Myanmar

6-Day Southern Myanmar Unseen

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 6 Days

tour highlights

  • Discover one of the most unknown cites in Myanmar; Myeik and Dawei
  • Observe the daily lives of the rural community and the local workshops
  • Explore the beautiful unspoiled beaches of Mergui Archipelago
  • Visit the bustling trading town, Kawthaung and its friendly people

tour details

After 50 years of isolation, the south of Myanmar is opening up slowly. The Mergui Archipelago, comprised of more than 800 islands, all lying in the Andaman Sea, is still thoroughly unexplored while the lively capital Dawei and the fishing town Myeik haven’t changed much since the countries opening. Explore around to visit local businesses and get inspired by their life stories. Set your foot on the untouched beaches to pace along and enjoy your time snorkelling or swimming.

Arrive into Dawei by airplane from Yangon. After check-in at your hotel, take a look around the town and capture the moments of Dawei's daily life and beautiful sceneries. Dawei, separated from the Andaman Sea by the narrow, beach-lined Dawei Peninsula, was formerly known as Tavoy is the capital of the Tanintharyi Division. It was one of the first towns colonized by the British in 1826. As a result, the town itself has a long lasting story and picturesque buildings from the colonial time. Have a little excursion in the traditional medicine of Southern Myanmar. Visit a family-owned cashew nuts business and learn how much work it is to peel a nut. Today excursion is about getting in touch with the locals. Stop wherever you want for a while and interact with the passers-by. Take your chance to taste the regional cuisines on your way. After that, you will visit the Tanintharyi Regional Museum which is a collection of bronze coins, portraits and large wooden ancient Buddha images. Learn about the history of Moken (sea gypsy) which is shown with sculptures and stunning pictures.
In the afternoon, you will be on the way to the well-known Maung Ma Gan Beach. Enjoy the relaxed and uncrowded atmosphere with a sun downer.
Accommodation at Hotel Dawei (Superior Room) or similar, Dawei.
After breakfast, leave the town for Myeik. These 230 kilometers of road have been closed for foreigners for a long time. In past, even locals needed a permit to pass that road, plane and ferry boats were the only way of transport. Just a few miles after Dawei, visit the Shin Mok Hti pagoda, which can be dated back to 1438 and houses original pieces of the Bodhi tree. Next, you will be leaded through tiny villages and stop every now and then to discover the daily lives of the rural community. Lunch along the way in a clean local restaurant.
Arrive at Myeik in the afternoon. Already in the early 17th century, the East Indian Trading Company were unloading their ships at the ports of Myeik. Most of the goods would go inland and from there up to Tanintharyi and further on to the old capital of Siam Ayutthaya (Thailand). The rest of the afternoon is for your own leisure.
Accommodation at Eain Daw Phyu Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Myeik.
After breafast, start to explore Myeik which is one of the biggest fishing towns in Myanmar. Learn about its incredibly interesting history. Already in the early 17th century, the East Indian Trading Company were unloading their ships at the ports of Myeik, hometown of the biggest fishing industry. Visit a softshell crab and a lobster farm to see a glimpse of the local ways of life. Proceed to a wooden ship builidng yard where you will see the workers make the boats in traditional way. Enjoy traditional lunch.
After a stroll through the old colonial quarter, visit the Royal Pearl trading shop which has been owned by the same family for over 150 years. You will have a chance to learn about the pearl industry and how difficult it is to cultivate them. Enjoy a fabulous sunset over the Mergui Archipelago from the Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda.
Accommodation at Eain Daw Phyu Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Myeik.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kawthaung, formerly known as Victoria Point. Upon arrival, check in at our hotel (if early check-in is possible) otherwise, start your Kawthaung sightseeing. It is very little known about Kawthaung history. Before Kawthaung established itself, Maliwan was the main port in the most southern part of Myanmar, but the shores were too shallow for the big ships. So, Kawthaung was founded in the late 19th century about 25 Miles to the south. The first stop is Mali Wan Waterfall, the all-year-waterfall and choose a great place to have traditional lunch in its park. Feel free to take a swim or relax under some shady trees. Afterwards, proceed to the famous King Bayintnaung statue, which is causally greeting visitors from the cape. It is said that he was very much accepted in Thailand for his policy to let the country ruling be its own King. Bayinnaung only demanded loyalty. Make a stop at Victoria Point for a great photo opportunity. The last stop of the day will be 5-5-5 Mountain as the locals call it. The hill offers a spectacular sunset view over the whole town and nearby islands of the Mergui Archipelago.
Accommodation at Victoria Cliff Hotel (Ocean Villa) or similar, Kawthaung.
In the morning, set off to Kawthaung Myo Ma Jetty and stop first at hidden snorkeling spot for a spectacular underwater world. Find Nemo and some other tiny little creatures like lion and scorpion fishes. After some stunning snorkeling in the bay, proceed to Cocks Comb Island, a limestone atoll with a stunning lagoon, shaped like a heart. Enter the Emeralds Heart by swimming through a natural tunnel (guided). The sea inside the inlet is calm and perfect for snorkeling. The most specular part of it is the big schools of fish at the entrance.
Next stop will be Dunkin Island, also called Say Tan Kyun. After that, enjoy the buffet lunch in a quiet and charming spot. After that, feel free to take a stroll along the beach and listen to the sound of the ocean and jungle. Continue exploring towards St. Matthews Island better known under its Burmese name Zar Det Gyi Kyun. Here you will find another great place for snorkeling. A big spread of mainly hard coral is to discover. Between the hard coral you can find some soft coral with little Nemos inside. Return back to Kawthaung in the afternoon and buffet dinner to be served at Grand Andaman Hotel afterwards.
Accommodation at Victoria Cliff Hotel (Ocean Villa) or similar, Kawthaung.
After breakfast we take you to the jetty where you can take a long tail boat to Thailand or to the airport or your flight to Yangon.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • Transfers and sightseeing services with private (sometimes non air-conditioned) car/bus in Dawei, Myeik and Kawthaung
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking throughout guide from Yangon
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • 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:

  • Domestic airfare (Yangon-Dawei, Myeik-Kawthaung, Kawthaung-Yangon)
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for langauge throughout guides
  • 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:

  • The Mergui Archipelago will be a joint tour with other customers. Program might change on tide and weather conditions.
  • 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.


    Notes:

  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
  • Domestic airfares are quoted separately and subject to change in case of increases imposed by the airlines (ie. taxes, fuel costs, etc.).
  • There are 8 different airlines operating on the domestic route in Myanmar. Each company has slight different airfares and this pricelist is based on average airfare. Diethelm Travel will book the most convenient and direct routing. The final price can be confirmed once the tickets are booked and issued depending on available booking class and seat availability.

Tour code: PKVCSMUB

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