Experience the religious marvels of Golden Rock, a perfectly balanced boulder on the hilltop that attracts local devotees year-round. Meet the friendly pilgrims and visit the charming villages on the way.Marvel at the stunning natural landscapes of Hpa-An, where the cave temples house historical relics. Take in the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Zwegabin and capture unforgettable travel memories.Explore Mawlamyine, a city that once inspired Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem “The Road to Mandalay.” Admire the colonial-era buildings that still stand today and witness the exquisite art of wood carving at the 100-year-old Queen Sein Don Monastery.Discover the beauty of Bago, the former port city and capital of the Mon Kingdom. Visit historic pagodas and immerse yourself in the city’s cultural significance. Lastly, pay your respects to the British Commonwealth soldiers from World War II at the peaceful Htauk Kyant War Cemetery. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Myanmar.
- Discover an exclusive tour away from the usual tourist routes
- Encounter the picturesque landscapes of Hpa-An’s hills
- Appreciate the marvel of the Golden Rock in Kyaikhtiyo
Day 1: Yangon to Golden Rock (Kyaiktiyo)
After having breakfast at the hotel, begin a scenic 5-hour drive to Kyaiktiyo, also known as Golden Rock. The journey passes through rubber and teak plantations, and halfway up the mountain, a local truck is needed to reach the top. The boulder, which is adorned with gold leaf, appears to defy gravity as it balances precariously on the edge of a cliff. It is believed to contain a relic of Lord Buddha.
In the evening, watch the sunset from the Pagoda platform, where devotees offer flowers, oil lamps, bells, and water to the sacred pagoda.
Spend the night in Kyaiktiyo.
Day 2: Golden Rock (Kyaiktiyo) to Hpa-an
After breakfast, start the journey to Hpa-an, the capital of Kayin state. Along the way, stop at Ya The Pyan Cave to see Buddha statues in various positions and Kaw Goon Cave, which has amazing Buddhist carvings and stucco work from the 17th century.
Take a photo stop at Mt. Zwegabin and Lumpani Park, home to several hundred seated Buddha images, and Kyauk Kalat, a pagoda built on layers of natural rock formations. Upon arrival in Hpa-an, check in at the hotel, and take some rest. In the evening, witness the beautiful sunset over the famous pagoda of Hpa-An, “Shwe Yin Myaw.”
Spend the night in Hpa-an.
Day 3: Hpa-an to Mawlamyine
After breakfast, drive to Mawlamyine, with a stop at Kawhnat Village to see the beautiful U Nar Auk monastery, constructed by highly skilled craftsmen during the period of British colonial rule, is an exemplary creation of that time.
Upon arrival in Mawlamyine, check in at the hotel. Spend the night in Mawlamyine.
Day 4: Mawlamyine
After breakfast, take a trip to Bilu Island, also known as Ogre Island, by local tuk-tuk. The island is made up of 64 villages connected by dirt tracks and is renowned for its well-preserved and distinctive Mon culture. Visit local handicraft workshops, including rubber band making, Burmese bamboo hat fabrication, tobacco pipes, cheroots, weaving, and old-fashioned slate writing boards.
On the way back to Mawlamyine, visit Queen Sein Don monastery to admire the exquisite wood carvings and other old artifacts. End the day at Kyaikthalan Pagoda viewpoint, a spectacular hillside temple offering panoramic views of the town and the river.
Spend the night in Mawlamyine.
Day 5: Mawlamyine to Yangon
After breakfast, drive back to Yangon via Bago. Along the way, stop at Thaton, the ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom, and visit the Thaton Shwezayan Pagoda, which stands at 110m and the Kyaikhtee Saung Pagoda, an ancient Laterite Stone Pagoda.
Upon arrival in Bago, visit the 28-meter high Kyaik Pun Pagoda with its huge Buddha statue. If time allows, visit Htauk Kyant War Memorial Cemetery, which is dedicated to the 27,000 allied soldiers who died in the region during World War II.
Return to Yangon in the evening.