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Moulmein Pagodas of Mon, Myanmar - 7 Days

Day 1 ( B,L,D)

After breakfast at the hotel, an excursion trip to Mawlamyaing via Bago. On the way, tour stops at the Allied War Cemetery at Htaukkyant for picture taking and proceed to Bago to observe the daily life of thousand of Buddhist Monks at Kyatkhawyne Monastery during their lunch time. Continue south through Thaton, the former capital of the Mon Kingdom and an early centre of learning . (Old Thaton has long since disappeared but there are several interesting sights in and around the present –day city ) . Visit Shwe Zayan Pagoda .Directly drive and lunch at local restaurant on the way to destination, check-in and dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Mawlamyaing.

Day 2 ( B,L,D)

After breakfast at the hotel , first visit to Mawlamyaing Central market . Mawlamyaing has wonderful prawns and other seafood .The fishermen tie up their boats and unload their catch directly onto the stalls. Another large section of the market is given over to fresh flowers and vegetables . Lunch at local restaurant . After a rest at the hotel , an evening stroll on the Strand is an exercise in nostalgia . This is a 19th –century promenade along the waterfront , probably constructed during Mawlamyaing ‘s British period between the first and second Anglo – Burmese Wars . It is lined with a few of the remaining rather smart stucco houses . Watch the sun go down and the world pass by .Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 ( B, L, D )

After breakfast at the hotel go visit Thanbyuzayat Cemetery . Most of those buried here lost their lives working as Japanese prisoners of war on the Burma Siam railway . the famous line that crosses the Bridge on the River Kwai in Thailand . The cemetery , immaculately kept by the Commonwealth War Graves Comission , is a garden filled with small crosses and grave markers with name , rank and age of the deceased, its beauty and calm rendering it the more poignant .Nearby is a small section of the original railway , with an engine and some rather menacing half broken life size statues of Japanese soldiers and two starving prisoners.Word has it that the railway is going to be reconstructed as a memorial to all those who worked on the 250 –miles track as well as those who died . Lunch at local restaurant . after lunch , visit the most notable being Uzena Pagoda with its figures of the Buddha in the different stages before attaining enlightenment , the cave of 10,000 Buddhas ( Kawgaun ) and the Hapayon Cave . Overnight at the hotel .

Day 4 ( B,L, D )

After breakfast at the hotel, first visit to Gaungsay Kyun (shampoo Island) by boat . It was water from this island that was used for the ceremonial hair –washing of the king during the Buddhist New Year celebrations . The island sits at the confluence of five rivers . On it there is a monastery surrounded by stupas and an enormous statue of the Buddha looking back across the water to Mawlamyine and the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda .As you approach the Gaung Se Kyun its thin , white stupas sparkle against the green trees and the island seems to hover just above the water , giving rise to the belief that it was suspended from the heavens by a silken thread and that its surrounding water was sacred. Then we will visit Bilu Kyun (Ogre Island ) in a private boat a 25 minute ride or there is a daily ferry – another excellent way to sample local life . There are some 64 villages on the island all with their small pagodas and little home industries to visit . The mode of transport around the island is a pony cart or fine old wooden buses . There are plenty of good tea shops where the visitor can sample a Mon dish or two before re-boarding the ferry back to the mainland , so a leisurely day trip.

Day 5 ( B,L ,D)

After breakfast , Visit Setse Beach , for a refreshing swim in the clear waters of the Gulf of Mattama (formely Martaban). There are miles and miles of white sand this beach was once a favourite playground of colonialists .Today it is popular with local residents as well as the occasional fisherman or coral diver .As this beach is south of the Ayeyarwady Delta the sea water here is brown , so not so inviting for a swim. lunch at local restaurant on the beach. Return to Mawlamyaing; a picturesque old colonial town once an important teak port and sightseeing includes the Mahamuni & Mon Cultural Museum. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 ( B, L, D)

After breakfast, Visit Kyaikkhami, it’s 55 miles south of Mawlamyine. Visit Kyaikkhami YeLe Pagoda, enjoys an outstanding location, perched on rocks lapped by the sea and joined to the land by a covered causeway , which floods at high tide . visit Pha-out Meditation Center and Win Sein Tawya meditation Center . Return to Mawlamyaing . Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 7 ( B, L, D )

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to go back to Yangon via Hpa-an; the capital city of Kayin State and visit includes Bayin Nyi Cave, Kawtgoon Cave (natural lime stone) and Kyauk Ka Lamtt on the way. Arrive Yangon .

Country: Myanmar
Transfer: Included
Food: Not included
Airport: Yangon - RGN
Registered Member of Tourism board of: Tour Enterprise No. : Kha – 1653 Issued by Ministry of Hotel & Tourism
Guide Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Experience Level: Moderate
Tour operator name: MARCOPOLO TRAVELS & TOURS CO.,LTD
Min group size: 2
Max group size: 30
Duration: 7
Provided Accommodation: Hotel
Included in service: Accommodation on double room with daily breakfast (3*** hotels) - English throughout speaking guide service - All transfer, transportation, sightseeing & excursion with excellent car & driver - Entrance fees as per program
Not included in Service: Meals (lunch & dinner) - Personal expenses including Beverages & Tipping - Travel insurance - Visa fees - Airport departure tax currently at US$ 10 & International Flight Fare - Other services not listed in above - Poterage fees
Recommended Season:
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Remarks: The above programme is subject to change with or without prior notice due to the factors weather, road transport conditions and etc.
Listing created Mar 30, 2015

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