6 Days Mon & Kayin State

starting from $711

This 6 day trip takes you to the south of the country. If you are travelling at this latitude, you’re very unlikely to encounter any other western tourists, because travelling to the deep south of Myanmar means venturing into one of the most untouched corners of South-east Asia! The long and narrow coastline that was once part of the legendary Suvarnabhumi, the “Golden Land”, is home not only to unspoilt beaches, untouched islands and enchanting spots, but also fascinating labyrinths of caves and prominent sanctuaries of the profoundly Buddhist country. In many places, imposing architecture recalls bygone days but also a vehicle fleet, dating back six decades, of legendary Willy Jeeps, colourfully painted Chevrolet trucks and wooden buses; historical routes lead over the border into neighbouring Thailand. Parallel to these allures, it’s important to mention the substantial recent improvements to the tourist infrastructure which is manifested in the form of new hotels and well developed roads.

YANGON - THATON - HPA-AN - MAWLAMYINE - KYAIKHTIYO - BAGO - YANGON

Type of trip:
Individual tour
Duration: 6 Days
Price:
starting from $711 (based on 2 travellers)
Availability: All-year-round
Start of trip: Daily
  • Bed and breakfast
  • English-speaking travel guide throughout the tour
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus throughout the tour
  • Admission fees according to itinerary
  • Private boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa-an
  • Truck for Kyaiktiyo (collective transport)
  • Cable car from Yet Thet to the mountain station
  • Train from Bago to Yangon (upper class)
  • International flights to/from Myanmar
  • Visa fees
  • Obligatory dinners at Christmas and New Year
  • Lunches and dinners not included in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Early check-in/late check-out
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
  • Baggage handling fees
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Day 01 YANGON – THATON - HPA-AN

You will be picked up at your hotel around 7:30 a.m. Together with your guide you will travel via Thaton to Hpa-an. Thaton, which is surrounded by rice fields and orchards, is characterised by pretty wooden colonial villas, its bustling market and an expansive temple compound where you can find numerous pagodas, pavilions and monasteries. This is a perfect place to experience provincial Burmese everyday life. From here, you continue to the Bayin Nyi caves. A steep rock with a monastery located at its feet, juts out from the plain. There are thermal springs and it’s possible to bathe there. 3 km before reaching Hpa-an, near the village of Kawgun, you visit the Kawgun cave. This is a natural, 61 metres wide and 91 metres long limestone cave. The rock surface is richly decorated with different types of clay Buddha figures and commemorative plaques. There are not very many of these caves in southern Myanmar. According to their style, the Buddha statues date from the 15th century, the Hanthawaddy period. Upon arrival in Hpa-an, transfer to your hotel for check-in and overnight stay.

Day 02 HPA-AN (B)

Hpa-an, the capital of Kayin State, lies at the foot of the striking Zwekabin Hill. Roam through the narrow streets and visit the lively market. Then you drive to the Kayin settlement, Kokamae. From here, you walk north over a footbridge (approx. 20-30 minutes) through the next, exceptionally atmospheric Kayin village, Lakan. Behind the village school you turn left and reach another footbridge 100m away. After crossing it, there’s only a little further to go before you reach the Kaw Ka Thaung Cave. Three caves immediately beckon you to explore this enormous rocky complex. From here, you travel by car to Eindu, a small village known for its cotton weaving mill, and to the Saddan Cave (approx. 34 km further on from Hpa-an), one of the most impressive caves in Myanmar. For approx. 15 minutes, walk through the narrowing and widening parts of the cave, passing roof openings, until you reach the exit, which leads out onto a beautiful pond covered in hibiscus flowers. Here boats will be waiting, ready to take you to the other side through an opening under the rocks. From here, you stroll through the fields and rocky landscape, taking about 20 minutes to return to the cave entrance. Next, travel on to Lumbini Park, with its 2,980 Buddha statues located at the foot of Zwekabin Mountain. In the late afternoon, watch the sunset at Kyauk Ka Lat, also known as ‘James Bond Rock’, due to its unusual shape. The setting is idyllic and the views stunning.

Day 03 HPA-AN – MAWLAMYINE (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the jetty for your private boat trip along the Thanlwin River to Mawlamyine (approx. 5 hours), passing endless rice fields, with bizarre isolated rocks along the way. Upon arrival, transfer to Ngwe Moe Hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, make your way up to Kyaik Thanlan Pagoda, which offers splendid panoramic views, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, constructed in typical Mon style, and U Zina Pagoda at the southern tip of the mountain range, with its four life-size statues depicting the legendary major events in Buddha’s life. Overnight stay in Mawlamyine.

Day 04 MAWLAMYINE (B)

After breakfast, visit of the city centre and the central market specialized in dry goods, the new market with many fresh fruits, vegetables and meats and the Mon Cultural Museum (closed on Monday) with a collection of ceramic objects, silver betel boxes, royal funerary urns, musical instruments of the Mon, and wooden Buddha altars. In the afternoon, drive to Bilu Island (approx. 45 minutes). The people here make their living from rice farming and fishing. You can also see the ancient production of colourful rubber bands, wooden pens or walking sticks in several small family-run farms. In the late afternoon, return to Mawlamyine. Overnight stay at Ngwe Moe Hotel in Mawlamyine.

Day 05 MAWLAMYINE – KYAIKHTIYO (Golden Rock) (B)

After breakfast, you travel to Kyaikhtiyo (approx. three hours travel time). At Kinpun base camp you change from the car to a special open truck which takes you further to the Yet Thet middle station (ca. 45 minutes). The newly opened cable car gives you a wonderful view across the valley. From the cable car station, it is just a short walk (approx. 10 minutes) to the Golden Rock. At the shrine, there is a small stupa tower on top of a massive granite boulder known as the Golden Rock. Covered in golden leaves, it is precariously balanced on the edge of a cliff, and is reputedly “held in place by a single strand of Buddha’s hair”. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy the activities around the shrine, before returning to the hotel for the night.

Day 06 BAGO – YANGON (B)

Those who are up early should definitely enjoy the sunrise at the cliffs. After breakfast you return back to the valley with the truck. Then you travel on to Bago (approx. 2½ hours). In Bago, visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which, at a height of 114 metres, is Myanmar’s tallest pagoda, the Pyay May Pyay Pagoda, where visitors marvel at the large python and the Shwetharhlaung Pagoda, with its huge reclining Buddha which is more than 1000 years old. In the afternoon you change your means of transport again and take the train to Yangon. The two-hour journey takes you along isolated stretches of land, until you reach the outskirts of the city of Yangon. From now on, you can take a close look at the hustle and bustle of daily life. Upon arrival in Yangon transfer to your hotel for check-in and overnight stay.
Please note: if the train is cancelled, you will be driven to Yangon by car.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.10.2020 – 30.09.2021

SUPERIOR 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21 01.05.21-30.09.21
1 person
1.614
1.614
1.547
1.310
2 people
874
874
838
711
3 people
710
710
682
577
4-5 people
672
672
645
543
Single supplement
165
165
158
137
Half board supplement
72
Full board supplement
128
COMFORT 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21 01.05.21-30.09.21
1 person
1.716
1.790
1.716
1.396
2 people
928
966
928
761
3 people
770
802
770
625
4-5 people
733
764
733
591
Single supplement
243
253
243
176
Half board supplement
76
Full board supplement
134
FIRST CLASS 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21 01.05.21-30.09.21
1 person
1.765
1.878
1.765
1.470
2 people
953
1.012
953
796
3 people
796
848
796
661
4-5 people
759
809
759
627
Single supplement
267
297
267
217
Half board supplement
84
Full board supplement
147
DELUXE 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21 01.05.21-30.09.21
1 person
2.041
2.286
2.041
1.656
2 people
1.094
1.221
1.094
894
3 people
937
1.057
937
758
4-5 people
900
1.019
900
725
Single supplement
408
504
408
310
Half board supplement
118
Full board supplement
180

Supplement for German-speaking tour guide: US$ 144 per group

Supplement for Italian or Spanish-speaking tour guide: US$ 72 per group

SUPERIOR
Hpa-an
Hotel Gabbana
superior room
Mawlamyine
Cinderella Hotel
superior room
Kyaikhtiyo
Mountain Top Hotel
standard room
Yangon
Best Western Chinatown Hotel
deluxe room
 
COMFORT
Hpa-an
Zwekabin Hotel
premier room
Mawlamyine
Ngwe Moe Hotel
deluxe room with river view
Kyaikhtiyo
Mountain Top Hotel
deluxe room
Yangon
Rose Garden Hotel
superior room
 
FIRST CLASS
Hpa-an
Zwekabin Hotel
deluxe room
Mawlamyine
Hotel Suggati Mawlamyine
superior room with river view
Kyaikhtiyo
Mountain Top Hotel
deluxe room
Yangon
Chatrium Hotel
deluxe room with lake view or pagoda view
 
DELUXE
Hpa-an
Keinnara Hpa-An (Hpa-an Lodge)
Kayin cottage
Mawlamyine
Hotel Suggati
deluxe room with river view
Kyaikhtiyo
Mountain Top Hotel
super deluxe room
Yangon
Savoy Hotel
deluxe room
 

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