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Yangon To Mawlamyine PaAuk (การเดินทางไปวัดป่าพะเอ้า)

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How to go “Pa-Auk Tawya”

 

Bangkok to Yangon

 

  1.Visa to enter Myanmar

    All foreign nationals are required visa to enter Myanmar.

    You can apply visa at Myanmar Embassy (Bangkok) or any 

    Other Embassies at respect countries.

    And also can apply visa on arrival at Yangon Airport

    (26 countries only)

    For detail information please see the Myanmar Immigration

    Web-site: www.mip.gov.mm/visaonarrival/

 

  2. Type of Visa                   Fee     Duration

           BUSINESS VISA                                              US$ 50           70 days

           ENTRY VISA                                                    US$ 40           28 days

             (Meetings / Workshops / Events)

           TRANSIT VISA                                                 US$ 20          24 hours

 

     Note: For long term meditation visa, you need to ask sponsor letter from Pa-Auk Tawya and apply at the Embassy with it, you can get 90 days visa.

 

Yangon to Pa-Auk (Mawlamyine)

You can go to Mawlamyine by rented private car/bus, highway aircond.bus, train, or air. Then continue to Pa-Auk by rented car (about 15 minutes drive from Mawlamyine).

 

Yangon to Mawlamyine BY ROAD (about 8 hours)

 

(1)   By RENTED CAR

 

Please find the web-site of car rental company as follows:

 

Car Rental : 

                    www.pyaykyawcarrental.com

 

                    www.khinethazincarrental.com

 

                    www.myanmar-belle.com/carrental.htm

 

You can pay by US$ or Myanmar Kyats.

 

Note: US$ notes must be new and without any marks or spots.

 

The price depend on size and conditions.

 

Please see the following example:

 

                                       TOYOTA HI-ACE

                                (2011 model)   (1999 model)

                                (14 seaters)   (12 seaters)

 

Day 1. Yangon to Mawlamyine       US $ 240       US $ 180

Day 2. Mawlamyine(full day)       US $ 115       US $  90

Day 3. Mawlamyine (full day)      US $ 115       US $  90

Day 4. Mawlamyine to Yangon       US $ 240       US $ 180

Day 5. Yangon (full day)          US $ 115       US $  90

 

Remark: 10 hours for full day.

        If you want to use overtime, 10% of per day rate for

        one hour.

       

                                             Toyota Hiace                             Toyota Hiace 9 Seaters (Grand Carbin G 2001 Model)            

 

For 22 seater Big Bus about 550,000 Kyats  or about  US$ 630 depend on exchange rate

 

22 seater-Bus

 

 

 

(2)   BY HIGHWAY BUS (8 hours)

When you arrive Yangon, if you select highway bus to go Mawlamyine, you better go to “Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Terminal”,Thu Dhammar Road, Mingaladon, Yangon Division .  Bus ticket might be sale one day before the departure date.

Yangon Bus Station

 

 

 

The new Mawlamyine bus terminal was open in April 2007. It's located at Myay Ni Gone quarter, near the new train station on the eastern side of the ridge about 3 km from the main town centre.

 

Regular bus services leave Yangon for Mawlamyine daily at 8pm and arrive the next morning at 6am. All buses now go direct to Mawlamyine via Mottoma over the Thanlwin Bridge since it opened in February 2005. Although Mawlamyine is only 165 kilometers from Yangon point-to-point across the Gulf of Mottama, it's distance overland is 245 kilometers. There are many bus companies to choose from including PTT, Yar Zar Mein and Zar Mi Kyaw with PTT and Yar Zar Mein offering a "spacious" class service using slightly bigger buses with more leg room for slightly more.

 

Tickets can be purchased at the south end of Aung San stadium opposite the Yangon train station and costs around 4000 kyat for a standard bus or 7600 kyat for the "spacious" service. Note that tickets purchased by foreigners on Yar Zar Mein is payable in US Dollars. PTT on the other hand only has one fare for both foreigners and locals payable in the local currency, Kyat.

Yar Zar Mein bus

Mawlamyine Bus Station

 

Yar Zar Mein office is pictured center. PTT office is located top right corner. Myanmar bus companies are surprisingly well organised when it comes handling your luggage. They use a similar system to that used on airlines by tagging all items stowed in the cargo hold with the passenger's name and seat number. When you arrive at your destination, you must give the bus operator your ticket before being able to claim your luggage from the cargo hold. This system is widely used by the more reputable operators to prevent theft of baggage.

 

In Yangon most buses for Mawlamyine including Yar Zar Mein and Zar Mi Kyaw depart at the Au Mingala bus station in North Okalappa about 45 minutes from the city centre. PTT however departs  west of the city at their own terminus. There are 2 scheduled stops along the way for toilet and meal breaks, with the first near Bago at 10pm, and the other stop in Thaton at 3am. On the return journey back to Yangon, there is a prolonged stop at about midnight for half an hour just before Sittaung where customs officers check the vehicle for commercial goods. With this being the major route for locals from the Thai border to Yangon, Customs are vigilant in checking for dutiable goods coming across from Mae Sot, the border town with Thailand.

 

Since the start of 2005, the condition of the road between Sittaung and Mottama has improved significantly reducing the travel time by as much as two hours. There is a police checkpoint at the Thanlwin bridge where the authorities will check the locals' ID cards, however they seem less interested in foreign tourists these days and will usually wave you through after a quick glance at your passport. Once over the Thanlwin Bridge, buses now terminates at the new bus terminus located in the Myay Ni Gone Quarter on the eastern side of the ridge. A number of shop houses selling food are conveniently located here as well.

 

Note that on the return journey to Yangon, you'll need to take 4 photocopies of your passport information page and visa and hand this over to bus company official who will hand all this to the authorities along the route to Yangon. 

Yangon to Mawlamyine

NAME OF COMPANY         DEP ARR    FARE   PHONE     FACILITIES 

Yarzar Min (Ordinary)  1900 0800  25000   01-252001   Water

Mihara                 1800 0800   5500   01-249204   Water

Yaung Ni Htun          1930 0800   8000   01-253284   Water

PTT                    1945 0700   6500   01-221479   Water

Shwe Nadi              1900 0700  10000   01-249933   Water

 

Mawlamyine to Yangon

NAME OF COMPANY         DEP ARR    FARE   PHONE     FACILITIES 

Yarzar Min (Ordinary)  1900 0700  25000               Water

Yaung Ni Htun          1730 0700   8000               Water

Mihara                 1830 0700   5500               Water

PTT                    2000 0330   6500  05727460     Water

Shwe Nadi              1830 0700  10000               Water

Recommed Air-Condition Bus:  PTT Express 

     Tel. 01252212, 01246283  (Aung San Stadium, infront of Yangon Railway Station,

     Yangon)

     01221479, 01704071, 01212131    (No. 56, Waw Tan Street, Lanmadaw, Yangon)

     01636967, 01703991    (North OakKaLaPa, Yangon)

 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------     05721267, 0524403      (No. 109, Auk Lan Ma Gyee, Mawlamyine)

     05727460, 0527461, 0525711, 098702490, 0973133577  (MyayNeeGone Away

     Pyay Win, Mawlamyine)

 

 

(3)   BY AIR (40 min)

 

There are currently two flights a week from Yangon to Mawlamyine on Thursday and Saturday and tickets costs $50 arriving Mawlamyine at 11:15am. As the flight then proceeds to Kawthaung, it is not possible to fly return to Yangon without buying a ticket to Kawthaung first, and then at Kawthaung buying another ticket to Yangon. The flight from Mawlamyine to Kauthaung takes just under 2 hours and costs $133.

 

Airfares to Kawthaung can be purchased at the Myanma Airways ticket office in Mawlamyine at 5 Thit Taw Yone St (just after Myoma Tadar St near the Aurora Guest House). Ph: (057) 21500.

 

 

(4)   BY TRAIN (11 hours)

 

There are two trains services per day, the first leaving Yangon at 6:00 AM and arriving Mawlamyine at 3:30 PM, and the next service leaving Yangon 7:15 AM and arriving Mawlamyine at 6:30 PM.

For the return journey back to Yangon, the morning service departs Mawlamyine at 6:00 AM and arrives Yangon at 3:45 PM and the next train departs Mawlamyine at 10:00 AM and arrives Yangon at 8:00 PM. The earlier trains which depart at 6am make only two stops, at Thaton and Kyaitiyo and therefore arrives at their destination quicker than the later trains. You'll need to show your passport when purchasing a train ticket at the station.  Tickets Mawlamyine-Yangon costs $16 USD for upper class seats (4000 kyats for locals) and can be purchased from western end of the Mawlamyine station terminal at counter number 7. Unfortunately, there are no English signs but look for the number 7 counter (as shown in the picture), present your passport, and say to the man at that counter "Yangon thwa meh" (I'm going to Yangon). Tickets are usually purchased a day in advance, but to be on the safe side, you should book your tickets at least 3 days ahead.

There are now daily train services between the nation's capital, Nay Pyi Daw and Mawlamyine arriving Mawlamyine at 7:45pm.

Mawlamyine - Yangon ticket counter

Mawlamyine - Yangon ticket counter

There are two classes; Upper Class and Ordinary Class. Foreigners are usually automatically assumed to want Upper Class seats which are generally a lot more comfortable and more spacious than the Ordinary Class seats. Your ticket will have a car number (eg, 1, 2 3 etc) as well as a seat number, eg, A6, B6, C6 D6 where by the number refers to the row of the seat and the letter A,B,C,D whether you have an aisle or window seat. A and D are window seats and B and C are aisle seats. 

Seats are soft seats with cushions with a folding tray table infront of you. If you're lucky enough to get the middle row of seats, then you'll have a fixed table to share with passengers sitting opposite you.

Note that the 6am Upper Class cars are more modern than the 7:15am (from Yangon) /10am (from Mawlamyine) Upper Class cars. The modern upper class actually has two air conditioners at either end of the car, but it comes on infrequently so passengers tend to open the windows of carriages anyway, thereby rendering the air conditioning ineffective. There are toilets at either end of the carriages and a meal car is also available. 

Yangon bound train departing Mawlamyine

Yangon bound train departing Mawlamyine

 

Mawlamyine train station was completed in February 2006 making it now possible to get to Mawlamyine direct  from Yangon by train. The train passes over a single track railway bridge which runs parallel with vehicular trafffic over the Thanlwin river terminating at the Mawlamyine train station at Myay Ni Gone quarter. There are two trains services per day, the first leaving Yangon at 6:00 AM and arriving Mawlamyine at 3:30 PM, and the next service leaving Yangon 7:15 AM and arriving Mawlamyine at 6:30 PM.

For the return journey back to Yangon, the morning service departs Mawlamyine at 6:00 AM and arrives Yangon at 3:45 PM and the next train departs Mawlamyine at 10:00 AM and arrives Yangon at 8:00 PM. The earlier trains which depart at 6am make only two stops, at Thaton and Kyaitiyo and therefore arrives at their destination quicker than the later trains. You'll need to show your passport when purchasing a train ticket at the station.  Tickets Mawlamyine-Yangon costs $16 USD for upper class seats (4000 kyats for locals) and can be purchased from western end of the Mawlamyine station terminal at counter number 7. Unfortunately, there are no English signs but look for the number 7 counter (as shown in the picture), present your passport, and say to the man at that counter "Yangon thwa meh" (I'm going to Yangon). Tickets are usually purchased a day in advance, but to be on the safe side, you should book your tickets at least 3 days ahead.

There are now daily train services between the nation's capital, Nay Pyi Daw and Mawlamyine arriving Mawlamyine at 7:45pm.

Mawlamyine - Yangon ticket counter

Mawlamyine - Yangon ticket counter

 

There are two classes; Upper Class and Ordinary Class. Foreigners are usually automatically assumed to want Upper Class seats which are generally a lot more comfortable and more spacious than the Ordinary Class seats. Your ticket will have a car number (eg, 1, 2 3 etc) as well as a seat number, eg, A6, B6, C6 D6 where by the number refers to the row of the seat and the letter A,B,C,D whether you have an aisle or window seat. A and D are window seats and B and C are aisle seats. 

Seats are soft seats with cushions with a folding tray table infront of you. If you're lucky enough to get the middle row of seats, then you'll have a fixed table to share with passengers sitting opposite you.

Note that the 6am Upper Class cars are more modern than the 7:15am (from Yangon) /10am (from Mawlamyine) Upper Class cars. The modern upper class actually has two air conditioners at either end of the car, but it comes on infrequently so passengers tend to open the windows of carriages anyway, thereby rendering the air conditioning ineffective. There are toilets at either end of the carriages and a meal car is also available. 

Upper Class Car

Upper Class Car

 

 

Mawlamyine Train Station

Mawlamyine Train Station

 

Completion of the new Mawlamyine train station as well as well as the new Mottama railway station and the approaches at either end of the Thanlwyn river was completed in the first quarter of 2006 linking the single railway track on Mon State's "northern" and "southern" lines. Track work linking Mawlamyine station with the existing southern line to Thanbyuzayat, Ye, Malwetaung, Kanbauk and Dawei is almost complete thus giving the potential for the development of train services direct from Yangon to other the South East Asian capital cities of Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore parallelling the development of the Trans Asia Super Highway in the near future.  The location of Mawlamyine train station is at the Myay Ni Gone quarter, approximately 3 KM east of the Central market, Zeigyi. There are heaps of motorcyle taxis available upon your arrival to take you to your hotel/guesthouse at a cost of around 800 kyats.

 

 

It is hoped that one day Mawlamyine will be linked to Bangkok, Thailand with a train service that branches off this line, possibly at Ye proceeding eastbound to the Payathounzu/Three Pagoda Pass border post. The distance from Ye to Payathounzu/Three Pagoda Pass is only 50 kilometres however the journey is through rugged jungle terrain so such development is still a very long way off.

 

 

 

 
 

Recommed Restaurant:

    Yangon:

           1. Golden Duck (Main-Chinese Food)

               No. 224, Strand Road, Yangon   Tel.: 01241234,  01372603,  01389764

               Golden Duck

              Sayarsan Road, Yangon     Tel.: 0973163366,  0973163377,  0973163388

             2. Mai Thai  (Main-Thai Food)

                 No. 197/1-3, West Shwe Gone Dine (5th) Street, Bahan Township,

                 Yangon  Tel.: 01383662,  01375158

      Kyaik Hto (Yangon-Mawlamyine) :

             1. Sane Let Tin Resort (Chinese,Thai,Myanmar Food, Room also available)

                      No. 104 Mile, Yangon-Mawlamyine Hi-way Road, Kyaik Hto 

                      Tel.: 013335331 - 4 ,  098723123 - 4

                      www.sltresort.com

      Mawlamyine:

             1. Tha Mee (Myanmar Food)

                      No. 31, Near Zay Cho Traffic Light,  Kyaik Kha Mee Street,

                      Mawlamyine  Tel.: 098701717,  0943004401

Car Rental in Mawlamyine:             

 

Aung Ko (Tel. 098700133)

 

 

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