Unseen Southern Myanmar

Varied, picturesque and largely uncharted, South of Burma is home to many treasured landmarks of the country:  From ancient capitals and rich cultural history to charming old wooden houses, dramatic karst landscapes, beautiful temples and gorgeous beaches. A journey through a different side of Myanmar that you probably hadn't imagined.

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

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

Day 2: Discover Tanintharyi Town – River boat journey through jungle landscape – Return by car to Myeik

Day 3: Myeik to Dawei overland

Day 4: Dawei City Tour and its agriculture

Day 5: Dawei – Mawlamyine

Day 6: Mawlamyine – Seindon Mibaya Monastery 

Day 7: Mawlamyine – Cruise over Thanlwin River to Hpa An

Day 8: Hpa-An – by kayak through rice fields

Day 9: Hpa An – Bago – Train to Yangon

Day 10: Departure 

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

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

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.
 

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

Day 2 Discover 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 - Dawei overland

Day 3 Myeik - Dawei overland

Meals: breakfast | 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. 

Most of the farming is nowadays about rubber plantation, but apart from the rubber trees, there is another big industry, the dried fish. We will learn about it at De Bosay fishing village. On the way back we will stop at some hot springs which are supposed to have healing powers. 

In the late afternoon we will reach the well-known Maung Ma Gan Beach. Enjoy the relaxed beach atmosphere, the downer sun and a delicious seafood dinner. We will return to our hotel after a fabulous sunset.
 

 

Getting to know Dawei, its agriculture & beaches

Day 4 Getting to know Dawei, its agriculture & beaches

Meals: breakfast | 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. 

Most of the farming is nowadays about rubber plantation, but apart from the rubber trees, there is another big industry, the dried fish. We will learn about it at De Bosay fishing village. 

On the way back we will stop at some hot springs which are supposed to have healing powers. In the late afternoon we will reach the well-known Maung Ma Gan Beach. Enjoy the relaxed beach atmosphere, the downer sun and a delicious seafood dinner (not included). We will return to our hotel after a fabulous sunset.
 

Dawei - Mawlamyine

Day 5 Dawei - Mawlamyine

Meals: breakfast | 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 meter). We will be able to stroll along the site or walk inside the Buddha. We will arrive in Mawlamyine at in the late afternoon.
 

Mawlamyine – Seindon Mibaya Monastery

Day 6 Mawlamyine – Seindon Mibaya Monastery

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

After breakfast we will visit the Seindon Mibaya Monastery with its magnificent wood carvings; it is as beautiful, that we can even call it a museum. We will continue to Ni Paya to get some astonishing views over the city and taking a walk to examine the architecture from the colonial days. 
Renowned writers such as Orwell and Kipling lived in Mawlamyine. We will also visit the first Baptist church and the Mon Museum which has some interesting displays about the rich Mon culture. 
We will have lunch in a local house to enjoy some home-made Mon specialties before spending the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

 

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Mawlamyine – Cruise over Thanlwin River to Hpa An

Day 7 Mawlamyine – Cruise over Thanlwin River to Hpa An

Meals: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: Gabbana Hotel, Deluxe room (Hpa An)

We will continue with our route today by Ni Paya for another beautiful view over the city and river before being transferred to Hpa An via private boat along the Thanlwin (Salween) River – one of the longest rivers in Myanmar ending in Mon State. 

After about an hour, we will arrive in U Na Auk village, and take a tuk-tuk to view the amazing carvings and decorations on the temples and ordination hall. These buildings were donated to the village by Mr Na Auk, a Mon trader during the British period. He continues to been as a patriotic symbol throughout the country and is known for his kindness to his fellow country man.

We will get back on our boat again and head to Zwekabin, passing through other limestone mountains rising from the rice fields, definitely, a highlight of our trip through this part of Myanmar. Lunch will be served on the boat. 
We will stop in Pa Lin for a walk around this village, home of different ethnic groups like the Kayin, Shan, Mon, Bamar and Pa O people. Upon arrival in Hpa An, we will be transferred to our hotel.

Hpa-An by kayak through rice fields

Day 8 Hpa-An by kayak through rice fields

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation:  Gabbana Hotel, Deluxe room (Hpa An)

In the morning we will enjoy a trip through tranquil rural scenery from the charming village of Lakkana to Muku village by kayak. On the way we will see rice fields, Limestone Mountains in the distance, and tranquil traditional Kayin villages. We will take a break from paddling to enjoy some fresh fruit served at one of the wooden Kayin houses. The afternoon will be free at leisure. As Kayin state is bordering with Thailand there is some very tasty Thai food available in the local restaurants. 

Note: Depending on the season, the water level may be too low, so in that case it may be necessary to make the kayaking shorter and hiking to a traditional Kayin village.
If we prefer cycling and/or trekking, then it is highly advisable to extend the stay in Hpa An, where very nice cycling or trek routes can be done. If that is the case, please get in touch with your Handspan travel consultant informing about your preferences.
 


 

 

 

Hpa An – Bago – Train to Yangon

Day 9 Hpa An – Bago – Train to Yangon

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: Hote Shwe Yee, Deluxe room (Yangon)

Today we will journey back north passing through rural villages and towns of Mon and Kayin States. Just after leaving Hpa An we will visit the Kawgun cave. The artwork of clay Buddha statues dates back from the 7th century, the period of the Mon kingdom. 

After about 3 hours we will stop to visit at the former Royal Palace in Bago. From Bago we will continue by train back to Yangon, a great chance to appreciate the scenery. Upon arrival at Yangon station transfer to the hotel.
 

Day 10 Yangon - Departure

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: not included
 

We may have some free time before being transferred to the airport for our onward flight.

PRICE

*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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