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Location: Yangon - Golden Rock - Hpa'an - Mawlamyine
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Golden Circuit (Yangon – Golden Rock – Hpa’an – Mawlamyine)

This Golden Circuit 5 days/ 4 nights Overland Safari trip will bring you exciting adventure in to the undiscovered heart of Myanmar that you will be delighted and surprised.

Taking in the awe-inspiring Golden Rock, the sublime karst landscape around Hpa-An, the historic city of Mawlamyine, and some off-the-beaten-track seldom-visited places.

This trip takes in the diverse highlights south of Yangon, with an optional extra adventure.

Starting and ending in Yangon over 5 days.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Yangon to Golden Rock

    Drive from the former capital of Yangon to Golden Rock, stopping at Bago (option of taking train from central Yangon or for part of the journey). Visit the former ancient capital of Bago (Pegu), formerly known as Hanthawaddy, with its large collection of religious structures and a palace, including the highest pagoda in Myanmar and a snake temple. Options include visiting a large cemetery from the Second World War, and a monastery where young novices study to become monks. Continue south, taking a cable car or truck to the top of the pilgrimage site of Kyaikhtiyo, Golden Rock, where a huge rock perched on a mountain top attracts Buddhists from around Myanmar as well from abroad. Stay overnight on the summit in a hotel, enjoying the sacred, meditative atmosphere. Stay Golden Rock.

  • Day 2 – Golden Rock to Hpa’an

    Get up early to witness sunrise on Myanmar’s most sacred site, and after breakfast, go down the mountain, and drive to green and leafy Thaton for lunch at an outdoor restaurant. Continue on towards the sublime karst landscape around Hpa’an with its iconic Mount ZweKabin, stopping at Kawgun cave, where tablets set into the cavern wall date to the 7th century, Afterwards visit the dramatic large cave and tunnel of Saddan, followed by a small boat through a low cave, and then watch the sunset from a vantage point by the lakeside KyaukKaLatt – an unusual rock formation surrounded by water. Stay Hpa’an.

  • Day 3 – Hpa’an to Mawlamyine

    An early start is rewarded with views around Mount ZweKabin. A boat trip down river along the Salween River through the rural landscape arrives at an isolated village famed for its carved wood interior and for being the home of a national hero of pro-Burma a century ago. Drive towards Mawlamyine, taking a small boat out to the ‘hair-washing’ island of Gaung Se Kyun, a peaceful tropical garden island with a monastery, nunnery and dog sanctuary. Finally head to the ridge overlooking Mawlamyine for sunset from the ‘old Moulmein pagoda’ where poet Rudyard Kipling fell in love with a local woman at the steps of Kyaikthanlan pagoda. Stay Mawlamyine.

  • Day 4 – Mawlamyine

    Head south first to visit a large 50m-high seated Buddha statue, and then the world’s largest reclining Buddha image, Win Sein Taw Ya, 180m long, before continuing onto to Thanbyuzayat, the western terminus of the infamous Death Railway linking Thailand and Burma during the Second World War. Its museum contains poignant stories of the suffering of Allied prisoners at the hands of the invading Japanese, while nearby the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery commemorates those Commonwealth, Indian and Dutch soldiers who lost their lives. Return back to Mawlamyine, with its rich legacy from its past as a trading centre on the Salween River, including churches, mosques, and colonial buildings – writer George Orwell lived here almost a century ago. Then cross to the large Bilu (Ogre) island, known for its craftspeople making everything from tobacco pipes, chalk boards, rubber bands, ropes, walking sticks and hats with local wood, bamboo, rattan, slate, vines and rubber. Finish watching sunset by the river. Stay Mawlamyine.

  • Day 5 – Mawlamyine to Yangon

    A travelling day covering 300km (6 hours traveling time), from Mawlamyine to Yangon. Take the 8am train from Mawlamyine crossing the Salween River, then drive along the main road north, stopping at a waterfall (in season), fruit vendors and at a garden cafe in Thaton. After lunch, drive to Bago, with option of taking the train for the final leg into central Yangon. Tour finishes in Yangon.

    ****Optional add-on – Caving adventure

    • On Day 2, as an optional extra, guests can go on a caving adventure to a secret cave system in the karst landscape. This involves a short boat trip, hiking across farmland, and then exploring a cave system in a seldom-visited area. A good level of fitness, agility and mobility is required, as well as sturdy shoes. Headlights will be provided, as well as protective gloves. The itinerary involves venturing into several cave systems, and climbing over rough terrain. Time for trip is around 4-5 hours. At the end of the adventure, guests go to Thaton, staying overnight in Thaton, before continuing the next day to Hpa’an.
  • Package Tour Price Per Person Based on Twin Sharing Bedroom

    Group Size

    Tour Price Per Person in USD Based on Twin Sharing Bedroom

    1 Pax

    2 Pax

    3 Pax

    4 Pax

    5 Pax

    6 Pax

    7 Pax

    8 Pax

    9 Pax

    10 Pax

    Price Per Person

    2,165

    1,190

    1,035

    890

    840

    785

    735

    695

    670

    645

    Single Room Supplement Surcharge

    USD 170

  • Price Includes:

    - hotel accommodation based on twin sharing / double bedroom with breakfast - full-board meals - transfers and sightseeing with private air-con vehicle as per tour itinerary - round trip open truck ticket expenses in Kyaikhtiyo - one way cable car ticket expense in Kyaikhtiyo - entrance / archaeological zone fees as per tour itinerary - local boat rental expense for Hpa-An– Mawlamyinetrip - English speaking locally stationed tour guide throughout the whole trip

    Price Excludes:

    - international airfares - Myanmar visa fees and visa arrangement (www.evisa.moip.gov.mm) - beverages - personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs, tips to guide, etc. - personal insurance such as health, baggage lost or damage, trip cancellation, etc. - caving adventure tour expenses (optional) - any sales commission - any other not mentioned above
  • The itinerary is subject to changes depending on road conditions, domestic flight timing, weather conditions and availability of rooms. A supplement may occur and apply in case for changes. The regions of Southern Myanmar are still undeveloped and limited infrastructure for tourism in various ways which may affects service’s level. This tour will be new venture destinations and adventure tour. We will endeavor to obtain the best available accommodations, transport and facilities for the clients. We do request their understanding for any practical aspects which won’t reach up to expectation and for delays or changes that may occur in the itinerary. We reserve the right to change and reroute the itinerary without prior notice, due to unforeseen circumstances that may occur and arise.

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