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Itinerary Culture Tour (JC-002)

Itinerary Culture Tour (JC-002)

Day 1: Arrival Yangon

Arrive at Yangon international airport, you will meet and welcome by local guide and transfer to Hotel.  Yangon city tour, Highlight; such as Sule the elegant one in earlier name was Kyaik-A-thote and it was probably built by Mon king. Botahtaung pagoda which is not the original the ancient pagoda was destroyed by bombing during World War Two and a replica built in its place. Relics excavated from the treasure chamber were re-enshrined. After lunch, visit to (Scott’s market) Bogyoke market (check before for closed day), which is a large and very busy market palace in the heart of downtown Yangon. In the evening we will go to Shwedagon pagoda, which is landmark of Myanmar. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Yangon – Hpa An

After breakfast, drive to Hpa An, capital of the Karen (Kayin) State. Hpa An is a picturesque and Laid back town that sits on the eastern bank of the Thanlwin (Salween) river, about 270 kilometres east of Yangon. Hpa An is encircled by dramatic karst mountain scenery which juts from the surrounding plains, and many of these mountains contain large and religiously significant caves. The most impressive example is the beautiful, sacred and monolithic Mount Zwegabin (sometimes spelt Zwekabin), which can be found 16 kilometres south east of Hpa An. There are great views of Zwegabin from the attractive Kan Thar Lake. Nearby to Hpa An can also be found Saddan Cave, which opens into a gigantic cavern filled with Buddhas and pagodas, which can be walked all the way through to the other side of the mountain. It is truly impressive, and on the way back you can take a small two-person wooden ferry making for a lovely circuit. All are picturesque and hold religious and historical value. Also close to Hpa An is the Kyauk Kalap a truly unique pagoda, set on top of an unusual rock formation in the middle of a (man-made) lake. It is a beautiful spot and another that offers great photo opportunities of Mt. Zwegabin. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 3: Hpa An – Kawnyat Monastery – Mawlamyine

Breakfast at hotel and check out after breakfast. On the way to Mawlamyine visit Kawnyat village and observe the beautiful ornate Monastery. Mawlamyine is the third largest city in Myanmar after Yangon and Mandalay situated 165 kilometers east of the nation’s capital across the Gulf of Mottama at the mouth of the Thanlwin River. It is the capital of Mon State. Formerly known as Moulmein, it was once a thriving teak port and the administrative capital of British Lower Burma. The town’s signature landmark is Kyaikthanlan pagoda built in 875 AD and thought to be the site from where Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poem, ‘The Road to Mandalay’. It’s unlikely that Kipling was referring to Mandalay Ward located at the base of Kyaikthanlan pagoda, but rather the ‘Mandalay’ in central Myanmar. The town does have a charm of its own with its rich history, buildings with colonial style architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 4: Mawlamyine – Bilu Kyun – Mawlamyine

Have breakfast at hotel and then transfer to Bilu Island. As well as taking in the friendly and rustic atmosphere, you can find a wide variety of handicrafts on the streets of the island’s many villages including walking sticks, slate writing boards, bamboo hats and even hand-made rubber bands. After sightseeing come back to Mawlamyine and continue some sightseeing at Mawlamyine at the rest of the afternoon. There are a number of other places of worship that are of historical and cultural interest in Mawlamyine, including At Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, red brick St Matthew’s church. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 5: Mawlamyine – Thanphyuzayat – Kyaik Htiyo (Golden Rock)

After breakfast, drive to Thanphyuzayat. On the way, visit Win Sein Taw Ya, situated 24 km south of Mawlamyine near Mudon, is remarkable both of its scale and for the fact that you can wander around inside it. Still a work in progress, it contains dozens of chambers with sculptures depicting scenes from the life of Buddha and grisly images from Buddhist hell. This is supposed to be the biggest reclining Buddha in the world. But don’t expect a spiritual place of worship. It feels more like an under construction Buddha-Disneyland. Then continue to next 36 km south of Win Sein Taw Ya is the town of Thanbyuzayat. Here you can find the Allied War Memorial Cemetery, where prisoners of war who lost their lives during the building of the infamous Burma Railway (otherwise known as the Death Railway) are laid to rest. A lone steam locomotive by the side of the road commemorates the railway itself, although little else is left. After that you have to drive back to Kyaik Htiyo (Golden Rock) and stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 6: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Yangon

After breakfast, visit around Kyaikhtiyo and drive back to Yangon. On the way back, visit Bago. Tour highlights are: Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Shwethalyaung reclining Buddha Image, Kyaik Pun Pagoda and Kanbawzathadi Palace. Arrive Yangon and stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 7: Yangon Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Yangon International airport for departure.