You will be picked up at your hotel in Yangon to drive to Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock). During your scenic drive to Kyaiktiyo you will gain insight into the life of people living on the countryside. On the way you will stop in Bago, housing lots of historical sites worth visiting such as the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, only one spire taller than the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Head to Kanbawzathadi Palace, where visitors get a lot of information about the rich history of the Mon-State. See one of the most beautiful reclining Buddha statues in Myanmar - the 55 metre long Shwe Tha Lyaung Buddha and the Kyaik Pun Pagoda, known for its four towering images of Buddha. You will arrive in Kyaikhtiyo in the early evening.
After breakfast, transfer to Kinpun base camp. At the base camp you will join an adventurous ride in a public open truck, as this is the only way to reach the Golden Rock. Arriving on the top of the hill, you will have plenty of time to not only admire the great view of the mountain landspace before sunrise, but especially the legendary Golden Rock, which your guide will provide interesting information about. After sightseeing at the Golden Rock, transfer to Hpa-An.
The picturesque town of Hpa-An, capital city of Kayin state, captivates due to its fascinating landscape and verdurous rice fields. The sightseeing in Hpa-An includes visits to caves and the Kyauk Kalat Pagoda afterwards, a pagoda located on a steeply protruding pinnacle set on a tiny island. The Lumbini Garden houses more than 1.000 Buddha statues arranged symmetrically on a huge field. Right behind the buddha park rises Mount Zwekabin. To enjoy the beauitful sunset by the eastern bank of Than Lwin River, you will visit the Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda in the late afternoon.
In the morning time the journey continues to Mawlamyine by boat. A must-see place around Mawlamyine is the world's largest reclining Buddha Win Sein Taw Ya. Other sights to be found in the area include the cave of Kha-Yon, which used to be a Buddhist temple, and the Kyaik Thanlan-Pagoda, the place where Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem 'Road to Mandalay', offering fantastic panoramic views around Mawlamyine and the Salween River.
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Yangon, arriving there in the late afternoon.
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