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  • Southern Myanmar In Depth

    Code: MCT05 - Duration: 11 Days
    Start: Yangon | Finish: Yangon
  • The enormous charms of both the country and the people have made Myanmar a paradise to discover. This 11-day tour  is perfect for those who wish to concentrate on the treasure of Southern Myanmar. You will have chance to discover all the famous sites of the South in a deeper way including Yangon, Golden Rock, Mawlamyaing, Pha An, Ye, Dawei, Myeik, and Kawthaung. We start in Yangon with visits to the must-see sights whose highlight is the world largest pagoda of Shwedagon. Followed by a scenic drive to Golden Rock, situated at an elevation of 1200 m above sea level and headed to picturesque Pha-an. The setting itself, the surrounding caves and mountains to explore, and the laid back atmosphere are the highlights of this area. Keep driving further to the south of Myanmar through Mawlamynie, and then Ye - the remote and rarely visited town in Mon State. You will then reach Dawei, a sleepy tropical town with a number of beautiful beaches in the vicinity. End the trip with a journey to the busy and strategically significant port for over 500 years of Myeik and interesting speedboat to Kawthaung. Cultural and historic amazing sights await you on this fascinating journey in Myanmar.

    Highlights:

    • Discover the bustling former capital Yangon with its magnificent and holy pagodas, incredible giant Buddhas
    • Take a scenic drive from Yangon to enjoy a visit to the unique wonder of Golden Rock perched on the edge of a cliff
    • Walking along Mawlamyine’s busy waterfront, observing the colorful local activity and the collection of mosques built by immigrants from India during the colonial era.
    • Explore Hpa-an, the charming trading capital of Karen State blessed with beautiful topography of limestone karst mountains.
    • Explore Dawei, Myeik and Kawthaung in its many places
    • Understand clearly about the industries of local people there
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:Southern Myanmar In Depth

    Day 1: Yangon Arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Golden Rock - Hpa-An (B/-/-)
    Day 4: Hpa-An - Mawlamyne  (B/-/-)
    Day 5: Mawlamyne - Ye (B/-/-)
    Day 6: Ye - Dawei (B/-/-)
    Day 7: Dawei (B/-/-)
    Day 8: Dawei - Palaw - Myeik (B/-/-)
    Day 9: Myeik (B/-/-)
    Day 10: Myeik - Boat trip to Kawthaung (B/-/-)
    Day 11: Kawthaung - Flight to Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam 

    Notes:

    - We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE"

    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

  • Day 1: Yangon Arrival (-/-/-)

    Yangon - Airport: 14km, ~15min drive

    yangonUpon arrival at Yangon airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our guide and driver. After making sure of your successful hotel check-in, they will be pleased to leave you free time for your own lunch and leisure to recover after the long flight.

    Our afternoon sightseeing tour starts with Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda, a huge reclining Buddha, Karaweik Hall, a Royal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop and, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

    Day 2: Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) (B/L/-)

    Yangon - Bago: 77km, ~1h30min drive

    bagoAfter having breakfast, we start the road trip to the “Golden Rock”. En route, visit a tree shrine dedicated to legendary animist spirits known as ‘Nats’, a handicraft village that produces woven bamboo wares. After half and an hours, you will get to Bago and upon arrival to Bago, you are to visit the studies of Buddha's teachings with the monks of Kyakhatwaing monastery where over 1000 Buddhist monks reside. Afterwards we take another 2 hours’ drive to get to Mountain view restaurant for lunch break nearby Kin Pun base Camp.

    From Kin Pun, a steep and rough 11km road leads to the upper staging point, a journey made in open trucks, which can be very crowded. Start your light trekking of approx. 45 minutes to the famous “Golden Rock Pagoda”. This miracle Pagoda is situated in Mon State, regarded as one of the most sacred pagodas along with Shwedagon from Yangon and Maha Muni from Mandalay. It is also believed the hair relic of the Buddha was enshrined in the huge rock which is hanging and balancing on the edge of the cliff.  Enjoy and overlook the magnificence view of the surrounding area and overnight stay in Kyaikhtiyo.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kyaikhtiyo

    Day 3: Golden Rock - Hpa-An (B/-/-)

    Kyaikhtiyo - Mawlamyine: 125km, ~4h drive

    mawlamyineToday we depart from Kyaiktiyo for Hpa-An. Enjoy a brief stop in Thahton, former capital of the Mon Kingdom. And drive along endless paddy fields, coconut plantations, and small farm villages to reach closer to Hpa-An, rock formations appear, similar to the ones in Halong Bay or Phang Nga. Upon arrival in Hpa-An, we transfer to hotel for check-in.

    In the afternoon, we visit Kawh Goon Cave. This cave is by far the most interesting. The entrance to the cave is covered with hundreds of small Terracotta votive tablets which are plastered up to the ceiling – some are tiny, some are big. VisitSaddham Cave, great cave with 2260 feet length and many stalactites/stalagmites and the must at the end of the cave a place where daydream can grow: a natural lake at the end of the cave. Then, visit Kyauktalat Monastery. This monastery is known for its shape and location on a tiny island (access via a bridge without reeling).

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mawlamyine

    Day 4: Hpa-An - Mawlamyine (B/-/-)

    Mawlamyine - Hpa-An: 57km, ~1h15min drive

    hpa-anAfter having breakfast, we drive to Mawlamyine. On the way, visit to U Na Aung’s Monastery which is a bit forbidden place and to enjoy fine wall painting and mirror arts. Visit to Mawlamyine’s local market and then visit to Win Seint Tawya monastery and the world’s biggest reclining Buddha image at Mudone. Proceed to Mahamuni pagoda and Kyaikthanlan Pagoda and Seindone Mebayar Kyaung and enjoy old colonial building.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mawlamyine

    Day 5: Mawlamyine - Ye (B/-/-)

    Hpa-An - Yangon: 295km, ~4h drive

    hpa-an tourAfter an early breakfast, we depart for Thanbyuzayet which is 34 km away from Maulamyaing and also the starting point of the Death Railway connects Myanmar and Thailand together by the bridge over river Kwai. The bridge was built by very talented Japanese during WWII. In 1943, the railway started and went on operation. There were more than 20,000 prisoner died constructing it. The farther we go, the narrower roads and the smaller villages become. On the way to Ye, we will make a turn to Banana Mountain overlooking the whole Ye valley. The tower at the top has its nine levels with different decorations in each level.

    As we arrive in Ye, we will take a break before visiting a local brick factory and learn the way bricks are made. The locals will show you how hard they work and willing to take photos with you. At the end of the day, you are able to catch the most gorgeous sunset over the Ye Railway Bridge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ye

    Day 6: Ye - Dawei (B/-/-)

    Dawei Morning after breakfast, we soon start to ride over a stunning mountain range dividing the Tanintharyi Division and the Mon State to hit the Ye’s Train Station leading straight to the jungle. Then we leave for Dawei, check in and refresh. Being well known as the capital of Tanintharyi Division, Dawei has the most long-lasting history and picturesque construction in colonial architecture.

    In the afternoon, we are about to wander around Dawei’s river front to dig in the pace of daily life of the local people. Day ends, we will stop at Dawei’s Paya Gyi museum and Shwe Taung Sar pagoda. There is a valuable collection of bronze coins, vase, portraits and large wooden ancient Buddha images in the museum for you to take a look at.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Dawei

    Day 7: Dawei (B/-/-)

    Dawei tourToday after breakfast at hotel, we will spend time on discovering Dawei’s daily activities and its famous sights. We will drop by a local family that runs cashew nut business and get help from them to peel one nut. Later on, we head straight to San Maria Bay. Enjoy the beach. And then proceed to Maung Ma Gan beach for having relaxing time, enjoying sunset and standard dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Dawei

    Day 8: Dawei - Palaw - Myeik (B/-/-)

    Myeik  1Morning after breakfast, we depart for an adventurous overland drive about 155 miles (8 hours) to Myeik. This journey takes us on a narrow and winding and bumpy road through the Southern plateau for us to be able to reach Palaw and Myeik. Once we reach Palaw, we are halfway to Myeik and we will make a rest stop. Palaw is the small town of ethnic people of Dawei and they are famous for local fisheries products and other local handicrafts that originate in this particular area.

    After our rest stop in Palaw, we will continue the driving to Myeik, crossing over the rolling hills of the Southern part of Myanmar, that includes breathtaking sights of the spectacular landscape and the pure nature that the area can offer. You will have the possibility of short stops on the way to explorer the serene scenery of paddy fields, hidden small towns, rural villages and daily local lifestyle along the way. Arrival in Myeik will be in the evening and we will proceed directly to your hotel for check in and refreshments.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Myeik

    Day 9: Myeik (B/-/-)

    Myeik 2Myeik is a busy port and an important center for fishing industries as well as dried-fish factories, bird’s nest’s collecting and the rubber plantations. Myeik town has elegant wooden architecture and very busy streets life. Myeik is also famous for Myanmar pearls harvested by the Salon or Moken people (sea gypsies).

    Today’s exploration will be to visit the fish market which host one of largest fish markets in Myanmar. After visiting the fish market, we will drive to the riverside wharf where many wooden fishing boats are parked on the muddy riverbanks. From the jetty take a small wooden boat to Pahtaw Island (10mins trip), visit the reclining Buddha which is located on the island. It is possible to walk up the stairs to the top of the hill to see the panoramic views of both Myeik city and the outer islands. Then we will proceed to the dockyard where you will see local people, building and maintaining wooden fishing boats. We will head back to Myeik, and visit the Thain Taw Gyi Roadwhich is full of old monasteries with separate compounds and these monasteries are as beautiful as the monasteries in Sagaing. Afterwards we will proceed to a main pagoda, to enjoy the panoramic views and the breathtaking sunset over the islands in the Andaman Sea.

    Meals Included: Breakfast              
    Accommodation: Hotel in Myeik

    Day 10: Myeik - Boat trip to Kawthaung (B/-/-)

    your speedboat to KawthaungMorning after breakfast, we transfer to jetty and take your speedboat to Kawthaung. The trip will take at least 5 hours. You will get some beautiful views of the islands as you pass by and get a better view of the islands and local fishing boats while you are onboard. You will arrive Kawthaung at 3pm. Kawthaung is the home to the Barma, Thai and other ethnic minorities like Shan and Karen… so this place is also a great stop for visitors those want to experience the culture and customs of the locals.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kawthaung

    Day 11: Kawthaung - Flight to Yangon (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at hotel, time is free until you are met and transferred to airport for your flight to the next destination. End of our services./.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • Local boat trip to Kawthaung
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures such as camera fees, tips, laundry service, etc.
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air fare to/from Yangon
    • Visa and visa arrangement
    • Departure tax of US$10/person
    • Compulsory dinner for Christmas & New Year

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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