Southern Myanmar tour, 7 days

“A tailor made week to explore the lesser visited southern states of Myanmar, discovering gorgeous pagodas, reclining Buddhas and local culture.”

Highlights

Yangon | Hpa An | limestone caves | Mawlamyine | Kyaikthanlan Pagoda | Kyaik Hti Yoe and Golden Rock | Bago | Kya Khat Wai Monastery

Description of Southern Myanmar tour, 7 days

This Southern Myanmar leads you through this lesser visited part of the country, exploring for 7 days. Itís an ideal tour for anyone with a love of adventure, eager to escape the busy cities and learn about the local life and country culture of the ethnic people of Kayin and Mon state. Meet local people, eat in local restaurants and get to know and understand this beautiful part of Myanmar.

Begin in Yangon, a wonderful city with a great atmosphere which offers a host of different experiences to curious travellers. Some highlights to consider is riding the famous circular train and exploring the local market, as well as touring the impressive temples at Shwe Dagon Pagoda.

Next, explore Hpa An, the capital of Kayin state, which is full of natural limestone caves with Buddhist stupas, including Bayintnyi Cave and Kawgoon Cave, which has thousands of Buddha images of various sizes and shapes in old styles, carved out of stone. Sadan Cave is the longest, and a boat trip to explore it is a canít-miss highlight on any journey to Kayin State. Donít miss beautiful Thanlwin River, either, known for its sparkling blue-green coloured water.

Mawlamyine, the capital and largest city of Mon state, is the next destination. It still has colonial buildings from when the British Raj ruled here, although many are in a poor state. Nevertheless, the town remains a pleasant place with tree-lined streets overlooking the Thanlwin River. You can also learn about Buddhism and Mon pagodas by visiting Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, where you will find Win Sein Tawya, the largest reclining Buddha in the world.

Another exciting destination is the marvellous Kyaik Hti Yoe, home to the Golden Rock. The rock is famous for its precarious, and very delicate, balancing on the edge of another stone. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar. Riding up the mountain in a converted truck is an exhilarating experience, but it can be a rough ride and possibly crowded with pilgrims and tourists, so not everyone will want to make this journey.

As the last part of this Southern Myanmar tour, we will visit Bago on the way back to Yangon. At Bago, we will visit Kya Khat Wai Monastery which is one of the three largest monasteries in the country. Itís an excellent example of the Buddhist monastic life of Myanmar. From here, learn more about the dynastic culture at Kanbawzathardi Palace.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Southern Myanmar tour, 7 days

Environment

Preserve cultural heritage site:

In this tour, we let our guests visit famous cultural heritage sites such as Shwedagon Pagoda, Kawgoon Cave and other caves and other places and our entrance fees will provide to maintain these vital monuments. Myanmar is one of the religious countries and so in order not to have the conflict with local people; our guide will share tips when visiting those critical religious and cultural sites. Example, we advice what we ware when our guests visit those sites and monuments. We provide the towel to clean guestís feets after visited the sites since guests have to take-off their shoes when we visit those sites.

Water saving and Say no "plastic."

On arrival of guests, we give recycle bags that they can use when they go shopping and can say "no" plastic. Moreover, we are planning to provide the aluminum bottle to bring water during tour since we should reduce the plastic bottle of water during the trip before. Our guest may bring water from the hotel and so that we can reduce usage of the plastic container on tour. We are planning to start this end of April 2018.

We try to use local transports such boat in our itinerary to reduce energy use and preserve the environment as well. We try to use the suppliers such as hotel, and guides have knowledge about sustainable travel and who are trying to practice those. We send our sustainable policies to our suppliers and encourage them to participate with us together.

Community

Communities

We know where to find all things local, and we support and recommend our neighbors, spreading the tourism income to those most in need. We use local tour guides for each destination instead hiring only guides from main cities like Yangon, Mandalay to spread tourism contributions to local people.

In Ogre Island area, we are encouraging villagers to use the recycle bags, and our guides share the sustainable knowledge of the plastic-free zone. We provide the fund to print out the vinyl and education message and spread around the area and we, our team, sometimes participate and garbage collecting activities on the Mt. Zwekabin, Hpa An and also Mawlamyine. We employ only local people for our operations by giving the fair price for their work, and we do respect human rights for each and everyone who are working with the company. We provide necessary training according to the need at our office and even to local guides and communities. Our guides are local, and so they know their places well and as our policies for local economy support, our guides always bring guests to only locally own art and crafts shops to sustain jobs and cultural diversity. We do work to create the relationship between our guests and local communities, so our guides explain to our guests about local culture, traditions in advance in order not to have the conflict with local and serve as translators to talk with locals. Our guides will teach some useful local language to greet to locals so that they can get a good start with the locals and locals love it.

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