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First Steps South

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9 Day



Your journey commences amongst the lush paddy of Dala, over on the southern banks of the Yangon river. Here you will visit Mye Paya, a pagoda situated in the middle of a large pond and inhabited by placid Burmese pythons, before driving on to the pottery workshops of Twante.

Leaving Yangon you will be taken to Bago, former capital of the Mon Empire of Hanthawaddy and home to the Shwemawdaw or ‘Golden God’ Pagoda, the tallest in the country.

Your first steps south are towards Kyaikthiyo, or Golden Rock, followed by Hpa-An in Karen State, a flat, verdant landscape broken by great clefts of mountain sparkling with stupas. Along the Thanlwin River you will travel to Mawlamyine, the first capital of British Burma and once dubbed ‘Little London’. It was here on the steps of ‘the old Moulmein Pagoda’ that Rudyard Kipling was inspired to write his poem Road to Mandalay.

From Mawlamyine you will make a day trip to the Western Terminus of the Burma Death Railway and the Thanbyuzayat Cemetery which commemorates those who died constructing it.

Photo: Christopher Marsham

At a glance . . .


DAY ONE

Yangon

From Kandawgyi Park watch sunset fall over Shwedagon Pagoda before visiting the ‘shimmering wonder’ itself.

DAY TWO

Yangon

Take the Yangon Circle Train and jump off at Insein for lunch. Pass by the similarly-named, infamous, British-built jail.

DAY THREE

Yangon - Bago - Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)

Visit the Htaukkyan Commonwealth war memorial on your way to the ancient Mon capital of Bago. Drive on to reach the Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock for sunset.

DAY FOUR

Kyaikhtiyo - Hpa-An

Travel to Hpa-An, capital of Kayin State. Here you can explore mammoth limestone caves and at sunset the energetic can climb to the monastery atop Mt Zwekabin for striking views over the fissured Kayin landscape.

Photo: Marie Starr

 

DAY FIVE

Hpa-An - Mawlamyine

From the capital of the Kayin to the capital of the Mon; you will be taken by boat down the Thanlwin River to the first capital of British Burma, formerly nicknamed ‘Little London’.

DAY SIX

Mawlamyine

Visit the Western Terminus of the Burma Death Railway and the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, where many of those who died constructing the railway now rest. In the evening you will be taken to the ‘old Moulmein Pagoda’ from Kipling’s Road to Mandalay.

DAY SEVEN

Mawlamyine - Bilu Kyun - Mawlamyine

Visit Bilu Kyun or ‘Ogre Island’ to see the variety of cottage industries that are in operation there. Return to Mawlamyine for a colonial walking tour of the town.

DAY EIGHT

Mawlamyine - Yangon

Return to Yangon via Thaton, once the centre of a Mon empire that may have stretched as far east as Cambodia.

DAY NINE

Yangon

Before your flight out of the Golden Land, you will be taken to Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market). The extensive selection of stalls here will allow you to pick up any last mementos from Myanmar.


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    32
    8
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    33
    8
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    35
    8
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    34
    11
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    37
    16
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    62
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    28
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    32
    506
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    33
    247
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    29
    903
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    30
    453
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    28
    1117
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    30
    501
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    28
    1241
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    30
    503
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    30
    666
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    30
    313
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    31
    202
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    32
    150
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