The Myeik and Moken(Sea Gipsy) (04 Days/ 03Nights)
Yangon – Myeik – Yangon
Welcome at Yangon International Airport. Meet with our guide, head to hotel for check in and refreshment. [official check in time 14:00].
Yangon, formerly Rangoon - the Garden city of the east, quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage make it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.
Afternoon visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a 70-meter-long reclining Buddha, the feet of the Buddha statue is curved with traditional symbols as its center piece to introduce Myanmar’s unique brand of Buddhism.
Then visit Kandawgyi Park and visit Local Tea Shop for a chance to experience a basic part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Enjoy a coffee or tea with variety of snacks while sitting amongst businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.
Finally visit to Shwedagon Pagoda – one of the wonders of the world and the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The local believe that it was built 2500 years ago. The 8-sided central stupa is 99-meters tall, gilded with gold leaf, and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas. Visit around the massive complex and learn why this temple is so revered among locals.
Then back to hotel and overnight in Yangon.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport and flight to Myeik - a city in Tanintharyi Region in Myanmar, located in the extreme south of the country on the coast off an island on the Andaman Sea.
Upon arrival to Myeik airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. After refreshment at hotel, we to explore Myeik, one of the biggest fishing towns in Myanmar. “Beik” as the locals call it their hometown produces everything for the fishing industry what is needed.
Visit to a ship dock yard where they still build the wooden boats like in the old days. The main export products of Myeik are soft shell crabs and you will see a farm how the crabs take off their shells.
Myeik’s dry fish area might not be for everybody, but it has not change for decades. You will be taken for a wander and explain what fishes been tried in the sun to preserve them for later. Then visit to a traditional fried rice noodle shop, where Myeiks all-time favorite food Kat Kyi Kite is made.
Then, you will be driven to one of the birds’ net and explain the process of production and how it will support for the good health. Next stop is the pearl industry, which is another specialty of the local people in Myeik. You will be explained the cultured pearl process and visit Pearl Trading Shop, which is run by the same family for over a hundred years.
Finally, we enjoy the sunset from the Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda and then back to hotel. Overnight in Myeik.
After early breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel at 7:30 AM. It's a one-and-a-half-hour speed boat cruise to Dome Island. Feel the fresh sea breeze as we pass beautiful mangrove forests. Here and there tiny villages line the shore. The people who live here catch fish, crabs, mussels and oysters.
Your first stop will be Dome Waterfall, which cascades down from high above right into the ocean. You are able to climb up and a have a refreshing bath. Please be careful walking around on the slippery rocks and respect the fishing boat, which might refill their fresh water supplies.
Then you will be arrived to Dome Nyaung Mine Village.
The fishermen share their place with sea nomads, which are called Moken in the local language. Their lifestyle reminds us of a simpler time before bank accounts and life insurance. Many spend their life permanently at sea during the dry season, only seeking the shelter of land when the heavy rains come.
You will enjoy seafood and vegetarian lunch in the authentic village [ON OWN ACCOUNT]. After lunch continue to Smart Island for swimming and snorkeling in pristine waters.
The shapes of the island with one long beach and three smaller one is one of its kin. The long and the small beaches are within 5-10 minutes walking distance.
Enjoy your afternoon relaxing, swimming, playing, sunbathing then with the last rays of sunshine dancing on the sea you will be returned to Myeik.
Please note: The program may change depending on tide and weather conditions. Participants need to submit their personal details. If participants are pregnant or have back problems, we do not advise to take part.
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport and fly back to Yangon.
On arrival, transfer to Yangon Railway Station to take the local Circular Train journey to the outskirts of town (20-30 minutes ride), to observe the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. Disembark to visit Kyi Myin Daing Market where a variety of street vendors sell colorful wares. Enjoy exploring the market and meeting friendly locals before returning by road to Yangon.
After that visit to Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott’s Market) – the major bazaar of Yangon. It is well known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing stores. (Note: the market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).
Then transfer to International Airport for departure. End of the trip.