FEP-ES Southern Burma Extension Trip

Day 1 YANGON-KYAIKHTIYOE

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, morning drive to the Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda aka Golden Rock, which is worldwide known for its precarious balancing position on the edge of the base cliff protruding from the main ground. From Yangon, it takes about 4 hours by car to reach the Kinpun Base Camp of the Golden Rock, from there to Golden Rock by a passenger truck with other passengers, it is about 45-minutes, if the traffic is clear, check-in at the hotel and it is just 10 minutes’ walk away to the pagoda. It's a country drive from Yangon to the Golden Rock and on the sides of motor road, are the broad fields of mainly rice plantations and the scenery is idyllic and make a photo stop at Shwehmawdaw Pagoda, visit the partially reconstructed Kambawzathadi Palace on the way. Lunch will be on the way and dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 KYAIKHTIYOE-THAHTON-MAWLAMYAING (B)

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Breakfast & check-out at the hotel, a few-minute-walk to the passenger truck station to drive down to the Kinpun base camp, then cir 3 & ½ drive to Mawlawmyaing, the beautiful city located on the shore of the Thanlwin River. On the way, if we see something interesting, make photo stops, time for lunch in Mawlawmyaing, where we visit the range of the hills offering the breathtaking view, overlooking the Thanlwin River, also dotted with such religious monuments as Mahamuni Phaya, KyaikthanlanPagoda, Queen Seindon's Monastery with nice rare teak wood screen of wood carvings, U Khandi Pagoda & U Zina Pagoda (sunset can be enjoyed there).Then time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mawlamyaing. B=Breakfast

DAY 3 MAWLAMYAING-HPA AN (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, visit the lively Mawlamyaing market to observe the everyday people and then leave for Hpa-an which takes 1 hour & 15 minute drive, on the way, visit a nice Kado Villlage to see the way of life of the villagers with an ancient teak-wood monastery with beautiful woodcarvings, proceed to Saddan Cave,  photo stop at Lumbini Gardens at the foot of Mt.Zwekapin, the landmark of the Kayin State, visit Kyauk-ka-lap Pagoda, which is beautifully located in the middle of the lake, time for late lunch in Hpa An, where we visit Kawgun Cave, dated back to 7th century AD, the pagoda on the river shore to enjoy the nice scenery, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Hpa-an. B=Breakfast

Day 4 HPA AN SIGHTSEEING-BAGO -YANGON (B)

After breakfast, check-out the hotel, visit Hpa An market, then leave for Bago, it's about 180-km, 4-hr drive (Hpa An-Thahton-Kyaikhto-Waw-Bago), and on the way to Bago, stop at Bayingyigu cave which is in between Hpa-An and Thahton well-known for its beautiful scenic spot . Lunch will be on the way and, visit 4 seated Buddha Images in Bago, the Htaukkyan War Cemetery maintained by the British Commonwealth, Golden Banyan Tree, the home of the Guardian Spirit or Nat for automobiles and then to Yangon, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon. B=Breakfast