After breakfast at hotel you are welcomed by our friendly English speaking tour guide at your hotel and taken to explore the lively cultural capital of Myanmar.
(1) Explore Downtown Yangon where the British colonial influence is still evident. The tour will start with a visit around Sule Pagoda which is located at the heart of the city and proceed to a range of beautiful colonial style buildings such as the City Hall, the High Court, former Immigration Offices and the Independence Monument in the green Mahabandoola Park. Afterwards, proceed to the Central Post Office at Pansodan Street which is famous for some of Yangon’s most impressive colonial buildings and then have a look at busy life of Pansodan Jetty on Yangon River. Take a short tea break at Strand Hotel by own account.
(2) Botahtaung Pagoda, a famous landmark pagoda beside Yangon River, with a walk-in internal a sacred hair relic chamber of Buddha and its wish-granting Bo Bo Gyi and Mya Nan Nwe’s Nat Shrine.
(3) The National Museum where you will see the regalia of Myanmar Kings and the Lion Throne of Myanmar returned from the Albert and Victoria Museum in England by Lord Mountbatten of Britain on Myanmar’s independence in 1948.
(4) Bogyoke Aung San Market (named after the father of Aung San Suu Kyi and formerly known as the Scott Market) to purchase souvenirs and handicrafts if you wish. There are gems, fabrics, lacquer ware, wood sculptures, paintings etc… the range of wares is fantastic and don’t forget to bargain! (Note: closed on Monday)
(5) Chauk-htat-kyi Phaya; a huge life-like reclining Buddha statue surrounded by Buddhist monasteries.
(6) Karaweik Hall to marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” floating barge on Kandawgyi royal lake with a great view of Shwedagon Pagoda.
(7) Complete the day with an extended visit to the magnificent and world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, known for its religious significance and artistic beauty. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz - a stunning sight as the sun sets and an unforgettable place to begin your trip in the "Golden Land". Then you are transferred to hotel.
After breakfast at hotel you are welcomed by our friendly English speaking tour guide at your hotel and taken to Bago via Yangon, an ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom in 15th Century.
Bago is situated only 80 km north-east of Yangon. We leave for Yangon and take a short drive (nearly 1½ hours) to Bago.
(1) On the way we stop at the Htauk Kyant the last resting place of over 6,300 Allied War Graves Cemetery which located just outside Yangon and was built in 1951 (consolidating a number of smaller cemeteries) to remember the sacrifice of 27000 soldiers from the British Commonwealth and its allies. These beautifully kept and peaceful gardens and impressive memorials are a place for quietly remembering and reflecting.
(2) We then proceed to Bago and upon arrival we visit Kyatkatwine Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in Myanmar. Thousand of monks are studying Buddhist scripture at Kyatkatwine. One of the highlights for visitors to the Kyatkatwine is lunch time when the monks would gather for their pre-noon meal (monks are not allowed to eat after noon time). So, we need to arrive there before 10:30 am to observe the lunch process of thousand of monks who take their last meal of the day at 10:30 am in total silence.
(3) Afterwards we visit Dhammazedi Pagda and Maha Kalyani Sima which is sacred hall of ordination was originally constructed in 1476 by Myanmar King Dhammazedi, the famous alchemist Myanmar king and son of Myanmar Queen Shinsawpu.
(4) The magnificent Shwe mawdaw Pagoda-said to be over 2,000 years old and ShweTharLyaung (a huge reclining Buddha); 55 meters long and dating back 994AD.
(5) “Kanbawzathardi Palace” the famous palace of King Bayinnaung (1551-1581 A.D.) is being extensively excavated and some buildings are being rebuilt.
(6) In the evening we drive back to Yangon and en route we complete the day with an extended visit to Kyaik-Pun temple which is four huge seated Buddha images in the open air. Upon arrival Yangon you are transferred to your hotel.
(3) THANLYIN (SYRIAN)
After breakfast at hotel our friendly English speaking tour guide will pick you up at the hotel. Then we leave for Yangon and take a short drive to Thanlyin (Syriam).
Thanlyin (Syriam) was an important trading center in the 17th Century under the Portuguese Adventurer Philip De Brito. Today, Thanlyin is noted for its Deep Sea Port Projects in Thilawa. It will take to you nearly 1½ hours from your hotel. On the way to Thanlyin, firstly we visit to;
(1) National Races Village is located near Thanlyin Bridge, Thaketa Township in Yangon. You will not only enjoy fresh breeze blowing across Bago River but also get the sense of Union Spirit from the village of our national brethren such as Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. You can see buildings with significant symbols denoting various national races residing in the country.
(2) Afterwards we proceed to Thanlyin and visit to ruins of the old Portuguese Churches in the center of town.
(3) Kyaik-Khauk Pagoda; it perches on the hillock of the town, with a history dated back over 2,000 years.
(4) We then extended visit to Kyauk-Tan Yaele Pagoda (a Pagoda on a small island).
(5) On the way back, stop at Bada-Gyi village, to see 41 feet high, 100 years old, huge Seated Buddha Image and then drive back to Yangon in the evening. Upon arrival Yangon you are transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel, you are welcomed by our friendly English speaking tour guide at your hotel and you start on a suburb tour of Dala town ship.
Dala is a small township located to the South of the Yangon River. This tour will bring you the best of the countryside areas around Yangon. The daily life of the people, the decorated bowls, the cottage industries and solemn Buddhist pagodas are the noticeable that you can't ignore in this interesting tour. We begin the day’s tour including;
(1) You take the local ferry from Pansodan Jetty to get to Dala. Ferries leave for Dala every 20 minutes and the journey takes not more than 20 minutes. You across the poetic Yangon River, observe the morning activities on both sides of the river before reach Dala – a southern township of Yangon Region. Upon arrival, you will travel around Dala by a trishaw – the most popular vehicle in Dala, through local fish markets, green areas and tea shops. You can stop and buy anything you want like fishes and other food or have a cup of tea. Then your trishaw will take you to Shwe Sayan Pagoda, the most prominent pagoda in Dala and its Buddha image with a large green leaf behind. Besides, you can visit Chedi, a golden stupa of Dala. Remember taking photos of the rural areas with roads and bamboo houses of Dala.
(2) After coming back from Dala town ship in the afternoon, have a lunch at local restaurant in Yangon and proceed to Yangon Central Railway Station to ride a Circle Train. It will last for three hours; trains run from 3:45am to 10:15pm, and between 100,000 and 150,000 tickets are sold every day. Conditions are basic, and the views are interesting rather than spectacular, but no other site or attraction in Yangon affords such an authentic taste of everyday modern life in Myanmar. As the train stops at the small stations along its route, vendors carrying huge bundles of goods climb aboard to travel to market town further along the line; hawkers attempt to sell their wares to passengers. People go about their business. The train winds its way through Yangon’s outskirts, and for anybody who’s interested in sampling real life in the main city of Myanmar (Burma), it provides the perfect antidote to sanitized tourist attractions. Then you are transferred to your hotel.