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Southern Myanmar – 5 Days

Golden Rock - Kyaikhtiyo, Bago
  • 01Kyaiktiyo Pagoda
  • 01Hpa-An lake in front of Saddar cave
  • 01Hpa-An Saddar cave entrance
  • 01Pilgrims applying leaf gold on the Golden Rock
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For the ones that want to experience all the wonders of southern Myanmar. Cultural highlights, holy sites and learn about the local culture. This five days tour will introduce you to all the magic of the south.

On this journey of Southern Myanmar highlights we visit Bago, the ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom and explore local crafts making, markets and heritage sites of the region, including Shwemawdaw Paya, the tallest Pagoda in Myanmar and Shwethalyaung Paya with its impressive reclining Buddha.

We take part in one of Myanmar’s holiest pilgrimage sites to the Golden Rock (Kyaikthiyo), a boulder covered in gold leaf that miraculously, delicately balances at the edge of a cliff. From the Golden Rock our journey continues to Hpa-An, the charming trading capital of Karen State blessed with beautiful topography of limestone karst mountains.

Near Hpa-An we explore some of the caves inside the limestone mountains before continuing to Mawlamyine (Moulmein), the first waterfront capital of the British Burma colony.

In Mawlamyine we trace Kipling’s footsteps and visit Thanbuzayat the last station of the infamous death railway build by Pow during the IIWW and stop by at a gigantic reclining Buddha before driving back to Yangon.

Our professional and experienced tour guides will help you to get the insights of the southern Myanmar. You can just enjoy and experience all the wonders that this magical region has to offer.

Bago

Bago

DAY 1: YANGON – BAGO – GOLDEN ROCK ( KYAIKTIYO ) [-/-/-]

Morning pickup from your hotel in Yangon and drive 1.5 hours/80km to Bago, one of richest archaeological sites in Myanmar and the ancient capital of Mon Kingdom. En route, we visit Htauk Kyan’s allied troops war cemetery honoring 6,000 war heroes, a Nat tree shrine dedicated to famous nat spirit at the base of a grand tree, and a cottage industry that produces intricate woven bamboo crafts. In Bago we take a stroll through a colorful Bago market and stop for a cup of tea or coffee in local tea shop just like the locals do.

We continue to the impressive 55m reclining Buddha of Shwe Tha Lyaung and the 114m golden spire of the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, the tallest in Myanmar. After lunch at a local restaurant in Bago, we continue 3.5hrs/110km to Kin Pun base camp to change our mode of transport to an open truck. The ride is shared with local pilgrimage makers for the next 11km to Yathetaung base camp, located 500m below the summit ridge.

A further 1hr hike up partly on a steep road and paved trail leads us to the summit. The Golden Rock, or Kyaiktiyo as the Burmese call it, is a fascinating sacred boulder covered in gold leaf and balanced precariously on the edge of a cliff. Crowning the boulder is a small shrine believed to contain Buddhas hair relics, the source of the gravity defying magic.

A continual stream of pilgrims from Myanmar and Asia come to witness the wonder at least once in their life time. Enjoy the tranquil sunset, soak in the unique atmosphere and share the wonder with fellow monk, nuns, and lay pilgrims.

  • Meals included:
  • Overnight stay: In a hotel near the Golden Rock.

Golden Rock

Golden Rock, Myanmar

DAY 2: GOLDEN ROCK – HPA-AN [B/-/-]

Wake up early for lovely sunrise views and a quiet morning stroll. Breakfast at the hotel before descending back to the Kinpun base camp. We drive to the quaint Karen State capital of Hpa-An, visiting enroute Thaton, one of the ancient Mon kingdoms, and the Thamanya Monastery, the home of one of Myanmar’s most revered monks.

After lunch at local restaurant, we continue with visits to: the picturesque Kyauk Kalat, a standalone rock islet in the middle of a small lake; the Lumbini garden, a park housing one thousand Buddha images with the majestic Mount Zwekabin as its backdrop and finally the Saddar cave wich is the most impressive limestone cave in the region we also pass through an entire limestone mountain range with views to small lake and fields.

The cave also displays fascinating rock formations inside. We arrive Hpa An late afternoon. Time permitting, we enjoy the sunset at Shweyinmyaw Pagoda at the bank of Thanlwin (Salween) River.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at Hotel
  • Overnight stay: In a hotel near Hpa-An.

Mawlamyine Buddhas

Mawlamyine Buddhas

DAY 3: HPA-AN – MAWLAMYINE (MOULMEIN) [B/-/-]

After breakfast, we take a stroll through the central market to get the feel for Hpa An local life, then visit the Kayin cultural Museum, which exhibits the social, literary, musical and cultural heritage of the Karen (Kayin) ethnic peoples. Continuing on another 1 hr drive, we reach Mawlamyine (Moulmein), the 4th largest city in Myanmar as well as 1st capital of British Burma, boasting of intact colonial era buildings.

In the afternoon, we make an excursion 64 km south of the city to Thanbyuzayat, the westernmost terminus station of the infamous Burmese-Siam “Death Railway” built by prisoners of war during WWII. We visit the Mon State cultural museum with its displays of bronze, silverware, ceramics and sculptures; the Thanbyuzayat war memorial that honors the Allied Troops of British, American, Australian and Dutch from the war; and a death railway Museum with a small locomotive of bygone days to commemorate the start point of the tragic railway.

If time permits, we learn about hand woven textiles at a weaving workshop on the way back to Mawlamyine.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at Hotel
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mawlamyine.

Bilu Island Myanmar

Bilu Island Myanmar

DAY 4: MAWLAMYINE – BILU ISLAND [B/-/-]

After breakfast at hotel we explore Myanmar authentic rural life by catching a 1,5hr ferry ride to Bilu island, a pleasant town that has been largely untouched by development. Touring by local pickup truck, we pass through idyllic rice paddy fields, rustic villages and palm lined roads. A visit to cottage industry workshops allows us to learn how the local crafts such as walking sticks, wooden pipes and pens are made.

In the afternoon, we return to Mawlamyine and enjoy a Trishaw ride, or bicycle taxi, to visit the city’s highlights. The day ends with a sunset from the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, immortalized in Rudyard Kipling’s poem that begins: “By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ lazy at the sea/ There’s a Burma girl a-settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me…”.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at Hotel
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mawlamyine.

Yangon

Colonial heritage yangon

DAY 5: MAWLAMYINE – YANGON [B/-/-]

After an early breakfast at hotel, we drive 7.5hrs/300km to Yangon. Near Kyaikhto, we stop for lunch at local restaurant. If time permits, we visit Mon weaving workshop en route to Bago, with arrival to Yangon by the late afternoon.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at Hotel

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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

  • Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary.
  • 2 bottles of water & 2 refreshing towels per passenger per day
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides (other language guides available with additional cost)
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage handling fees at airports

NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP COSTING

  • Visa to Myanmar (Please note that there is NO Visa On Arrival for tourist visas in Myanmar. Clients need to apply in advance from the nearest Myanmar Embassy)
  • International air fares or domestic air fares (always quoted and mentioned separately from tour package price)
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 11am or 12 o’clock noon
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities