Starting from Yangon, this trip will take you to all the unique places Myanmar has to offer. You will discover the southern part of Myanmar on this program.
Upon arrival at the Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by Asia EZ Tour guide. You will be transfer to your hotel, for a chance to relax and refresh.
In the late afternoon, we begin our tour through Yangon city with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments; the 2,600 years old SHWEDAGONE PAGODA.
Once sunset arrives, glittering in the dark skyline, SHWEDAGONE PAGODA is indeed a sight to behold.
Lunch and dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast at your hotel, we head to KYAIKHTIYO Pagoda in MON state. On the way, you will visit the Allied War Cemetery near HTAUKKYANT. The largest of the 3 war cemeteries in Myanmar, HTAUKKYANT WAR CEMETERY is a beautiful, well maintained peaceful cemetery and the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers.
Kyaikhtiyo, located 160 KM from Yangon, this famous landmark the ‘Golden Rock’ is a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff.
From there, you will go up a steep 11 km road in, typically crowded open air trucks rushing though windy jungle paths, to reach the pagoda. The exciting heart pounding journey is expected to be about 45 minutes. The final ascend to the Golden Rock will be on foot (20 minutes of hiking).
Should you decide for a longer hiking journey, you can top to stop at the middle camp, Hermit Hill. From here it, will be 60 minutes of hiking. You have 2 options for accommodations (Mountain Top Hotel at the top of the hill, or another at base camp, Kimpun).
From the mountain top, you will enjoy great views of the surrounding hills and a beautiful sunset. Then we will stroll around to the local restaurants and herbs stalls near the pagoda.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant en-route.
Dinner will be served and you will stay overnight in KYAIKHTIYO.
Before dawn, local pilgrims would gather at the Golden Rock to make offerings in the solitude of the morning.
To experience this, and a great photo opportunity, after an early breakfast at your hotel, you will have the option to visit the Golden Rock again to see the golden sun rise, casting it rays upon the rock.
Next, we will return to base camp by open-air truck again and depart from KYAIKHTIYO to continue on a two-hour drive to HPA AN (120 km – 2h). HPA AN is a small town surrounded by beautiful limestone rock formations and is the capital of the Karen state. On the way, we will stop for lunch in THATON, the former capital of Mon Kingdom.
Upon arrival at HPA AN, we will pay a visit to BAYINNYI where you will find a hot spring lake with beautiful views of a temple complex and cave. KAWTKOON Cave is a very historical with over 2000 stone tablets with Mon inscriptions and hundreds of small Buddha statues on the walls and roof cravings.
From there, move to visit the SHWE YIN MYAW Pagoda, which is a famous pagoda and that you can make photo stops. We will then stop at the LAKE KANTHARYAR for a nice view of ZWE KABIN Mountain, a landmark of Kayin state.
Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in HPA AN.
After breakfast at your hotel, we will make our way to SADAN CAVE. SADAN starts off as a typical cave in Myanmar, full of Buddha images but after you have venture deeper into the cave, a natural tunnel will come into your view. Following rows of light through the tunnel, you will reach the other side of the cave. At the end of the tunnel, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of a hidden lake and meadow.
Before leaving to HPA-AN, our final stop is KYAUK KALAT Pagoda, a small stupa built on top of a pillar like rock formation on a small island in the middle of a lake.
In late afternoon, we will head back north to MAWLAMYINE, the Mon State capita, formerly known as Moulmein. Situated at the mouth of the THINLWIN River, this attractive and clean town is surrounded by tropical areas and has a hilly ridge serving as a backdrop. The town also served as the capital of British Burma between 1827 and 1852 and to date, retains some of its charm from the colonial times.
Lunch and Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in MAWLAMYINE.
After breakfast at your hotel, we will spend the day touring the once thriving port city and colonial post of MAWLAMYINE on a trishaw. On the agenda will be the colourful MAWLAMYINE Central Market, a bustling atmosphere where miscellaneous local souvenirs are sold.
MAHAMUNI PAGODA, a major temple site in Myanmar, built in traditional Mon style is next on the list. Then we continue to the beautiful SEINDON MIBAYA KYAUNG, an over-100 year’s old wooden monastery, before walking down Strand Road to the impressive KALADAN Mosque. This mosque was built during the colonial era when many Indians came to work for the British in MAWLAMYINE.
After lunch, proceed (1 hr) drive to the BILU ISLAND, we will visit Ywa Loot Village where you will see the small wood workshops to observe of the artisanal work producing Myanmar walking sticks, Burmese Slates (Kyauk Thin Bone) and pens.
In late afternoon, we will return to Mawlamyine to enjoy the sunset from KYAIKTHANLAN PAGODA, also known as the Kipling Pagoda, the city’s tallest and most visible stupa.
Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in MAWLAMYINE.
After an early breakfast at your hotel, we will return back to Yangon (313 km – 6 hours).
On the way, stops our journey to THANBYUZAYAT. THANBYUZAYAT, located 70 km south of MAWLAMYINE, was the western terminal of the infamous Burma-Siam ‘Death Railway’. Then, continue visiting Bago on the way. Previously Bago was a capital of the Mon Kingdom and built by King BAYAINTNAUNG in the mid-16th century.
We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Bago when we arrived and continue sightseeing to the 55-meter long reclining SHWE THA HLYAUNG Buddha. Sightseeing will continue to the thousand-year old SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA. Built with Mon architecture SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA is one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar and at 114 meters tall with its spire, it stands taller than the SHWEDAGON PAGODA.
Before heading back to Yangon, we will make a stop to visit the four giant Buddha images at KYAIK PUN PAGODA and upon arrival, we will transfer back to your hotel.
Dinner will be served at local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast at your hotel, we spend the day visiting Yangon. The last leg of this odyssey includes BOTATHAUNG PAGODA, COLONIAL BUILDINGS along the Strand Road, SULE PAGODA, a pagoda in the middle of the central business district, and CHAUK HTET GYI Pagoda, famous for housing an enormous 65 meter long reclining Buddha statue.
After lunch, we stop by KARAWEIK HALL, a unique golden barge on KANDAWGYI (Royal Lake). In the afternoon, we visit to BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET known as Scott Market (closed on Mondays and Public holidays). A must visit for tourist; here you can see rows of stalls selling hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores.
Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
After lunch, you will transfer to YANGON airport for international flight departure.
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