalay RegionBreakfast. You will discover Bagan all day long. Visit the main temples and pagodas of the city such as Shwezigon. Your trip with a French speaking guide in Burma will allow you to discover the temples Swegugyi and Gawdawpalin as well as the colorful market of Old Bagan.Breakfast in a local restaurant. Visit the afternoon of the temple of Ananda which offers a beautiful golden stupa. Discovery of the Gubyaukgyi pagoda with its 13th century wall paintings. Dinner at the restaurant and night at the hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Bagan (3-star hotel)Day 6: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan (B/L/D)Stop At: Bagan Temples, Bagan, Mandalay RegionBreakfast at the Bagan Hotel. You will continue the visits in Bagan with the discovery of the ruins of the Royal Palace and the Tharaba Gate. Your French-speaking guide in Burma will take you to an unknown place off the beaten path: the Tayok Pye temple.Lunch at the Popa Mountain Hotel. Road to Mount Popa. You will discover at its summit the Taung Kalat pagoda after climbing nearly 800 steps in the company of monkeys. Then return to Bagan. Dinner at the restaurant and night at the hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Bagan (a 3-star hotel)Day 7: Bagan – Heho – Pindaya (B/L/D)Stop At: Pindaya Caves, Pindaya, Shan StateAfter your breakfast, your driver guide in Burma will take you to the airport. Flight to Heho then departure to the Pindaya caves. They are famous for its 8000 magnificent Buddhas. A flagship place in Myanmar. Breakfast in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit a workshop making shan paper umbrellas, specializing in the region. Then walk around the lake. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Nyaung Shwe (3-star hotel)Day 8: Pindaya – Taunggyi – Kakku – Inle Lake (B/L/D)Stop At: Inle Lake, Nyaungshwe, Shan StateBreakfast. Continue your tour with a French speaking guide in Burma to Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State. Its beautiful market is not to be missed. Departure then towards Kakku. You will make a few stops on the way to explore traditional Pao villages out of mass tourism. Lunch at the restaurant. By car, your private driver will drive you to Nyaung Shwe. A charming place on the shore of Inle Lake. To end this day, we recommend you visit the wooden monastery of Shwe Yan Pyay and Nyaung Shwe. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Inle Lake (3-star hotel)Day 9: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake Visit (B/L/D)Stop At: Inle Lake, Nyaungshwe, Shan StateBreakfast before discovering this wonder of Burma with a French-speaking guide: the majestic Inle Lake. You will embark on board a private motorized canoe to appreciate all its splendor, as its floating gardens. You will walk to the village of Inn Dein which has many ancient pagodas.Lunch then continue your trip with a French speaking guide in Burma by the monastery Nga Phe. Admire Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and silk and cigar factories. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Inle Lake (3-star hotel)Day 10: Heho – Yangon & Yangon Sightseeing (B/L/D)Stop At: Yangon Yangon, Yangon (Rangoon), Yangon RegionYour driver will drive you to Heho Airport after breakfast. Flight to Yangon for the continuation and end of your trip with a French speaking guide in Burma. On your arrival, walk in Chinatown with its many small stalls and street canteens. Breakfast in a local restaurant. Visit Bogyoke market that offers lacquer, precious stones or fabrics. Free time. Dinner at the restaurant and night at the hotel.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Yangon (3-star hotel)Day 11: Yangon International Departure (B/-/-)Stop At: Yangon Yangon, Yangon (Rangoon), Yangon RegionBreakfast and free morning before your transfer to Yangon airport. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$81 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kakku Day Trip from Inle Lake

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Kakku Pagodas, Taunggyi, Shan StateAfter breakfast, we begin our Kakku day tour with a short drive to Taunggyi where we will meet our local guide. Taunggyi is the capital city of the Shan state and is the beating heart of the unique Intha culture. We spend some time exploring this dynamic city before visiting the fantastic Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda. Standing high on the edge of a mountain ridge, the pagoda offers spectacular views over both Taunggyi city as well as the nearby Inle Lake. From Taunggyi, we drive a further 1.5 hours to the famous Kakku Pagoda, stopping to visit a traditional Paoh visit on the way. The Paoh people are the seventh largest ethnic group in Myanmar and are known for their traditional dress which often includes a colourful turban with dark clothing.The complex at Kakku is home to over 2,500 individual stupas set into long rows in a square field, with the 40m high main stupa at its centre. Typically gold or white in colour, the condition of the stupas and their associated carvings is truly remarkable, with many retaining their ornate top elements. We spend the afternoon exploring this fascinating site before returning to your accommodation by car.Duration: 3 hours

$62.99 Day Trips & Excursions

Inle to Kakku Full Day Tour

At 8am you will be transferred from your hotel to Kakku. On arrival you will have the opportunity to explore around the pagodas, an outstanding example of tradition art, architecture and a testament to the religious devotion of one of Myanmar's many ethnic minorities. These relics are believed to have been commissioned as far back as 2,00 years ago with some dating the site back to the 3rd Century BC and credit it as being founded by the Indian Emperor Ashoka. The original pagoda collection was extended by King Alaungsithu in the 12th Century when he reigned over Bagan and many more were added in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. On the way back home, you will proceed to Pao village simply Pao is the village where the Plains Tribe live. It is composed of huts, with the bigger ones belong to the village leaders and elders and here you can observe their daily life, culture and traditions. We will then continue on back to your hotel.

$163 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Kakku Sightseeing and Winery Excursion

After breakfast at hotel,your driver will take you to KakkuPagoda (One of the Asia's largest and most spectacular ancient monuments is a wonderful Pagoda named Kakku. It contains over 2.000 stupas with origins dating back many centuries. It exists not only as an outstanding example of tradition art and architecture but also as a testament to the religious devotion of one of Myanmar's many ethnic minorities, the Pa-Oh. For many centuries, the Pa-Oh has lived in peace. Cultivating their land and devoting much of their energy and limited wealth to creating monasteries and pagodas. Then visit to Ayetharyar winery for wine testing. Stay overnight at NyaungShwe.

$148 Private & Custom Tours

Private Inle Lake Excursion to Kakku Full Day

Situated in the heart of Shan plateau and 900 meters above sea level, Inle Lake is a beautiful highland lake. The lake is large – 22km long and 10km wide – and its shores and hinterland are home to diverse ethnic groupingsTravel one hour by road to Taunggyi then continue for about one more hour to Kakku, (depending on road and weather conditions). Visit the Kakku Pagoda complex of over 2000 stupas. Lunch at local restaurant. Then continue to visit Htan-Pha-Ya village and cave.Unknown Shan Buddha images of various sizes are kept on the wall of the small shallow Htan-Pha-Ya cave. Visit a typical Pao village including their plantations on the way back to Taunggyi. Return to hotel. Trip ends.

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