Backyard Travel Release New Tour: Myanmar’s Golden Rock & The Undiscovered Mon Region

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Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative tour company, have today released news of a new tailor-made tour to magical Myanmar, taking travelers to see the beauty of the southern central Bago region and the coastal Mon State, former home to the Mon Kingdoms. Travelers on the tour will visit some of the most iconic religious sites the marvelous country boasts, including the Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo and the magnificent Mahamuni Buddha Temple.

Golden Rock, Kyaikhtiyo, Myanmar

The tour helps to give visitor to Myanmar a greater understanding of local beliefs and their relationship with religion in day-to-day life.

The five-day, four-night Myanmar tour begins with a trip from Yangon to Bago where travelers will have the chance to visit the Shwethalyaung Temple and Shwemawdaw Pagoda before heading to one of the country’s most celebrated religious sites, the Golden Rock in Kyaikhtiyo. Here travelers will have the chance to join the pilgrimaging locals as they ascend the hill on a one-hour trek to see the precariously perched rock, colored gold by the leaves plastered on the stone by worshippers.

After a return to see the sun rise from behind the mystical rock the following morning, travelers will then be taken to Hpa An, the current capital of the Kayin State, along the way paying visit to the caves of Bayint Nyi and Kaw Gun. Next they will have the chance to stop at Zwe Kapin and its spectacular limestone formations and Taung Kalat Pagoda, another seemingly perilous location for a pagoda, perched atop an unusual rock formation.

Travelers will then spend time in Mawlamein, the former capital of British Burma and the fourth largest city in Myanmar, which is situated on the Salween River Delta. While in Mawlamein travelers will have the opportunity to visit the lesser-seen ‘Shampoo Island’ where Mon kings once went to announce the start of the Water Festival.

Their stay in Mawlamein also provides the opportunity to visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple, which according to legend is said to hold one of the five true representations of Buddha’s image, after Buddha himself breathed upon a statue that was being made in his honor. The tour comes to a scenic conclusion with a trip to a famous viewpoint to watch the spectacular sunset over the city of Mawlamein, the Thanlwin River and Belu Island from a wonderful viewpoint before making the return transfer to Yangon.

“This tour of Myanmar gives travelers the chance to investigate some of the key religious sites of this magical country, as well as get a taste of undiscovered areas of the country which are easily accessible from Yangon,” said Backyard Travel’s General Manager Maeve Nolan. “The tour helps to give visitor to Myanmar a greater understanding of local beliefs and their relationship with religion in day-to-day life.”

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Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan and China. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit or Facebook page

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