Mon State

KYAIKTIYO

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From Bago you travel to east across the Sittaung Bridge to Kyaiktiyo. Upon reaching Kinpun Base Camp after 2 hour drive, you will be transferred into open trucks for a spectacular ride up the Hermit Hill Base Camp. Make your own pilgrimage up to the mystical Golden Rock where the men apply gold leaves to the rock's surface. A 5.5 meter high pagoda, resting atop a huge gold-gilded boulder, precariously perched high on the edge of the hill will make you unbelievable!

MAWLAMYINE

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The capital of Mon State, is located at the banks of Thanlwin River and surely an ideal place for a journey back into colonial times. Explore the charming, green city surrounded by the river to the west and to the east by a canopy of shimmering pagodas by trishaw, drive past the

MAHAMUNI PAGODA

Where women too are allowed to enter the main Buddha chamber, the

KYAIKTHANLAN PAGODA

Kipling's favourite, from where you have terrific views over the city, and don't forget a visit to the three mosques built during British rule.

SALUTI MOSQUE

Visible from far away because of it's bright turqoise-coloured facade.

MOGUL SHAH MOSQUE

With its plain Moorish arches, and

KALADAN MOSQUE

Which looked like a birthday cake until several years ago, but has been renovated now and the facades covered with white tiles to give this place a more 'decent' look, and, last but not the least.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

Also known as 'Judson Church', because it was founded by the American missionary Adoniram Judson, it is Myanmar's first Baptist church!

GAUNGSAE KYUN

Well known as the 'Shampoo Island', as the water from the island were used for the yearly Royal Hairwashing Ceremony during the Ava Period.

 

DAILY EXCURSIONS

BILU ISLAND

A visit to one of the little home industries producing pipes for smoking should not be missed and maybe you meet a fisherman who can dive for a long, long time under water - it is said that they have fins...You will arrive at the south of the island at Ywa Lut and cross the island by pick-up truck, departing at the north of the island in Chaungsone. Unfortunately there's not enough time to see all the 100 villages on that island!

KYAIKMAYAW

Picturesquely located at the river bank of the Ataran River, this small town is easily reached because of its quite good road condition-the roads are sealed! Flanked by toddy palms and rubber plantations, the road passes through eight villages before ending in Kyaikmayaw. Stroll around the charming town with its simple Myanma wooden houses, some covered with palm leaves, others with metal. It's also really worth your time to visit

KYAIKMAYAW PAGODA

Built by Queen Shinsawbu in 1455.