Route: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Hpa Ann – Mawlamyaing – Dawei – Myeik – Kawthaung – Yangon
Start from: Yangon
End at: Yangon
- Explore the ancient and colonial site of Yangon
- Visit the holy site of Golden Rock
- Learn more about the beautiful ancient structures of Bago
- Know more about the Caves of the Ten Thousand Buddhas in Hpa An
- Visit colonial town of Mawlamyine
- Enjoy overland trip down to Dawei and explore history along the route
- Learn the life of local fishing village and trading towns of beautiful coastal region
This 12 days Myanmar tour will take you completely to the off the beaten track where you will see amazing scenery, history and community of each town as you passing by and the breathtaking view of Mergui Archipelago.
Day 1: Arrival Yangon (-/-/-)
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Guide who will accompany you as you transfer to the hotel.
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.
After taking some refreshment, you may start your first day in Yangon by visiting Chaukhtagyi Reclining Buddha located in a large metal-roofed pavilion on ShwegondineRoad, crossing the street to the other side of NgaHtatGyi Pagoda, a five-stories high seated Buddha image.
Then visit and enjoy the sunset at the ShwedagonPagoda, world-famous; its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist in Myanmar, located in midtown Yangon between the People’s Park and the Kandawgyi Lake. The pagoda is believed to be 2,600 years old and the stupa is surrounded by intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at the Shwedagon, and it's an interesting place to spend time watching what local pilgrimages are doing.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 2: Yangon (B/-/-)
Today, you will have a full day sightseeing for the remaining sights in Yangon. You will first visit Kaba Aye Pagoda built in 1952 for the 1945-1956 Sixth Buddhist Synod. It is located approximately 11 km north of downtown. From there, proceed to the National Museum (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to observe theMyanmar’s history, art and culture. Then, drive through downtown Yangon and explore some of the best colonial-style building.
Continue your visit to Scott Market(closed on Mondays and Public Holidays): which has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts. Afterward, drive to the very centre of downtown Yangon to see Sule Pagoda believed to be over 2.000 years old and the central stupa enshrined with a hair of Buddha; it’s said to be build by Mon and its Mon name is KyaikAthok, means ‘the stupa where a Scared Hair Relic is enshrined’. In the evening, take some time to walk around the bustling Chinatown located west of the city center. You can enjoy looking around and shopping in the street markets and visit the largest Chinese Temple named Kheng Hock Keong which is over 100 years old.
Then, finish your full day fascinating Yangon tour after visiting BotataungPagodawhichis named after the 1.000 military leaders escorted relics of the Buddha from India over 2.000 years ago. This is one of the few pagodas in Myanmar which provides corridor for visitors to walk inside.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 3: Yangon - Kyaiktiyo (B/-/-)
In the morning your driver picks you up at the hotel and takes you to the Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo. You pass an impressive war cemetery of World War II and after a 80km drive you arrive in Bago. Visit the market of this former Mon-capital, the Kyaikpun Pagoda with its 4 Buddhas sitting back to back, the great Kyakhet Wine monastery and the ShweMawdaw Pagoda. This 114 meters high stupa of the pagoda is the tallest stupa in Myanmar.
The most beautiful sitting(Reclining) Buddha in Myanmar is the one in the Shwethalyaung Pagoda of Bago. Continue to the basis-camp Kinpun where you switch over to a truck to reach the Golden Rock of Kyaikthiyo.
From the base-camp, Travel by local open-air truck to the junction camp which has a distance of 15 Minutes’ walk to the final distance to Golden Rock (a porter will carry your bag). The uphill trek is along a paved trekking path and offers great views of the surrounding area. For an easier alternative, four porters can carry you uphill in a specially-made sedan chair allowing you to enjoy the views without all of the hard work!(Extra charges for sedan chair – client own account).
Overnight at Golden Rock.
Day 4: Kyaiktiyo - HpaAn (B/-/-)
Today you travel to Hpa-an. Enroute you pass the Bayin-Nyi cave that includes some very interesting Buddha statues at the front side. The more attractive part of the cave is at the back side with a long corridor full of stalactites. The Kayin state’s capital is located on the banks of river Thanlwin.
This small and busy provincial town is favored by farmes traveling in carts or trishaws and selling their products. Stroll through the market and to the river banks before you continue to Mount Zwekabin and the small town of Thandaung which is famous for its coffee and tea plantations as well as for its orchards.
Overnight stay in Hpa-an.
Day 5: HpaAn - Mawlamyaing (B/-/-)
Enjoy the fascinating atmosphere of this town that is located between stupas, mountain ridges and the sea. From 1827 to 1852 Mawlamyaing (Mawlamyine) was the capital of the former British-Burma and became the most important port of export for teak. Visit the cultural museum of the Mon, Mahamuni Pagoda with its Mon-style temple complex, Kyaikthanlan Pagoda as well as the old SeindonMibaya monastery.
The program includes U Kanthi Pagoda the name of the Pagoda took after the name of the donor who was a hermit and recognized for his miracle power of fulfilling the needs of People in donation by reciting his Mantra, U Zina Pagoda and a local market. The most important transportation vehicles are carts and old trucks.
Overnight in Mawlamyaing.
Day 6: Mawlamyaing - Thanbuzayat - Ye - Dawei (B/-/-)
After breakfast we leave for Thanbyuzayet, which is known as the end of the Death Railways It was started in May 1943 and official opened on 25th October 1943. More than 20.000 prisoners of war died during the construction period. The roads become narrower and the villages along the way smaller.
10 Miles before Ye we will stop to visit the Banana Mountain from where you can overlook the whole Ye valley. The translation Banana Mountain comes from the Mon language. The Burmese called it Ko Lin Yay (Little Monk) Inside of four giant sitting Buddha’s is a staircase leading up to the viewing platform. The different decorations on the nine levels are well worth the climb.
A local brick factory on the outskirts of the town is showing us how bricks been made. The local workers are delighted to show there hard labor to us and are always happy to be photographed. Lunch at a local restaurant in Ye. We continue of the Tanintharyi Mountain ridge. On the top the police will check your passport and report to Dawei that we are coming. We arrive around sunset time at your hotel in Dawei. Dawei is the capital of Tanintharyi division in the south of the Myanmar, formerly known as Tavoy.
Dawei was one of the first cities, where the English settled after the 1st Anglo-Burmese in 1826. As a result the town has a long lasting history and picturesque buildings from the colonial times.
Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.
Overnight at Dawei
Day 7: Dawei (B/-/-)
After breakfast we will have a look around to get a picture of Dawei’s daily life and famous sights. A family owned cashew nut business with its ever smiling workers will show us how much work it is to peel one nut.
How people can make a living in Dawei is the question we will ask on the way to San Maria Beach. By the end of the day we hope you have all the answer you need. Most of the farming nowadays is rubber plantation. How the white rubber sheets are made we will show you at one of the uncountable plantations. Beside the rubber trees there is another big industry, dried fish. How long fish has to lie in the sun we can find out at one of the fishing villages. Everywhere in Tanintharyi Division you can find beetle nut trees. They even export the beetle nuts to India.
We will have lunch in front of Myawyik Pagoda, connected by a bridge with the main land. Afterwards we are going for a swim or simple stroll along San Maria Beach. Be not surprised if you are the only one for the day at the beach as mass tourism is still far away.
On the way back we stop at hot springs to wash the salt of. It is been said, that the 60 C hot waters have healing powers.
In the late afternoon we reach the well-known Maung Ma Gan Beach. Enjoy the relaxed and uncrowded beach atmosphere with a sun downer and a delicious seafood dinner. Return to your hotel after a fabulous sunset.
Overnight at Dawei.
Day 8: Dawei - Myeik (B/-/-)
After breakfast we leave for Myeik. These 230 kilometers of road have been closed for foreigners for a long time. In past even locals needed a permit to pass that road, plane and ferry boats were the only way of transport. Just a few miles after Dawei we visit the Shin MokHti pagoda, which can be dated back to 1438 and houses original pieces of the bodhi tree.
Our drive takes us through tiny villages. We will stop every now and then to discover the daily lives of the rural community. In Palaw, about half way, we take a closer look how the power supply in Southern Myanmar works, by visiting a local power station.
Before we arrive in Myeik we will take the old ferry crossing, which is a great photo opportunity. Lunch along the way in a clean local restaurant.Free late afternoon.
Lunch and Dinner at your own account.
Overnight at Myeik
Day 9: Myeik (B/-/-)
After breakfast we explore Myeik, which is one of the biggest fishing towns in Myanmar. We will talk about its incredibly interesting history. Already in the early 17th century the East Indian Trading were unloading the ships at the ports of Myeik. Most of the goods would go inland and from there up to Tanintharyi and further on to the old capital of Siam Ayutthaya. “Beik” as the locals call there hometown produces everything for the fishing industry what is needed. Have you ask yourself where all the ice comes from to keep the seafood fresh?
We will visit a wooden boat wharf where they still build the boats like in the old days. Climb up and look workers over their shoulder or just observe the incredible skilled work.
In the afternoon we take a traditional wooden fishing boat to Pahtaw Island (10mins) and visit the reclining Buddha. A small walk up the hill offers a panoramic sunset views on the Mergui Archipelago and Myeik.
Lunch and dinner are to your own account.
Overnight at Myeik
Day 10: Myeik - Kawthaung (B/-/-)
Breakfast at your hotel. Until your flight departure there is enough time to go for stroll to the busymain market and do some souvenir shopping. Enjoy the atmosphere of the market while walking around. Transfer to airport and flight to Kawthaung
After check in to your hotel we will visitPyi Taw aye Pagoda located on the top of the hill. We continue to Victoria point named for King Bayinnaung, a Burmese monarch who invaded Thailand several times between 1548 and 1569. A bronze statue of Bayinnaung stands at the top of a hill on the cape.
Just a few miles out of town is a 400m long wooden bridge, which connects Pa Lut Tot Tot Island and the mainland, which is a great stop for a photo opportunity. Our last stop of the day is 5-5-5 Mountain as the locals call it. The hill offers a spectacular sunset view over the whole town and nearby islands in Andman Sea.
Lunch and Dinner to your own account.
Overnight at Kawthaung.
Day 11: Kawthaung -Yangon by flight (B/-/-)
After breakfast we take you to the airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon your arrival, you will transfer to hotels and relax for the rest of the day.
Day 12: Yangon Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast, depending on your flight time, you will transfer to Yangon International airport to your own forward flight.
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