The sightseeing tour of Yangon includes Sule Pagoda, quite unusual in that its octagonal shape extends right up to the bell and inverted bowl, the City Hall and other Colonial buildings, Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda – which houses a spectacular reclining Buddha, a photo stop at the distinctive Karaweik Hall and Royal Barge on Kandawgyi Royal Lake.
At sunset, visit the marvelous Shwedagon Pagoda, the glistening golden stupa that towers over the capital and one of the wonders of the world, the spiritual centre of the country.
Oil Lamp Ceremony at Shwedagon Pagoda
For sunset, live an experience unique in the world in a spiritual place. For sunset, you will visit Shwedagon and participate to a special event: an oil lamp ceremony organized for you and only for you. This is a perfect chance to learn about the Buddhist culture, taking an important place in the daily life in Myanmar. 1,000 oil lamps are waiting for you to be lighted; both visually and spiritually stunning, this is an event that will for sure stay in your memory for ever.
Sightseeing with the Elephant Coach in Yangon
Enjoy the luxury and experience this unique style of travel in Myanmar with the lavishly restored antique post-Colonial Chevrolet passenger bus. You will experience an amazing way to visit the classic sights of Yangon, you will discover the heritage of mystic Myanmar, its beautiful people and its rich history in the luxurious comfort of this handcrafted masterpiece.
A Morning in Yangon like a Local
Today, you will be immersed to the ‘real’ Yangon with a fascinating morning excursion “like a local”, through the city and its suburbs. Start with a ride on the ‘Circular Train’, a famous transportation in Myanmar. Enjoy watching the busy morning activities on the train: the locals go to work and the sellers show their fresh goods. (Train ride is 20-30 minutes; basic carriage with no air conditioning). Jump off at one of the stations and take a ride on a trishaw (the most famous local transportation in Myanmar), through a local neighborhood. Visit nearby colorful markets to see fresh goods such as bananas and coconuts being sold as well as fresh fish, vegetables and other items. It’s then time to take a break- with the locals! Sit at a tea shop, sip on sweet tea or coffee and taste a variety of traditional Myanmar snacks.
Downtown Walking Tour with The Yangon Heritage Trust
Start your walking tour at the Yangon Heritage Trust Office on Pansodan Street. During 2.5 hours, your experts guide will introduce you to the fascinating History of Yangon. You will learn about the unique architecture dating from the colonial time, and you will have the chance to discover some hidden treasures.
Reconvene with your guide, late afternoon, for a sunset cruise on the Yangon River. From Botahtaung Jetty, cruise up river, seeing Yangon from a different perspective with its colonial buildings along the river, industrial ports and later Chinatown and western suburbs in the background. Along the other side of the river, view villages, farm fields, and palm trees, all covered in the soft afternoon light. After cruising up river, the boat turns around for the return journey back to Botahtaung Jetty from where your driver will return to your hotel for a much-deserved night’s rest.
Biking on the River Island
This bike tour leads you straight out of busy Yangon. Explore the hidden backstreets, markets and the Indian village of Dhala, before crossing the Twantay canal to the car-free River Island. The island feels like some decades back in time and is probably the best-kept secret around Yangon.
Massage at Mary Chapman School for the Deaf
Mary Chapman school is for deaf and dumb children from 12 different ethnic groups in Myanmar. A visit to this school is a good way to see the children(around 300 of them) studying and practicing a variety of manual handicraft arts and using recycled materials such as empty individual instant coffee or tea packets or plastics of all sorts. You will be able to purchase some of the very creative handicrafts and also for a minimal cost, enjoy a shiatsu massage delivered by the elder students of the school.
Bago is situated 50 miles (80 km) north-east of Yangon and only a 2 hours drive away. Bago was the Second Empire of Myanmar Kingdom and reached its zenith in the 16th century in Myanmar history. It was the Mon capital in earlier centuries and you can find many Mon people still living there. Mon people are considered as the most artistic and beautiful people, so here you can witness their amazing work yourself. The highlights of Bago are the Shwemawdaw Pagoda which is the tallest pagoda in the country with its 375 feet in height, the Seintharhlaung Pagoda, the Kyatkhetwine Monastery where over 100 monks reside, Kanbawzathadi Palace and Kyaik Pun or the Four faces Pagoda. You will visit some local villages and meet with local people to see their local way of life. Then stop for a visit at the Htaukkyant War Cemetery of WWII where 22 thousand Allied soldiers are laid to rest.
Farewell Dinner at Le Planteur
Tonight, you are invited to a farewell dinner at the famous Le Planteur restaurant. With it’s prime location on the shore of Inya Lake, not far from Aung San Suu Kyi’s house, and the elegant atmosphere of a continental restaurant, you are sitting at one of the best tables in Yangon. Fine wines of the world will accompany your delicious and very special last meal in Myanmar, at Le Planteur.
High Tea at the Strand Hotel
Take a break from the day’s touring and enjoy a refreshing High Tea at the famous and prestigious Strand Hotel. With a selection of delicious snacks, sit comfortably at the restaurant of this beautiful heritage building and give yourself the time to partake in this British tradition.
Today, you have the opportunity to learn about a hidden part of the Burmese culture. Lethwei (Burmese kickboxing) is one of the most cherished sports in the country. Watch a lethwei demonstration (and try if you dare!) by professional fighters; on the most famous and impressive lethwei ring in Yangon. You will have lots of stories to take back home!