South Myanmar Photography tour – Mon and Karen States 9 days

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South Myanmar Photography tour – Mon and Karen States

If you’ve visited Burma’s most famous sites of Mandalay, Bagan, Lake Inle and so-on on our classic ‘Images of Burma’ tour then check out some of the country’s less visited, but equally photogenic destinations, on this guided, off the beaten track photography tour of Burma.

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    South Myanmar Photography tour – Mon and Karen States 9 days

    If you’ve visited Burma’s most famous sites of Mandalay, Bagan, Lake Inle and so-on on our classic ‘Images of Burma’ tour then check out some of the country’s less visited, but equally photogenic destinations, on this guided, off the beaten track photography tour of Burma. This tour will take you through the fabulous sites of Southern Burma’s Mon and Karen States; home to some of the nation’s friendliest people, most picturesque landscapes and spectacular architecture from the fabulous mountain top pilgrimage site of the Golden Rock to Kipling’s famous Moulmein pagodas and the myriad isles of the Gulf of Martaban before travelling up the Salween River to the dramatic limestone mountains around Karen State’s remote, tiny, but bustling capital Hpa-An.

    The tour will be led by highly experienced, professional travel photographer and Burma specialist and with hands on tips, advice and assistance will improve travel photography for anyone from beginners to budding pros. A superb tour through parts of this exotic country not yet touched by tourism.

    Tour length: 9D/8N Yangon (Rangoon) to Yangon
    Accommodation: hotel
    Availability period: all year round
    Transport: train, boat, minibus
    Group Size: 4 to 10 persons
    Meals: bed and breakfast throughout except except lunch on days 2 and dinner on days 2 and 9
    Difficulty: moderate – c 1 hour optional uphill hiking at the Golden Rock on day 3

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Transfers and tours with local English or French speaking guides. (Guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements).
    • Entrance fees, boat fees,
    • Meals as specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner),
    • Accommodation in twin shared rooms with private bathroom,
    • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • International airfare;
    • Airport taxes,
    • Visa,
    • Meals not indicated,
    • Personal expenses
    • Peak season surcharge and Christmas and New Year’s Eve Dinners.
    1. Detail Itinerary South Myanmar Photography tour – Mon and Karen States

      Day 1 Morning arrival in Yangon, (Rangoon), via Bangkok and check-in to a comfortable, downtown hotel close to the famous Scott Market. Afternoon at leisure; check out some more of the City’s decaying Victorian splendor, the National Museum or perhaps revisit the awesome Shwedagon Pagoda?

      Day 2 Morning departure by local train for the ancient Mon capital of Pegu, now Bago. From here we’ll continue to Kyaiktiyo and the foot of the mountains and the departure point for our Golden Rock visit. Yes the gold leaf covered boulder balanced precariously on a mountain top is spectacular for 5 minutes or so but it’s the whole experience that’s so wonderful: a ride half way up the mountain on an open topped truck crammed with locals, a climb with the pilgrims the rest of the way, the truly awesome views and overnight in a ridge-top hotel almost as absurdly situated as the rock itself. You’ll probably curse, scream, sweat, laugh, meet plenty of people and you certainly won’t forget it!

      Day 3 Down the mountain and off south to Moulmein, now Mawlamlyine, contemporary capital of Mon State. Formerly home for several years to George Orwell and immortalized by Kipling,  we reckon it’s one of the country’s friendliest and most scenic towns. We’ll visit the lively fruit and vegetable market before heading up for sunset at one of the hill-top pagodas overlooking the town and estuary.

      Day 4 We’ll begin with a visit to the town’s lively morning market before heading south to visit some of the region’s attractions: Kyauktalon Taung Pagoda perched Mount Popa style atop a sheer limestone outcrop, the incredible sight of the world’s largest reclining Buddha – Win Sein Taw Ya, a stop at Thanbyuzaya which was the terminus of the infamous WW2 ‘Death Railway’ from Kanchanaburi, where you can still see the old Japanese train plus the cemetery for the Allied POWs who lost their lives building the railway and last but not least the iconic Kyaikkami Monastery situated on a rock outcrop jutting into the sea. The temple’s located in the old colonial period town of Amherst where we can stroll along the beach before our return drive to Moulmein.

      Day 5 Off by local boat for a day trip to nearby Bilu Kyun, (‘Ogre Island’!), where we’ll visit the very traditional Mon villages and discover some of the Island’s local handicrafts. They don’t see many tourists yet but the villagers will be happy to show you how they make cane walking sticks, the typical Burmese style bamboo hats, slate blackboards and even back garden rubber band making! (Sounds odd but it is absolutely fascinating!) Afternoon return to Moulmein for perhaps some sundowners at a waterfront café?

      Day 6 Early morning departure by boat again for a journey up the scenic Salween River to Hpa-An Town – capital of Karen State. We’ll stop at a couple of riverside fishing villages on the way with time in the afternoon to explore the bustling and friendly town itself before a sunset visit to a riverside pagoda.

      Day 7 Hpa-An is surrounded by dramatic limestone ‘karst’ scenery including the sacred Zwegabin Mountain – symbol of Karen State – and we’ll spend the day exploring the area’s caves, tunnels, temples and mountains by road, boat and on foot, as well as visiting some of the area’s traditional Karen villages.

      Day 8 Return drive through rubber plantations and past more limestone crags to Rangoon with a stop on the way to visit the prestigious Zhotoke Pagoda and the ancient carvings of the ruins of the early Mon city of Savarnaphum. Late lunch and afternoon at leisure in Rangoon.

      Day 9 Morning departure

    Accommodation for Your Journey

    Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

    It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

    We pick hotels for you based on:

    Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

    Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

    Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

    Hotel Standards

    3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

    4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

    5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Accommodation for Your Journey





    The Prices showed on our system is in USD (United State Dollar), INCLUDED Tax and Service Charge but EXCLUDED Bank Fee. Please check carefully the inclusion and exclusion of services before booking. Included and excluded services will also be listed in our confirmation email.

    Important note:

    – Price is in United State Dollar (USD)

    – Price is based on Double/Twin Occupancy accommodations.

    – Price does NOT include surcharges for Bank Fee and other surcharges if any.

    Before making a reservation, please check the price of the tour by filling the number of pax, choosing the departure date, and clicking “Check Rates” button in “Check Rates” tab. Click “Book It” button to reserve the accommodation type you prefer for the tour and process to the next step. Please select the optional transfer services or extra services of your choice from the list then click ‘Add To Cart’ button to navigate to the next step.

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    Please fill correct information, especially the email address and phone number so that we can contact with you to process the booking. Once finish filling the information, click “Submit” button to send the request to us.

    Note: An automatic email will be sent to your email address and our salespeople will soon contact you regarding the reservation. In the meantime, you have successfully sent your request to us. Please remember to utilize our “Book Together” feature in reservation process to have more savings.

    The booking process is represented through 5 steps below:

    Step 1: Check Rates

    Fill in the numbers of adults, children and infants of your group, enter your departure date and click ‘Check Rates’ button, you will see the accommodation prices.

    Once you selected an accommodation, click ‘Book It’ button to continue.

    Tips: To get more special discounts, please take a look at ‘Trip saving for booking together’ section where you can check rates and get a discount for booking 02 services at the same time. The discount amount ranges from US$3 to US$60 per room per night (hotel) or per pax (tour).

    Step 2: Book Extra Services

    This step meets your needs in booking optional services like transfer, visa, kayaking or other interesting activities related to your current booking.

    Tips: Don’t forget to book hotels, tours together in this step! It’s a smart way to get more savings.

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    Our travel consultant will get in contact with you within 01 working day to inform about the service availability & payment.

    Step 4: Confirm Availability & Deposit

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    After receiving your booking request, our consultant will check the availability of the services. If the services are available, our consultant will send you a payment link for the deposit by email, otherwise we will give you some alternative suggestions.

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    2. Deposit:

    After receiving the payment link in the email sent from our consultant, please make the deposit as soon as possible to secure your booking. When we receive your deposit payment, our consultant will reserve the services for your booking as following:

    If all of the services are reserved successfully, we will send you a Confirmation Email including the deposit invoice and other useful information

    If the services are fully booked and are not available, we will inform you and suggest other options. In case you no longer want to book these services, we will refund all of the deposit amount.

    Notice: Your booking will NOT be confirmed until we send you the Confirmation email. The remaining balance can be paid later – before departure date. For some urgent bookings or special types of promotion, 100% of the total cost will be required.

    Step 5: Final Payment

    The full payment must be made before your departure date. The exact deadline will be confirmed by our travel consultant depending on each service you booked.

    The remaining balance can be paid by Cash (VND, USD, AUD, EUR) or by credit card. For the customers who’re going to stay in Hanoi, we are able to setup a direct meeting to collect the final payment.

    Notice: Payment by cash on arrival is only applied for trips starting from Hanoi and the arrival date is before the payment deadline (confirmed by our travel consultant). All currencies are exchanged by local rate.

    At the end of booking process, on the “Make a booking” page, you can enter any special requests into the “Special Request” box before submitting your booking. Another easy way is sending us your special request directly by email.

    The deposit is required to guarantee your reservation (tours, hotels, transfer, etc.). After receiving your deposit, we’re going to reserve the services for you. So the deposit is required to secure your booking. Normally, 30% of total cost will be required for deposit at the booking time. For some urgent cases or special types of promotion, we will require full payment at the booking time. Learn more: how to pay deposit

    Normally Journey Expedition Travel includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


    It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.


    Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.


    Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

    If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs

    You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

    All tour guides of Journey Expedition Travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

    Private Tour Guide

    You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

    All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

    If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

    Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

    With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

    Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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