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Hidden Treasures of South Myanmar


With this tailor-made itinerary, go off the beaten track on a fabulous treasure hunt in southern Myanmar (Burma). Discover the forgotten cities of Mawlamyine and Hpa An, explore Ogre Island and the Golden Rock, venture into colonial Yangon and relax on the beaches of  Ngwe Saung.

This exploration of southern Myanmar offers many surprises, including encounters with local tribes, cultural discoveries and seaside pleasures. Enjoy the combination of adventure and relaxation in an idyllic tropical setting.

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Explore the south of Myanmar with this off-the-beaten-track adventure. A complete experience that combines culture, discovery and relaxation: from vibrant markets in Yangon and the colonial charm of Mawlamyine, to the sacred caves of Hpa An and the Golden Rock, this trip has the best of all the worlds. Finish your holiday in Myanmar with some rest and relaxation on the white sand beaches. Perfect for families or groups of friends travelling together!


Your tailor-made trip - Myanmar

Arrival in Yangon
Day 1
Arrival in Yangon

Welcome to Yangon! Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Your journey through Myanmar begins with an afternoon tour through the historic quarters of Yangon. Finish the day with a visit to one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments, the golden Shwedagon Pagoda. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

City tour & Dala Village visit

Start your morning with an excursion around the colonial-style city centre via the circular circuit of Yangon. In the afternoon, hop on a ferry to visit Dala village, located on the southern banks of Yangon River. Here, you can get your first glimpse into Burmese village life and see traditional fish markets, bamboo houses and tea shops. Back to Yangon and overnight at the hotel.

Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock
Day 3
Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock

5h drive - 215 km

In the morning, depart by car to Bago, a sacred city which houses a large number of pagodas and Buddha statues. In the afternoon, you will go to the foot of the Golden Rock, a fabulous rock nugget perched precariously on the edge of a cliff and venerated by Buddhists. On the top of the boulder is a small shrine believed to contain relics of the Buddha's hair - the source of the rock's gravity-defying magic! Overnight at hotel.

Golden Rock - Mawlamyine
Day 4
Golden Rock - Mawlamyine

4h drive - 136 km

At dawn, you will attend a traditional religious ceremony at the Golden Rock before taking the road to Mawlamyine (Moulmein), the first capital of the former British-held Burma. Explore the city and admire its colonial charm before visiting the magnificent monuments of the Naga-with Hill. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5

Ogre Island and Mon culture

In the morning, visit the market of Mawlamyine and observe the daily scene of vendors selling local produce before taking the ferry to Ogre Island, also known as Bilu Island. Ogre Island is roughly the size of Singapore and is home to more than 200,000 people who take part in the production of various household items and handicrafts. Here, you can learn more about the well-preserved and distinctive Mon culture. Head back to visit the highest structure in Mawlamyine: Kayikthanlan Pagoda at sunset. Overnight at the hotel.

Mawlamyine - Hpa An
Day 6
Mawlamyine - Hpa An

3 hours navigation by boat

In the morning, go for a scenic boat cruise along the Thanlwin River to Hpa An, the capital of Kayin (Karen) State. A picturesque town with a backpacker feel, Hpa An is surrounded by limestone caves and lush mountains. In the afternoon, discover the caves of Kaw Gun and the impressive Kyauk Kalap Pagoda, balanced on the peak of a limestone rock in the middle of an artificial lake. Overnight at the hotel.

Hpa An
Day 7
Hpa An

Hidden treasures

After a morning tour of Hpa An Market, discover the huge Saddar Cave which conceals hidden treasures and hundreds of Buddha statues. In the afternoon, visit the Karen village of Lakkhana and discover their traditional way of life. You will follow the path of a hundred Buddhas and walk along a giant natural pool. Return to Hpa An and overnight at the hotel.

Hpa An - Yangon
Day 8
Hpa An - Yangon

7h drive - 286 km

After breakfast, take the road to Yangon through plantations and traditional villages. Enjoy the beauty of the Burmese countryside as you sit back and relax. After check-in at the hotel, the evening is free for you to stroll around and explore at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Yangon - Ngwe Saung
Day 9
Yangon - Ngwe Saung

5h drive - 242 km

In the morning, depart by private vehicle to Ngwe Saung through tea plantations, rice fields and villages. Along the way, visit Pathein, a port city with beautiful buildings and crafts - including the famous Pathein paper umbrellas - a great souvenir to bring home! Continue to the hotel and spend your afternoon relaxing at the beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Ngwe Saung
Day 10 & 11
Ngwe Saung

Rest and relaxation

Opportunities for relaxation and water activities are numerous on the wild beaches and translucent waters of Ngwe Saung. Indulge in scuba diving and discover the Burmese underwater world, escape with a bike to the surrounding countryside, or simply enjoy an afternoon lazing by the sea. Overnight at the hotel.

Ngwe Saung - Yangon
Day 12
Ngwe Saung - Yangon

5h drive - 242 km

In the morning, your driver will pick you up at the hotel to drive to Yangon where you will enjoy free time to explore or do some shopping in the famous Bogyoke (Scott's) Market, known for precious stones. If you still haven't had your fill of temples, why not visit the Sule Paya Stupa, more than 2,000 years old, and the focal point of numerous historical events in the city? Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13

Departure from Yangon Airport

Your time in Myanmar has come to an end. Depending on the schedule of your international flight, your driver will pick you up and bring you to the airport to catch your flight home. End of our services.

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Price includes

  • 24/7 assistance from your Shanti Travel Expert.
  • Welcome by your Travel Expert or our representative upon your arrival in Yangon.
  • A local SIM card to allow you to communicate with your driver and Travel Expert during your tour.
  • Government taxes and service taxes.
  • Transfers and land transport by private vehicle with driver. The driver is available from 8am daily and at the latest until nightfall. During the activity days, only transfers are included, unless stated otherwise. The vehicles are equipped with air conditioning, radio, safety belts, and fire extinguishers. The price includes petrol, road taxes, car parking, insurance of the vehicle and driver, and accommodation and meals of the latter.
  • Domestic flights (prices subject to change depending on seat availability. Domestic flight schedules may be delayed or changed without notice). Note that domestic flights do not always include the same baggage allowance as your international flights. Any extra baggage fees will be at your expense, to be paid by you during the check-in.
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program in a double room.
  • Breakfasts.
  • Activities marked "included" as described in the program, most of the time accompanied by a local English-speaking guide.
  • Not including any other item not mentioned in the quotation.

Price does not include

  • Visa fees and bank charges for payments made by credit card and/or bank transfers.
  • International airport taxes.
  • International flights. 
  • Tips. They are part of the culture of the country (the locals themselves are used to giving it).
  • The main meals (budget € 2 to € 3 for a local meal in a local restaurant, and from € 8 to € 20 in an international restaurant per meal/person). Except for the meals mentioned in the program.
  • Drinks and personal expenses.
  • Entrance fees, excursions and optional activities.
  • Repatriation assistance.
  • Anything that is not listed in the "Price includes" section.


  • Starting from £1309 per person based on 2 travellers
  • Quotation is subject to change according to availability, exchange rates and government tax rise. All the rates mentioned are based on current best available rate and can be modified at the moment of the booking.

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