Pick up at your hotel and start your sightseeing with a drive to the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbour, where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River.
Visit Botahtaung Pagoda, close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics. You then drive through the colonial-historical district, Chinatown, and the Indian quarter. Make a photo stop at the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years, and a landmark in central Yangon. And then visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar’s wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs.
Lunch will be served at Padonmar restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed then to the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi.
Enjoy a 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 at Bahan and walk along the small shops where monk accessories, Buddha statues and flowers 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 goes by.
- What Is Included- Transfer services with private air conditioned car
- Entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
- Lunch at local restaurant
- English-speaking local guide
- What Is Not Included- Travel Insurance
- Myanmar visa fee
- Surcharges for other language guides
- Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
- Drinks with meals
- Services, which are not mentioned above