The World’s Famous RUBY LAND (MOGOK) Trip

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Welcome to Ruby land (Mogok)

Welcome to Ruby land (Mogok)

Located at 22.50 N and 96.30 E in Madalay Division. The town seat west to East is 30 miles, north to South is 15 miles. It is make elevation 4700 feet sea level. The connected ways to MOE MEIK, KYAUK ME to Shan state and to PYIN U LWIN, THA BEIK KYIN and to MANDALAY too. The town host about 200,000 in population.

When the author has chance to visit to MOGOK in last JULY ( 2015 ),with two clients from Switzerland, it is in raining season already. We start our trip from MANDALAY. Its need to pass the PATHEINGYI township, MADAYA township, SINTGU township, THA BEIK KYIN township ( we not go via PYIN U LWIN road)to reach to MOGOK.

Lunch at Shwe Nyaung Bin Camp

Lunch at Shwe Nyaung Bin Camp

When we start to approach to THA BEIK KYIN Township, it is start to drive in the forest and it is running on hill driving lane. It is good views for us which are covered with green rain forest. After 3 hrs drive we reach to PHAW DAW check point at THA BEIK KYIN Township. It is need to show the travel special permit and the passport of clients at the check point. There is one office for immigration officers. They have good toilet at there.
After 2 hrs drives in the forest from check point, will arrive to SHWE NYAUNG BIN camp where there the place for lunch. We saw many cars stop at camp for lunch, the camp has small parking place for clients under the big Banyan tree, that while call SHWE NYAUNG BIN camp. The two restaurant serves Myanmar food, Chinese food, Shan food and the specialty is KYA ZAN CHET (the vermicelli soup ) Most visitors are enjoy it as MOGOK specialty. SHWE NYAUNG BIN is a big Bayan tree, that be more than 100 years old stand for the visitors who come to MOGOK.
From this camp to MOGOK is need to drive about 3 hrs in the forest and will pass some villages on the way. It will need to cross many bridges and many turn of corner of the hill to reach to MOGOK. We arrive to MOGOK about 17 00 hrs. The town is look surrounded with mountain around the town and there are big lakes at the center of the town. At that time the temperature is very nice for our clients, its be between 20 to 25 C I noticed. May be cooler in the night time.

We got good driver for our trip. He drives very smart and has many experiences to drive to MOGOK. He is MYAT MIN from Mandalay, he drive to MOGOK more than 5 times he said. Also he knows very well about the MOGOK areas, he can drive without map of MOGOK as he had visited to MOGOK many times. We make do visit to our friend U Htun U, who is MOGOK native and author of about the MOGOK. He is a artist of gems painting too. He has a shop for arts souvenir, call THA BAWA AHLA near our hotel.

Panoramic View of Ruby Land ( Mogok)

Panoramic View of Ruby Land ( Mogok)

We finish our driving day after check in to our hotel MOGOK MOTEL where located on the bank of MOGOK LAKE. You can enjoy the dinner at MOTEL restaurant.
As MOGOK is surrounded with High Mountain, there are many hill tribes peoples are lives on the mountain too. The KACHIN group LISU hill tribe, the SHAN group PA LONG hill tribe and SHAN national are lives around the MOGOK. In the city of MOGOK, The Chinese, Nepalese, Bengalis and others Myanmar nationals lives as native peoples. They lives together harmonically. The famous MOGOK gems call, Ruby, Sapphire, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Peridot, Quartz, Spinal, Topaz, White Sapphire , Zircon and others gems are can find at around the mountain of MOGOK. That is the significant world wonder land. Because of that potential, there are many gems mines are appears. Those private small and big gems mines, the co operative big Gems mines are work day and night.

The Worl War II Cemetery at Shwe Tharyar Village ( Bernard)

The Worl War II Cemetery at Shwe Tharyar Village ( Bernard)

The most famous gems markets are running in the morning and evening about 3 hrs each. The famous Bernard’s gems market is running once in a 5 every day. When you visit to Bernard’s gems market, you can continue to see the 120 years old British mausoleum and old cache which line at YWA THAYA village. (The British occupied MOGOK in 1886 and founded the Bernard’s village now calls YWA THAYA. It is one hr drive from MOGOK. The local peoples call the gem market as HTAR PWE at MOGOK. Visit to gem’s market is cool.
You can visit to private mine or government joint venture mines if you go and apply the application to gems office at MOGOK. The office can issue the permit to you to visit the private or joint venture mines. The permit need to wait about 2 hr. The author also have chance to get the permit by the help of my friend U HTUN U. We got to visit two gem nines on this application. They are all the big Ruby mines.
The food at MOGOK are mostly like SHAN food. Some Chinese food also you can enjoy at MOGOK. Even some small Indian food stall are can see at MOGOK. The local traditional food like TOFU, Sticky rice, and pickled tea leaves also can enjoy as your snacks. Peach wine which locally produced by LISU hill tribes is most popular in MOGOK who like liquor.

The Color Stones from Ruby Land

The Color Stones from Ruby Land

The tour itinerary
Day 01, 09:00 am, depart from Mandalay , drive to Madaya township. Then will pass the Sint Gu township, on the way you can enjoy the rice plantation field which using the irrigation water supply system. Will arrive to Phaw Daw check point at about 12 00noon at Tha Beik Kyin Township. After 2 hrs drive in the forest will arrive to Shwe Nyaung Bin camp for lunch.Then drive about 3 hrs in the forest on the hill. Will arrive to MOGOK. Check in to MOGOK MOTEL, dinner at DAW SHAN restauranr where famous with SHAN food. Overnight stop at MOTEL.

Day 02, Morning 06:00 am, drive to Bernard’s gem market (one hr drive from MOGOK. Visit the market, the visit to YWA THA YA to see 120 years old British mausoleum and old British cache site and LISU hill tribe village. Drive back to MOGOK at 09 00 hrs, apply the application to visit the private mines at gem office. Then will be lunch at JODU Chinese restaurant. After lunch drive to Ruby Dragon joint venture mine (one hr drive from MOGOK downtown). After visit the mine, drive back to MOGOK to visit PAN CHAN gem’s market, then walk along the MOGOK downtown and dinner at MOTEL restaurant, overnight stop at MOTEL.

Day 03, 07:00 am, breakfast at hotel. Then drive to Htay Pai private Ruby mine. 2 hrs drive from MOGOK. After visit the mine, will visit to Ballone Gyi village to see some villagers are looking for rest gems from mine waste rock. Then drive to KYAUK PYATHA PAGODA ( 1 hr drive ) which wonderfully placed the pagoda on the rock and with beautiful surrounding scenic. After that will drive to DAW NAN KYI TAUNG where only one mountain can not be find the gems in MOGOK areas.( Monk will explain why the mountain not find the stone at that mountain areas when you visit to that mountain ). After that will drive to KYA PYIN village where can enjoy the lunch at CONNER Chinese restaurant. Then will drive to MOGOK to visit famous pagodas as call, PHAUNG DAW U pagoda, and CHAN THA GYI pagoda where the precious MOGOK stones are fixed on Buddha images. Visit to PADAMYA pagoda, and SHWE GU GYI pagoda also good experience of visit MOGOK.Than back to Motel, dinner at MOTEL restaurant, Overnight stop at MOGOK.

One of the Gem Market at  Ruby Land

One of the Gem Market at Ruby Land

Day 04, Today is will back to Mandalay after two days visit of MOGOK. After breakfast from MOTEL , check out from MOTEL at 08 00 hrs. Before leaving MOGOK, it is the last chance to visit gems trading on the way to Mandalay. The place is call MOVIES HALL gems trading market. The market is look like the road side stalls who selling the gems as vegetables. You can see selling gems on road side at MOGOK only. This is the good experience to visit MOGOK I think. After leaving from MOGOK about 2 hrs drive will arrive to SHWE NYAUNG BIN camp where we took the lunch when we came to MOGOK. Will stop a few minutes for refreshment and buying the MOGOK Souvenrs. Then will drive back to PHAW DAW check point to report to immigration officers that we back from MOGOK. After pass the check point will lunch at CHAUNG GYI village which located on the way to MANDALAY. IF you drive about 2 hrs from finish of lunch time, will arrive back to MANDALAY. Sent the clients to his booked hotels.

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The tour CODE, SST-MOG 012/15,

The Tour COST
Base on 2 pax
USD 1080$ for a person at twin Share Superior room with breakfast
Single extra room using is USD 66$
Base on 4 pax
USD 755$ for a person at twin Superior room with breakfast
Single extra room using is above mentioned

Tour cost including:
All transportation as mentioned tour itinerary. All accommodation, all meals, special permit fees, local gems office permit fees, local guide fees, the throughout guide fees, and daily purified drinking water and soft and wet towers.

Tour cost excluded:
Travel insurance, medical care, soft and alcoholic drinks, personal effects such as phone call and massage.

This tour price is valid until 30 April 2016
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