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6-Days to South, Golden Rock-Hpa.An-Mawlamyine

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Overview

Day 1

Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock (By Car)

Day 2

Golden Rock - Hpa.An

Day 3

Hpa.An

Day 4

Hpa.An - Mawlamyine

Day 5

Mawlamyine

Day 6

Mawlamyine - Yangon (By Car)

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1         Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo)

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Drive to BAGO (84 km - 1½ hours). Sightseeing starts with the four giant Buddha images at KYAIK PUN PAGODA. Continue sightseeing with the 55-meter long reclining SHWE THA LYAUNG Buddha, which is among one of the country's most impressive images.
After seeing over a thousand years old SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA with its spire taller than the SHWEDAGON PAGODA, you will proceed to the KIN PUN 'base camp' (110 km - 3½ hours).
Lunch break will be at a local restaurant en-route. The tour will continue to one of Myanmar's landmarks, famous for its precarious position and religious importance, KYAIKTIYO, the 'Golden Rock' is a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. To reach the pagoda from KIN PUN base camp, the journey is made in open truck. If you wish, walk approximately 4 km (1 hour) from the middle camp and the walk is up a steep path ascending some 500m to the GOLDEN ROCK on top of the mountain range. On arrival you can enjoy great views over the surrounding jungle and a beautiful sunset.

Overnight stay in Golden Rock.

 

Day 2        Golden Rock - Hpa.an

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After breakfast, depart Kyaiktiyo (120 km – 3½ hours) for HPA-AN, the capital of the Kayin State. En-route stop in THATON, the former capital of Mon Kingdom, enjoy lunch break at a simple local restaurant and explore BAYINNYI a network of limestone caves extending through the whole mountain range opening to a picturesque lake. After refreshment at hotel, explore the town including LUMBINI GARDEN and LAKE KANTHARYAR known for its small island with fascinating rock formation with pagoda on the top. Continue to SHWE YIN MYAW Pagoda at river side for sunset viewing.

Overnight stay in Hpa-An.

 

Day 3        Hpa.an 

After breakfast, start the day with local market and continue to SADAN Cave; Kyauk Ka Lap Pagoda and Caves of KAWGOON, YATAEPYAN and PAYON, famous for its countless Buddha images, stalagmites and stalactites.
Afternoon, continue drive and visit THAMANYA MONASTRY and HEINDU WEAVING VILLAGE before proceeding to KAWKATAUNG CAVE and a short walk to RUBY CAVE WITH IT’S LAKE. Enjoy the village life at LAKANAR & SHAUNG TONE VILLAGE.

Overnight stay in Hpa-An.

 

Day 4        Hpa.an - Mawlamyine

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After breakfast, drive 1½ hr to the port town of MAWLAMYINE, and check in at hotel on Strand Road among historic buildings from colonial era.

After lunch break drive past rubber plantation to THANBYUZAYAT, 70 km (2 hours) south of Mawlamyine was the western terminal of the infamous Burma-Siam ‘Death Railway’. Visit a locomotive dating from World War II, a small museum and an Allied War Cemetery, resting-place for over 3,500 Allied POWs (Prisoners of War). Enroute to MAWLAMYINE, visit huge reclining Buddha image in MUDON.

Overnight stay in Mawlamyine.

Optional : Experience boat trip between Hpa.an – Mawlamyine.

 

Day 5        Mawlamyine / Bilu Island 

After breakfast, board the bustling ferry (Z-craft in schedule), full of villagers laden with goods from the market. After a 1½ hr ride you reach BILUISLAND ISLAND. By open pick up truck or horse cart, you will discover the serene scenery of paddy fields and quaint villages. Visit small wood workshops, typical for Myanmar where walking sticks and pens are produced. Return to Mawlamyine late afternoon by Ferry Boat or Z-craft.
Afternoon, take trishaw tour through the post colonial city. The sightseeing includes the first BAPTIST CHURCH; ZYEGYI MARKET (if possible); MAHAMUNI PAGODA, a major temple site in Myanmar and SEINDON MIBAYA KYAUNG, where King Mindon’s queen sought refuge. Enjoy the sunset from KYAIKTHALAN PAGODA, known as the Kipling Pagoda.

Overnight stay in Mawlamyine.

 

Day 6        Mawlamyine - Yangon (by car) 

After breakfast, return to YANGON (364 Km – 8 hours). Enjoying passing scenery of rubber plantations and village life. Lunch break at local restaurant en route. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Yangon.

Optional: Experience another colourful way of local transportation. Rise early morning and take the local train (very simple and basic) to Thaton. Upon arrival in Thaton your driver awaits you for the journey back to Yangon.

 

Itinerary is subject to changes depending on road conditions and availability of rooms.

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