|: 5 Days|
|: Start|YANGON.GOLDEN ROCK.HPA AN,MAWLAMYINE.YANGON|FINISH|
|: Discover Burma’s lesser visited areas as you explore colonial architecture, hillside temples, Buddha-filled caves and Burma’s war-torn WWII history.|
Day 1 Yangon to Golden Rock
Depart Yangon and drive to Golden Rock. En route, visit a tree shrine dedicated to legendary animist spirits known as ‘Nats’, a handicraft village that produces woven bamboo wares and then visit the Allied War Graves cemetery near Htauk Kyan. Continue to Kin Pun ‘base camp’ where you will board a local open truck to the upper area of the mountain. The last leg of your journey will be an uphill walk to the summit which will take around 45 minutes*. The Golden Rock is one of Myanmar's most sacred sites. Balancing its great weight on the cliff edge, the Golden Rock is an extraordinary natural feature. According to the Buddhist legend, it is only kept in place by a hair of Buddha. Witness the nature , culture & traditions of local people, monks & nuns by enjoying the breathtaking view and the cooler air on top of the mountain.
Day 2 Golden Rock – Hpa An
Drive to the Kayin State and its sleepy capital of Hpa An. While in the area, you'll visit Buddha-filled caves and the iconic Mt Zwe Kabin, where Rudyard Kipling drew inspiration for his poem 'Mandalay'.
Day 3 Hpa An – Mawlamyine
Continue your journey on bumpy roads to Mawlamyine – a city with an air of faded colonial glory.
Drive through old colonial era buildings and view this thriving previous colonial port city with its lovely colonial architecture , bustling Zaygyi Market and charming Belu Island by passing Bogyoke Aung San bridge. Take a walk in the charming village to meet the people, kids at primary school if open & its local product. Continue your visit to Kyaik Thanlan, a spectacular hillside temple with fabulous views of the countryside. This grand pagoda made famous in Rudyard Kipling's poem 'Mandalay'.
Finish your day of sightseeing Mawlamyine with a visit to Queen Sein Don Monastery, and U Zina Pagoda before sunset over the Than Lwin River from View point
Day 4 Day trip to Thanbyuzayat
Drive south 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. Visit a newly built huge reclining Buddha.
Continue to Death Railway,built by the empire of Japan in World World II and Thanbyuzayat,about 40 miles (64km) south of Mawlamyine, formerly the western terminus of the infamous 'Death Railway' on which Allied Prisoners of War were forced to work by the Japanese military. An estimated 16000 Prisoners died, of which 3771 have graves in immaculately maintained Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery.
Day 5 Mawlamyine – Yangon
Return to Yangon via amazing bridges , villages, farm lands and beautiful mountain range (245 km - 6 hours).
Arrive Yangon and transfer to your lodging for this night.
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