Encounter one of the holiest sites in Myanmar, the “Golden Rock” on the mountain of Kyaikhtiyo. Then explore the unknown rural regions of Mon- and Kayin States, paced along the Andaman coast in the South of Myanmar. It will give you a deep insight of the life style of the very friendly residents. Furthermore you will see important historical and fascinating holy places, dotted in a picturesque countryside. During this extraordinary journey you will hardly meet any other foreigners.
Early morning pick up by the guide in your hotel and drive direction northeast towards Bago. On the way visit a war cemetery of allied troops in the vicinity of Htaukkyan. In Bago visit the famous Shwemawdaw Pagoda and the lying Buddha Shwethalyaung. You will also see the Kanbawza Thadi palace and Kyaikpun Pagoda with the 27 meter high standing Buddha.
The journey continues direction east to one of the most important holy places of Burma, the Golden Rock. The "Golden Rock" is a huge round rocks which almost seems to hover on the edge of a cliff. This rock and the small chedi are completely covered with gold leafs from diverse pilgrims. The chedi on the Golden Rock is supposed to contain a hair of the Buddha. Upon arrival at the base camp in Kyaikhtiyo transfer by open truck to the trail for a short climb to the summit. Watch the sunset at the famous Golden Rock. Overnight in the hotel at Kyaikhtiyo.
In the early morning drive over a picturesque countryside to Mawlamyine on the southern coast, 300 km away from Yangon. It is beautifully placed between the hills, dotted with pagodas, and the Andaman Sea. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Then the guide will pick you up for a half hours walk through the center of Mawlamyine. It leads along well preserved colonial buildings, two mosques and a few old churches as St. Matthew’s and St. Gabriel’s. After take a Trishaw for a short ride to the busy daily market near the Strand Hotel. Stroll through the colorful market and taste some of the delicious fruits such as Moulmein’s Pomelo. The guide will show you after one of the famous restaurants, offering delicious Chinese and Myanmar food.
In the late afternoon short drive to Sein Don Pagoda with the attached monastery. The monks will show you around the temple complex and will be happy to receive a small donation. Before heading back to the hotel, you visit the Kipling Pagoda. Form here you have a splendid view over the town and can admire a romantic sunset.
After breakfast in the hotel drive for a daytrip 65 kilometers to the south. In Thanbyuzayat, located straight on the Andaman coast, you visit an important World War II historical site. There is a War Cemetery and a Death Railway Museum. During the infamous Siam-Burma Railway construction thousands of forced labors, mostly Thais and Burmese as well Allied prisoners, built the tracks for the Japanese army.
The guide will pick you up after breakfast for the return drive to Yangon, this time on another route. The journey takes you to Hpa An, the capital of Kayin State. The area is dotted with a chain of hills, impressive caves and magnificent lakes. Atop of an imposing boulder you visit Kyauk Kalat Pagoda. Then head to a very unique small settlement. All the villagers are wearing white clothes and are vegetarians. Just a short drive further on awaits you the Lumbini Garden with the beautiful pagoda complex. It is placed at the foot of Zwekabin Mountain, dotted with hundreds of seated Buddha sculptures. It is a very extraordinary place. In the evening you reach Yangon.
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|Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)||Mountain Top Hotel||Deluxe Room||1|
|Mawlamyine||Cinderella Hotel||Superior Room (Double)||2|
Air-conditioned car /van and driver
English speaking guide (French and German speaking guides available upon request)
Rates include all entrance fees as per program.
Accommodation as listed on twin sharing basis
Daily breakfast in the hotel (B)
Other meals as per itinerary (L/D)
Domestic flights as per itinerary
Myanmar (Burma) entry visa
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults with extra bed 70% of adult rate.
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults without extra bed 50% of adult rate.
Valid only if child travels with two paying adults.