March 2017 - Mogok is open for tourists
It is now again possible for tourist to go to Mogok. Nevertheless, you need a special authorisation and a guide. Allows three weeks for the special authorisation (we will get it for you).
Group tour Mogok - New
We are starting from November 2016 tour group (small group) to Mogok.
Mogok is a mythic destination, beautiful but rather expensive (and a little difficult to go, now you need two special permits /11/2016).
Mogok has been closed more than 10 years, most or all guides have no gem knowledge and experience of Mogok.
In order to offer you the same level of services and quality we offer to gem schools, labs, gems professionals,
we are now offering small tour with GEM-A graduated French and English guide.
More details :
Discover the mythical Mogok
I am lucky to have been able to go to Mogok regulary during the last 14 years (year 2000) et to be graduated from FGA Londres - GEM -A with the diploma in gemmology, (site FGA : http://www.gem-a.com/) so I now very very well this region.
I have done my gemmological studies in Myanmar, so I able to organise a trip for people interested by the gems and Mogok.
In mogok, we have all the contacts and connexion to make your visit a real success, you will be able to visit the multiples gems market, mines (primary secondary), villages, pagodes, dealers...
With Ananda Travels, you will have access to primary and secondary mines, not just driving in front...
We are the travel agent with the biggest experience of Mogok, and a lot of gem school or labs are working with us when they want to visit Mogok.
Some of our reference :
- French Gemological Association.
- Mr Vincent Pardieu - GIA Lab Bangkok
- GIA Alumni of Taipei,
- Gia Alumni of Singapore, of Malaysian
- Mr Andy Lucas, GIA Carlsbad
- Ecole de Gemmologie de Montréal
- various buyeurs and tech lab.
The guide we are using for Mogok have been trained by us (and our customers). You are not going to Mogok only to visit the city, but to understand the geology, the market, visit the mine etc....
When going to Mogok
If you can try to avoid the rainy season (May to October), some mines are flooded during that season. It is possible to go any, and Mogok under the rain, with a lot of myst is quite charming (we like a lot in fact).
The best time is from October to May (end of May is still ok).
In Winter, November to end of February it is cold at night in Mogok (1500 m elevation), with night temperature around 3-6 C°. Better to bring some warm clothes (same for Pwin Oo Lwin, Inle or Kalaw, in winter, evening time.
How can you go ?
You must have an official licensed guide and a special authorisation. We take care of all of theses points.
There is two road to go to Mogok. The oldest one starts from Mandalay and it takes 7 hours. The new one starts at Pwin Oo Lwin and it takes only 4 hours.
The Pwin Oo Lwin road is underconstruction, it is a superb road, with beautiful forest and landscapes but you need a powerfull car.
June 2013 : The road from Pwon Oo Lwin to Mogok is now finished. It has been modified since Decembre 2012 because somes parts were impossible to drive with a truck or a bus. Now it is possible with a normal car.
Where to sleep ? : Hotels information in Mogok : Here
Somes photographs of Mogok and mines :
( New road from Pwin Oo Lwin to Mogok in december 2012, the road was not finished and too steep for many car or bus. In Jluy 2013 the road is now finished and they have modified some parts so every car or bus can climb ...... was cold that day with a lot of fog in the valley)
French Gemmologycal Association
Alumni of GIA (institut américain de Gemmologie) fromTaiwan.
Yadanashin mine - Mogok