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4-Day Golden Rock, Hpa An and Mawlamyaing Experience, Myanmar

Created with Sketch. Yangon–Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)–Hpa An–Mawlamyaing
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Duration

4 Days 3 Nights

Group Size

Max 20 People

Guide

English Speaking Guide

Pick Up Time

8:00 am

Pick Up Point

Hotel In Yangon

Drop Off Point

Hotel In Yangon

Validity

All Year Round (private Tour – Daily Departure)

Description

This tour to the Kayin and Mon State gives you a wonderful experience to visit the area south of Yangon. The pilgrimage site of ‘The Golden Rock’ invites many local and regional people to come and pray in front of the magic boulder balancing over a wide cliff.

Observe the pilgrims devout in prayer or applying gold leaf to the boulder and enjoy a spectacular view of the valley below. The visit up to the Golden Rock is particularly nice at sunset or sunrise.

Hpa An – the capital of the Kayin State offers wonderful country side sceneries: caves and stone formation like in Halong or southern Thailand. Hpa-An is a fairly new destination in Myanmar and has some of the best sites to visit: the scenery is beautiful with the location on the Salween River. Caves, pagodas, and unspoilt villages make this tour unforgettable

Mawlamyaing remains one of Myanmars regional cities which has not much changed over the centuries.

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Highlights

  • Overland drive to scenic south-eastern part of Myanmar, Hpa-An and Mawlamyaing
  • A fun truck ride mingling with the locals to reach the top of Kyaikhtiyo mountain
  • Visit the magnificent Golden Rock on Kyaikhtiyo mountain
  • Get inspired by the appearance of Golden Rock and its beautiful sunset
  • Sightseeing in the town of Hpa-An with visit to the beautiful caves
  • Exploring Mawlamyaing's streets to observe the colonial heritages and religious sites
  • Visit the religious sites in Bago

Hotels to be used (Subject to change if fully booked)
Notes : If the hotels we mentioned below are fully booked in the period you are staying, there may be some changes.

KyaikhtiyoMountain Top Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar
MawlamyaingAttran Hotel (Superior room) or similar

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Drive from Yangon to Golden Rock. Visit and overnight at Golden Rock.
Day 2Drive Golden Rock - Hpa An (visit) - Mawlamyaing. Overnight in Mawlamyaing.
Day 3Visit and overnight in Mawlamyaing.
Day 4Leave from Mawlamyaing and drive back to Yangon.

Know Before You Go (Additional Info)

  • As you will be visiting religious sites, please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, and remember to take off your shoes and socks when entering pagoda areas.
  • During Water Festival between 12 to 18 April, most of the restaurants, shops, markets and Museums are closed. Normal tourist sites such as Pagodas, Temples and parks are open but are very crowded. Driving through the city area and to the tourist sites will be difficult due to traffic as most of the people participate in the famous water-festival. You cannot avoid of getting wet if you get out of the car or walk on the roads because everyone throws water to each other during this festival. People drive through the city in open cars and there are lots of stages shows, entertainments and funs along the roads.

Pick Up Time

8:00 am

Cancellation

Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the clients or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown, plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors and other penalties imposed by suppliers, such as hotels):

  • Within 31-22 days prior to arrival date: 30% of package price
  • Within 21-15 days prior to arrival date: 50% of package price
  • Within 14-8 days prior to arrival date: 75% of package price
  • Within 7 days prior to arrival date: 100% of package price

Remark

“Minimum days to book before departure : (10 Days)”

Note and Information

There may be changes to estimated prices depending on air fuel cost, domestic airfares, US$ exchange rates and festive season surcharges. All supplemental cost to be advised.

Hotels’ normal Check in time is 1400 hrs and Check out time is 1200 noon.

Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road and/or river conditions, flight schedules and room availability. No refund shall be made for any change during once you have started your tour in Myanmar.

Price per person based on two person tour (twin hotel room sharing basis). Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

If you wish come to Myanmar during Water Festival between 12 to 18 April, tour price will change and we will let you know the extra charges.

Important Notes:

The road from the base camp up to the Golden Rock has to be done by special dedicated trucks. You are not allowed to drive up there with your own vehicle. These open trucks are equipped with narrow benches on the back and seat belts.

Cable cars are also available from upper camp to the top. Cable cars will depart from Yathetaung upper camp to Kyaik Htee Yoe (Golden Rock) pagoda platform and return the same way. This is just one third of the journey and we still need to take the truck from the base to the upper camp. The cable cars start from 06:00hrs to 18:00hrs and the fee is US$5 per foreigner. Those who wish to try the cable cars ride, we recommend to take the ride on the way up.

During the raining season, the platform around the Pagoda can be slippery due to rain or mist.

The Golden Rock Pagoda does regular gilding in a three-year cycle. During this time, the rock will be covered in bamboo scaffolding. Prior notice is not given and exact schedule for the work are not really available.

Sunsets and sunrises on the platform can only be seen if you stay overnight.

A footpath goes up from the Golden Rock hotel to the top. The walk uphill takes around 45 minutes whereas downhill will take around 30 minutes. This path during the rainy season can be slippery.

As this is religious site, you are requested to have shirts with long sleeves and your knees covered. You also will have to remove your shoes and socks while walking over the platform to the Golden Rock.

Itinerary

Day 1 Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) (-/-/-)

At 08:00 A.M. pick up from your hotel in Yangon and start overland drive to Kin Pun "base camp" of Golden rock (110 miles – 4 hours) and onward to Kyaiktiyo (the "Golden Rock"), a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. Arrive Kim Pun Based Camp at approx. 1430 P.M.
As soon as arriving to the Kim Pun Base Camp at about 1430 or 1500 P.M., you will take the open truck to reach to the mountain top pagoda. After arriving to the top of the mountain pagoda, check-in to your hotel. Then, your group can visit the Golden Rock Pagoda and take the photo around there. Watch the beauty of a sunset at this important pilgrimage site. Both lunch & dinner are own account. Accommodation at Hotel, near Kyaikhtiyo.

Day 2 Kyaikhtiyo – Thahton – Hpa-An – Mawlamyaing (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Departure from Kyaiktiyo for Mawlamyaing (Moulmein) (115 km - 6 hours). En route, stop in Thahton, former capital of the Mon Kingdom. Lunch at local restaurant (by own account).
Between Thaton and Hpa-An stop for a visit at the Bayintnyi Cave. Then, visit Yathebyan Cave, Kawgoon Cave, with numerous Buddha images, stalactites and stalagmites. Continue, passing the bridge across the Thanlwin River, to Hpa-an, the capital of Kayin State. Brief stop in Hpa-An before proceeding on the last stretch (about 1 hour) to Mawlamyine. Arrival in Mawlamyine, the capital of Mon State, late in the afternoon. Dinner at hotel or local restaurant by own account.
Accommodation at Hotel, in Mawlamyaing.

Day 3 Mawlamyine (B/-/-)

Full day of sightseeing in and around Mawlamyine. Visit the local Zegyi market in the morning before leaving Mawlamyine for a visit to the small town of Mudon (20 km - 1 hour). The area between Mawlamyine and Mudon is very fertile and well known for its rubber plantations and the numerous seasonal fruits grown here. A newly built huge reclining Buddha can be seen en route. Stop at Kyauktalone, a Buddhist Stupa and a Hindu temple facing each other. Return to Mawlamyine for lunch. Lunch at local restaurant (by own account).
After lunch, 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. Dinner at hotel or local restaurant (by own account). Accommodation at Hotel, in Mawlamyaing.

Day 4 Mawlamyaing – Bago – Yangon (B/-/-)

After early breakfast, short visit in Mawlamyaing. Visit the first Baptist Church and the Zyegyi Market. Then, leave from Mawlamyine and drive back to Yangon (299 km- 6 hours) through Bago. Short visit in Bago. Visit the Great Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is over a thousand years old. Its spire is even taller than that of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, the 55-meter-long reclining Shwe Thalyaung Buddha Image, one of the country's most revered objects. Arrive Yangon in the late evening. Transfer to your hotel.

Include

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach,
  • Full board meals as specified in the itinerary,
  • Accommodation at hotels in Kyaikhtiyo and Mawlamyine.
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program,
  • Transfers and tours with English speaking guide,
  • Joint transfer with pick-up trucks from base camp to upper stage,
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling,
  • Drinking water during the tour

Exclude

  • Services not mentioned in our itinerary,
  • Accommodation in Yangon,
  • Private trucks from base camp to upper stage (please see separated cost for private trucks)
  • Sedan chairs to go up the mountain,
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary,
  • Hotel accommodation in Yangon,

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