Day 1: Inle Lake - Taunggyi - Kakku - Htan-Pha-Ya - Inle Lake
Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and transport you approximately one-hour the the Shan State capital of Taunggyi. With an estimated population of 380,665 the city of Taunggyi is famous for its hot air balloon festival held annually on the full moon day of Tazaungmon.
Another drive of approximately one-hour (depending on weather and road conditions) takes you to Kakku one of the most remarkable sights in Shan State.
Here neat rows of 2,478 stupas sprawl over the hillside at Kakku Pagoda in a bewildering variety of styles, marking the prevailing architectural trends when they were constructed, in the 3rd century B.C. Some are simple and unadorned while others are covered in a riot of stucco deities and mythical beasts. You will also have an opportunity to visit the nearby rural village.
Next up is the small village of Htan-Pha-Ya and its ancient Buddhist cave. Here Shan Buddha images of various sizes are kept on the wall of the small shallow Htan-Pha-Ya cave.
A short drive then takes you to your final stop of the day at a typical Pao village to see their plantation and farming operation as you make your way back down the mountain to your hotel.
Note: before you may enter this holy site you must be properly dressed with your shoulders and knees covered. You will also be required to remove your shoes and socks to enter all Buddhist temples in Myanmar.