Kyaik-Hti-Yo( Golden Rock Pagoda)
Kyaik-hti-yo or Golden Rock Pagoda, near Kyaikhto town in Mon State is regarded as a miracle by Buddhist devotees. It is a small spire of 18ft (5.5m) believed to enshrine a hair relic of the Buddha. It is set atop a huge boulder which in turn is balanced on the edge of a cliff. The wide open platform gives a fantastic view of distant mountains, especially at sunset. A large ordination hall near the entrance of the pagoda has the look of a crown with many tires. Devotees believe that a pilgrimage to this pagoda brings them good health and fortune. The route to the pagoda winds through pretty scenery and is lined with many sites playing one part or another in the legend of the pagoda. Special trucks take pilgrims to the foot of high hill from the Kinbun stop where there are some good restaurants. You can climb the rest of the way along a step and winding road or you can opt to be carried on a reclining chair by four sure-footed bearers.
The capital of Mon State is the third largest city after Yangon and Mandalay and was once an ancient city. It is said that it was once known as Motmailian in the Mon language nad in time the name evolved into Mawlamyine. In 1826, after the First Anglo-Burman War, the town fell into British hands. The Strand is a nice place to stroll with beautiful colonial buildings facing the river. The first English newspaper in Myanmar, the Maulmain Chronicle, was published here in 1836. The country’s first weekly in Myanmar language was published here in 1837, but no record remains of its name.
About 18 miles (29km) south of Mawlamyine, Thanbyuzayat, which literally means ‘A shed of iron sheet’, is named after a structure which existed when it was the western terminus of the Death Railway built by prisoner of the Japanese during World War two. Thousands of Allied prisoners-of-war as well as Myanmar and other Asians died building the railway, which had its eastern terminus at Kanchanaburi in Thailand. Thanbyuzayat symbolizes the horrors of war and has a cemetery under the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Program 1) : Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Yangon ( 3 Days / 2 Nights )
Program 2) : Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Yangon ( 4 Days / 3 Nights )
Program 3) : Yangon – Mawlamyaine – Yangon ( 4 Days / 3 Nights )
Progarm 4) : Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Mawlamyaine ( 5 Days / 4 Nights )