|Destinations||Hpa An – Mawlamying – Ye - Dawei – overland to Palaw - Myeik – Phataw Phatet islands - Kawthaung|
|Transportations||Domestic Flights, Private car, local wooden boat for Phataw Phatet islands visit|
|Program||overland trip from Yangon to Hpa An – Mawlamying – Ye – Dawei – overland to PaLaw – Myeik, flight to Kawthaung - guided tour sightseeing to the major sites and famous places|
Our private car with driver and the guide will be ready at your hotel for your overland trip to Kyaikhtiyo, known as Golden Rock Pagoda. Kyaikhtiyo is one of the most interesting and sacred Buddhist sites in Myanmar, the sacred golden boulder is balanced precariously and legendarily some hairs of Buddha placed in the pagoda and prevent from falling. Driving time will take about 4.5 hours; and we will make a short stop to visit Bago on the way and once you are in Kyaikhto City we will proceed to the base camp of Kinpun by local open truck to climb up the hill to reach to Yathae Taung 2nd base camp. There will be 2 options; either you will walk up about 40mins or taking another truck ride to Kyaikhtiyo (the Golden Rock). There are a lot of local teashops and rest places as well as local souvenir shops, some small shops which you can try traditional Myanmar medicine made from woods. Check in to the hotel and after refreshments, we will go for sightseeing to main sacred boulder and the pagoda; and see local people praying and offering the gold leaves to the main pagoda. Enjoy the stunning sunset color plays on top of the mountain in the evening!
After breakfast at your hotel, we will head down towards the city of Kyaikhtiyo near base camp for sightseeing local market. And we will also visit to youth development center of Seik Phu Taung orphanage to the children. After that we will continue to our overland trip to Hpa An about 3hours passing the old city of Thahtone former Mon city, to the capital of the Kayin State surrounded by limestone cliffs, lakes and mountains. On arrival in Hpa An after check in to the hotel, we will start our exploration to the famous caves in the surrounding area. Together with guide we will explorer shallow Kaw-Goon cave a natural limestone cave with lots of Buddha statues locally know as cave of ten thousand Buddhas. Continuously we will visit to the hidden cave of Shaddhn; we walk through the cave about 25mins. No need to worry about exiting as our way back will be at the back of the cave to reach a lake full with beautiful lotus. We will have chance to take local small wooden canoe passing under giant rock mountain to reach to the entrance of the cave. In the evening we will take you to riverside area to enjoy colourful sunset while you're served drinks!
After breakfast at the hotel we will start our sightseeing in Hpa An to the local market with daily lives of local people. After that we will visit to Kyauk Kalatt monastery with beautiful lake and giant mountain of Zwekabin in the background. In the afternoon about 12:30 we will transfer you to the jetty where you will be on board for your river boat trip about 4 hours downstream towards Mawlamying through Thanlwin River enjoy river side local life and breathtaking scenery. On arrival in Mawlamying, you will be welcomed and proceed to you hotel. Rest of the day will be at free leisure.
Mawlamying - An attractive town with much leafy, a tropical area with hills at one side with a golden pagoda on top and the sea view on the other. Malamyine is the capital city of Mon State, holding the number-fourth largest city in Myanmar with a population of over 300,000 people. The atmosphere with post-colonial decay is more palpable than in the developing cities like Yangon and Mandalay. In the morning after breakfast at hotel, together with guide we will proceed our sightseeing to the central market of Mawlamying, then we will transfer to the jetty for your boat trip to visit Bilu Island with small villages famous for local handy workshops producing tobacco pipe, local stone tablets, wood crafts etc. After visiting the island in the afternoon back to Mawlamying and drive up to a small hill up to reach old monastery of late Queen SeinTone where unique wood carving walls and ancient statues can be seen. Today sunset will be overview from the beautiful Kyaikthalan pagoda on top of the mountain toward mighty Thanlwin River and the city area.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our overland journeys to the most southern part of Myanmar to Dawei about 7.5hours (about 197 miles). From Mawlamying about 1.2 hours further down-south to Thanbyuzayat is about 64km from Malamyine and visit a Death Railway Museum with a small locomotive of bygone days to commemorate the start point of the tragic railway, and an Allied War Cemetery, resting-place for over 3,500 Allied POWs (Prisoners of War). We will also make a short stop at the world largest reclining Buddha of Win Sein Tawya monastery. This journey will take us on a narrow, winding and sometime a bit bumpy road through the Southern plateau to reach Ye town. Just before we will make a short stop for refreshments we will visit to Ko Yin Lay monastery and Mon style temples, walk up a bit further to the giant statue to see the panoramic view over the surrounding area in the background. On arrival in the late afternoon, direct transfer to your hotel in Dawei, rest of the day will be at free leisure!
After breakfast, together with guide we will start our sightseeing in the the capital of Thanitaryi division Dawei, known as Tavoy in colonial time. The town was one of the first cities settled by the English after the first of the three Anglo-Burmese wars, as result the towns have long history and interesting architecture building of colonial era. We will explore downtown area with beautiful colonial buildings. Stroll through the main busy market of Dawei where local people busy with daily business process; after that we will visit to Shwe Taung Sar Pagoda and Paya Gyi museum to see collections of bronze coins, vase’s, portraits and large wooden ancient Buddha images are displayed. In the evening we will transfer you to the view point of Sapar Taung to enjoy panoramic view over surrounding city area and the sunset.
Your guide, private car with driver will be ready for your trip to a fishing village of San Lan in the southwest of Dawei pass over Kamyaw Kin Bridge to reach Long Lone Township. This drive will take you about 35mins; once we reach to the check point which is a local teashop, we will start our trekking journey towards San Lan. The trekking route will take your about 1.5hours through the jungle and small mountains to reach the fishing village. On arrival at the village we will make a short stop at the local Buddhist Monastery to meet the monks. After that we will leisurely walk through the village to visit local people, see how they depend on their daily living on fishing. One thing to mention, our lunch today will be at a local home or a tea shop with simple fresh vegetables or sea-foods cooked by local style. Beach lovers should bring swimsuits, sun-cream and change as it’s a good place to enjoy the beach! Proceed our way back to Long Lone where our car is ready to take back us to Dawei; rest of the day will be at free leisure.
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel we will start our adventure overland drive to Myeik about 8 hours (157 miles), on the way we will make a short stop in small town Palaw; the small town area of Dawei ethnic people and famous for local products of fisheries and other local forest crafts. This overland journey will take on the narrow, winding and a bit bumpy road condition through Southern plateau to reach the destination. Once we reach to Palaw for refreshments stop, it’s almost to the two third of the trip and we will continue to MYEIK across the bridge through the rolling hills of the Southern Myanmar. While enjoy the green and beautiful landscape - we can make short-stops along the way to explorer serene scenery of paddy fields, hidden rural village areas with daily local lifestyle. On arrival in Myeik, direct transfer to the hotel and rest of the day will be at free leisure!
Today exploration will start with the biggest fish market in the area hosting the major economic of Myeik. After that we will proceed to riverside wharf where many wooden fishing boats are lying on muddy riverbank, we will be onboard on a private small wooden boat to visit Pahtaw Phatet Islands with big reclining Buddha and local crab farm working place. Continuously we will visit to the ship dockyard area where you will see local style wooden fishing boats maintaining or building all by human workforce. We will head back to Myeik and visit Theindawgyi Street with old monasteries where local people used to meditate and in the evening we will enjoy the panoramic view and breathtaking sunset over the islands from Phayargyi Pagoda.
After breakfast at the hotel in the morning, car and the guide will be ready for your transfer to jetty for local ferry boat trip upstream to Tanintharyi River. The boat ride will take you bout 3.5 hours, but never let you get bored because you will be quite overwhelming by the way of local people lives along the way as the boat make each stop at a village, they are busy with local products trading (cargo carrying) and the snack-seller (vendors) going on and off. This legendry village of Tanintharyi was invasion by British colonial after the first Anglo-Burmese War in in 1824. The whole region of Tanintharyi Division was name after this village of Tanintharyi as it once was the capital of southern peninsula. This river trip will offer you the surrounding area of beautiful mountains along the river and fresh breeze refresh you while you enjoy your book on sundeck. On arrival in the village, we will go for sightseeing to the local village school area; your guide will take you to the old town area of post office, telegraph office and the village monument statue. Your way back to Myeik will be in the afternoon by off road SUV through the paddy fields and Thatch palm trees area until Myeik. On arrival in Myeik, direct transfer to the hotel and refreshments. Rest of the day will be at free leisure time!
After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer you to the jetty for your speed boat trip to Kawthaung along costal line through the Andaman Sea. The boat ride will take about 6.5 hours passing through offshore islands in the sea, and local wooden fishing boats. As ferry boating seems slightly cheaper than flight option, these speed boats becomes main transport for local people whose travelling between Myeik and Kawthaung daily as overland trip is quite rough which now is good for off-road trips; otherwise flying will be best option that travel faster and much convenient transport. Once you arrive at the jetty in Kawthaung in the afternoon, you will be welcomed by our representative and proceed for your hotel check in. Depends on time allowance after refreshments, we might head up to the Pyi Daw Aye pagoda to enjoy beautiful sunset over the in Andaman Sea.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will go up to 555 mountain to overview Kawthaung across Parcahn River toward Thai border. Then proceed to Kawthaung Cape (known as Victoria Point) with the statue of King ByintNaung, sightseeing in the area to waterfront-lined where lots of local restaurants and tea shops are located. After that we can take a look to the bustling market area with local people busy with variety of imported products from Thailand. Your afternoon will be free leisure until transfer to airport/jetty for onward departure from Kawthaung!
We wish you all the best and thank you very much for visiting with us to our country!
PLEASE NOTES: The regions of Southern Myanmar are still undeveloped and limited infrastructure for tourism in various ways which may affects service level. This tour will be new venture destinations and adventure tour. We will endeavor to obtain the best available accommodations, transport and facilities for the clients. We do request their understanding for any practical aspects which won't reach up to expectation and for delays or changes that may occur in the itinerary.