TOUR SOUTH MYANMAR

Length

7 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

  The South Myanmar Tour is an extended itinerary in the south of Burma. It covers an area that is not very touristy hence it allows us to appreciate the authenticity of handcrafted villages, pagodas and monasteries.

The tour spreads over 7 days, starting and ending in Yangon and includes the most significant highlights such as the Shwedangon Pagoda, which is the most sacred in Myanmar.

Visit the Golden Rock, among the country’s must-see attractions and the stunning pagodas in Bago.

Explore Mawlamyine, inhabited by the ethnic group Mon and first British capital from 1827 to 1852. Visit Ogre Island, known for its handicraft villages, Mudon famous for the world’s largest reclining Buddha and the romantic Kyaut Ka Latt Pagoda in Hpa An, surrounded by a breath-taking panorama of karst mountains.

This suggested itinerary can be customised according to your travel needs as well as combined with other routes.

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Length : 7D 6N
From : YANGON
To :YANGON
Destinations : Yangon, Mawlamyine, Ongre Island, Hap An, Golden Rock, Bago

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVE IN YANGON - CITY TOUR

Shwedagon Pagoda © Gabriele StoiaShwedagon Pagoda

Welcome meeting by our staff upon arrival in Yangon and transfer to the hotel. 

Following this, we start our tour with a scenic walk among the magnificent colonial buildings and the new skyscrapers, a symbol of the recent economic progress of the country. 

Visit the 3rd-century Sule Pagoda, now part of the city’s economy and continue to the City Hall, located in the heart of the city and considered the finest example of Burmese architecture. 

We visit the Independence Monument at the Maha Bandula park, and we then go to the Post Office. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities to photograph interesting day-to-day life scenarios.

We continue to Kandawgyi Park where we enjoy the beautiful view of the Karaweik barge, the sumptuous palace built in the 70s on a royal barge.

Next, we visit the Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple, known for the 72 meters reclining Buddha statue, one of the largest in Myanmar.

The day ends with the visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the most scared in Myanmar. The massive bell of the stupa is gold-plated while the very top is tipped with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topazes. An absolute must-see and the best spot to start this extraordinary trip to Myanmar.

Included : Private pick up from them airport, tour guide, tickets, private transportation and hotel

02. MAWLAMYINE

Kyeik Tha Lan Pagoda - Mawlamyine - Myanmar © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelKyeik Tha Lan Pagoda – Mawlamyine

After breakfast, transfer to Yangon train station for the thrilling ride to Mawlamyine, former capital of the British colony during the 19th century, today third city of Myanmar. 

The train ride is not one of the most comfortable journeys. However, it gives a unique opportunity to experience up close the daily local lifestyle, among hawkers and commuters. 

Rural landscape and local villages can be admired through the window while on the road. Once arrived, we visit the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, which according to local beliefs, is believed to retain some relics of the Buddha. 

We end this day at the gorgeous Seidon Mibaya Kaung Monastery built in teak wood.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets, train ticket and private transportation 

03. OGRE ISLAND

Win Sein Taw Ya Buddha © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelWin Sein Taw Ya

After breakfast transfer to Ogre Island, also known as Bilu Kyun. Some legends suggest that the island earned this name due to the inhabitants’ fierce inclination toward devouring raw meat with their sharpened teeth in the past. Today the island offers us a hospitable, peaceful and laid-back environment. 

After crossing the bridge over Thanlwin river, we visit some of the local villages, known for the production of pipes, wooden handicrafts, toys, walking sticks, rubber bands and blackboards for schools. 

We head to Mudon and visit the Win Sein Taw Ya, the largest reclining Buddha in the world, and at 30 meters high and 180 meters in length can be seen for miles. Inside we find a sanctuary and many rooms housing dioramas of Buddha’s teachings. 

Afterwards, we get back to Mawlamyine to visit the U Nar Out Monastery and we conclude the day strolling along Strand Road to admire the colonial buildings.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

04. HPA AN

Sadan Cave - Mawlamyine - Myanmar © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelSadan Cave – Mawlamyine

In the morning we board on a local boat for a trip to Hpa An, the picturesque capital of Kayin State surrounded by karst formations.

Upon arrival at the pier we continue by car to visit the city before reaching Sadan Cave, the largest in the area. It takes about 1 hour to cross the entire cave. We emerge at the opposite side of the cave from which we entered to find a gorgeous scenery of a natural lake surrounded by mountains.

We continue by boat along the watercourse flowing through the rice fields and reach our vehicle. 

We end the day with a romantic sunset from Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda on Thanlwin river.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

05. HPA AN - GOLDEN ROCK

Kyaut Ka Latt Pagoda - Hpa An - Myanmar © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelKyaut Ka Lak Pagoda – Hpa An

We start the day with the visit to the Lumpini Park, located at the base of Mount Zwekabin

We continue to the Kyauk Ka Lak Mountain Monastery: built on a rock surrounded by an artificial lake, it offers a stunning view as well as excellent photograph opportunities. 

Nearby we find the impressive Ya Thae Pyan limestone caves and Kawgun caves, which house thousands of Buddha images of different sizes. 

Later, we head to the Golden Rock, or Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, at approximately 1100 meters above sea level and among the most sacred places in Myanmar. Furthermore, it is a fundamental pilgrimage destination for Buddhist believers after the Schwedagon pagoda in Yangon and the Mahamuni temple in Mandalay. 

Once in Kinpun we continue to the Mountain Road to reach the Yatetaung base camp. Given the steep slope of the path, we continue by truck, which has been adapted for the transport of people, to get to the top of the mountain. 

The sacredness of the place derives from ancient legends. The most famous is that Siddhartha Gautama personally handed over his lock of hair to a hermit who, in turn, handed it over to the king with the specific request to keep it under an enormous round rock that had the appearance of the hermit’s head. The king found a suitable rock at the bottom of the sea and had it transported to the top of the mountain. Since then, Gauthama Buddha’s lock of hair has been kept under the rock and ensures its precarious balance.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

06. BAGO - YANGON

Golden RockGolden Rock

After breakfast we walk (45 minutes) to the Golden Rock. The walk is pleasant and allows us to admire the extraordinary views and rituals of the Buddhist pilgrims. 

The most striking detail is certainly the huge granite boulder covered with thin gold leaves that clearly appears to be precariously balanced. On top of it stands the small Buddhist pagoda, which is only 7 metres high. From this spot you can enjoy an extraordinary panorama and enchanting sunsets. 

Afterwards we drive back to the base camp in our truck and head to Bago, the town formerly known as Hanthawaddy. Visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda and the Kanbawazathardi Palace

We then go to the Shwetharlyaung, one of the largest images of reclining Buddha. We conclude our visit at Kyaik Pun Pagoda, particularly famous for its shrine with 4 large statues of Buddha (Kakusandha, Kassapa Konagamana and Gautama) each in a different orientation and pose. 

Afterwards transfer to Yangon and hotel check-in.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

07. YANGON - DEPARTURE

Transfer to Yangon airport for your departure flight.

Included : Breakfast and private transfer to the airport

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