Welcome to Kayin State

Almost from the moment Myanmar attained its independence in 1948, the Karen, the main ethnic group in Kayin State, started their battle for autonomy. Since 2012 a fragile ceasefire has been in place between the largest insurgent body, the Karen National Union (KNU), and the Burmese government. That has resulted in the welcome opening of the border with Thailand at Myawaddy. But the KNU's military component, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), continues to control parts of the north and east of the state and foreigners are barred from visiting those areas.

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$995 Outdoor Activities

8-Days Adventure Tour in Myanmar

Day 1 Yangon ARRIVAL and Sightseeing (-/-/-) – Arrival to Yangon and transfer to hotel. Then, sightseeing including the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi, the bustling Chinatown area in Yangon’s downtown before you have the chance to browse for Myanmar crafts at the Bogyoke Aung San Market and Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important religious structure in Myanmar and a point of pilgrimage for Buddhists across the globe.Day 2 Yangon-Bogale (car) (B/-/-) – Drive deep into the rural Irrawaddy Delta market town of Bogale, providing the chance to see how different delta life is to the hustle and bustle of Yangon; the Strand Road is a delight to stroll down.Day 3 Bogale-Meinmahla Kyun (B/L/D) – Explore to Meinmahla Kyun by boat. Mainmahla Wildlife Sanctuary is a wetland reserve in the delta (Meinmahla means beautiful woman in Burmese), where you will have a chance to see migratory water birds, saltwater crocodiles and, if you are lucky, the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin.Day 4 Meinmahla Kyun-Bogale, Bogale-Yangon (Car) (B/-/-) – Back to Bogalay by boat and drive to Yangon. Arrive Yangon and transfer to hotel.Day 5 Yangon-Kyaiktiyo (Car) (B/-/-) – Drive to Mount Kyaiktiyo (about 5Hrs drive) in the Mon state, site of the famous ‘Golden Rock’. Take a local truck from the base camp to the beginning of the trail from where it is a 45-minute walk to the top. Enjoy Golden Rock sightseeing which includes spectacular mountain views and pilgrims at the Golden Rock.Day 6 Kyaiktiyo-Hpa An Sightseeing (B/-/-) – Enjoy the beautiful morning sunrise at Kyaikhtiyo before descending the mountain for transport back to base camp and drive to Hpa An, capital of Kayin state. The most famous of which is Kawgun Cave, Bayint Ni Naung Cave and Sadan Cave. After that visit to Lumbini garden, nice looking garden located at the foot of Zwegabin Mountain. Then continue visit to the beautiful Kyauk Kalap with its unique hill top pogoda. In the evening we will enjoy sunset views from the Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda before returning to the hotel.Day 7 Hpa An-Yangon (Car), Via Bago Sightseeing (B/-/-) – Drive back to Yangon. On the way, visit to interesting monasteries and pagodas in Bago including Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is taller than the Shwedagon Pagoda and Kanbawza Thardy, the old palace of King Bayint Naung. If time permits we will visit the Taukkyan War Cementery, a resting place for the Allied soldiers from WW2 and beautifully maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.Day 8 Yangon Departure (B/-/-) – Transfer to Yangon airport for departure.

$550 Outdoor Activities

A unique adventure border crossing from Mae Sot to Yangon

Day 1: Mae Sot – border crossing – Myawaddy – Hpa An (-)On arrival at the border, your guide is waiting for you on the Myanmar side of the border in Myawaddy to take you to Hpa An, the capital city of Kayin State. Today‘s route is a special one as the road has just opened very recently for foreign tourist. It is a scenic road through the mountains often used by local traders. We arrive in Hpa An at the end of the afternoon. O/N at Hotel GabbanaDay 2: Hpa An – Mawlamyine (B,L,-)Be prepared for a soft adventure day with a lot of activities and impression to experience real Kayin life style. We start the day by small kayaks to go for a leisurely trip by kayaks through the paddy fields for half an hour or so. We leave the kayaks behind and continue on foot through the forest visiting Kayin villages; Lakkana village & Knot Hair village for a leisurely walk of about an hour. A leisurely kayak trip of half an hour brings us to a beautiful traditional local house where a home cooked lunch is being served by the local host. After lunch you will transfer to Mawlamyine by car. You will visit Seindon Mibaya Monastery in Mawlamyine which is very fine example of architecture and the Mon Museum. Continue to the Ni Paya to have a view over the city and walk around the area with impressive buildings from the colonial times when writers like Orwell and Kipling where living in this city and visit the first Baptist church. O/N at Cinderella Hotel Day 3: Mawlamyine – Kyaiktiyo (B)After breakfast, collect your tickets from the hotel reception/guide and transfer on your own (around 20 minutes duration) to Mawlamyine train station where you have to catch the train to Kyaikto at 08:00 (the train arrives 12:30 in Kyaikto). Enjoy the beautiful countryside and rice paddies during the train ride. Upon arrival at Kyaikto train station, own transfer to the hotel at the basecamp. We suggest you to drop your luggage at the hotel and walk to the basecamp and you have to arrange a truck yourself that will bring you up to the Golden Rock. Spend the afternoon on the platform and then take a truck back to Kin Pun basecamp and walk about 10 minutes to your hotel. Attention: If you want a free afternoon today, you can visit to Golden Rock at next day morning.O/N at Golden Sunrise HotelDay 4: Kyaiktiyo – Yangon (B)Breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure in the morning. Collect your bus tickets at the hotel reception. Make sure to be on your bus to Yangon that leaves at around 13:00 and will arrive in Yangon around 18:00. Upon arrival in Yangon, own transfer to the hotel.

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