- The history, lifestyle, local industries and culture of this highlight of Myanmar
- The great way to see a bit of the city
Day 1: Yangon Sightseeing
Meet and greet our guide at the hotel. As the first day in Yangon, you will set off for a day tour of Yangon’s highlights. As a city relatively uninfluenced by the outside world, Yangon has maintained its rich colonial and spiritual heritage and is considered one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. You will embark upon a walking tour in downtown Yangon to discover the other religions practiced in Myanmar. Begin with Kheng Hock Keong Temple, Chinatown’s largest temple, and continue on visiting mosques, churches, Hindu temples and a synagogue. As you tour, your guide will explain the rich diversity of the religions in Yangon and from him you will learn about offerings and blessings in each place of worship. Beyond the major regions, you’ll also discover local Burmese traditions such as ancestor worship, Nat worship, astrology and the lottery.
Along the way, you will see many fascinating historic buildings and the bustling life on Yangon’s downtown streets.
In the afternoon, a visit to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda provides a great overview of Buddhism. Home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha, the feet of the statue are carved with traditional symbols. Many locals visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to pay homage and pray among the many murals depicting the life of Buddha.
Sip authentic tea at a local tea shop and relax as you observe Burmese life.
Next, you will travel to Kandawgyi Park. Visit the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and take a stroll around the lake with views of Shwedagon in the background.
Finally, you will continue to Shwedagon Pagoda. Said to enshrine strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics, this is the most revered Buddhist temple. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend claims that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas. As you marvel at the breathtaking structures and holy ambiance, your guide will share with you the customs and traditions of Buddhism.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Dhala & Twante sightseeing (B,-,-)
After breakfast, board a ferry at the bustling Nanthida Jetty to cross the Yangon River to Dhala. Upon arrival to Dhala, travel by local trishaw through the town to visit the market and interact with the friendly locals and then continue to Twante by car. Reaching Twante, we’ll go ashore to explore this peaceful town which is known for its pottery. We will stop at local restaurant for lunch (own account). During your visit you will see many local potteries using traditional methods to craft earthenware, pass by rural neighborhoods and meet friendly locals. You’ll also visit the town streets, passing by the market and Shwesandaw Pagoda. Late afternoon return to Yangon.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 3: Yangon Circular Train (B)
Take the Yangon Circular Railway for a scenic ride around this diverse region. A friendly local guide provides pickup at your hotel before you head to the lively railway station for a true Burmese experience. Enjoy the dynamic views on the journey as a professional guide helps you navigate your way to the Kyitmyindaing Township for a market visit (fish market). Then explore the neighbourhood and back to the downtown. Finally, you will have a chance to learn about Myanmar history by gathering at Maharbandula Park. The guide will take you around highlight colonial buildings with a short walk. The walk is a great way to see a bit more of the city, particularly aspects of its’ architecture, culture and history than one might normally overlook.
What is included in the tour
• Local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
• All transfers
• Private air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• Local Trishaw in Twante
• Train ticket
What is NOT included in the tour
• Accommodation inc. breakfast (B)
• International flights from and to your country of origin
• Other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• Travel insurance
• Meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• Visa fees