Day 1 – Yangon – Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)
Early morning drive to Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock) (appr. 5 hrs. drive). On the way, visit the Shwethalyaung Pagoda (Reclining Buddha), the Shwemawdaw Pagoda and Kyaik Pun pagoda in Bago. And drive to Kyaikhtiyo (at the top of the mountain about 1100 m high).On arrival at the base of the mountain (Kinmon Base Camp), take an open truck up (appr. 45 minutes) to Golden Rock Pagoda .
Then visit Golden Rock Pagoda, a small stupa placed atop the Golden Rock, a massive granite boulder. Covered with gold leaf, and precariously balanced over the edge of the mountain, it is reported to be held in place, "balanced on hairs of the Buddha". Watch hundreds of pilgrims lighting candles, incense, and worshipping at this sacred monument, and enjoy the sun setting behind it. Enjoy the early after dark activities at the shrine. Overnight in Kyaikhityo.
Day 2 – Kyaikhtiyo – Hpa Ann
About 3 hours’ drive to Hpa Ann and visit BayinNyiNaung Cave and Kaug Ka Thaung Cave on the way and and sunset at Shweyinmyaw Pagoda; at the bank of Thanlwin River. Overnight in Hpa Ann.
Hpa-An is the capital of Kayin State, is located at 270 km east of Yangon, the population is about 50,000 people and most of them are Kayin race. Recently, removed from the restricted list of travel destinations and reachable by road from Yangon across a new Bridge (Thanlwin) over the Thanlwin River. Fifty percent of the region is covered by forests where can see the world famous teak grow. Limestone hills with numerous caves are the natural attractions for tourist- Mt. Zwekabin; the most meaningful natural hill.
Day 3 – Hpa Ann – Mawlamyaing
Visit Hpa Ann Market and drive to Kyaikalatt pagoda which is small rock hill formed like a wine glass and Lombumni Garden with 1000 Sal trees along with a 1000 seated Buddha images underneath each Sal tree at the base of Mt. Zawekabin are the signature landmark of Pha-Ann and continue to Mawlamyaing for about 2 hours’ drive. On the way, visit Saddan immense limestone cave. Overnight in Mawlamyaing.
Day 4 – Mawlamyaing
Visit very famous Mawlamyaing market and drive about 30 minutes to Win Sein Tawya where is situated the biggest reclining Buddha image (160 m long). In the late afternoon visit KYAIKTHANLAN PAGODA, VIEW POINT for sunset. Overnight in Mawlamyaing.
Mawlamyine,capital of Mon State and Myanmar's third largest city.In colonial times known as Moulmein and trading port of teak logs."By the old Moulmein pagoda lookin' eastward to the sea. There's a Burma girl a-sittin', and I know she thinks o' me......" South of Mawlamyine was the end of line of the Thai-Burma 415 km railway built under Japanese occupation during WWII ("Bridge of River Kwai"). Near the site is a cemetery for some of many allied prisoners of war who died while building it.