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Explore the South of Burma and enjoy strolling through busy and bustling local markets, visiting stunning ancient Pagodas, watching panoramic sunsets over the Andman Sea, rural villages and experience the friendly and hospitable culture of the Burmese.
You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Yangon (Rangoon), answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Located in the fertile delta region of central Burma (Myanmar), the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon with its crumbling British colonial mansions and ancient stupas, thriving restaurants and lively bars, is a melting pot of old and new. Home to over four million inhabitants, it's a sprawling city, the streets interspersed with parks and lakes, much of its allure stemming from the colourful street life. Marvel at the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, wander the cobblestone streets of Bogyoke Market or simply watch the rickshaw drivers in their striped longyis (sarongs) peddle lazily through the streets as you sip on a cup of tea at a roadside tea stall.
Yangon has a good choice of restaurants serving both authentic Burmese cuisine and international choices. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Yangon in the morning, discuss additional day 1 activities with your guide.
In the morning your guide will be ready at the hotel for your overland trip to Hpa An.
En-route visit an Allied War Graves cemetery which houses the graves of more than 27,000 allied soldiers. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission administers this beautifully landscaped cemetery.
Afterwards, drive to Hpa An the capital of the Kayin State, surrounded by limestone cliffs, wide lake and mountain ranges.
En-route stops in Thaton, one of the former capital of the Mon Kingdom. Continue then to Hpa An stopping en-route at Ba-Yin-Niy cave with stunning wall carvings and numerous intricate Buddha image can be seen everywhere inside the cave and shallow KAW-GOON cave, is a natural lime stone cave and measures 200 fts height and 300 fts length which is also known as ‘Cave of the Ten Thousand Buddhas’. Inside walk through the cave and witness more than thousands of votive tablets of Lord Buddha .
Upon arrival in Hpa An transfer to the hotel and take a refreshment.
In the morning stroll through the markets to get the feel for Hpa-An’s local life before you start you highlights sightseeing tour including Kyauk Kalatt, a standalone rock islet in the middle of a small lake; the Lumbini Garden, home of one thousand Buddha images with the majestic Mount Zwekabin as its backdrop.
In the afternoon drive to jetty and on board a charter small wooden boat for journey on the majestic Thanlwin River to the port town of Mawlamying, (capital of Mon state). The trip takes approx. 4 hours downriver and enjoy the river side local life and breathtaking scenery. In the evening arrive to Mawlamying and transfer to the hotel.
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. Malamying 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, visit to the bustling and busy Zyegyi Market of the city. Walk through downtown streets stopping to visit the historic and old colonial era building, mosque and other landmarks of the city.
Visit the Judson Church (The first Baptist Church built in 1827 by Dr. A Judson who translated the Bible into Burmese.) And then proceed to Holy Family Cathedral which was built during the colonial era, has a beautiful interior rarely seen by tourists.
And continue sightseeing Mahamuni Pagoda, a major temple site in Myanmar; Seindon Mibaya Kyaung, where King Mindon’s queen sought refuge where unique wood carving walls and ancient statues can be seen.
In the morning with your guide and start overland journeys to the Dawei (320 km – 7 hours). And short stop to visit the world largest reclining Buddha of Win Sein Tawya monastery.
Drive pass rubber plantation to Thanbyuzaya and visit a 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). It was the western terminus of the Thailand–Burma Railway linking up with the pre-war coastal railway between Ye and Yangon during WWII.
Continue the journey takes on a narrow, winding and bumpy road through the Southern plateau. Passage through dotted white and golden pagodas over the hills.
Upon arrival in Ye, 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.
The journey through unpaved roads and cross a stunning mountain range which divides the Mon and the Tanintharyi State.
In the late afternoon arrive to capital town of Southern Myanmar and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Dawei, the capital of Thanitaryi division in the south of the Myanmar. It is also known as Tavoy in the colonial time. Dawei was one of the first cities settled by the English after the first of the three Anglo-Burmese wars, as a result the towns have long history and interesting architecture. Stroll through the street and over markets to explore how local people live in Dawei, Southern Myanmar.
Then drive to San Marina beach, located near the Myaw Yit Pagoda, pass through rural small villages along the way and visit a rubber plantation - one of the area’s major industries.
Upon arrival the Myaw Yit bay, visit the hidden and unknown beach of San Maria bay with the nearby (sacred) Myaw Yit Pagoda. The pagoda was built on the edge of a small island and is connected by a bridge to the mainland. Pay a visit to the Myaw Yit Pagoda and enjoy the breathtaking view to the Andman sea.
Enjoy the sunset over the Andman sea sitting and enjoying your drink before driving back to Dawei.
After breakfast, drive to Myeik. The journey takes you along a narrow, winding and bumpy road through the Southern plateau.
On the way stop at Palaw, located between Dawei and Myeik, a small charming town. Enjoy the serene scenery of paddy fields, hidden small towns, rural villages and daily local lifestyle.
In the late afternoon, arrive in Myeik and transfer to the hotel for check in and refreshments.
Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
In the morning, visit the city center and walk around to explore the lively and colorful life of the rural local people. Stroll through the busy and bustling market of Myeik before visiting the nearly hundred year old monastery and Buu Pagoda. Proceed to the dockyard where you will see local builds and maintains of wooden fishing boats mainly based on human workforce.
In the evening proceed to the pagoda to enjoy the panoramic view and breathtaking sunset over the islands in Andman Sea.
In the morning, transfer to the airport and return to Yangon. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon, visit the Bogyoke Market, one of the oldest markets in Yangon, with colonial architecture and cobbled streets. It offers Burmese handicrafts and gemstones but also has traditional Burmese and Chinese food stalls. After the market, head to the Indian Quarter for a very different view of the city.
Here you will find Hindu Temples and street stalls selling Indian food. End the day with a visit to the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda, or Golden Pagoda, its stupa dominating the city’s skyline. This is one of the holiest places in Burma, and one reason why Burma is known as the "Land of Golden Pagodas". The pagoda itself is 99 metres (326 feet) high, studded with solid gold plates and decorated with diamonds and other precious jewels.
Enjoy some free time in Yangon before your transfer to the international airport for your departure flight.
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