Myanmar

3-Day Yangon Insights

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • See the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda capped in gold and glowing in the sunset
  • Ride the Central Line, a famous railway route frequented by locals
  • Visit incredible art galleries showcasing the work of local talent
  • Enjoy delicious local dishes

tour details

Spend three glorious days exploring Yangon’s marvels. Explore art galleries, antique stores, and other hidden gems and visit a number of different markets, ranging from general street fares to specialized fruit and vegetable offerings.

Arrival at Yangon Airport in the morning. Start your morning tour with a walk along Yangon's busy harbour where goods are loaded. Lunch at Linkage Restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image. Stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Shwedagon. Enjoy the sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide! Its golden stupa is the 'heart' for all Buddhists in Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. Firstly drive to the Eastern entrance of the Shwedagon pagoda and walk along the small shops where monk accessories, Buddha statues, flowers etc. are sold. The entrance is always very busy with sellers and local pilgrims. You'll learn about the daily life of the local people who reside in the immediate surroundings and gain a deeper insight into the Buddhist religion as you provide offerings to the monks. Then, walk up the staircase where many vendors sell artefacts for peoples own shrine at home. Continue to walk along the pagoda platform clockwise, as is tradition, around the main Pagoda. During this interactive walking tour of the pagoda, explore walkways and hidden gems that are unknown to most visitors. Stopping in one of the pavilions to prayer, you might get a chance to meet a Buddhist monk and talk about Buddhism and meditation or simply contemplate. Continue through the back door of Shwedagon Pagoda and discover its fascinating history. It is always full of people praying and making offerings, and is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by.
Accommodation at IBIS Styles Yangon Stadium Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Yangon. (Period until 30 April 2018)
Accommodation at Hotel G (Good Room) or similar, Yangon. (Period 01 May 2018 - 30 September 2018)
Pick up at your hotel and drive to the jetty. Take a local ferry across the Yangon River to Dala (a 10 minute ride). Upon arrival a trishaw driver takes you through local villages and plantations to a monastic school (not possible in Summer holidays March to May), where you can meet the children and teachers - the children always enjoy seeing and interacting with foreign visitors. This is real local rural life, not to be compared with the busy streets of nearby Yangon. Return by local ferry. Lunch at Union Bar.
In the afternoon, visit Sule Pagoda which acts as a central reference point in the grid pattern of central Yangon's colonial-historical area. Explore the lively streets where uncountable street vendors and tea shops fill the pavements, and pass by imposing colonial buildings constructed in the early years of the 20th century. From Yangon's Central Station take a 30-45 minute train ride on the Circle Line. Opened in 1961, the train carries an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people a day around the city. This is life the way the locals live it, and it's a great way to participate very naturally. Drive to a selection of art galleries and antique shops. There is a surprisingly high number of very talented painters and artists in Myanmar, some of whom are known internationally, and this is an opportunity to get to know their work. Return to hotel.
Accommodation at IBIS Styles Yangon Stadium Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Yangon. (Period until 30 April 2018)
Accommodation at Hotel G (Good Room) or similar, Yangon. (Period 01 May 2018 - 30 September 2018)
This morning the tour focuses on different types of markets, where you will see local people bargaining and trading in a bustling atmosphere. While Bogyoke (Scott) Market is a must for almost all tourists, other markets are usually overlooked, and the Indian market or the vegetable and fruit market still carry on much as they have always done, providing you with a fascinating insight into the country. Stop at Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs. Lunch at Taing Yin Thar Restaurant.
In the afternoon your car and the Diethelm Travel guide are at your disposal allowing you to pursue individual interests until you transfer to the airport for your international departure flight.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast and L=Lunch)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Ferry Yangon-Dala-Yangon
  • Trishaw in Dala
  • Train tickets
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour

excludes

Not included are:

  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the program
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and surcharges for water festival 13-17 April will be advised at the time of booking
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

International flights need to be booked as follows:
Arrival in Yangon : Morning flight
Departure from Yangon : Evening flight

Notes:

  • The above tour is designed to give you a real "insight" into Yangon and includes visits to many local non-tourist places.
  • Clients should be advised that the roads are bumpy and trishaw-seats are very narrow. It is sometime difficult to climb in and out a trishaw.
  • Ladies should wear comfortable trousers. As it will be hot, it is advisable to bring a hat.
  • The reward for any discomfort is the opportunity to see "the real Yangon".
  • Depending on the hotel availability, late checkout may not be available. Some hotel, however, provide the late check-out extra charges applied.
  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
Tour code: RGNDY3ISY

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