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Tracing The Footsteps of A Poet


Tour: Tracing The Footsteps of A Poet

Destinations: Yangon, Bago, Kyaithiyo (Golden Rock) and Mawlamyine

Duration: 6 Day 5 Night

Day 01: Arrival at Yangon  (-/-/-)

Meet with our English guide at the airport before transferring to the hotel. After check-in, the tour will start with the visit to the famed SHWEDAGON PAGODA. This coleuses 90 meter tall stupa is the symbol of Buddhism in the country. The iconic pagoda is covered with 60 tons of gold and a single 75 carat diamond graces its tip. Stop for photo at nearby KARAWEIK HALL on the KANDAWGYI LAKEbefore visiting MARTYRS' MAUSOLEUM to honor the death of BogyokeAung San, the founder of Myanmar Independence, and six cabinet members. Next, visit the CHAUK HTAT GYI PAGODA which houses an impressive 65 meters long and 16 meters high Reclining Buddha image with 108 scared Buddhist symbol adorn each feet. Continue with the tour and visit the BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MUSEUM, the former resident of the late General Aung San, the founder of Myanmar Independence. After lunch, visit HTWE OO MYANMAR PUPPET SHOW. Enjoy the explanation about this art and entertained by the master puppeteers for an hour long show. In the evening, take a stroll in the downtown area and take picture of HISTORICAL BUILDINGS from the colonial ear once serve as the government and commercial institutions. Later visit the KHENG HOCK KEONG CHINESE TEMPLE, the oldest Taoist and Buddhist temple in Myanmar dedicated to the Sea goddess Mazu. As the sun goes down explore CHINATOWN. Enjoy mingling with locals, socked in the vibrant atmosphere, bargain with the shopkeepers for souvenirs and sample the exotic local dishes. Afterward return to the hotel for overnight stay at Yangon.

Day 02: Yangon – Bago – Kyaithiyo (Golden Rock) Pagoda (B/-/-)

After an early breakfast at the hotel, depart for KYAIKHTIYO PAGODA (GOLDEN ROCK). Make a stop at the HTAUKKYANT WAR CEMETERY, largest of the three cemeteries in Myanmar and the final resting place for over 6,000 commonwealth soldiers fought in the Burmese campaign during the Second World War. After arriving at the top, transfer to hotel for check-in. Taking a leisure stroll around the pagoda and enjoy the beautiful sunset. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Kyaikhtiyo. Another stop at BAGO, the former capital of Thaton Kingdom of Mon people, to visit the KANBAWZATHADIPALACE built by King Bayintnaung, the founder of the second Myanmar Empire. Continue visit to SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA the tallest pagoda in Myanmar and believed to be enshrined two strands of Buddha hair. The pagoda also has a bell from King Dhammazedi, a crown from King Bayinnaung, and a spire umbrella from King Bodawpaya. Next, visit to SHWETHARLYAUNGPAGODA believed to be built by the Mon King Mingakardeipka in 1994. The impressive 55 m (180 ft) long and 16 m (52 ft) high Buddha image is the second largest in the world. After the stop, resume the journey to Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock). Upon arrival, at the Kinpun townat the foot of the Kyaikhtiyo Mountain, transportation will be switched from buses to large pick-up trucks for forty five minutes drive to the bus terminal near the top of the mountain from which it will only be about fifteen minutes walk to the Golden Rock. Spend the night at the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda.

Day 03: Kyaithiyo – Mawlamyine (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out before returning to the Kinpun town. Depart for MAWLAMYINE and once arrived, check-in at the hotel before visitingKYAIKTHANLAN PAGODA built in 875 A.D. This is the place said to be where Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poem “Road to Mandalay”.  Afterwards, take a short boat trip to GAUNG KYUN (SHAMPOO ISLAND) where the annual royal hair washing ceremony took place during the Ava period. The spring that was used in the ceremony is regarded is scared since it never dried up regardless of the seasons. Further explore the island by visiting the SANDAWSHIN PAGODA and the monastery nearby. Stop by at the BILU KYUN (OGRE ISLAND), home to the expert craftsman who can transform raw goods to daily necessities including pens, rubber ban and smoking pipes. Afterwards, return to Mawlamyine for overnight stay.

Note: Some of the workshops on the Bilu Island might be close since the craftsmen work schedule varies depending on the demands.

Day 04: Mawlamyine - KyaikkamiYele Pagoda  - Setse Beach - Mawlamyine  (B/-/-)

After breakfast, travel to KYAIKKAMI YELE PAGODA, a popular pilgrim destination for the locals.  Stopping en route at the WIN SEIN TAW YA monastery where the world largest reclining Buddha images (180 m in length and 30 m in height) can be seen from miles. Another destination near the KYAIKKAMI YELE PAGODA would be the GRAVE OF ANNE JUDSON the wife of Reverend Andoniram Judson, an American missionary and linguist who developed the first Burmese-English dictionary in 1849 and the first person to translate the Bible into Burmese. Afterwards, pay a visit to THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY where over 3, 000 allied war prisoners who were force to work on the infamous death-railway are buried. Continue traveling to the SETSE BEACH. Enjoy the wide brown sand beach lined by waving casuarinas trees, and fresh coconut juice. After the rest and relaxation, return to Mawlamyine for overnight stay.

Day 05: Mawlamyine – Yangon (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out before departing for Yangon. Once arrived check-in at the hotel. Take a well earned rest and leisure time. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 06: Departure from Yangon (B/-/-)

After having breakfast at the hotel, check out from the hotel before visiting the KYAUKTAWGYI PAGODA which house one of the biggest Buddha images in Myanmar. Craved from a single marble stone, this image is 37 ft (11M) high and weighs more than 600 tons. The classic name of this image is LAWKACHANTHA ABAYA LABAMUNI (WORLD PEACE AND PROSPERITY). Should time permits; visit the ROYAL ELEPHANT CAMP at Mindama Hill before travel to the airport for the departure flight.

***The program for the last day can be change depending on the international flight time***

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