Overview

Southern Myanmar is all about exploring. Lush jungle, ancient pagodas, wonderful beaches waiting to be discovered, a vast array of different cultures and truly warm people. Impossible not to be touched by such a gorgeous combination!

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Yangon – Myeik – Exploring Myeik City (the biggest fishing town in Myanmar)

Day 2:  Myeik – scenic boat trip to hidden town Tanintharyi

Day 3: Myeik to Dawei overland

Day 4: Dawei City Tour, its agriculture and beach

Day 5: Dawei – Mawlamyine

Day 6: Mawlamyine – Bago - Yangon  

Yangon – Myeik

Day 1 Yangon – Myeik

Meals: not included | Accommodation: Eain Taw Phyu Hotel, Superior room (Myeik)

We will be picked up from our hotel and transferred to Yangon airport for your flight to Myeik. Upon arrival in Myeik we will explore the town, which is the biggest fishing town in Myanmar. Already in the early 17th century the East Indian 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 their hometown produces everything which is necessary for the fishing industry. We will know how difficult it is to cultivate seafood at a local lobster farm. 

A stroll through the old quarter with well-preserved colonial houses will lead us to the Royal Pearl trading shop which has been owned by the same family for over 150 years. We take the chance to learn about the pearl industry and how difficult it is to cultivate them. 

As many nations came together in Myeik, the cuisine here is a mixture of Thai, Chinese, Indian, Muslim and Burmese gastronomies. We will be able to taste some snacks at the local market, for example fresh spring rolls or coconut pancakes and then, we will enjoy a fabulous sunset over the Mergui Archipelago from the Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda.

Discovering Tanintharyi Town – River boat journey through jungle landscape – Myeik

Day 2 Discovering Tanintharyi Town – River boat journey through jungle landscape – Myeik

Meals: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: Eain Taw Phyu Hotel, Superior room (Myeik)
 

We will leave Myeik behind us in the mist of the morning. Our first stop will be at the local rubber plantation. Afterwards, we will pass by a brick factory (seasonal) and drive a picturesque mountain road up to Tagu, where we will have a traditional lunch.
 

We will head to a jetty and board our boat for a cruise down the untouched river. We will be able to cool off in the clear waters of the Tagu River. As well as visiting a tiny forest village, where we will run into some local beetle nut farmers.
 

Upon arrival in Tanintharyi Town, we will explore this ancient city by foot. The view point from the main pagoda offers a stunning view on the Tanintharyi River. We will drive back to Myeik in the late afternoon. 

Myeik to Dawei overland

Day 3 Myeik to Dawei overland

Meals: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: Golden Guest Hotel, Superior room (Dawei)

After breakfast we will head to Dawei. These 230 km of road have been closed to foreigners for a long time, so people were taking plains or boats from Yangon. Our itinerary today will take us through tiny villages. We will be stopping every now to discover the daily lives of different rural communities. Just a few km before arriving in Dawei, we will visit the Shin Mok Hti pagoda, which dated back to 1438 and is home to some original pieces of the Bodhi tree. We will have lunch en route in a local restaurant. 

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 will visit in the evening Tanintharyi Region Museum, which displays a collection of bronze coins, vase’s, portraits and large wooden ancient Buddha images as well as the history of Moken (Sea Gypsy People). Otherwise we will stretch out legs along Dawei’s authentic waterfront. 


 

Dawei City Tour, its agriculture & beach

Day 4 Dawei City Tour, its agriculture & beach

Meals: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: Golden Guest Hotel, Superior room (Dawei)
 

After breakfast we will have a look around to get a picture of Dawei’s daily life and famous sights. 
How people can make a living in Dawei is the question we should ask our guide on our way to San Maria Beach. 

Dawei - Mawlamyine

Day 5 Dawei - Mawlamyine

Meals: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: Queen Jamadevi Hotel, Deluxe room (Mawlamyine)
 

We will leave in the morning direction Mawlamyine. These 320 kilometers were inaccessible even for locals 15 years ago. We will pass a Tanintharyi Mountain range, which divides Tanintharyi Region and Mon State. 
 

We will stop at the Banana Mountain from where we can appreciate a nice view from the whole Ye valley. The tower at the top with its nine levels and nine different decorations are worthy a climb.
 

Our next stop will be Thanbyuzayat. It is the starting point of the Death Railway connecting Myanmar (Thanbyu Zayet Station) and Thailand (Bang Pong Staion) with the Bridge over River Kwai, constructed by the Japanese during WW II. 
Afterwards we can observe the biggest reclining Buddha in the world at Mudon, with an overall length of 400 feet (122 m). We will be able to stroll along the site or walk inside the Buddha. We will arrive in Mawlamyine at in the late afternoon.

Day 6 Mawlamyine– Bago – Yangon

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: not included

Today, we will go to Mawlamyine’s main bazaar, where products such as fish paste, fish sauce, and dried prawns are mainly up for sale. Having spent some time in the market, we will head off to Bago, a 16th-Century royal capital, where the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, the city’s landmark and Myanmar’s highest stupa; and the Shwethalyaung, a 55-meter-long reclining Buddha image, are waiting to inspire us. 

On the way back to Yangon, we will stop over at the Taukkyan War Cemetery where Allied and Commonwealth soldiers in WW2 were buried. In Yangon, we will be transferred either to our hotel or to the airport. 
 

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*This is sample itinerary with no selection of accommodation and/or domestic air tickets. Please contact our travel consultant at info@handspan.com to tailor this itinerary to your personal specifications.
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