This off the beaten track tour to Burma is dedicated to glorify the hidden charm of the country’s far-flung southern strip within an abbreviated period of 8 days.
Start your 8-day tour to Burma in Yangon. Yangon, the biggest city and the main economic center of the country, mainly is the first destination for any holiday to Burma. Arrive at the airport in Yangon, welcome by our English – speaking guide and transfer to hotel. Depending on arrival time, we will arrange a city tour to discover the former Burmese capital (1862-2005). Visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda which is covered in 60 tons of gold leaf; the 70-meter-long Reclining Buddha. At the end of the day, turn to beautiful park of Kandawgyi Lake, stop on the wooden bridge over the South of lake edge to enjoy sunset view. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Morning visit to Bogyoke market (Scott market) which is full of thousand shops with the largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs ranging from lacquer ware, Shan shoulder bags to puppets and jewellery. Then take local “circular train” ride through the city and its surrounding areas , a great opportunity to observe the vibrant and colorful life of Yangonnais. Back to your hotel.
Afternoon, transfer to Dalah, a small village on the other side of the Yangon River, take a rickshaw ride and visit a candle factory. Back to Yangon, take a stroll around the colonial complex in the downtown. It is surprising to contemplate the large shaded alleys where the houses are decorated in the unique style of the Burmese colonial times – the bygone era.
Street food around the city is highly recommended. Overnight in Yangon.
Enjoy delightful breakfast at hotel, then our guide will pick you up and drive to Mawlamyine (also called Moulmein)– the charming capital of Mon State, which is considered one of the biggest port cities for teak wood cargo to the north. The scenic journey takes you through typical Burmese villages. It is an ideal place to avoid crowded tourists in other tourist attractions in Myanmar.
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel, and take a stroll along the riverside which is lined with old colonial buildings. Overnight in Mawlamyine.
Start our tour around the city by a visit to First Baptist Church, Kyaikthanlan Pagoda. Venture further to the south of the city to the town of Thanbyuzayat and pay respect to the fallen ones in the construction of the notorious Death Railway – the Empire of Japan’s bloody project which connected Thailand and Burma. At the end of the day, stroll along the Strand road to enjoy the sunset over the Thanlyin River.
Overnight at hotel in Mawlamyine.
Visit the lively central market Zyegyi then board a typical local ferry to the island of Bilu Gyun, a fascinating independent island of Mon ethnic which consists of 64 villages connected by rutted tracks, full of adventures. After docking, depart in open truck (tuk-tuk) through lush vegetation and picturesque villages, meeting on the way smiling locals. Stop in a small monastery on the ridge that divides the island into two parts. Continue to the south through some villages specialized in the manufacture of carpets from coconut fibers, carpentry and bricks. Back to the city in the late afternoon. Overnight in Mawlamyine.
Departure for Hpa Ann which is the capital of the Karen state. The picturesque town with majestic mountain ranges, the mysterious caves full of Buddha statues and tranquil atmosphere of local life would lure visitors into an unforgettable spot. Transfer to Zwegabin Mountain whose foot is full of Buddha statues. Climb up to the top of the mountain if you like. Then visit Kyauk Kalap Pagoda nearby, the unique pagoda located on the top of a rock basement in the middle of an artificial lake. Take a short break before travelling to Sadan Cave which is famous for the rock walls carved with hundreds of Buddha images dating back from centuries ago. Back to the city center in the late afternoon. Good idea to take a short walk around the Kantharyar Lake to enjoy the stunning scenery of Zwekabin Mountain or get some beer in a riverside restaurant. Overnight in Hpa An.
Refreshing this morning by a visit to Hpa An’s local market and the Cultural Museum of Karen people. Then departure for Kyaiktiyo by car, which is located 150 km to the northwest of Hpa An in Mon state. Arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp- Kinpun in the late morning, we take one hour and a half drive by a small open-truck, then start a smooth walk to the Golden Rock. Situated at 1000 meters above sea level, the rock standing 7.6 meters tall covered by gold leaf and the gilded temple sitting on the top of it. A mystical legend referring the reason why the great rock has not fallen down to the foot of the cliff seems very inspirational to visitors. Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo,
Departure for Yangon, on the way stop at Bago for a short break, which was the capital of the Mon Kingdom for centuries and has witnessed many vicissitudes. Take time to visit the imposing Shwemawdaw Pagoda whose golden stupa is up to 114m, highest pagoda in Myanmar. Then have a watch on the large reclining Buddha Shwethalyaung which dates back to the 10th century. Next, drop in a handicraft village and discover the workshops around if time permits.
Arrive Yangon in the late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Yangon. End of the 8-day tour to Burma.
|Number of people||6 pax||4 pax||2 pax|
|Price per person||$519||$615||$810|