OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Walk along the places which are not frequent by tourist. Prepare for an adventure like no other as you visit the picturesque town of Hpa-an where you can find the Mt. Zwekabin. Explore Mawlamyaing a city of mountains, lush green trees and cool streams. Pedal your way to Dawei and finish this amazing tour in the culturally varied city of Kawthaung.
- 14x nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, service charge and tax included in twin/double sharing room
- All transfers by comfortable air-conditioned cars as per itinerary with mineral water and cold towels (2 bottles of 500ml water per person/day)
- English speaking guides (other languages available with surchage)
- Meals as per itinerary (daily Breakfast; 0 x Lunch; 0 x Dinner)
- All entrance fees as per program, tours and sightseeings including special activities:
- Full-day sightseeing tour of Yangon
- circular train ride in Yangon
- Full-day sightseeing tour Bagan
- Ebike ride in Bagan
- Sunset cruise in Bagan
- Visit of Golden Rock & Bago
- Full-day sightseeing tour of Hpa-An
- Full-day sightseeing tour of Mawlamyaing
- Visit of Bilu Kyun (Ogre Island)
- Full-day sightseeing tour of Dawei
- Full-day sightseeing tour of Myeik
- Visit of Kawthaung
DAY 1 – YANGON (B/-/-)
Our first stop would be the magnificent reclining Buddha of Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda, take a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall, a ‘Hamsa-bird’ shaped floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. For the highlight of the day, “Walking tour of Shwedagon Pagoda” which rises an impressive 322 feet (98 meters) from its base and is said to have been covered with tons of pure gold.
DAY 2 – YANGON – FLIGHT TO BAGAN (B/-/-)
This morning, transfer t Yangon Domestic Airport for a flight to Bagan. Sightseeing of the most ancient pagodas of Bagan while riding on e-Bikes, start with the Shwezigon Pagoda– this huge gold-plated pagoda glimmering in the sun. Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi, noteworthy for its mural paintings and frescoes that depict scenes from the jataka tales. Manuha temple, built in mon style in 1059, Ananda temple, with four standing buddha images at its corners, Htilominlo a majestic 46-meter high Thatbyinnyu temple one of the highest monuments and Dhammayangyi temple contains images of the Gautama buddha and the future Maitreya buddha. Set out on a boat cruise and enjoy the vivid sunset view in the mighty Irrawaddy river.
DAY 3: BAGAN (B/-/-)
If you wish to, participate in an early Balloon ride in Bagan to welcome the sunrise. Visits to Tayokepyay Temple in Min Nan Thu Village, Phaya Thone Zu and Nandamanya Temples well known for their exquisite murals of 13th century and Kyat Kan Cave monastery, a famous meditation retreat in Bagan. In the afternoon, we will show you how looks the life in rural areas including visit of toddy palm, sugar & sky beer (toddy palm juice) plantation followed by an excursion of farming villages around Bagan. In the villages, visit the noodle makers, a Myanmar style movie theatre, the village hairdresser and a local tea shop. You will also have a chance to observe some traditional family businesses including blacksmiths, brick makers, dry snack ‘factories’ and bamboo roof producers, where the skills and trade have been passed on for generations.
DAY 4: BAGAN – FLIGHT TO YANGON (B/-/-)
Transfer to Nyaung U Airport for your domestic flight to Yangon. Visit of the colonial architecture in downtown to experience ride of the circular train followed by visit of Scott’s Market. The circle train will throw you into life the way the locals live it, and it’s a great way to participate without being obtrusive. There are several stops along the ride where you can take pictures, buy drinks from the locals or simply disembark. Stroll around the Bogyoke Aung San (formerly known as Scott’s Market) which is a major bazaar in Yangon. Known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, this market is a major tourist destination. (NOTE: Scott’s Market is closed on Monday’s, open every other day, including Sunday)
DAY 5: YANGON – BAGO – GOLDEN ROCK (B/-/-)
Drive through Bago to Kinpun Base Camp (foot of Kyaikhtiyo-194km-5 hour drive). Along the way to Bago, you’ll enjoy the country side atmospheric views. Continue drive to Kyaikhtiyo for The Golden Rock, a steep and rough 11km road to upper level point, going there you need to ride with open trucks (no roof). Upon arrival on top, get a breath of fresh air and be amazed at the golden pagoda on top of a golden boulder, perched on a sheer cliff, as if defying gravity. Enjoy the panoramic view at the top, where you can also see surrounding hills and jungle. (OPTIONAL SERVICE: Instead of truck ride you will be carried in chairs by four strong porters once other porters will take care of your luggage.)
DAY 6: GOLDEN ROCK – HPA-AN (B/-/-)
Drive to Hpa-An the capital of Kayin State (Approx : 3 ½ hours drive) where Zwegabin Mountain is the land mark of Karen State (about 1 hour). On the way to Hpa An stop at Bayintnyi Caves, which is filled with many statues and Buddhas. After, depart to visit Hot water spring, stroll through a small Karen village situated at the significant Mount Zwekabin.
DAY 7: HPA-AN (B/-/-)
Visit to the Buddha-filled cave of Kha Yon and Lumbani Garden with thousands of Buddha images at the base of Mt. Zwekabin. Then, take a photo stop at Kyauk Kalat, a pagoda which is built on layers of natural rock formations. Visit to Kawgone Cave and Pha-Gat Cave Pagodas. Drive to Saddan Cave; this breathtakingly huge cavern contains a pagoda near the entrance with many Buddha images. Visit to Shwe-Yin-Myaw Pagoda where you enjoy an overlooking view of sunset the famous Thanlwin River at sunset.
DAY 8: HPA-AN – MAWLAMYAING (B/-/-)
Drive about 1 hour to Mawlamyaing, the main trading center and seaport in south eastern Myanmar. Upon arrival, visit the local Zegyi market. Stop at Kyauktalone, a Buddhist Stupa and a Hindu temple facing each other. Visit the Mon State National Museum (if open), where traditional music instruments, clothes and old Mon language scripts are displayed. Sightseeing continues with the Mahamuni Pagoda, Kyaikthanlan Pagoda (known as the Kipling Pagoda) and Seindon Mibaya Kyaung, where King Mindon’s wife sought refuge. These religious buildings are all situated on a mountain range from where beautiful sunsets can be observed.
DAY 9: MAWLAMYAING – BILU KYUN (OGRE ISLAND) (B/L/-)
After breakfast, take a trishaw ride through this once thriving port city and colonial post. Then, board a private boat (if available, otherwise a local ferry) to Bilu Kyun (Ogre Island) where a true Myanmar experience far away from modern civilization awaits you. By open pickup truck set off to discover the serene scenery of paddy fields and quaint villages. Visit small wood workshops, where typical Myanmar walking sticks and pens are produced. After the tour, boat back to Mawlamyaine.
DAY 10: MAWLAMYAING – DAWEI (B/-/-)
Check-out and leave Mawlamyaing towards Thanbyuzaya. On the way you will pass many rubber plantations. Upon arrival, we will visit the Death Railway Museum & Allied War Cemetery. Our journey will takes us on a narrow, winding and bumpy road through the Southern plateau. Pass through dotted white and golden pagodas over the hills. After lunch, at Ye (on your own account), continue through unpaved roads which brings us over a stunning mountain range which divides the Mon State and the Tanintharyi Division. In the afternoon, arrive at Dawei and transfer to hotel.
DAY 11: DAWEI (B/-/-)
First, explore downtown of Dawei with its colonial buildings from the old days. Then, we will stroll the main busy market of Dawei, where you can see many different kind of local products. Visit to Shwe Taung Sar Pagoda, Payagyi Museum, interesting local clay pottery workshop and fish cracker factory. Drive to Maung Ma Kan beach which is 12 kilometers west of Dawei with its beautiful setting of hills rising straight up from the shoreline. On the way, we can make a short stop to visit primary school of the village and rest of the day will be at free leisure at the hotel or visit to the local area of many small restaurants located at the bayside.
DAY 12: DAWEI – FLIGHT TO MYEIK (B/-/-)
Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Myeik. In the afternoon, visit the Thain Taw Gyi Road which is full of old monasteries with separate compounds and they are as beautiful as the monasteries in Sagaing. Later proceed to a Myeik Main Pagoda, to enjoy the panoramic view and breathtaking sunset over the islands in the Andaman Sea.
DAY 13: MYEIK (B/-/-)
Visit to fish market which host one of largest fish markets in Myanmar, an astonishing array of sea life can be found. After that, drive to riverside where many wooden fishing boats are parked on the muddy riverbanks. You will take on a private small wooden boat (10 minutes) to visit Pahtaw Phatet Islands with big reclining Buddha and you can take walk up the stairs to the top of the hill to see the panoramic views of both Myeik city and the outer islands. Visit to the dockyard where you can see local people who are maintaining or building local style wooden fishing boats maintaining or building.
DAY 14: MYEIK – KAWTHAUNG (B/-/-)
Morning free at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to Myeik Airport for domestic flight to Kawthaung. Upon arrival to Kawthaung, drive to the downtown and visit Bayinnaung Status that stands at the crest of a hill on the cape, take picture there with panoramic view and then go to view point.
DAY 15 – KAWTHAUNG- FLIGHT TO YANGON – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Maliwan village where you can enjoy a small waterfall and hot spring in Kawthaung Township in southern Myanmar near the border with Thailand. After lunch, transfer to Kawthaung Airport for domestic flight to Yangon upon landing to the airport (Domestic Arrivals), transfer to International departures for you flight back home.
- All International and domestic flight tickets to/from/within Myanmar
- Visa to Myanmar @ USD 50 per person, can be applied online at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
- Individual expenses of guests not mentioned in the itinerary (laundry, minibar, extra
- food and beverage out of formed menus or not mentioned in the INCLUSIONS.)
- Tip for guides & drivers, bellboys, boats, restaurants (suggested at USD 6/pax/day)
- Personal travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
- Ballooning in Bagan
- Any other cost not mentioned in the Inclusions
A Tourist Visa is required for Myanmar. You can process it online for an e-visa prior to travel. (Cost US$50)
Low Season (May–Sep)
The southwest monsoon starts mid-May and peaks from July to September. The dry zone between Mandalay and Pyay gets the least rain. Rain can make roads impassable anywhere (especially in the delta region).
Shoulder Season (Oct–Nov, Mar–Apr)
March to May Yangon often reaches 104ºF (40ºC). Areas around Bagan and Mandalay are hotter. Cooler in the hill towns of Shan State. All forms of transport booked solid during Thingyan in April.
High Season (Dec–Feb)
Rains least (if at all, in some places) and is not so hot. Book accommodation and transport well ahead for this busy travel season.
Do’s and Don’ts:
- Ask before taking a photo; the Burmese can be very shy.
- Locals love a good smile, so make sure you return it as often as you can.
- Don’t point at things (ie. in a market place) with your foot. This is considered very disrespectful.
- Cover your head, shoulders and knees. when visiting religious sites. Visitors must also remove shoes and socks before entering temples.
- The people of Myanmar really appreciate it when tourists take part in their local traditions.
Hello = Min ga la ba
Thank you= Je zu tin ba deh
Sorry= Sorry ba (There is no Burmese word for an apology)
Yes, Answer in the positive = Ho deh
I don’t understand = na ma le bu
Please wait = Kan na leh
It’s Ok, No Worries = Ya ba deh
It is good = Kaung deh