The Tropical South recommends

The Tenasserim hills and coastline of southern Myanmar have only recently opened up to foreigners, and there are still many unchartered parts of this vast tropical area, which offers hidden gems including former pirate coves and miles of empty white sand beaches – plus the vast Myeik Archipelago. Closer to Bangkok than it is to Yangon, the food here is spicier and the culture distinctly Thai.

Tour Overview

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Kawthaung/Ranong (Thailand)


17 days/16 nights


car, plane, boat


hotel, lodge, cruise boat

Deluxe Hotel Supplement: 

US$9 per day

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Tour Highlights
Discover hidden coves and crystal clear waters in the remote Myeik Archipelago
Admire the gravity-defying natural wonder of Mount Kyaiktiyo
Relax in the quiet and calm of lush green paddy fields and rugged beauty of Hpa An
Revisit history at the Allied War Memorial and end of the Death Railway at Thanbyuzayat
Discover the untouched Tenasserim hills and perfect beaches of Southern Myanmar
Luxuriate on a relaxing voyage through waters that were the treasure of pirate enclaves

Day-by-day Itinerary
Day 1 Yangon

Arrive in Yangon and head to the Buddhist heart of Myanmar – the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.

Wander downtown during the balmy evening and explore the many restaurants and bars now cropping up in this increasingly cosmopolitan city.

Day 2 Yangon to Mount Kyaiktiyo

Leave early morning for Mount Kyaiktiyo, one of the three most sacred religious sites in Myanmar; the rock at its peak seems to defy gravity by delicately balancing on the mountainside, and is said to cover a hair of the Buddha.

Day 3 Hpa An

Drive on eastwards to Hpa An, the charming and laid back capital of Karen State. The dramatic limestone karst mountain scenery of the surrounding area offers much to explore, including lush paddy fields; pagodas that sit atop strange rock formations; natural pools; and, best of all, a number of huge caves, which hold religious significance that date back many hundreds of years.

Days 4-5 Mawlamyine

Take a relaxing boat trip down the Salween River to Mawlamyine, the tropical capital of Mon state and one-time administrative centre of British Burma. This quiet city has many colonial buildings lining its streets and a magnificent pagoda with views of the surrounding area – it was a short visit here that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write his famous poem Mandalay.

Day 6 Mawlamyine to Dawei

Take a car to Dawei, on the way stopping at the Allied War Memorial Cemetery in Thanbyuzayat, where prisoners of war who lost their lives during the building of the infamous Burma Railway (or ‘Death Railway’) are laid to rest. You can also visit the point that marks the end of the railway, commemorated with an old steam locomotive.

Days 7-8 Dawei

Dawei is a sleepy tropical town with a number of beautiful beaches in the vicinity. Maungmagan beach is the most popular in the area, host to a small number of hotels and simple restaurants serving fresh seafood. If you want some adventure, take a motorbike ride to one of the many secluded white sand beaches nearby and swim in their azure waters.

Days 9-10 Myeik

The fast boats southward to Myeik leave early, so there is plenty of time to explore this lively former pirate enclave. The busy port and quaint, winding streets lend the town a lovely atmosphere – and you can enjoy local, fresh seafood that is a delicious Thai-Myanmar fusion. Fishing boats can also be hired to take you around the nearby islands.

Day 11 Kawthaung

Fly to Kawthaung, the southernmost point of Myanmar, and a bustling trade Thai trade post with a strong Muslim influence.

Days 12-17 The Myeik Archipelago

After decades of being off-limits, the Myeik (or Mergui) Archipelago is a remarkable and untouched watery paradise, with over 800 islands which are home to pristine sandy beaches and clear blue water – perfect for some easy snorkelling and relaxed swimming or, for experienced scuba divers, an incredible variety of sea life and reefs (make sure to let our booking staff know whether you would prefer a regular cruise or a diving-focused trip by filling out the ‘Any further queries’ box after you have clicked on the ‘Book Tour’ button).

As you cruise around the islands, you will meet some of the local inhabitants, the Moken (also known as sea gypsies) who are the indigenous people of this vast chain of islands; the Moken are expert free divers and one of the most intriguing ethnic groups of Myanmar.

On your final day, transfer across the water from Kawthaung to Ranong in Thailand.

Indicative standard and deluxe hotels for this tour
Standard hotels  Deluxe hotels
Yangon - Clover Hotel  Yangon - Chatrium Hotel
 Mount Kyaiktiyo - Mountain Top Hotel  Mount Kyaiktiyo - Mountain Top Hotel
 Hpa An - Hotel Zwekabin Hpa An - Hpa An Lodge
 Mawlamyine - Attran Hotel  Mawlamyine - Strand Hotel
Dawei - Maung Ma Kan Beach Hotel Dawei - Maung Ma Kan Beach Hotel
Myeik - Eain Taw Phyu Hotel Myeik - Eain Taw Phyu Hotel
 Kawthaung - Garden Hotel Kawthaung - Garden Hotel

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 high season (October to April). Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

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