Wae-Ka-Wah Mon village is hidden in the middle of the rubber forest and only 10 minutes driving distance from Thanbuzayat. We can expect how Mon villages house are built, learning Mon cultures, people life in remote villages, and at the same time doing very active outdoor activities of trekking, hiking, driving, and walking through the forest and mountain valleys. This is going to be truly exciting and action packed trips. At the same time following the footsteps of Second World War, the ruined of Japanese Prisoner of war camp, the notorious Death Railway, Thanbuzayat Allied War Cemetery as well as ancient ruined Mon King’s Palace site. Chance to stop at the beach is possible.
Day 1: Yangon – drive to Wae-Ka-Wah Mon village (Meals: L, D)
Morning after your breakfast we’ll pick up from your place / hotel in Yangon and drive all the way to Mawlamyine (Moulmein). En route enjoy scenic ride, beautiful landscape, and we’ll be passing through several towns and countryside of Myanmar. Lunch stop at local restaurant along the Strand Road. We’ll then drive to Thanbyuzayat and finally get to Wae-Ka-Wah villagein the late afternoon. Enjoy welcome drinks at the village and walk up to the small hill and a little stupa atop to watch sunset. The guide will be giving an orientation of the trekking for the next day. Dinner is with Mons’ home cookedfoods. Overnight at Wae-Ka-Wah Community Home
Day 2: Morning trekking 4-5 hours & PM visit Death Railway Museum & ancient Mons’ City (Meals: B, L, D)
Enjoy village breakfast. A beautiful day with lovely and untouched trekking trials are awaiting for us. Our trekking guide will lead us from easy walking tour that will take about 2 hours behind Wae-Ka-Wah village. Enjoythe trek under the shady rubber trees and the sun,and stop at sea-salt field where we can learn how they produce natural sea-salt since long time ago. Follow by an active trekking and a little hiking trip through mountains and valleys. Truly untouched by the tourists ever before. Mon trekking guide willhelp us clearing the bushes along this trails. This fantastic morning trekking tour will take around 4-5 hours in total and we’ll end up at a monastery for lunch. Along the way trekking guide will uncover Japanese battle fields and tunnels from WWII period. The caves where Japanese soldiers were hiding from the bombing by Allied Forces. As well as learn how Japanese got drinking water during the War, how intelligent they were as they made caves near receiving mineral water at all time, even until today we still can get this water. Truly inspired by this brilliant idea in the War by Japanese! After lunch, some older residences from the village will share us WWII background information as much as they learned from the older generation from the village, the construction of the notorious Death Railway, the stupa and lions built by Japanese and how it was so helpful for their navigation system, Japanese Prisoner War Camp, and about the caves and well for their survival in the War. Very interesting indeed and you’ll be hearing also the background story of the mountains where Mon Kings used to come here for hunting. Afternoon tour start to visit to the little stupa near the hill and check the two lions facing to the moutains for the Japanese to hide. Easy to follow this navigation system and they can get to the mountains for hide. Unfortunately, the lions did not have eyes nowadays. (It’s said the War Veterans who came here for the memorial visit took away theese ruby eyes). Continue visit The Death Railway museum, Mon King’s WAGARU city and the old palace complex, temples, and 100 teak pillars monatsery. On the way back we can visit Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery.
THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY MYANMAR
Thanbyuzayat is a town in the Mon State of south-eastern Myanmar. It is the administrative center for Thanbyuzayat Township, location is about 40 miles south of Mawlamyine (Moulmein). During World War II Thanbyuzayat was the western terminus of the Thailand–Burma Railway linking up with the pre-war coastal railway between Ye and Yangon. Thanbyuzayat was also the site of a Japanese Prisoner of war camp for the prisoners who worked on building the railway and over 3,000 Allied servicemen are buried there in the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery. Historical Information: The notorious Burma-Thailand Railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar). Work began in October 1942 with the Japanese aiming at completing the railway in 14 months. The line, 424 kilometres long, was completed by December 1943. The graves of those who died during the construction and maintenance of the Burma-Thailand Railway (except for the Americans, whose remains were repatriated) were transferred from camp burial grounds and isolated sites along the railway into three cemeteries:
- Chungkai, Thailand,
- Kanchanaburi, Thailand and
- Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar. There are now 3,149 Commonwealth and 621 Dutch burials of the Second World War in the cemetery. End of the day driving back to the village where we will stay overnight.
Overnight at Wae-Ka-Wah Community Home
Day 3: Walking tour Pa Nga village, relax at Setse Beach and spend the night at Mawlamyine (Meals: B, L, D)
Morning Wae-Ka-Wah village walk and photographytour to the ways of life of the villagers. Most of the houses have rubber making machine and we can learn how they mix rubber, and makesolid rubber sheetsat home. Continue walk toPa Nga villageand visitmorning bustling market. Breakfast is taken at one local tea shop. We can visit fish paste workshops and cottages where in the past, majority of quality fish paste and sauce came from Pa Nga and distributed throughout Myanmar. Afterward drive to the train station to take some photographs. Visit salt fields where workers are busy with the production of natural salts.It’s lively and inspiring to see their daily life and we can askwhere are they coming from, how much they earn a day and etc.Continue the day by car through rubber forest, passingsome Mon villages and enjoy the lovely ride. Lunch will be served at Mon-Thar Lay restaurant with the typical Mon foods. After lunch we’ll go to the beach and relax for some time. Setse Beach: This is not very popular beach like Ngapali or Nge Saung but as the grime of travel washes away, you probably won’t care. The beach is lined with waving casuarina trees and has been a popular spot for outings since colonial times. Locals stop by for a swim, almost no foreigners visit this area and facilities are minimal but since we’re very close from this beach, at least we can feel sand, sea and sun. Fresh coconut drinks will be served. Around 3:00pm we’ll pick up luggage from the village and say goodbye to host family and villagers from Wae-Ka-Wah. By the time we get to Mawlamyyine is in the afternoon around 5:00 pm. Enjoy the stunning view of Thanlwin River and the beautiful sunset view from Kyaikthanlan Pagoda. Afterward a night walk along the Strand Road before we’re going for dinner. Dinner will be served at local restaurant and at the end back to the hotel. Overnight at Royal Hinthar Hotel, Deluxe room
Day 4:Visit World Biggest Reclining Buddha – drivingback to Yangon (B, L)
Breakfast is at the hotel. Morning visit to Win Sein Taw Ya monastery with world biggest huge reclining Buddha Image. It’s standing as a landmark of the area and good to take some photos.We can also visit Pha Auk monasteryif interested to know about meditation. After lunch we’ll be driving all the way back to Yangon (about 5-6 hours) leaving the beautiful Wae-Ka-Wah Mon village, the Mon State and the beautiful Mon people.
|Price / person||1 pax||2 pax||3 pax - 4 pax||5pax - 7 pax|
|4 Days / 3 Nights||625$ US||395$ US||333$ US||315$ US|
Services Included & Excluded
|- All transfers and transport with a private car and English speaking driver|
|- Accommodation at Wae-Ka-Wah community home& Royal Hinthar Hotel Mawlamyine|
|- All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)|
|- Trekking in Mon village|
|- Mon – Myanmar language guide|
|- Water and snow towel|
|- Seasonal fruits|
|- Donation to community and monastery|
|- Personal expenses|
|- All drinks|
|- Visa fees and/or visa authorization|
|- Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary|
|- Any compulsory and peak season surcharge (New Year and Christmas)|