Mawlamyine (Moulmine)


Its distance overland is 245 kilometers (approximate (8) hours drive) from Yangon, formerly known as Moulmine, situated 165 kilometers east of the nation's capital across the Gulf of Mottama at the mouth of the Thanlwin River and Mawlamyine is the capital of Mon State. It was once a thriving teak port and the administrative capital of British Lower Burma can be reached by road and rail from Yangon, this town's signature landmark is Kyaikthanlan Pagoda built since 875 AD. Mawlamyine is generally considered to be off the main tourist trail for most travelers to Myanmar but the town has a charm of its own with its rich historical background, colonial style architectures, WWII era wooden buses and its close proximity to the infamous Siam-Burma “Death Railways” making it as fascinating place to visit. A chance to explore to typical Mon style Mahamuni Pagoda, above mentioned Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, Queen Sein Done Monestry; was originally her residence, U Zena Pagoda, U Kanni Pagoda; the excellent view of the city of Mawlamyine can be seen, visit Kawtgoon Cave since the art of 7th century; is a natural lime stone cave and measures 200fts height and 300 fts length, famous for its enshrine numerous Buddha Images. Setse` Beach and Kyaikkhami Yay-Leh Pagoda; perched on the rocks by the sea and joined to the land by a covered causeway, is the main attraction. From Mawlamyine, the distance with 34 km is Thanbyuzayat, an Allied War Memorial Cemetry for the famous Death Railway across the River Kwai. Excursion to Ktoe kotnet; it was a township; timber enterprises, flourished and well-developed in this region under the rule of British administration. Famous timber and steamship entrepreneur U Nar Aout donated and built the masterpiece monasteries, monuments and pagodas which are well preserved pagodas. Visit Mu-Pon village to observe the process of making pots and Shampoo Island; a picturesque little isle off Moulmein's north-western end. As conclusion, this ancient region is full of traditional Mon houses and the objects historical interest.



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, Kyaikalatt 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-An and other highlights are Bayin Nyi Naung Cave and Saddan immense limestone cave and Shweyinmyaw Pagoda; at the bank of Thanlwin River. Once return to Yangon, en-route visit Zinkyaik Waterfall and Shwesaryan Pagoda in Thahton town.



Hsipaw was once the centre of a small Shan State of its own culture and it is situated in northern Shan State. Visit Haw Nan; Shan Palace which is the northern end of small and beautiful town, Nam Tok water fall which is en-route to famous Bawgyo Pagoda, Chaung-sone (confluent of river) @ water front of the Dohtawaddy river (known as "Silver River") which passes through the town to join the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River and can observe over (150) years old Shan Monastery and lacquered image of Buddha in Shan village, panoramic scenery of paddy, orange plantations, living style of Shan villagers and trekking to Shan village and Palaung hill tribe Village. Candle Light market can be seen early morning around (4:00) am.; unique local market and local vendors are selling vegetables, seasonal fruits and other things with lighting candles. As unforgettable experience is very beautiful sunset from private boat through Dohtawaddy River. Once return from Hsipaw to Mandalay, can take train to Nyaung Cho via Gokteik Viaduct, masterpiece of engineering is more than a century old, and your train will slow to a crawl meanwhile crossing to avoid putting undue strain on the structure, afterwards, by overland surface to Mandalay from Nyaung Cho



Taungoo is located at 220 km from Yangon and on Yangon - Mandalay main road, it is one of the main gateways to Bago Yoma and its teak forests, its remote location in the fertile Sittaung River valley, flanked on one side by the Bago Mountains and the other by the Kayin Hills. It was once the centre of one of the most powerful post-Bagan kingdoms, and virtually nothing visibly historic remains to indicate its former 15th to 16th century glory and it was reputed the old Kaytumadi city of King Mingyinyo as well. Chance to visit city tour includes Shwesandaw Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, Mya-saw-nyi-nayng pagodas (two twin pagodas which one is top of the mountain and the other is on the base); which are 4 miles of Taungoo. As other activity, explore to Pho Kyar Elephant Camp for a few kilometers from Taungoo where can observe how elephants work in the forest, how elephants take a birth and enjoying elephant riding within forests and one night stay in Pho Kyar Elephant Camp is recommended.

Kyaingtong (Kengtong)


Formerly known as Kengtong, famous for its scenic beauty and many colorful ethnic tribes, it is situated in the easternmost part of Shan State about halfway between the Chinese and Thai borders (Golden Triangle area). Observe home to many ethnic minority groups who live in the surrounding hills consist of Enn, Gon, Lwe, Li, Wa, Lah Hu, Thai Nay, Shan, Li Shaw, Li Su, Palaung and Akha and reachable by plain about an hour from Heho [one flight daily landing for a week apart from Thursday] and by land 452 km from Inle Lake. Otherwise, bordering from the distance of 176 km (3 hours) north of the border town of Tachileik is opposite Mae Sai (Thailand) along with Permission for border pass from MTT counter and it is 56 miles away from Mong Lar, a Chinese border town. For permission of border pass, need to apply MTT in advance at least (3) weeks before arrival.

Impressive highlights are enchanting local market, point for many hill tribe people with their colorful costume and explore some of the ethnical villages with a highlight experience with some of the tribes such as the Akha with their unique living style, Lahu tribe with their unique weaving works and black smith work. As for unique experience, visit famous water buffalo market (if meet with market day according to schedule permit) in the morning and day return trekking to the animists Enn tribe, lives on the higher slopes and possesses distinctively different costumes and beliefs from the other tribes particularly interest with their black teeth. Furthermore, visit of red-clothed silver Palaung tribe village with their unique life style. It definitely on Kyaing Tong (Keng Tong) must be regarded as an adventure tour and great interest for visitors with experience a completely different side of Myanmar as well.



Known as the gateway to the Golden Triangle which is Myanmar – Thai border in the eastern Shan State, once across the Friendship Bridge, Tachileik can be reached by across the Sai River links between Thailand's northernmost town and the border boomtown of Tachileik. The city is close to the Mekong River and the border with Laos as well. It is accessible by plain at least one flight daily for a week.

Chin Hills and Mt. Victoria (Nat Ma Taung)


The Chin State is situated at northwestern Myanmar (Burma), is mountainous region, Chin is the border of Bangladesh and India, on the opposite side covering with widest part of a mountain arc that stretches northward from the Arakan Mountains to the Patkai Ranges, a land of misty skies, towering pines, and the beautiful Alpen rose or Tree rhododendrons, much of the state offers vistas of unspoiled charm. The Chin live in the northwest border areas and some settle at south in the Rakhine State. Houses decorated with animal skull and sacrificial posts which is the symbol of wealth and success. Traditional Chin-dances worshipping local nats and old Chin women wear various pattern of tattoo on their faces and attractive amber necklaces. Unique Dai races can see in Chin and some Dai-men play nose flutes for the dancers.

Mt. Victoria, also known as Nat Ma Taung or Khonumthung Taung, is worth as eco tour site and its high is 3400 meter, the perfect place for nature lovers and a paradise for the birders. Of a volcanic origin, generally isolated and possesses many species of birds and plants. Some rare flowers found on its summit and nowhere else in the world. Attractive for about (4/5) Day trekking, scarcity species of butterfly and bird watching activities possess in Mt. Victoria area.



Located 1,480 kilometers (920 miles) from Yangon and 785 kilometers (488 miles) from Mandalay, Myitkyina is also the terminus of the railway north from Yangon, another road leads to Putao 150 miles (240 km) to the north and to the Tibetan border. Myitkyina is the capital city and the largest town of Kachin State in Myanmar (Burma) and it has been an important trading town between China and Burma since ancient times. Visitors may travel the panoramic view of the scenario Myit Sone with the distance 45 km north of town, the confluence of Maykha and Malikha River with crystal clear water can see small stones on the bottom of river, forms beginning of the great Ayeyarwaddy River which is one of the 12 biggest rivers in the world and the most useful river in Myanmar has its source from this confluence and flows 1,325 miles to the mouth of the river. A strategic point in the struggle for Burma during World War II, it fell to Allied forces in August 1944. It has an airport and a diesel electric plant. Myitkyina is also the site of the Kachin traditional religious feast of Manao (held each January). Different tribes of national races live in harmony with their own cultures, customs, dialects, dances and lifestyles. Myitkyina can be reached by air from Yangon and Mandalay by Air Bagan Airways daily, Air Kanbawza on Tuesday and Saturday and Asian Wings on Thursday & Sunday. It can also be reached by train from Mandalay and it will take 26 hours.



Putao is the northernmost town of Kachin State, surrounded by natural scenic beauty; situated at 457 meters above sea, it is the principal town in Putao Township, suspension bridges are the typical river crossing in this region. Though it can be reached by road during summer (for nationals only), is reachable year round by air with Air Bagan Airways only on Tuesday & Sunday if there are sufficient tourist groups to justify a plane, so only air is recommended for tourists. The area around Putao is famous for the variety of endemic birds and rare orchid, which grow naturally, Flora and Fauna can be seen in the forest around Putao. Many orchid lovers therefore are especially attracted by the so called "Black Orchid" that can be found in the mountains east and west of Putao. Mount Hkakabo Razi at 5880 meters; is highest mountain in Myanmar and Southeast Asia and other snow-capped mountains are inclusive in Mount Gam Lan Razi and Phun Gan Razi would be an adventure. Putao attracts also enthusiasts, hiking to Khakaborazi base camp, located close to Tahaundam which is the northernmost village inhabited year round by ethnic Tibetans of northern Kachin State. Between Tahaundam and Nogmung village are several smaller villages with local ethnic groups such as Lisu, Rawang, Lisu, Khamti-Shan, Jingphaw and Kachin etc. Furthermore, the unique Taron race is a small ethnic group in the Himalayan foothills of northern Myanmar whose population is declining to the point where they are in danger of disappearing entirely. They have been referred to as the "Asian pygmies". The Tarons have received their name from their original Taron River and leaving their original homeland around since 200 years ago, the Trons moved into Myanmar territory through the Thalalarkha mountain pass. Tarons are very small, averaging less than 4 feet and 3 inches (139.5 cm).



Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago; 189 km air south of Dawei and it is located in southernmost point of Myanmar; comprises of 800 gorgeous islands which are densely forested tropical islands and engulfed in a luxuriant emerald sea 1000 square miles, these Pristine Inlands are totally untouched by modern development. You can go there from Kawthaung. It would be one of the attractions to visit. It is one of the last real smuggling centers in Asia, has an abundance of marine life as well. Out Treasure Travel offers a unique Safari experience for nature lovers, looking for an active outdoor holiday in South East Asia. When we make the presentation on Myeik (Mergui), we must present on Sea Gypsies (Salon Race) due to match as the tourists interested in their ways f life and custom of this race are so characteristic and unique as well. In Mergui, you can make diving, snorkeling, kayaking, bird watching and you can see wild animals in forest of islands and I would like to give the information as follows;


The Mergui Archipelago is still relatively unexplored and largely uninhabited. A diving impression of natural beauty above and below the water. The islands of Mergui are beautiful and unspoiled.

Snorkeling & BirdWtching:

There ideal way to explore the islands many bays, coves, inlets and tidal rivers is by sea kayak. Our guides will paddle with you along ancient jungle river systems, and mangrove forests. Our Treasure Travel has been pointing out all the rare indigenous plants, butterflies, birds, reptiles and mammals as you go. The totally untouched eco-systems of the islands interiors are any wildlife enthusiasts dream!.


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