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Smugglers & Sea Gypsies

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15 Day



Commencing in Yangon, first we will take you to Thanlyin, where the roguish Portuguese privateer Filipe de Brito e Nicote once ruled as an oriental king before being executed by impalement at the hands of the Bamar. The ruins of a Portuguese church can still be seen.

After visiting the Mon city of Bago you will travel on to Hpa-An - where the energetic can scale the 2, 532 foot-high Mt Zwekabin - and from there to Mawlamyine, the first capital of British Burma.

Beyond Mawlamyine is Myanmar’s deep south, where the road is bumpier, the breeze saltier and white faces few and far between. Your first stop will be Dawei. Here you will explore secluded beaches, coastal pagodas and thriving fishing villages where you can sample freshly caught tuna and squid.

From Myeik, a town plucked straight out of a Robert Louis Stevenson novella, you will catch a boat to the Mergui Archipelago to visit mangrove forests and the villages of the Moken, commonly known as Myanmar’s Sea Gypsies.

Photo: Marie Starr

At a glance . . .


DAY ONE

Yangon

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

DAY TWO

Yangon - Dala - Yangon

From here you will pass by a snake pagoda on your way to the pottery town of Twante.

DAY THREE

Yangon - Bago - Hpa-An

Visit the Htaukkyan Commonwealth war memorial on your way to the ancient Mon capital of Bago. In Bago you can visit Shwemawdaw, the tallest pagoda in the country.

DAY FOUR

Hpa-An

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.

DAY FIVE

Hpa-An - Mawlamyine

After visiting the Hpa-An morning market you will be taken by private 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 - Ye - Maungmagan Beach

Drive south into Tanintharyi Region, stopping for a lakeside lunch in the charming town of Ye.

DAY NINE

Maungmagan Beach

Kick back on this beach, commonly populated by more fishermen than tourists. Enjoy the folksy-ambience in the evening when locals from Dawei fill out the bamboo restaurants peppered along the shore.

DAY TEN

Maungmagan Beach - San Lan Village - Dawei

Visit the quiet village of San Lan and explore the paddy fields of the Dawei Peninsula.

Photo: Ben Frederick

 

DAY ELVEN

Dawei - Myeik

Myeik is a town that appears to have been plucked out of a Robert Louis-Stevenson novella. Explore the Dickensian shipyard and see the fine British and Portuguese architecture that remains in the town.

DAY TWELVE

Myeik - Tanintharyi Village - Myeik

Take a boat to the village of Tanintharyi, which over the centuries has been occupied by Burmese, Siamese and British armed forces. Visitors can still see the remains of the mammoth stone city wall that, alas, failed to keep any of the invaders at bay.

DAY THIRTEEN

Myeik - Done Island - Myeik

Visit the Moken on Done Island. The Moken (often referred to as ‘Sea Gypsies’) are a nomadic people renown for their affinity with the ocean and live principally of the sale of squid and sea cucumber.

DAY FOURTEEN

Myeik - Yangon

Upon your return to Yangon, either recuperate at your hotel or nip aboard the Circle Line to ride through the acres of luscious paddy fields that surround the city.

DAY FIFTEEN

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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Climate

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC
Maximum average temperature (C) Precipitation (mm)
  • Mawlamyine
    32
    3
  • Dawei
    32
    7
  • Myeik
    31
    4
  • Yangon
    32
    8
  • Mawlamyine
    33
    8
  • Dawei
    33
    30
  • Myeik
    32
    51
  • Yangon
    35
    8
  • Mawlamyine
    34
    11
  • Dawei
    34
    18
  • Myeik
    33
    55
  • Yangon
    37
    16
  • Mawlamyine
    35
    62
  • Dawei
    35
    76
  • Myeik
    34
    128
  • Yangon
    37
    28
  • Mawlamyine
    32
    506
  • Dawei
    32
    517
  • Myeik
    32
    422
  • Yangon
    33
    247
  • Mawlamyine
    29
    903
  • Dawei
    29
    1200
  • Myeik
    29
    783
  • Yangon
    30
    453
  • Mawlamyine
    28
    1117
  • Dawei
    28
    1172
  • Myeik
    29
    740
  • Yangon
    30
    501
  • Mawlamyine
    28
    1241
  • Dawei
    28
    1342
  • Myeik
    29
    868
  • Yangon
    30
    503
  • Mawlamyine
    30
    666
  • Dawei
    29
    767
  • Myeik
    30
    482
  • Yangon
    30
    313
  • Mawlamyine
    31
    202
  • Dawei
    31
    322
  • Myeik
    31
    302
  • Yangon
    32
    150
  • Mawlamyine
    32
    33
  • Dawei
    32
    44
  • Myeik
    32
    73
  • Yangon
    32
    53
  • Mawlamyine
    31
    13
  • Dawei
    32
    5
  • Myeik
    32
    13
  • Yangon
    32
    18

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