Day 1: Welcome to Yangon
Day 2: Town of temples
Day 3: Markets and Syriam
Day 4: By train to the outskirts
Arriving in Yangon in the late afternoon/evening *). Met by your local English speaking guide at the airport and by car to your hotel.
Yangon is a city of more than 5 million people, but the downtown area is relatively small and can easily be covered on foot. In the heart of the city is the Sule Pagoda, the nucleus from where the city centre where were laid out in its Victorian grid pattern by the British about 150 years ago. Even if it is a predominantly Buddhist community, Yangon is still home to many other faiths, and strolling about you will see Hindu and Chinese temples, Islamic mosques, Anglican cathedrals and various Christian churches.
There is even a small Jewish synagogue. Suggest that you start out after breakfast for a walk with your guide through some of the narrow streets south of the Bogyoke Aung San Market and past the Sule Pagoda and City Hall through some of Yangon’s colonial architecture to the Strand Hotel. This hotel was once of the most renowned in Asia in line with the Oriental in Bangkok, Raffels in Singapore and the Peninsula in Hong Kong and was during the last fifteen years restored to some of its former glory. From the jetty near Strand Hotel you can take the public ferry across the Yangon River to the Dala township on the other side. After just 15 minutes from the bustling city life you suddenly find yourself in the country side. Transport around the village is by bicycle taxi (trishaw).
Back in town, it might be time for lunch, – maybe in colonial surroundings at the Strand Café or back at the hotel followed by a few hours’ rest. While Yangon until the 18th century was still an insignificant fishing village, its prominent and famous landmark, the Shwedagon Pagoda has stood there for more than 1000 years, mesmerizing visitors and residents alike with its glistening gold covered stupa where it is said that eight hairs of the last (Gautama) Buddha are enshrined at the base. The tip of the stupa is covered with 1800 carats gold and studded with thousands of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz. A huge emerald sits in the middle to catch the first and last rays of the sun. You should go there in the late afternoon before sunset, remove you shoes and slowly wander the lower terraces together with the friendly local population of very devout Buddhists.
By car to Thanlyin on the other side of Bago River (about 1 ½ hours each way) . Also known as Syriam , it was a former Portuguese trading post (from 1599) where the first Christian church in Myanmar was established . Thanlyin has a relaxed atmosphere, with shady streets and a colorful market . 7.5 miles from the city lies Yele Paya , a pagoda on a small island where visitors can achieve ” merits ” by feeding the giant catfish swimming around in the water around the pagoda. Back in the city, the Bogyoke Aung San Market (also called Scots marked) is well worth a visit (closed Mondays, though). At this market, which in many ways is unchanged from the British time you will find everything of locally produced items, from Mandalay silk, ethnic minority products, silver and wood carvings to precious stones, garments and cheroots.
After an early breakfast on to the Central Railway station for a trip on the ” Circular train” a very local mode of transport using about 3 hours on the tour around the outskirts of town. From the train you can see how people really live in Yangon. The passengers get on and off (the train has is 35 scheduled stops !) and fills the entire aisle with their goods which they bring from one local market to another. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for your international flight.
English speaking guide
Transportation by private car
Airport pick up and see off
Entrance fees and permits
Food: All Breakfast except day 1
Accommodation pre or post trip
Drinks and Beverage