4-Day Overland Thailand-Myanmar Journey

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Overland drive from Mae Sot/Myawaddy to Yangon
  • Stopover in Hpa-An, capital of the Kayin State and surroundings for exploring beautiful natural caves
  • Visit of Myanmar's most famous pilgrimage site: The Golden Rock by taking open Air truck ride to reach the mountain top
  • Photos stop in Bago
  • Explore Yangon with its colonial British influence and the world-famous Shwedagon pagoda

tour details

Entering from Myawaddy border, driving through the adventurous road trip to Hpa-an. 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. The visit up to the Golden Rock is particularly nice at sunset or sunrise.

Enter from Maesot -Myawaddy check point to Myanmar.
Arrival time to Myawaddy, morning or afternoon to be coordinated with THAI itinerary.
Overland journey through striking mountain scenery from Myawaddy to Hpa An (approximately 2 hours - 149 km). Upon arrival at Hpa-an, transfer to hotel.
Accommodation at Hpa-An Lodge (Kayin Cottage) or similar, Hpa-an.
Today, visit to Kawh Goon Cave. This cave is by far the most interesting. The entrance to the cave is covered with hundreds of small Terracotta votive tablets which are plastered up to the ceiling - some are tiny, some are big. Then, visit Kyauktalat Monastery. This monastery is known for its shape and location on a tiny island (access via a bridge without reeling). Very peaceful atmosphere.
Then, departure from Hpa-an for Kyaikhtiyo (approx. 3'bdhours). Continue to Kin Pun, where you start in the trucks and on foot for Kyaiktiyo (the 'Golden Rock'). Visit Golden Rock.
Accommodation at Mountain Top Hotel (Super Deluxe Room) or similar, Kyaikhtiyo.
After breakfast, walk or go by sedan chair 4 Km downhill where you continue in an open truck to Kin Pun, and rejoin your car and driver. Drive to Bago. Here you visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is over a thousand years old, and whose tip is even taller than that of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda. The Kyakhatwine Monastery, a place where many monks live while studying Buddha's literature. There is a ritual of feeding at lunch time that we observed - interesting but somewhat bizarre as we watched the population of monks parade in and collect rice, other food and donations of things and cash and then go sit down at little round tables. Continue to the 55-metre-long reclining Shwe Thalyaung Buddha image, one of the country's most revered objects. Visit the Maha Kalayani Sima (ordination hall) and Mahazedi (Great Stupa), offering panoramic views. Lastly, continue to Yangon, with a brief stop at Kyaik Pun Pagoda, famous for its four giant Buddha figures. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation at Rose Garden Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Yangon.
Start your sightseeing with a drive to the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbour, where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Visit Botathaung Pagoda, close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics. You then drive through the colonial-historical district, Chinatown, and the Indian quarter. Make a photo stop at the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years, and a landmark in central Yangon. Visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide - its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. It is always full of people praying and making offerings, and is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Return to your hotel.
Your car and the guide are at your disposal allowing you to pursue individual interests until you transfer to the airport for your international departure flight.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Join-in transfer on open truck from the base camp to the top
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour

excludes

Not included are:

  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • The use of a sedan chair (available on the top or at the upper camp)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13
  • 17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Important Notes for Golden Rock:

  • 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.

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

  • It is advisable to carry a torch light as there are frequent power cuts.

  • You are advised to only carry a light duffle bag or hand carry as your big luggage will stay in the car/bus at the base camp.

  • 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.

  • Accommodation: The Mountain Top Hotel is located on the top of the mountain, whereas the Golden Rock Hotel is located near the upper camp (5 minutes' walk from the truck stop). More hotels are located near the base camp on in/near the village of Kyaiktiyo. Depending on where you stay, the program will need to be adjusted in terms of driving up and down the hill.

  • Sunsets and sunrises on the platform can only be seen if you stay at the Mountain Top Hotel.

  • 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.
Tour code: MWDDY4TMR
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