Southern Myanmar Explorer

Description

If the idea of combining stunning mountains and white sandy beaches into one trip sounds good to you, then this is your trip. The narrow southern region of Myanmar is a fascinating, largely uncharted place that combines farming villages, colonial history, and pristine islands.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Upon arrival at Yangon international airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

  • Freshen up before we embark on a journey to explore Yangon's highlights.

  • Start from the colonial-style city center and one of the main landmarks, Sule Paya, built over 2,000 years ago and the focal point of numerous historical events in the city.

  • Continue to Chauk That Gyi pagoda to view its magnificent reclining Buddha, and Karaweik Hall to marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” building on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake.

  • Visit Bogyoke (Scotts) market (please note that the market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays) where hundreds of gemstones, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color.

  • We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed. We view the sunset from here.

 

Day 2

  • After breakfast, we drive 1.5hrs/80km to Bago, one of richest archaeological sites in Myanmar and the ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom. Our Bago highlights include the beautiful Shwethalyaung 55m long reclining Buddha and the tallest, 114m high golden spire pagoda in Myanmar, the Shwemawdaw Pagoda.

  • Visit the Kanbawzathardi Palace of King Bayinnaung.

  • We continue 3.3hrs/110km to Kin Pun base camp to change our transport to an open truck.

  • The ride is shared with local pilgrimage makers for the next 11km to Yathaetaung base camp, located 500m below the summit ridge.

  • A further, 1hr hike up on a steep road and paved trail lead 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 Buddha’s hair relics, the source of the gravity defying magic. A continual stream of pilgrims from Myanmar and elsewhere in Asia come to witness the wonder at least once in their lifetime.

  • Enjoy the tranquil sunset, soak up the unique atmosphere and wonder with monks, nuns, and pilgrims.

 

Day 3

  • Wake up early for lovely sunrise views and a quiet morning stroll.

  • Breakfast at the hotel before descending back to the Kin Pun base camp.

  • We drive 2.5 hrs to the quaint Hpa-An, capital of Karean State. On the way we visit the Bayint Nyi cave and we continue with visits to: the picturesque Kyauk Kalat, a standalone rock islet in the middle of a small lake and the Lumbini Garden, a park housing one thousand Buddha images with the majestic Mount Zwekabin as its backdrop; and Kawgun cave, which is a natural limestone cave with rare Buddha images inside dating from the 15th century.

  • We will enjoy the sunset at Shweyinmyaw Pagoda at the bank of the Thanlwin (Salween) River.

 

Day 4

  • After breakfast, we take a stroll through the central market to get the feel of Hpa-an's daily life, then visit the Kayin cultural museum, which exhibits the social, literary, musical and cultural heritage of the Karen (Kayin) ethnic people.

  • Visit to Kaw Ka Taung cave and the Saddan cave, the most impressive limestone caves in the region, passing through an entire limestone mountain range and opening up to a small lake and fields. The cave also displays fascinating rock formations inside. 

 

Day 5

  • After breakfast, depart towards Mawlamyine.

  • Our first stop will be Kadow village to visit the U Nar Auk Monastery, the shrines at Kawhnat-Kadow village near the city of Mawlamyine which house fantastic reliefs displaying the story of Buddha's life.

  • Then continue to Mawlamyine.

  • Upon arrival transfer to hotel.

  • Later, visit the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda on the ridge of a hill, overlooking the town and offering a great view, and U Zena Pagoda (The old Mon name for this pagoda is Kyaikpatan), named after the white hill on which it stands.

 

Day 6

  • Today we will have a glimpse into Myanmar's authentic rural life by catching a ferry to Bilu Island (1.5 hrs), that has been largely untouched by development.

  • We pass through idyllic rice paddy fields, rustic villages and palm lined roads.

  • A visit to cottage industry workshops allow us to learn about how local crafts such as walking sticks, wooden pipes and pens are made

  •  In the afternoon, we return to Mawlamyine and enjoy a trishaw ride to visit the town’s highlights.

 

Day 7

  • After breakfast, full day drive back to Yangon (Approximately 6 - 7 hours).

  • Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to hotel.

  • Optional train from Mawlamyine to Yangon: You have the possibility to return by train from Mawlamyine to Yangon. The train departs at 08.30 hrs. and arrives in Yangon at 18.00 hrs. (approximately). Train journeys have to be considered as 'adventurous' as the wagons have little comfort. The trail is bumpy and the train runs at slow speed. Some wagons have air-conditioning, but not all. However, these journeys are a wonderful experience to see more of the local life. 

 

Day 8

  • After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Myanmar

April to September 2020 From

R 29 273.00*

per person

October 2020 to March 2021 From

R 29 545.00*

per person

8 Days / 7 Nights

Validity: Immediately - March 2021

* All above pricing is based on 3* accommodation and 1 traveler, inquire with us for 4* accommodation and bigger groups.

Including

  • 7 nights’ shared accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the indicated room types (see hotel category list) (check in and check out around noontime)

  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax):

    • 1-2pax: Saloon car or similar 

    • 3-5pax: Hiace car of similar

    • 6-8pax: Coach of 24 seats

  • Local ENGLISH speaking throughout guide

  • All entrance fees as program

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program (local food):

    • Daily breakfasts at hotels

  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only

  • Local truck in Golden Rock

  • Trishaw in Mawlamyine

Excluding

  • Airfares (international and domestic)

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Drinks 

  • Visas to Myanmar

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied

  • Tips

  • Early check in or late check out

  • Insurances

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, beverages…)

  • Peak season surcharges if any

  • All not mentioned above

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

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