South Burma (Myanmar) tour, ‘Lookin’ Lazy at the Sea’ (15 days, Oct to April)

South Burma, Myanmar, tour ‘Lookin’ Lazy at the Sea’ – another Kipling quote for this off the beaten track tour, following, with a few detours, the Indian Ocean and Andaman Sea coast south from Rangoon (Yangon). Our route takes in the historic, colonial period ports of  Mawlamyine, Dawei and Myeik, better known as Moulmein, Tavoy and Mergui, as well as plenty of lesser known destinations.

Leaving Rangoon we’ll travel by local train to the ancient Mon capital of Pegu, now Bago, and on to the stunning Golden Rock – one of the country’s most important pilgrimage sites. From here we’ll continue down the peninsula to the capital of Karen State, Hpa-an, where the broad Salween River and dramatic karst scenery form a spectacular setting for this charming town.

Switching to river transport, we’ll travel by boat down the picturesque Salween itself to the fascinating town of Moulmein (Mawlamlyine). It is here that Kipling wrote his famous description “…by the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ lazy at the sea”, and George Orwell once served as the town’s police officer. Wooded hills with golden stupas are the backdrop,while views over the islands of the Gulf of Martaban face the waterfront.

From here we travel via the delightful little town of Ye, through a region that was off limits to foreigners from 1947 until late 2014 (we said it was off the beaten track!), to the regional capital of Dawei with it’s wealth of colonial period architecture and stunning coastline over-looking the islands of the Mergui Archipelago.  We’ll continue south to the scenic old town of Mergui itself, now Myeik, with its myriad isles and where our tour ends with a flight back to Yangon.

For those who’ve already seen the famous sites of Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle and are interested in seeing another, different side, to Burma, then this is a perfect tour and for those with some time to spare for a more in-depth exploration of this fascinating country then this South Burma (Myanmar) tour can be added after our ‘Burma…quite unlike any land you know about’ itinerary.

Definitely some of the most picturesque and friendliest of Burmese towns  plus some of the country’s most spectacular scenery.

South Burma, Myanmar, tour 'Lookin' Lazy at the Sea'