New Checkpoints and Vistas Open in Myanmar
Published on Sep 24, 2013
Myanmar continues to be Southeast Asia’s fastest growing hotspot for those with a case of wanderlust for less travelled roads and less touristy environs. The recent full opening of four checkpoints, namely Tachileik- Mae Sai, Myawaddy-Mae Sot, Tiki-Sunarong and Kawthoung-Ranong, has opened up some new vistas and travel possibilitiess.
In the slipstream of the traffic and tourist rush, Khiri Travel has announced new destinations and personalized tour options, which link Sukhothai and Mae Sot in Thailand to the remote and rarely visited Hpa An and Mawlamyine areas of upper peninsula Myanmar.
The rustic Seindon Mibaya monastery in the Mon state.
Some highlights of these new travel options include:
Sukhothai to Yangon (or vice-versa) for four days and three nights, with kayaking, Golden Rock and insights into 7th century Buddha images in the holy Kaw Goon Cave.
Soft adventure Mon and Kayin states for four days and three nights. These trips are for higher-end luxury clients and include Bago, Golden Rock, the colonial city of Mawlamyine, Mon villages (sarong weaving), monasteries, a Thanlwin (Salween) river cruise, and kayaking in rivers and rice paddy fields surrounded by dramatic karst scenery.
Adventure in Mon and Kayin states. These itineraries are for adventurous clients and involve train travel, a visit to the wonderful Seindon Mibaya monastery, Ni Paya (where Orwell and Kipling lived), kayaking for three to four hours, Golden Rock, and travel by public bus.
"The opening of the border crossing between Mae Sot and Myawaddy is hugely significant," said Edwin Briels, General Manager of Khiri Travel Myanmar. "It allows us to create pre-scheduled or tailor-made excursions in culturally and geographically fascinating areas that rarely, if ever, receive international visitors."
Khiri is the only company offering kayaking in this part of Myanmar.
For example, guests take a rarely travelled scenic road to Hpa An, the capital of Kayin state. Roads are narrow and steep. On even days of the month local vehicles drive up to Hpa An. On odd days, traffic only goes in the direction of Myawaddy.
"Expect the unusual on this trip," said Briels. "But also expect to experience a richness of culture and insights into rural lives far removed from mainstream travel. Khiri believes that soft adventure, culture, nature and meaningful contact with local people should be included in every highlight of a Myanmar trip."