Karen and Mon States over land tour

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Starting from the Thai border, this tour will take you immediately though beautiful mountains to the sleepy Karen state capital, Hpa An, surrounded by karst limestone peaks that jut out from lush green paddy fields. After taking a boat downstream to the exotic former capital of the British Lower Burma, head inland to the thousands of temples of Bagan, historic Mandalay and beautiful Inle Lake, high in the Shan hills.

Tour Overview

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Myawaddy (from Mae Sot, Thailand)




12 days/11 nights


plane, car, boat


hotel, lodge, resort

Deluxe Hotel Supplement: 

US$30 per day

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Tour Highlights
Explore the many hidden caves in the limestone mountains of Hpa An
Enjoy a slow boat down the Thanlyin (Salween) River from Hpa An to the former capital of British Burma, Mawlamyaing
Admire the thousands of ancient stupas that dot the plains of Bagan
Visit the ancient cities of Amarapura, known as the City of Gems, and Inwa, once referred to by the British empire as the Court of Ava
Travel to the picturesque Inle Lake where the fishermen famously row on one leg
Admire the glorious and dazzling Shwedagon Pagoda

Day-by-day Itinerary
Day 1 Myawaddy to Hpa An

Starting from the Thai border town of Mae Sot, with its strong Burmese influences – both in the people  and the stupas that you see in the surrounding countryside – you will cross the border to Myawaddy, where you will be picked up by car and traverse the Dawna Mountain range that separates Myanmar from Thailand. Head down the other side to the scenic and laid-back Karen State capital, Hpa An, with its surrounding karst mountain scenery and enormous Buddhist caves. In the evening, feast yourself on the great local food, a mix of Thai-Chinese-Burmese-Karen fusion.

Days 2-3 Mawlamyine

After some more exploring around Hpa An, take a relaxing boat trip down the Salween River to the former British capital of Lower Burma, Mawlamyine. Then known as Moulmein, this quiet, relaxing city is also a fascinatingly diverse place, with churches, mosques and temples (as well as many other colonial-era buildings) to explore.

Next day, take a day trip to the world’s largest reclining Buddha at Mudon, to the south of Mawlamyine, then return to catch a beautiful tropical sunset from the Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda – witnessing the view that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s poem Mandalay. For dinner, wolf down a delicious barbeque meal from one of the outdoor restaurants that line the Strand Road riverfront at night.

Day 4 Mawlamyine to Yangon

Take a car to Yangon, stopping off briefly at Bago, home to a large number of pagodas and large Buddha images. Arrive in Myanmar’s commercial capital in time to catch sunset at the Buddhist heart of Myanmar, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, and have a meal at one of the city’s increasing number of classy restaurants.

Days 5-6 Bagan

In the morning, fly north to the thousands of temples on the plains of Bagan and, after settling at your hotel, start exploring at the Ananda pagoda, dating from the 12th century and famed for its gilded sikhara tower at its peak. Take a bicycle, car or horse and cart to explore the plains and, later in the day, view one of Bagan’s famously unique sunsets.

The next day, we can arrange a short cruise on the Irrawaddy or a sunrise hot-air balloon ride that will give you spectacular sunrise views of the Bagan plain (additional charge and must be booked in advance). Finish your day by enjoying some Myanmar wine over dinner by the pagodas.

Days 7-8 Mandalay

Fly to Mandalay and visit the last royal palace of the Konbaung dynasty, recalling the days of Thibaw and his queen, Supayalat, before they were expelled to India by the British. Just to the south of Mandalay, take a stroll down the longest teak bridge in the world, the iconic U Bein bridge in Amarapura. The town of Amarapura is full of textiles stores and small metal works factories, where you can watch master craftsmen cast Buddha statues in bronze or visit a weaving factory to see how fabrics are made.

Further to the south at Inwa, take a horse and cart around the quiet meandering roads that once made up a powerful kingdom’s capital city. Across the Irrawaddy River, climb up the stupa-studding hills of Sagaing, home to a number of old, living monasteries with views down to the river and plains.

Across the Irrawaddy River, climb up the stupa-studding hills of Sagaing, home to a number of old, living monasteries with views down to the river and plains.

Days 9-10 Inle Lake

Fly to Heho airport and transfer via car to characterful Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to Inle Lake. There will be plenty of time in the afternoon to relax or for sightseeing around the lake to see the local Intha fishermen employing their traditional one-leg rowing technique. If you go for the superior hotel option, a boat will take you to your hotel on the lake (standard hotels are in the Nyaung Shwe).

After breakfast the next day, visit the ancient lakeside stupas at Indein and see handicrafts in Nampan village. If the time is right, see the floating markets that are a photographer’s dream. Finish up your day with sunset wine tasting at Red Mountain Estate vineyard and then dinner on the lakeshore.

Days 11-12 Yangon

Fly from Heho Airport to Yangon. Take time in the afternoon to see some of the sights, including the downtown area and its beautiful colonial-era buildings and the bustling Indian and Chinese quarters. After breakfast at your hotel the next day, depart for your international flight the next day.

Would you like some down time to finish off your tour at Ngwe Saung beach on the Bay of Bengal? Our travel advisors will be able to arrange this for you, along with any other travel, accommodation or activity requirements you may have. Just fill out the ‘Any further queries’ box after you have clicked on the ‘Book Tour’ button.

Indicative standard and deluxe hotels for this tour
Standard hotels  Deluxe hotels
 Hpa An - Hotel Zwekabin  Hpa An - Hpa An Lodge
 Mawlamyine - Attran Hotel  Mawlamyine - Strand Hotel
 Yangon - Clover Hotel  Yangon - Chatrium Hotel
Bagan - Floral Breeze Hotel Bagan - Bagan Lodge
 Mandalay - Hotel Rama  Mandalay - Mandalay Hill Resort
 Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe) - Hupin Hotel  Inle Lake - Amata Garden Resort

To get prices for this tour with luxury accommodation or basic accommodation, please enter a query in the ‘Any further queries’ field when you submit your tour booking form (link below). 

Our Service Include: 

Accommodation with breakfast (twin room basis)
Domestic flight tickets, including insurance surcharge and current fuel surcharge
Passenger service charges for domestic flights
Entrance fees and zone fees for the visits mentioned
All transfers and sightseeing by private air-con vehicle with drivers, as mentioned in program
Private local boat fare for Inle Lake excursion, as mentioned in program

Our Service Do Not Include: 

International ticket to/from Yangon
Visa fees and visa arrangements for Myanmar
Visits not mentioned in the program
Dinner at hotel
Drinks and personal expenses
Tips and porters at hotels
Any other items not mentioned

Important Notes: 

The above itinerary is indicative and some details may change according to conditions and availability; you will always be informed of such changes.

There may be changes to estimated prices depending on air fuel cost, domestic airfares, US$ exchange rates and festive season surcharge. All supplemental cost to be advised.

[1] Price per person based on two person tour (twin hotel room sharing basis) during low season (May-Sep). Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

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