During our overland safari’s, we will discover many interesting places and beautiful beaches, we will meet kind hearted people in faraway places and experience their natural basic life style , where families members live all together under the same roof, fishing is their main job and income We will visit many of the places and people living along the coast of Thanintharyi region.
The southern part of Myanmar which is the Thanintharyi coast line is still very unexplored and a last natural frontier for you to discover.
The area covers about 36,000 square kilometers of land, which includes many uninhabited islands and un-spoiled beaches, very few overseas travelers have previously been allowed to visit and travel in these areas without a special permit from the Myanmar Government. (these days we are allowed to travel freely in these areas without a permit).
It would be our pleasure to be your reliable trip organizer covering the Southern part of Myanmar, our company was established in Myanmar in 2005 and we have very long and wide experiences in organizing successful travels around the whole country.
The trip starts with an event-packed drive from Yangon to Hpa-an, the capital of Kayin State. The drive takes four and a half hours, and encompasses three stops. The first is at Thaton, a former capital of the Mon Kingdom. Next, Bayinnyi Cave, with it stunning wall carvings and innumerable exquisite Buddha images crowding every corner of the cave. Third but certainly not least is beautiful Kwa-Goon Cave. Of natural limestone, soaring 200 feet up and 300 feet across, it is also known as "The Cave of the Ten Thousand Buddhas." Thousands of votive tablets images of the Lord Buddha have been crafted and painted with delicate skill and put into the walls of the cave.
The city of Hpa-an itself is surrounded by limestone cliffs, rivers and mountain ranges. The evening brings relaxation and sunset views at Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda, beside the banks for the Than Lwin River.
The second day’s adventures start with exploring Hpa-an’s bustling city and cultural sights. After breakfast at the hotel, a stroll through the Central Market will allow you to experience the vibrant energy of everyday life. A Hpa-an highlight is Kyauk Kalatt, a pagoda atop a precipitous rock island standing solitary in the middle of a lake. You’ll also visit the Lumbini Gardens, where one thousand Buddha images grace the surrounds, with Mount Zwekabin providing a majestic backdrop.
For the second leg of the day, you’ll be driven to the jetty to board a riverboat. You’ll now travel by sail down the Than Lwin River, leaving Hpa-an, enjoying breathtaking scenery en route. After four hours of picturesque sailing, you’ll arrive in Mawlamyine, the capital of the Mon state, where you’ll transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll explore the thriving port city of Mawlamyine and its fascinating Colonial past and architecture. It boasts many beautiful buildings from the era. Experience the bustle of Zaygyi Market, before continuing to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most important temple sites in Myanmar. Top this with a visit to the Seindon Mibaya Monastery, and a further trip to see a very impressive old Baptist Church for a cornucopia of architectural and cultural variety. Enjoy the sunset from Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, also known as the Kipling Pagoda.
The Overland Safari portion of the adventure begins here, with a stunning eight hour, 197 mile drive from Mawlamyine to Dawei. You’ll pass numerous rubber plantations on the way to Thanbyuzayat. This is the site of the remains of the tragic Death Railway in the eponymous Museum, which still houses a small locomotive from the era. An Allied War Cemetery commemorates the start of this terrible railway, and provides a resting place for 3,500 Allied POWs (Prisoner Of War).
The journey continues on a tortuous and crenelated road through the Southern Plateau, between the pagodas flashing white and gold sunlight across the hills. After lunch at Ye, further unpaved roads carve a way through the stunning mountain range dividing the Mon State and the Tanintharyi Region. Late evening heralds your arrival and welcome in Dawei.
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have the opportunity to discover some of the many sights of Dawei. The capital of Southern Myanmar’s Thanitaryi division, Dawei was one of the first cities British settlers came to after the first of three Anglo-Burmese wars, and was called Tavoy in Colonial times. The city has a long and interesting history, with beautiful Colonial architecture to match. Your guide will help you explore some of these buildings downtown, and then take a stroll with you through the town’s busy market, discovering the plethora of products on offer. Collections of bronze coins, vases, portraits, and a large wooden ancient Buddha image are on display at the Shwe Taung Sar Pagoda and Paya Gyi museum, which are next on the visit list.
In the evening you’ll drive to the reclining Buddha at Shwe Tharlyaung, 74 meters long and 21 meters high, this was the biggest statue in Myanmar until the Win Sein Taw Ya Buddha image was recently built in Mawlamyine. Finally, a 20-30 minute walk takes you to the peak of Sapar Taung, and breathtaking panoramic views of a sunset-drenched city.
After breakfast, you’ll strike out cross-country on an eight hour, 155 mile journey from Dawei to Myeik. The road snakes and bumps under you to the half-way stop of Palaw, home to the ethnic people of Dawei, renowned for produce from their fisheries and for their local handicrafts.
Subsequently you'll traverse the breathtaking natural scenery of the rolling hills of Southern Myanmar as you continue onward towards Myeik. There will be wayside stops to check out paddy fields, hidden hamlets, rural villages and vignettes of daily life. After a long day’s journey, your hotel in Myeik will be waiting to greet you with refreshments and rest.
Myeik is a busy port, and an important centre for fishing industries as well as dried-fish factories, bird nests collecting and rubber plantations. It’s also famous for Myanmar pearls, harvested by the Salon or Moken people (sea gypsies). The town’s elegant wooden buildings preside over the dynamic street life below. After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll explore the local fish market, which is one of the largest in Myanmar. A drive from here will take you to the riverside wharf, where many wooden fishing boats are parked on the muddy riverbanks. A ten minute boat trip takes you to Pahtaw Island, where you can both see the reclining Buddha, and ascend some stairs to the top of the hill to take in panoramic views of both Myeik City and the outlying islands. At the dockyard you’ll witness the craft of the locals in building and maintaining their fishing boats.
Heading back to Myeik, the Thain Taw Gyi Road is lined with old monasteries with separate compounds, each rivalling the Sagaing monasteries in beauty. Then you’ll continue to a major pagoda, to enjoy the panoramic views and the breathtaking sunset over the islands in the Andaman Sea.
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have some free time to spend at your leisure until your transfer to the airport for onward flight (either to Yangon or Kawthaung).