The Journey to the South Tour Detail

Tour Name : Trip to Hpa-an and Moulmein
Program : 3 Nights/4 Days
Destinations : Yangon – Hpa-an – Moulmein
Tamarind Code : 10

Day 1: Yangon – Thahton – Hpa-an

We will start our day by 8 AM to take a country side driving to Karen State. We will pass Thahton; the former capital of Mon Kingdon. The name of Thahton was Suvanabhumi where was seaport trading with Srilankanka. Thahton was an original of Theravada Buddhism which carried to Bagan in AD 1057.

  • It takes about 3 hours from Yangon to Thahton and we can enjoy beautiful landscape on the way.
    It is lovely to take a nice stop at local teashop for refreshing. After passing Thahton, we will be closer to Hpa-an where is the capital of Karen State. Hpa-an area is rich of limestone caves.

Bayinyi Cave

  • Before arriving to Pha-an, we will visit Bayinnyi Cave. The cave is made of limestone, 0.126 mile length. We can observe difference size of 28 images of Buddha in the dark cave. These Buddha images were enshrined by 2 brothers of Mon Kings 200 years ago.

The entrance of Bayinnyi cave

Bayinnyi cave

Bayinnyi cave way

Bayinnyi cave interior

Pilgrams relax at Bayinnyi cave

Kawgun Cave

  • Next agenda, we will explore to Kawgun Cave which is 8 miles west of Pha-an. The art of Kawgun Cave belongs to Buddhism, A large number of tablets, dedication to the Buddha before the time of Gautama Buddha. Interior walls, ceiling are decorated with terracotta tablets, some of Buddha images are recorded with ancient Mon language. Archeological and historical researchers say that the records are similar to South India characters on 6th Century and there is 3 lines of sentence which is translated by no one still.

to Kawgun cave

Pilgrams around Kawgun cave

Kawgun cave interior entrance

Kawgun cave interior2

Kawgun cave - sacred Buddha images

Karen ethnic clothing shops near Kawgun cave

shops near Kawgun cave

Old Pavilion near Kawgun cave for pilgrams

  • We will check in at hotel and enjoy the ambiance of the hotel.
    Hpa-an lodge roomgarden at Hpa an lodgeHpa-an-lodge-room2 Leisure at Hpa an lodge Hpa-an lodge room 3Hpa-an lodge room 4
  • From our hotel, we may enjoy the stunning view of Mt. Zwekabin which is 2372 feet high at the highest part.
    Overnight in Hpa-an.

Day 2: Hpa an – Moulmein (Mawlamyine)

In the morning, we will visit to Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda by the bank of Salween River.

Aung Chan Thar Buddha Image at Shwe Yin Mhyaw pagoda

Pilgrams enjoy sunrise at Shwe Yin Mhyaw Pagoda

  • Next visit the Sa Dan Cave with 2,260 feet length, many stalactites and a natural lake at the end of the cave.

The gate way to Sadan Cave

The entrance of Sadan Cave

A shrine at the entrace way of Sadan Cave

Sadan Cave - the height at entrance

Sadan Cave - interior 1

Reclining Buddha Image - olden image at Sadan Cave

Pilgrams leisure inside Sadan Cave

Sadan Cave - interior 2

Sadan Cave - interior 3

The exit of Sadan cave after 30 min walk through to the end

Natural Lake at the end of the Sadan Cave


Pleasant Boat Ride

Admiring sun & scene

Children helping to parents' job - village nearby the cave

  • After lunch, we will take a 3 hours scenic drive to Mawlamyine which is the capital of Mon State, the 3rd largest city in Myanmar after Yangon and Mandalay. It was also the first capital of British Burma in the early 19th century and administrative center between 1827 and 1852, known as Moulmein. It is mentioned in the famous writings of Rudyard Kipling (Letters from the east) and George Orwell. Present day, it has a population of about 240,000 and being transformed to a modern city. The city is about 28 miles from the sea and three rives meet near Mawlamyine: Than Lwin (Salween), Attran and Gyine.
    Moulmein was the first capital of British Burma between 1856 and 1852.
  • Visit to British style mansions in town.

Old mension of British houses remain - 1Old mension of British house remain - 2

Old mension of British house remain - 3

Old mension of British house remain - 4

Former Mawtillane Judson - present day state high school 6

Former Mawtillane Judson - present day state high school 6 - 2

Catholic Church in Moulmein

At the entrance of Catholic Church

Cathedral Church in Moulmein - interior

Check in at hotel.

The Strand Road of Moulmein

your room offers you enjoy river view

Your hotel room in Moulmein

Your bed room at your hotel by river side

Salween River View from your room at sunset

Day 3: Mawlamyine – Kyaik Khame Yele Pagoda – Thanphyuzayat – Mawlamyine

This morning, we will take an hour peasant drive to Kyaik Khame and visit Yele Pagoda.
Buddha Shrine of Kyaik Khame Yele PagodaFamous Buddha Shrine at Kyaik Khame Yele Pagoda

Yele Pagoda surrounded water

Kyaik Khame Yele Pagoda

Pilgrams feeding to fishes

Pleasant walk along corridor

Pilgrams at Yele Pagoda

Local product shops near yele pagoda

  • Next agenda, we will visit to Thanphyuzayat.

The History of Thanphyuzayat

The Feature of the Pavilion for travellers-1

The Feature of the Pavilion for travellers

  •   After a few minutes drive from Thanphyuzayat town, we can observe The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway. It was 258 miles railway between Ban Pon in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Burma, built in 1943 by Empire of Japan to support its forces in the Burma Campaign of The World War II.

The death railway

The image Japanese soldier at railway

  • History says a railway route between Burma and Thailand, crossing Three Pagodas Pass and following the vaey of the Kwhee Noi Viver in Thailand has been surveyed by the British government of Burma in 1885. But the route through hilly jungle divided by many rivers and it was under consideration. In early 1942, Japanese forces invaded Burma and forced labour were used in this construction. More than 180,000 possibly many more Southeast Asian civilian labour and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) worked on the railway. Many workers were dead as they had almost no medication, couldn’t get food, no tools to work with except for basic things like hammers and they worked in extremely difficult conditions in the jungle with its heat and humidity.
  • The projected completion date was December 1943, the railway was completed ahead of schedule on 17 October 1943.

The Dead Railway

  • The construction of the railway has been the subject of a novel and an award-winning film “The Bridge over the River Kwai.

The Death Railway Museum

The dead railway museum

Observation to The Dead Railway Museum

Monument of the world peace

Expression about dead railway

The memorial of workers at dead railway

  • Next, we will observe The Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery.

Thanbyuzara War Cemetery

Cemetery register

The expression of the Cross

Thanbyuzarat War Cemetery interior

  • We will drive back and enjoy lunch at the restaurant which offers Mon style cusine. On the way back to Mawlamyine, you may like to experience toddy juice and young toddy fruits at vendors.

Nice stop for lunch

Seafood restaurant cooked in Mon Style

Young palm fruit

  • En route, we will visit to Win Sein Tawya Monastery and the Giant reclining Buddha Image in Myanmar. It is situated about 20 km south of Mawlamyine on the main road to Mudon, 180 meters in length and 30 meters high.

Win Sein Tawya - The giant Recling Buddha Image

  • When you are back in the afternoon, Mawlamyine has to offer you more memorable places.

Kyaik Than-lan Pagoda

  • Kyaik Tha-lan Padoda was erected in AD 875 by the reign of King Mutpi Raja. A hair relic of the Buddha, the manuscript of Buddha’s doctrine and gold image of the Buddha were enshrined in this pagoda. Successive kings raised the pagoda higher from 56 feet to the present 150 feet and 34 small pagodas surrounding the pagoda. The pagoda was repaired by King Anawrahta, the founder of Bagan Dynasty and later enlarged by Mon kings.

The entrance to Kyaik Thanlan Pagoda

The terrace heading to Kyaik Thanlan Pagoda

Monastery near Kyaik Thanlan Pagoda

The shrines around Kyaik Thanlan Pagoda

Pilgrams sitting area from distance to observe Kyaik Thanlan Pagoda

  • Spending time at Kyaik Than-lan at sunset time offers you a pleasant memory of your visit in Moulmein. The poet Rudyard Kipline wrote his poem ‘Road to Mandalay” which opens with a few lines of “By the old Moulmein Pagoda, Lookin’ lazy at the sea.

Moulmein is famous for its tropical fruits such as Durian, Mangos teen, Pomelo. The cuisine of Moulmein is well-known in the popular Burmese Expression.

Mandalay for the speaking
Yangon for the bragging
Mawlamyine for the eating

You may like to explore the evening for dinning out at local restaurant which offers you Mon Style River Prawn Curry or Spicy Chiken curry with hospitality to make you feel visiting back to Mawlamyine.

Dinning out

Famous Mon Cooking at local restaurant

Have a nice evening Moulmein

Overnight in Moulmein.

Day 4: Mawlamyine – Thahton -Yangon

We will take a leisure morning and drive back to Yangon. En route, we will explore in Thahton.

Driving back

Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda in Thahton

Thahton town center

Thahton magnificent view with mountain

Thahton downtown buildings

Thahton downtown

Thahton market

Lunch in Thahton.

Lunch in Thahton - delicious cuisine

We will pass the town of Kyaik Kaw. Pomelos which produce in Kyaik Kaw is country wide well-known for its reputation of fleshy juicy.

Fruit shops in Kyaik Kaw

We will pass through Belin, Kyaik Hto and the final stop for your refreshment in  Kyauk Hto.

Nice stop for comfortable and refreshing

After we drive the town of Motepalin, Wall, Payagyi, we are back to Yangon in the early evening. It was a really satisfying exciting journey.

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