Than Taung Gyi; Yangon’s Nearest Mountain Trip - 2 Days

Than Taung Gyi

Since British colonial time, Than Taung Gyi is famous for summer retreat and there still have some colonial era buildings and century old churches in the town. It’s located about 2 hours driving distance from Taungoo (16th to 18th Century Myanmar Kings’ capital) through the deep forest and misty mountains. Teak trees, palm trees and the thick forest is covering the mountains all the way up until we reach to apex of 4800ft height Than Taung Gyi town. From Yangon, we’ll have to take Yangon – Naypyitaw Highway up to 146 miles and 7 furlongs, then we need to turn in toward Taungoo town. Total driving about 5 hours from Yangon to reach Than Taung Gyi. It’s indeed a summer palace and the nearest hill station from Yangon.

Things to see:

  • Naw Bu Baw Prayer Mountain
  • We can visit former Myanmar Kings’ capital Taungoo
  • 13th mile Pa Thi Creek for a swim or photo stop
  • A few stops when we reach to the mountains to enjoy stunning mountain views and photo stops
  • Tea factory (Former Methodist school in British colonial period, the YFC Christian Church which is more than a century old, 1912 built a single storeyed brick cottage, a visit to coffee, tea and cardaimon (phar lar) plantations.
  • A ghostly beautiful Christian’s cemetery beside the main road near Nyaung Pin village
  • Tea, Coffee and fresh fruit tasting
  • Scenic ride

Price per person in USD:

1 Pax: 345
2 Pax: 190
3-4 Pax: 155
5-7 Pax: 110
8-15 Pax: 85

Day 1
YANGON – TAUNGOO – THAN TAUNG GYI (B, L)

Guide and car will pick up in the morning at 7:00am and traditional Myanmar breakfast is served at one local restaurant. We’ll then drive outside of Yangon till we get to 146 miles on Yangon – Naypyitaw Highway Road. From there we’ll continue to Taungoo which is still in Bago Division. Later we’ll be entering into Kayin State. Than Taung Gyi is located in the northern part of Kayin State and neighbouring to Kayah State. Uphill driving distance is about 22 km from the basecamp (Than Taung Lay), on the way we’ll pass through deep forest, mountains and beautiful landscapes and pine trees. The sky is blue on the sunny days and sometimes it’s foggy because of evaporation from the thick forest and mountains. We will make a few stops on the way for photo tour to the mountains, feel fresh air and see the sea of clouds. Thandaung Gyi was founded by the British as a colonial hill station to escape the heat of the lowlands. Naw Bu Baw Prayer Mountain is an important religious site for the Kayin Christians in the area. According to legendary, the mountain is still haunted by the spirits of Naw Bu Maw and her husband Saw Thaw Oh Khwa. Lunch is at Amazing Restaurant for traditional Kayin foods. Day time one can take a break at the B&B simple guest house or continue exploring to coffee, tea and cardaimon plantations. Untouched jungle trails are plenty in this area for the trek and we can even go to the Difbla Waterfall (local guide must be accompanied). Other places to see are a single storeyed building (I Wish B & B nowadays), the century old Christian Church, and Tea Factory formerly known as Methodist School in colonial period.

Overnight at I Wish B & B, Bungalow type

Day 2
THAN TAUNG GYI – TAUNGOO – YANGON (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

One can wake up early this morning and can take a town walk and experience the sea of clouds over one of the hill tops. Later we’ll pack our things and check out from the guesthouse. Down hill drive in the direction of Taungoo. On the way stop at 13th Mile Pa Thi Creek for swimming. It’s something like waterfall, and the massive water flows from the top to the down. Fresh and cool water one can enjoy swimming between the rocks. Later drive to Taungoo and visit central market to see famous betel leaf and cheroot. Lunch is served at 76th mile Mingalarbar Restaurant with traditional Burmese foods. We’ll be getting back to Yangon end of the day.

*****SERVICES END*****

Than Taung Gyi; Yangon's Nearest Mountain Trip

  • All transfers and transport as per the program with a private A/C car
  • Service English speaking throughout guide
  • Accommodation including simple breakfast
  • Guide accommodation
  • All meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
  • Water & cold towel
  • Local guide for coffee / tea plantations walk
  • Fruit tasting

Than Taung Gyi; Yangon's Nearest Mountain Trip

  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • All drinks
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips
  • Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Any compulsory and peak season surcharge (New Year and Christmas)