ENTIRE - Yangon - Kawthaung - Yangon
incl. Mergui Archipelago 11 Days /10 Nights

ITINERARY in Brief

Day 01 - Yangon via Bago to Golden Rock (Significant pilgrimage place)
Day 02 - Golden Rock to Hpa An's bizarre limestone formation and caves
Day 03 - Hpa An to Mawlamyine (One of the first English settlements) 
Day 04 - Mawlamyine to Ye - An idyllic town by the river
Day 05 - Ye to Dawei - Evening visit of an ancient museum
Day 06 - Dawei and its beaches
Day 07 - Dawei to Myeik - Free late afternoon
Day 08 - City Tour of  the biggest fishing town of Myanmar Myeik
Day 09 - Unseen Mergui Archipelago Day Trip
Day 10 - Flight to Kawthaung - City Tour of Kawthaung
Day 11 - Departure flight Kawthaung to Yangon 

Note: This tour can also start from Kawthaung. 
Continue: Board a live abroad cruise to discover the magnificent Mergui Archipelago →
Alternative departure: Overland to Thailand (30 minutes by long tail boat)

 

DAY 1: Leaving Yangon by Train to Golden Rock (B/-/-)

After an early breakfast we need to procced to the train station. The train moves slowly through the outskirts of Yangon, ideal for getting an idea of the daily life along the train tracks. An attraction in Bago is the main market with a wide range of local products from food and household items to literally everything.

After lunch at a local restaurant in Bago, we continue 3.5hrs/110km to Kin Pun base camp to change our mode of transport to an open truck. The ride is shared with local pilgrimage makers for the next 11km to Yathetaung base camp, located 500m below the summit ridge. From here you can talk a walk up to the top (1 hr) or stay on the truck to drive up.

The Golden Rock, or Kyaiktiyo as the Burmese call it, is a fascinating sacred boulder covered in gold leaf and balanced precariously on the edge of a cliff. Crowning the boulder is a small shrine believed to contain Buddhas hair relics, the source of the gravity defying magic. A continual stream of pilgrims from Myanmar and Asia come to witness the wonder at least once in their life time. Enjoy the tranquil sunset, soak in the unique atmosphere and share in wonder with fellow monk, nuns, and lay pilgrims. Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel around Kyaiktiyo

DAY 2: GOLDEN ROCK to Hpa AN (B/-/-)

Wake up early for lovely sunrise views and a quiet morning stroll. Breakfast at the hotel before descending back to the Kinpun base camp. We drive to the quaint Karen State capital of Hpa-An, visiting enroute Thaton, one of the ancient Mon kingdoms, and the Thamanya Monastery, the home of one of Myanmar’s most revered monks.

After Lunch we drive to Hpa An. Our first visiting point is Lumbini Garden with Mt. Zwekabin as a scenic backdrop. The 1000 Buddha statues and the 722 Meter high mountain are giving the place a mystic touch.

We enjoy traditional Burmese lunch at a nearby local restaurant (own account).

Probably the most beautiful cave is Saddar Cave. We walk through an entire lime stone mountain range. Especially the caves stalagmites and stalactites are incredibly beautiful. Fortunately we don’t need to return the same way. A traditional wooden boat is taking us under the lime stone range back to the car park.

If time permits we visit the bat cave, where more than thousands of bats come out every night to find food. The sky is darkening and it is said they fly as far as Mawlamyine to still there hunger. Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel in or around Hpa An

DAY 3: HPA AN to Mawlamyine by boat (B/-/-)

After breakfast, we take the private boat to Mawlamyine (Moulmein). Enjoy the scenic cruise along the Thanlwin River. Along the way we stop at U Nar Auk Monastery, which was built during the British Colonialization from the finest craftsmen during this time.

Mawlamyine is the 4th largest city of Myanmar as well as 1st capital of British Burma, boasting of intact colonial era buildings. We visit the Mon Cultural Museum with its displays of bronze, silverware, ceramics and sculptures (closed on Sundays and Public Holidays).

We learn about handmade clay pots at a clay pot workshop nearby Mawlamyine

Moulmein is still a trading town. We take some time to visit old and the new market in Mawlamyine and have a chat with the shop keeper and a snack here and there.


We visit the a sunset from the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, immortalized in Rudyard Kipling’s poem that begins: “By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ lazy at the sea/ There’s a Burma girl a-settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me…”.

Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel in Mawlamyine

DAY 4: MAWLAMYINE to Ye (B/-/-)

After breakfast we will leave for the 160 Kilometers we need to drive today to Ye. Our first stop will be Thanbyuzayat. It is located about 34 km from Mawlamyine and starting point of the Death Railway connecting Myanmar (Thanbyu Zayet Station) and Thailand (Bang Pong Station) with the Bridge over River Kwai, constructed by the Japanese during WWII. This Death Railways was started in May 1943 and official opened on 25th October 1943. The newly erected war Railway museum is well worth a visit.

After Lunch we leave for Ye. The roads become narrower and the villages along the way smaller.10 Miles before YE we will stop to visit the Banana Mountain from where you can overlook the whole Ye valley. The tower at the top with its nine levels and nine different decorations are well worth a climb. After arrival in Ye we refresh at our hotel. If there is enough time we can enjoy a marvelous sunset from the Ye Railway Bridge.

Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: Guesthouse in Ye

DAY 5: Ye to Dawei (B/-/-) 

After breakfast in Ye we will start our journey over a stunning mountain range, which divides the Tanintharyi Division and the Mon State. The drive is winding up and offers a stunning landscape.

Before we reach Dawei we visit Nabule Beach, where the Burmese Government plans the biggest Deep Sea Port in South East Asia. You will find a nice empty beach stretch for yourself as finances of the project are unclear until today. Feel free to go for a swim. Please note there are no facilities at all.

After arrival check in to your hotel for refreshments. Dawei is the capital of Tanintharyi division in the south of the Myanmar, formerly known as Tavoy. Dawei was one of the first cities, where the English settled after the 1st Anglo-Burmese in 1826. As a result the town has a long lasting history and picturesque buildings from the colonial times.

If time permits we go for a stroll along Dawei’s interesting riverfront waterfront. Lunch and Dinner are own your own account.

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel in Dawei

DAY 6: Dawei and its Beaches (B/-/-) 

We will have a look around to get a picture of Dawei’s daily life and famous sights. A family owned cashew nut business with its ever smiling workers will show us how much work it is to peel one nut. How people can make a living in Dawei is the question we will ask on the way to San Maria Beach. By the end of the day we hope you have all the answer you need.

Most of the farming nowadays is rubber plantation. How the white rubber sheets are made we will show you at one of the uncountable plantations. Beside the rubber trees there is another big industry, dried fish. How long fish has to lie in the sun we can find out at one of the fishing villages. Everywhere in Tanintharyi Division you can find beetle nut trees. They even export the beetle nuts to India.

We will have lunch in front of Myaw Yit Pagoda, connected by a bridge with the main land. Afterwards we are going for a swim or simple stroll along San Maria Beach. Be not surprised if you are the only one for the day at the beach as mass tourism is still far away.

On the way back we can stop at hot springs to wash the salt of. It is been said, that the 60 C hot waters have healing powers.

In the late afternoon we reach the well-known Maung Ma Gan Beach. Enjoy the relaxed and uncrowded beach atmosphere with a sun downer and a delicious seafood dinner. Return to your hotel after a fabulous sunset. Lunch and Dinner are own your own account.

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel in Dawei

DAY 7: Dawei to  Myeik (B/-/-) 

After breakfast we leave for Myeik. These 230 kilometers of road have been closed for foreigners for a long time. In past even locals needed a permit to pass that road, plane and ferry boats were the only way of transport. Just a few miles after Dawei we visit the Shin Mok Hti pagoda, which can be dated back to 1438 and houses original pieces of the bodhi tree.

Our drive takes us through tiny villages. We will stop every now and then to discover the daily lives of the rural community. Before we arrive in Myeik we will take the old ferry crossing, which is a great photo opportunity (seasonal). Lunch along the way in a clean local restaurant.

We reach Myeik in the afternoon. Already in the early 17th century the East Indian Trading Company were unloading their ships at the ports of Myeik. Most of the goods would go inland and from there up to Tanintharyi and further on to the old capital of Siam Ayutthaya. Free late afternoon. Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel in Myeik

DAY 8: city Tour of Myeik (B/-/-) 

After breakfast we will explore Myeik. It is one of the richest port towns in Myanmar. Already in the early 17th century the East India Trading Company were unloading their ships at the port of Myeik. Most of the goods would go inland and from there up to Tanintharyi and further on to the old capital of Siam Ayutthaya. We will talk about its incredibly interesting history. “BEIK” as the locals call there hometown produces everything for the fishing industry what is needed. Have you ask yourself where all the ice comes from to keep the seafood fresh?

The pearl industry is another of Myeik’s local specialties. How difficult it is to cultivate them will be explained at the Pearl Trading Shop, which is run by the same family for over a hundred years. We are going to visit a soft shell crab farm and learn about the interesting farming process. As many nations came together the local cuisine became a mix of Burmese, Thai, Malaysian and Indian. We can have a taste of it at the local snack market.

 

After a stroll through the old colonial quarter visit the Royal Pearl trading shop which has been owned by the same family for over 150 years. We will have a chance to learn about the pearl industry and how difficult it is to cultivate them. Enjoy a fabulous sunset over the Mergui Archipelago from the Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda. Lunch and Dinner are to your own account.

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel in Myeik

DAY 09: MYEIK archipelago Day Trip (B/L/-)

After breakfast we will start our discovery of the Mergui Archipelago. We leave from Seik Nge Jetty (Main Jetty) in Myeik. We observe the daily life of the fishermen during a short visit of one of the villages along the way. After about 2 hours cruise along pristine waters we reach an inhabitant beach with snorkeling possibility. Now it is time to relax and kick back. Go for a snorkel in clear waters or just enjoy in the shade on the beach or float in the ocean or just play on the beach. We stop in one of the villages and enjoy fresh cooked lunch there nearby the beach.

Enjoy the beach and forget about the outside world. We will return in the afternoon to Myeik.

Dinner is to your own account.

Please note: The Mergui Archipelago will be a joint tour with other customers. Program might change on tide and weather conditions.

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel, Seafood lunch on boat trip
Overnight stay: Hotel in Myeik

DAY 10: Myeik to Kawthaung (B/-/-)

After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your morning flight to Kawthaung. It is very little known about the city’s history formerly known as Victoria Point. Before Kawthaung established itself, Maliwan was the main port in the most southern part of Myanmar, but the shores were too shallow for the big ships. So Kawthaung was founded in the late 19th century about 25 Miles to the south.

We will visit the famous King Bayinnaung statue, which is greeting visitors from the cape. It is said he was very much accepted in Thailand for his policy to leave the country ruling be his own King. Bayinnaung only demanded loyalty. Nearby Victoria Point is the most Southern Part of Myanmar and a great photo opportunity.

Our next stop is Mali Wan Waterfall. The all year waterfall and its park is a great place to have our have traditional lunch.

Our last stop of the day is 5-5-5 Mountain as the locals call it. The hill offers a spectacular sunset view over the whole town and nearby islands of the Mergui Archipelago.

Lunch and Dinner are to your own account. 

Meals:  Breakfast at your Hotel
Overnight stay: Hotel in Kawthaung

DAY 11: Departure (B/-/-)

After breakfast if time permits we take you to the tax free market in the down town area. The goods come straight from Thailand and can be paid in Thai Bhat. We visit the busy water front again see the long tail boats going back and forward to Thailand. Now it is time to say good bye to Kawthaung and prepare for the return flight to Yangon.

Meals: Breakfast at your Hotel

Extension: Join one of our Mergui Archipelago Day Tours from Kawthaung→
Continue: Board a live abroad cruise to discover the magnificent Mergui Archipelago →
Alternative departure: Overland to Thailand (30 mins by long tail boat)


Included Services

  • Private transfer as specified in the itinerary 
  • Domestic flights ( Myeik to Kawthaung)
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation with breakfast on double occupancy (Single supplement varies)
  • 2 bottles of water & 2 cooling towels per person / day
  • Luggage handling fees at airports
  • 1x Seafood Lunch
  • 1x Speedboat day trip

Excluded Services

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • International airfares & domestic airfares (will be always mentioned separately)
  • Meals, if not otherwise mentioned
  • Personal expenses (laundry, beverages, phone bill...)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips