Adventure Trip to Mon and Kayin State

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Hotel pick up in Yangon to Mingalardon Highway bus station
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Tour description

The more remote areas of Mon State and Kayin State are undiscovered areas of Myanmar offering spectacular nature and intriguing tribal culture dating back for many, many centuries in the history of South East Asia. The Mon are believed to be one of the first civilisations in this part of the world. Although their kingdom was lost to the Bagan king in the 11th century, their rich culture can be still be seen in daily life with their specific sarongs, traditional food, language and music instruments. The Kayin (also known as Karen) are one of the indigenous tribes of the jungle known for their traditional boxing skill and their state offer beautiful natural scenes with traditional villages and waterways surrounded by spectacular lime stone mountains. A tribe with its separate language and traditions, whose origins are still very much unknown to scientists until this day.

Day 1: Yangon – Mawlamyine by train (-)You will be transferred to the train station for the train leaving at 07:00. Travelling by train through Mon State towards Mawlamyine and the ancient city Thaton which is famous for its durian and betel nut (as is the whole of Mon state). Just before reaching Mawlamyine the train will cross a long bridge over the Thanlwin River. Expected arrival is 17:30. On arrival, a tuk-tuk will bring you to the hotel. O/N at Cinderella HotelDay 2: Mawlamyine – half day excursion with guide & tuk-tuk (B,L,-)After breakfast, visit the Seindon Mibaya Monastery. 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 lived and visit the first Baptist church and the Mon Museum. Then go to a local house where a home cooked lunch of Mon specialities. Afternoon at leisure. O/N at Cinderella Hotel Day 3: Mawlamyine – cruise over Thanlwin River to Hpa An (B,L,-)At 07:30 a tuk-tuk will take you to the jetty to take a private cruise over the Thanlwin (Salween) River. Stop at U Na Auk village and continue the boat trip over the Thanlwin River with spectacular sights. A simple lunch is served on board. Arrive around 14:00 in Hpa An – you have to arrange a local motor taxi or tuk-tuk on your own to the hotel. O/N at Hotel GabbanaDay 4: Hpa An – kayaking (B,L,-)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 for a leisurely walk of about an hour.  A home cooked lunch is being served at a beautiful traditional local house. Then continue by local transport to explore the famous Saddan cave. A motorbike taxi or car will bring you back to the hotel. O/N at Hotel GabbanaDay 5: Hpa An – Kyaikto (B,-,-)Breakfast and your own transfer to the bus station for the bus leaving at the 07:00 A/C bus to Kyaikto where you will arrive around 10:00. Upon arrival, take a tuk-tuk to bring you in about 30 minutes to the Golden Sunrise hotel. We suggest you drop your luggage and walk to the basecamp to take a shared truck up to the second basecamp from where a walk in about 1 hours to the Golden Rock itself. Spend the afternoon on the platform and then take a truck back to basecamp and walk in 10 minutes to your hotel. O/N at Golden Sunrise Hotel Day 6: Kyaikto – Yangon (B,-,-)Morning at leisure. You have to arrange the transportation to the Kyaikto bus station on your own (about 30 minutes) and take the bus to Yangon leaving at 13:00 from Kyaikto bus station. Expected arrival in Mingalardon Bus station around 18:00.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation at 2 to 3 stars Hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking guide on day 2 in Mawlamyine
  • Private boat trip Mawlamyine to Hpa An
  • Kayak trip in Hpa An
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

What's not included

  • Air tickets domestic and international
  • Some tuk-tuk or motorbike transfers (as mentioned in program “on your own
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Any peak season surcharge (normally New Year period)
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization

Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Yangon – Mawlamyine by train (-) You will be transferred to the train station for the train leaving at 07:00. Travelling by train through Mon State towards Mawlamyine and the ancient city Thaton which is famous for its durian and betel nut (as is the whole of Mon state). Just before reaching Mawlamyine the train will cross a long bridge over the Thanlwin River. Expected arrival is 17:30. On arrival, a tuk-tuk will bring you to the hotel. O/N at Cinderella Hotel

Day 2: Day 2: Mawlamyine – half day excursion with guide & tuk-tuk (B,L,-) After breakfast, visit the Seindon Mibaya Monastery. 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 lived and visit the first Baptist church and the Mon Museum. Then go to a local house where a home cooked lunch of Mon specialities. Afternoon at leisure. O/N at Cinderella Hotel 

Day 3: Day 3: Mawlamyine – cruise over Thanlwin River to Hpa An (B,L,-) At 07:30 a tuk-tuk will take you to the jetty to take a private cruise over the Thanlwin (Salween) River. Stop at U Na Auk village and continue the boat trip over the Thanlwin River with spectacular sights. A simple lunch is served on board. Arrive around 14:00 in Hpa An – you have to arrange a local motor taxi or tuk-tuk on your own to the hotel. O/N at Hotel Gabbana

Day 4: Day 4: Hpa An – kayaking (B,L,-) 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 for a leisurely walk of about an hour.  A home cooked lunch is being served at a beautiful traditional local house. Then continue by local transport to explore the famous Saddan cave. A motorbike taxi or car will bring you back to the hotel. O/N at Hotel Gabbana

Day 5: Day 5: Hpa An – Kyaikto (B,-,-) Breakfast and your own transfer to the bus station for the bus leaving at the 07:00 A/C bus to Kyaikto where you will arrive around 10:00. Upon arrival, take a tuk-tuk to bring you in about 30 minutes to the Golden Sunrise hotel. We suggest you drop your luggage and walk to the basecamp to take a shared truck up to the second basecamp from where a walk in about 1 hours to the Golden Rock itself. Spend the afternoon on the platform and then take a truck back to basecamp and walk in 10 minutes to your hotel. O/N at Golden Sunrise Hotel 

Day 6: Day 6: Kyaikto – Yangon (B,-,-) Morning at leisure. You have to arrange the transportation to the Kyaikto bus station on your own (about 30 minutes) and take the bus to Yangon leaving at 13:00 from Kyaikto bus station. Expected arrival in Mingalardon Bus station around 18:00.