Overview

Five nights six days tour to Golden Rock and Southern Myanmar



Includes

Hotel Entrance Fees Tour Transport
  • 6 Days
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Inclusion

• Service mentioned in our program • Accommodation (twin sharing basic) • Sightseeing with private air-conditioned car • Entrance fees at mentioned areas • English language station guide

Child Policy

No Child Policy

Exclusion

• Service not mentioned in our program • Meals not mentioned in our program • International flight to/from Myanmar • Domestic flight in Myanmar • Entry visa and departure tax • Other personal expenditure such as tips, drinks, laundry etc

Things To Prepare

Duration: 6 Days/ 5 Nights Availability: One month prior to any desired date Cancellation Policy: no refund Meet Location: At your hotel in Yangon or Yangon International Airport Max # of people allowed: Maximum of 9 persons To Know: - Transportation: -private transportation - shared transportation for pick up truck at Golden rock What to Bring: Camera, Plastic bags for valuables Raincoat (for unexpected rain occur) What to Wear: - convenient wear - Suitable clothing covering knees and shoulders for visiting religious sites Other Rules: -

Highlight

Five nights six days tour to Golden Rock and Southern Myanmar

Cancellation

Non-refundable

Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Golden Rock

Depart Yangon early this morning for a journey by road to Kyaikhtiyo, the Golden Rock. Late morning, arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp (approximately 5 hrs). Travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) where you will be dropped off at 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 Buddhists from across the country come here to pay homage. Overnight near Golden Rock.

Golden Rock - Mawlamein

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. Then drive to Mawlamein. The drive takes you through the country side passing many typical rural Burmese villages. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in. Mawlamein is the capital of the Mon State and although it is Myanmar’s third largest city, it retains a quiet charm of a sleepy fishing village. The town is located on the Gulf of Mottama at the mouth of the Thanlwin River. There is time this afternoon to stroll along Strand Road where colonial buildings overlook the river. Overnight in Mawlamein.

Mawlamein - Excursion to Shampoo and Bilu Islands

After an early breakfast this morning, we set off for a full day of excursions on water to capture a blend of scenery and local lifestyles. First we head to the jetty for a short boat ride to Shampoo Island, known in the Mon language as Ta Kaw Pon Za Lai. The island sits at the confluence of five rivers meet and it was here where the Mon Kings used to hold ritualistic shampooing ceremonies during the local water festival, Thingyan. Spend 30-45 minutes on the island exploring the monastery, nunnery and pagoda. After your visit of Shampoo Island, transfer back across the water to Mawlamein. From here we continue to Bilu Kyun, known as Ta Kaw Sa Man in Mon, which means ‘Orge Island’. Upon arrival at the island’s Nathmaw jetty, you will be picked up by horsecart or vehicle to visit 2-3 villages. These villages are the perfect place to get a feel for local lifestyles and to see the making of traditional handicrafts such as pipes, small toys, walking sticks and chalkboards. At midday, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (own account) on the island before continuing with your visit of the villages. Then transfer to the jetty and back by ferry to Mawlamyine (the latest ferry to Mawlamyine is 3:00PM). Upon arrival in Mawlamein, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Mawlamyine.

Mawlamein

Start today with a morning visit to the bustling colorful Zeigyi (central market). Wander through the dozens of stalls where local vendors come to buy and sell their wares. Continue through the downtown streets, stopping to visit the colonial buildings, mosque and other landmarks of the city. The last stop this morning is at Holy Family Cathedral. Built during the colonial era, this church has a beautiful interior rarely seen by tourists. Nearby is Judson’s Church, built in 1827 by Dr. Judson who translated the Bible into Burmese. Enjoy the lunch at a local restaurant (Own Account) After lunch and a rest at the hotel, head to the eastern mountains to visit Kyaik Thanlan Pagoda, the city’s landmark. Built in 875 AD, it enshrines the Tripitaka Buddhist manuscripts as well as a hair relic from the Buddha. The 40 meter high stupa is located on a hill surrounded by 34 smaller Zediyan pagodas. From up here one can enjoy panoramic views over the city and harbor. It is also thought to be the site where Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poem, Mandalay. Next you will visit the ancient Queen Sein Don Monastery (locally known as Yada Bonmyint Monastery). This Monastery is more as 100 years old and is famous for its intricate woodcarving and Burmese crafts inside. It was founded by Queen Sein Tone who had to flee Mandalay at the time that Myanmar’s last monarch, King Thibaw Min, took power. She became home sick and asked the local carpenters to build a monastery in the replica style of her former palace. As today draws to a close, proceed to U Zina Pagoda to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Overnight in Mawlamein.

Mawlamein - Hpa An

After an early breakfast, you will start your scenic drive to Hpa An. On the way you will have a chance to visit several fascinating sites. Just outside of the city stop at Kha Yon Cave, a beautiful natural cave where locals come to worship and say prayers to ask for good health and prosperity. In addition to viewing the many Buddha statues, you will also see many beautiful stalagmites and stalactites which have formed natural over the centuries. Your next stop will be Kadoe Kawnat village where you will visit Kawnat Monastery. This magnificent monastery with beautiful woodcarving was built a century ago by a villager named U Nar Ouat, who was famed in those days for his wealth and generosity. It was because of his donation that this religious site was built nearby his village. Upon arrival at Hpa An, you will first visit Kyauk Kalat, a pagoda which is built on layers of natural rock formations. Flanked by a Lake, the scenery guarantees a great photo opportunity. Proceed to the foot hill of the 722 m high Mt. Zwe Kabin. This sacred mountain has several thousand identical Buddha statues lined up at its base. After lunch, continue your sightseeing with a visit to Kaw Gun Cave also known as the ‘Cave of the Ten Thousand Buddhas’. As you walk through the cave, you will see more than 2000 votive tablets of Lord Buddha and Mon inscriptions. One inscription is so ancient that, to this day, no scholar has been able to interpret it. You’ll then check-in to your Hpa An hotel and take a stroll through this charming town. Overnight in Hpa An.

Hpa An - Bago - Yangon (B)

After breakfast, begin the return journey to Yangon. En route, stop in Bago. Bago, also known as Pegu, was the capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century and is a town steeped in legend. The sites in Bago are spread out around the town and you’ll spend time exploring with your guide, learning about the history and myths of the city. Stops include the 55-metre long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, the four seated Buddhas at Kyaikpun and the old palace of Kambozathadi. The Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda is the most outstanding religious monument in Bago. This golden temple stands at 114 metres tall, higher than Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and can be seen from around 10 kilometres outside of the city. While in Bago we’ll also take time to visit the city’s local sites, including the town market and a Mon neighborhood where the locals once produced woven textiles. From Bago we’ll return to Yangon this afternoon. Before reaching the city limits, stop in Htaukkyan township to visit the Allied War Cemetery. This beautifully-landscaped, peaceful area is the final resting place for more than 27,000 Allied Soldiers who perished during the World War II campaign in Myanmar.