Day 1: Yangon – Golden Rock
The car will set off at 7am for a four hour drive through Myanmar’s “rice paddy” to Kyaiktiyio, the starting point of your 6 hour trek to the 1200m high summit of the Golden Rock. The route will take you through the jungle and through a bamboo forest. As an alternative to the trek, you can opt to be taken to a pilgrim’s camp by truck. With the help of four sedan chair carriers you will reach the summit in around 1 hour. The Golden Rock appears as if it is floating above the precipice, and according to legend, it maintains its balance only through a hair belonging to Buddha. It is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites for Buddhists worldwide. The Golden Rock is at its most impressive in the evening atmosphere.
Day 2: Golden Rock – Mawlamyine
On the next day the route will take you back to the valley of Kyaiktiyio. The 115km long car journey to Mawlamyine takes around 6-8 hours. You will stop over in the former royal town of the Mon State,
Thaton. A further stop-over can be made to visit the caves of Bayintnyi near Hpa-an. From Hpa-an, the present-day capital of Kayin State, you will continue your journey by boat, going through a landscape of sandstone formations and arriving in Mawlamyine after about 5 hours.
Day 3: Mawlamyine
This day is dedicated to sightseeing in Mawlamyine and the surrounding area. You will view Zegyi Market, Mudon Village, Kyaukdalone Pagoda, the Mon National Museum, the three Mahamuni Pagodas, Kyaikthanlan and Seidon-Mibaya-Kyaung.
Day 4: Mawlamyine
The day will begin with a boat trip to Shampoo Island next to the town; then you will be taken to visit the weaving workshops of Mudon by car. In the afternoon the car will take you along the beach, past a big monastery, to the beach of Setse. Return to your hotel in Molumyaine later.
Day 5: Mawlamyine – Yangon
After crossing the Mottamma canal in the morning, your car will carry on to Yangon.
Included: all car and boat journeys; English-speaking guides on location; hotel accommodation with breakfast (2 star)
Not included: entry fares; lunch and dinner
Price: on request