Unseen Southern Myanmar

Description

“Explore and study the untouched part of the Golden Land”


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

  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Yangon airport for your flight to Myeik.

  • Upon arrival at Myeik Airport, transfer to your hotel.

  • After check in we will explore Myeik. It is one of the richest port towns in Myanmar. Already in the early 17th century the East Indian Trading Company were unloading their ships at the port 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. We will talk about its incredibly interesting history. “Beik” as the locals call their hometown produces everything for the fishing industry what is needed. Not all seafood and fish can come from the ocean. To feed the enormous daily demand fish farms are in need. How difficult it is to cultivate seafood; we get to know at a local lobster farm.

  • A stroll through the old quarter with well-preserved colonial houses leads us to the Royal Pearl trading shop which has been owned by the same family for over 150 years. We take the chance to learn about the pearl industry and how difficult it is to cultivate them.

  • As many nations came together in Myeik the cuisine is a mixture of Thai, Chinese, Indian, Muslim and Burmese. You can have a taste at the local snack market, for example fresh spring rolls or coconut pancakes.

  • Enjoy a fabulous sunset over the Mergui Archipelago from the Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda.

         

Day 2

  • We leave Myeik behind us in the mist of the morning.

  • For those who want to have a local breakfast along the way, we can stop at a traditional tea house and have some local dishes.

  • Our first stop we will be the local rubber plantation. How these white sheets are made you will get to know when the local farmers show you the process.

  • We pass by a brick factory (seasonal). How long it takes to make a brick and how much human man power is needed you get to know at this factory.

  • After driving a picturesque mountain road up to Tagu we will enjoy a traditional lunch (included).

  • Take a seat at your boat and cruise down the untouched river.

  • Shortly we will stop on a shady sand back to cool off in the clear waters of the Tagu River.

  • We visit a tiny forest village, home to local beetle nut farmers.

  • After arrival in Tanintharyi Town we explore this ancient city by foot. The view point from the main pagoda offers a stunning view on the Tanintharyi River. We drive back to Myeik in the late afternoon.

  • OPTIONAL ACTIIVITY:

    • Kayaking

    • Experience a unique way of river life, kayak from Tagu village to Tanintharyi town.

Day 3

  • After breakfast we leave for Dawei. These 230 kilometers of road have been closed for foreigners for a long time, so people were taking plains or boats from Yangon. Even locals needed a permit to pass that road.

  • We will take the old ferry crossing just outside of Myeik to connect with the daily life of the people (seasonal). Our drive takes us through tiny villages. We will stop every now and then to discover the daily lives of the rural community.

  • Just a few miles before of Dawei we visit the Shin Mok Hti pagoda, which dated back to 1438 and house original pieces of the bodhi tree.

  • Lunch along the way in a clean local restaurant.

  • 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.

  • If time permitted, we will visit in the evening Tanintharyi Region. The museum displays a collection of bronze coins, vase’s, portraits and large wooden ancient Buddha images as well as the history of Moken (Sea Gypsy People). Otherwise we will stretch out legs along Dawei’s authentic waterfront.

  • Overnight stay: Hotel in Dawai

 

Day 4

  • 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 be asking 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 will be shown 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 can discovered at De Bosay fishing village.

  • Everywhere in Tanintharyi Division you can find beetle nut trees. They even export the beetle nuts to India.

  • 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.

Day 5

  • After breakfast we leave for Mawlamyine. These 320 kilometers were of the limits even for local people 15 years ago.

  • We pass a Tanintharyi Mountain range which is dividing Tanintharyi Region and Mon State.

  • 16km after Ye we will stop to visit the Banana Mountain from where you can overlook the whole Ye valley. The tower at the top with its nine levels and nine different decorations are well worth a climb.

  • Our next stop will be Thanbyuzayat. It is the starting point of the Death Railway connecting Myanmar (Thanbyu Zayet Station) and Thailand (Bang Pong Staion) with the Bridge over River Kwai, constructed by the Japanese during WWII. This Death Railways was started in May 1943 and officially opened on 25th October 1943. The biggest reclining Buddha of the world is located in Mudon with an overall length of 400 feet (122 meter). Stroll along the site or walk inside the Buddha.

  • Arrival in Mawlamyine at your hotel in the late afternoon.

 

Day 6

  • After breakfast we visit the Seindon Mibaya Monastery with its magnificent wood carvings.

  • Continue to Ni Paya for fine views over the city and we take a walk to examine some of the buildings of the city and the architecture from the colonial days. Renowned writers such as Orwell and Kipling lived in the city.

  • We also visit the first Baptist church.

  • We will visit the Mon Museum which has some interesting displays demonstrating the rich Mon culture.

  • Lunch will be in a local home with Mon specialties.

  • The afternoon will be at leisure.

  • Seindon Mibaya Monastery: The last king of Myanmar, at the palace in Mandalay, came to power by killing many of the rival heirs to the throne at the end of the 19th century. Queen Seindon escaped and moved to what was called Moulmein in that period and became a Buddhist nun till her death (her tomb is in the compound in one of the nunneries). She built the Seindon Mibaya Monastery in Mawlamyine which is very fine example of architecture in the original Mandalay palace and has magnificent woodcarvings and other decorations. It’s a monastery so beautiful that one could actually call it a museum.

 

Day 7

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before visiting the Seindon Mibaya Monastery. Queen Seindon built the Seindon Mibaya Monastery in Mawlamyine, after escaping the rule of the last king of Myanmar. Explore the architecture in the original Mandalay palace and the magnificent woodcarvings. It is said that it’s a monastery so beautiful that one could actually call it a museum.

  • Continue to the Ni Paya for a beautiful view over the city and river before transferring to Hpa An via private boat.

  • Enjoy a cruise along the Thanlwin (Salween) River – one of the longest rivers in Myanmar ending in Mon State. 

  • After about an hour, arrive at U Na Auk village, and take a tuk-tuk to view the amazing carvings and decorations on the temples and ordination hall. These buildings were donated to the village by Mr Na Auk, a Mon trader during the British period famous for his savvy in trade with the big British companies. He continues to been as a patriotic symbol throughout the country and is known for his kindness to his fellow country man.

  • Continue the boat trip along the Thanlwin River with spectacular sights of Zwekabin and other limestone mountains rising from the rice fields, a definite highlight of the trip through this part of Myanmar.

  • Lunch will be served on the boat.

  • Stop on the way in Pa Lin village for a walk around this local community, engaging with Kayin, Shan, Mon, Bamar and PaO people.

  • At the end of the cruise, arrive in Hpa An and retire to the hotel for the night.

 

Day 8

  • In the morning, enjoy a trip through tranquil rural scenery on a kayak from the charming village of Lakkana to Muku village. On the way you will see rice fields, Limestone Mountains in the distance, and tranquil traditional Kayin villages.

  • Stop for fresh fruit served in one of the wooden Kayin houses. Note that as the creeks in this rural part are quite shallow, small kayaks are used to travel, which means that you could get wet – sandals, shorts and a t-shirt are recommended.

  • The afternoon is free at leisure. As Kayin state is bordering with Thailand there is some very tasty Thai food available in the local restaurants. 

  • Please note: The water level is dependent on season and weather. If the water level is low, it may be necessary to make the kayaking shorter and replace it with a hike and a visit to a traditional Kayin village.

  • OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:

    • Half Day Mountain Bike Tour: A small truck will transfer you to a place where we start our cycling with mountain bikes. After a safety briefing and personalized bike fitting our first visit will be the Kyauk Ka Latt Pagoda 5 km south of Hpa-An continued by the Lumbuni Garden at the base of Mt. ZweKabin which is the landmark of Hpa-An and where we will take a rest and photo stop.

  • Next visit is the Kaw Ka Thaung Cave which has over thousands of stone tablets Buddha images inside. We continue our ride and visit a Kayin village at the back of Zwekabin Mountain.

  • Ride back to Hpa-An for lunch and transfer back to your hotel with motor bike.

  • Overnight stay: Hotel in Hpa An

Day 9

  • We journey back north passing through rural villages and towns of Mon and Kayin

  • Just after leaving Hpa-An visit Kawgun cave. The artwork of clay Buddha statues dates back from the 7th century, the period of the Mon kingdom.

  • After about 3 hours we stop for a visit at the former Royal Palace I Bago.

  • From Bago we continue by train back to Yangon, a great way to take in the scenery.

  • On arrival at Yangon station transfer to the hotel.

 

Day 10

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Myanmar

May to September 2020 From

R 56 858.00*

per person

October 2020 to March 2021 From

R 57 137.00*

per person

10 Days / 9 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

  • 9 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

    • 6-10pax: Coach of 24 seats 

  • Local ENGLISH speaking station guides

  • All entrance and zone fees as program

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

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

  • Mawlamyine to Hpa An local boat

  • Tuk Tuk to U Nar Auk

  • Kayaking in Hpa An

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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