TOUR SOUTH MYANMAR

Length

7 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

Tour South Myanmar extends into southern Burma in a less touristy area that allows us to visit handicraft villages, pagodas, monasteries in a natural environment.

Developed in 7 days, begins and ends in Yangon including the most important monuments including the sacred Shwedangon Pagoda, the most sacred in Myanmar.

Further south we visit the Golden Rock, among the must-see attractions of the country, and the beautiful pagodas in Bago.

Explore Mawlamyine, inhabited by Mon ethnicity and first capital of the British Burma from 1827 to 1852, Ogre Island, known for its handicraft villages, Mudon, famous for the largest statue in the world of reclining Buddha, and the romantic Kyaut Ka Latt Pagoda in Hpa An surrounded by karst mountains.

This example itinerary can be customized according to actual travel needs and can be 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

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to the hotel.

Later we take a scenic walk amongst magnifecent colonial building and new skyscrapers symbol of recent economic progress. 

Visit Sule Pagoda, built in the 3rd century and today part of the economy of the city, and continue to City Hall, located in the central part of the city and considered an high example of Burmese architecture, to the Independence Monument, to the public park Maha Bandula and to the Post Office. Walking in the city center you will surely have many opportunities to capture curious scenes of everyday life.

Later we proceed to Kandawgyi Park where we enjoy the beautiful view of the Karaweik barge, the sumptuous palace built in the 70s on a royal barge, and continue to Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple, known for the 72 meters reclining Buddha statue, among the largest in Myanmar.

We end the day at the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred in Myanmar. The massive bell of the stupa is gold-plated and the tip is embellished with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topazes. An unmissable show and the most suitable place to end your journey.

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

In the morning transfer to Yangon railway station and catch the train for the adventurous transfer to Mawlamyine, the third city of Myanmar, and capital during the British colony in the 19th century.

The rail path surely isn’t the most comfortable but certainly gives us a unique experience in contact with the local daily life, the hawkers on the train and with the commuters.

Through the window we admire the rural landscape and the local villages. Upon arrival visit the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, which is believed to retain some relics of the Buddha.

We conclude the day at the beautiful Seidon Mibaya Kaung Monastery made in teak wood.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets 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,known also as Bilugyun. According to some legends it seems that the island has earned this name due to the strong tendency of the people to feed on raw meat with their sharp teeth. However today offers us a hospitable, peaceful and relaxed.

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

We continue to Mudon and visit Win Sein Taw Ya, the largest statue of reclining Buddha in the world. With a length of 180 mt. and the height of 30 mt. it is visible from miles away. The statue is filled with rooms that showcase dioramas of the teachings of Buddha and a shrine. 

When we return to Mawlamyine for the visit of the U Nar Out Monastery and end the day strolling along Strand Road which is home to 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. At the end we resurface in a beautiful landscape of a natural lake and limestone mountains. We return by canoe along the river that runs through the rice fields.

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 a visit to the Lumpini Park, located at the base of Mount Zwekabin.

We continue to Kyauk Ka Lak Mountain Monastery : built around a spectacular rock in the artificial lake, offers a stunning view and excellent photograph opportunities. Nearby are the impressive limestone caves Ya Thae Pyan and Kawgun caves which home thousands of Buddha images of different sizes.

Later we proceed to Golden Rock, or Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, at about 1100 mt above sea level, among the most sacred places in Myanmar, a fundamental pilgrimage destination for Buddhist faithful after Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and Mahamuni temple in Mandalay.

Once in Kinpun we continue on the Mountain Road to Yatetaung base camp. To reach the top of the mountain given the considerable slope of the route we hop on a truck equipped for the transport of visitors.

  “The sacredness of the place derives from ancient legends. The best known is that the Siddhartha Gautama personally delivered his lock of hair to a hermit who in turn gave it to the king with the specific request to keep it under a huge round rock that had the appearance of the hermit’s head. The king identified the boulder suitable for the purpose on the seabed and had it transported to the top of the mountain. Since then, the lock of hair of Buddha Gauthama is kept under the rock and guarantees 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 path provides a pleasant walk which allows us to admire the extraordinary views and rituals of Buddhist pilgrims.

The most striking detail is undoubtedly the huge granite boulder covered with thin gold leaves that seems to be in evident precarious balance. On it stands the small Buddhist pagoda which is only 7 mt. high. From this point you can enjoy an extraordinary panorama and enchanting sunsets.

At the end return to the base camp by truck and continue to Bago, formerly known as the Hanthawaddy city. Visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda and Kanbawazathardi Palace

Later we proceed to Shwetharlyaung, one of the largest reclining Buddha images. We conclude with the visit of the Kyaik Pun Pagoda, particularly known for the shrine with 4 large Buddha statues (Kakusandha, Kassapa Konagamana, and Gautama) each in a different direction and mudra. At the end transfer to Yangon.

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

07. YANGON - DEPARTURE

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

Included : Breakfast and private transfer to the airport

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