Welcome ! Mingalarbar ! Upon arrival in Yangon, our guide and driver will welcome you for your hotel transfer. Yangon, one of the most compelling cities in Southeast Asia, boasting unique charm of colonial architecture signature with numerous sparkling spiritual heritages.
The first day is left free for your own leisure and free discovery of Yangon city.
Our guide will meet you at your hotel to start your interesting discovery of Yangon this morning from 8.30am to 9.00pm ( you choose).
This morning, we visit Chauk That Gyi Pagoda to admire the giant reclining Buddha then explore one of the busy open market near the pagoda. You will have a chance to witness how local people participate the market. We then head to the National museum and Scott, the biggest market in Myanmar stuffed with hundreds of handicraft, gemstone, art, food and clothes stores.
We spend the afternoon on a guided walk to Yangon Old Quater beginning from Sule Pagoda, an outstanding landmark of Yangon with a rich history of more than 2,600 years. Continue your visit to Mahabondoola Park and Myanmar Independence monument. Yangon has a number of British colonial building including City Hall, Baptist Church, General Post, Custom House and Strand Hotels, all these sites are marked on your walking route toward Pansodan street.
Then we head back Yangon for a visit to Shwedagon, the biggest golden pagoda in Myanmar, being so famous for its giant stupas and spires as well the holiest pilgrimage site in the area.
Depart Yangon this morning for the scenic drive to Bago, the capital of the 16th century Mon kingdom.
Your visit in Bago begins at Shwethalyaung Temple which houses a beautiful 55-meter long reclining Buddha. Continue to the Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar and whose 114 meter spire is taller than the one at Shwedagon Pagoda. While in Bago we’ll also take time to visit the city’s local sites, including the town market and a Mon neighborhood.
This afternoon, arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp. Travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) where you be dropped off at the junction camp to travel the final distance to Golden Rock on foot. The uphill trek is along a paved trekking path and offers great views of the surrounding area. For an easier alternative, four porters can carry you uphill in a specially-made sedan chair allowing you to enjoy the views without all of the hard work! (extra cost not included)
After about one hour of trekking, reach the Golden Rock. A huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar's main pilgrimage sites. The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhist from across the country come here to pay homage. Overnight near Golden Rock.
This morning there is the option to visit the Golden Rock again to see the rising sun casting its rays upon the rock. Starting from the pre-dawn hour, local pilgrims gather by the rock to make offerings in the solitude of the morning.
Return down to base camp by the same route on foot and by open-air truck.
This afternoon, continue by road to HpaAn, a small town surrounded by beautiful limestone rock formations and is the capital of the Karen state.
En-route visit to BayintNyi Cave and Kaw Gun Cave. The former has a hot spring lake, from which you get a beautiful view of the temple complex and cave. Kaw Gun Cave is also fascinating, with over 2000 stone tablets with Mon inscriptions and hundreds of Buddha statues in the cave.
Arrive in HpaAn and check in to your hotel. If you wish, take a leisurely walk on the road along Thanlyin River: a pretty scene with boats and mountain backdrops. Overnight in Hpa An.
After your breakfast at hotel, you can choose one of the below optional trip. Walk up Phar Pu Mountain. Transfer to the HpaAn’s downtown jetty. Embark on a 10 minute boat trip across the Thanlwin River Walk 30 minutes up Phar Pu, which has stunning views of the river and downtown Hpa An.
This afternoon is as your leisure. Overnight in Hpa An.
This morning, drive outskirt of HpaAn to see ZweKapin, one of many bizarre limestone formations in the area.
Then continue to TaungKalat Pagoda, a small stupa perched on top of a club-like rock formation on a small island in a lake.
Continue drive to Mawlamein takes about 3 hours. En-route visit to Kawhnat-Kadoe, village of U Nar Ouk. During the colonial times, U Nar Ouk ran a local ferry boat company and fell into competition with the famed AyeyarwaddyFlotila group. A price-war ensued, resulting in free ferry travel for all locals. This business tale is famous in Myanmar and taught in the text books of all primary school children. Visit to the monastery, built and donated by U Nar Ouk, where you still can see many ancient arts and crafts for decoration.
Arrive this afternoon in the Mon State capital of Moulmein, formerly known as Mawlamein. Situated near the mouth of the Thanlwin River, this attractive town is surrounded by leafy, tropical areas and has a hilly ridge serving as a backdrop. The town was also the capital of British Burma between 1827 and 1852 and it retains some of the atmosphere of the colonial times.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Mawlamein.
Spend today touring the sites of Mawlamein. Start with colorful Mawlamein central market, where miscellaneous items are sold.
Proceed to Mahamuni Pagoda, built in traditional Mon-style, and Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, the city's tallest and most visible stupa. Continue to the beautiful SeindonMibaya, a wooden monastery over 100 years old. Walk along the town’s Strand Road for a glimpse of the impressive Kaladan Mosque which was built during the colonial era when many Indians came to work for the British in Mawlamein.
This afternoon, board a private boat to visit Khaung Sae Kyun (Shampoo Island). It is said that Mon Kings used to came this place to announce water festival, then also make hair washing ceremony on the island.
Come back to Mawlamein and end up your tour at “view point” from where you can see the charming town of Mawlamein, together with the gorgeous view of Thanlwin River and Belu Island at the back drop, while you are enjoying your time during sunset. Overnight in Mawlamein.
After breakfast, depart Mawlamein and for the drive to Yangon. The drive takes approximately seven hours and we will arrive in the city late this afternoon.
Free at your leisure until your departure flight.