Essential Yangon City

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Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: Morning / Afternoon

4 hours    English, French, Spanish, German, Russian    Yangon

tour highlights

  • Explore the Scott Market, renowned for its collection of traditional goods
  • See the ancient gilded Sule Pagoda and admire the architecture of the city centre
  • Visit the distinctive Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's greatest religious monuments

tour details

Explore the historic city of Yangon over the course of an engaging half-day journey. You’ll start in the colonial centre, known for its unique offering of distinctive architecture. Then, you’ll head towards the Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge that makes for the perfect photo opportunity. Your next stop is the 2,000 year old Sule Pagoda, revered by locals and visitors alike. The Bogyoke (Scott) Market, filled with traditional arts and crafts, will give you a look at the daily life of many inhabitants. Next up comes a long stop at the Shwedagon Pagoda, easily one of the most spectacular religious monuments in the world. The dome alone is covered with 60 tons of pure gold, and towers nearly 100 metres above its base creating a monumental end to an exciting day.

Why choose this tour?

  • Half day experience of visiting must-see the most captivating destinations in Yangon
  • Visit to one of the most significant makets in Yangon, packed with antiques, handicrafts and jewellery shops
  • Witness the magical and inspiring sight of Shwedagon pagoda

tour description

Pick up from your hotel. This introductory half-day tour takes visitors to the colonial-historical centre of Yangon, to a photo stop to the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge and the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years. Proceed to Bogyoke (Scott) Market followed by an extended visit to 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 will 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.

customise the tour

  • Combine with half day Yangon excursion
  • Shop for souvenirs at Scott market
  • Experience of oil lamp lighting event at Shwedagon
  • Donate some gold leaves and firsthand experience of pasting them on Buddha images
  • Tempt your fate and visit a fortune teller
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Entrance Fees
  • English speaking local tour guide (other language guides are available on request)
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Meals


  • Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.

    Important note:
  • Bogyoke market is closed on Monday and on public holidays.
  • Shoes and socks must be taken off for the visit of the Shwedagon pagoda and you are requested to wear long sleeves and dress/trousers covering your knees.
Tour code: EXYHEYCB

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