Welcome to the City of Green and Gold, Yangon, also known as Rangoon!
Yangon is Myanmar largest city and the former capital which still maintains the position as Myanmar’s commercial hub and gateway for the international travellers. It is the city of historical, colonial, religious legacies and one of the most interesting places in South East Asia.
Your tour will be opened by introducing with downtown Yangon. You will start the tour on one of the main roads called Mahanbandola Road where the Immanuel Baptist Church, built by an American missionary in 1830, is located. You will continue along the road, pass food stalls, roadside shops and see the colourful lives of Yangon. After a couple of alleyways, you will turn right onto Pansodan Street where many British colonial buildings are located. You will pass the impressive colonial buildings including High Court Building, Inland Water Transport Office and Port Authority until you’ll reach Strand Road and see Yangon River.
Your next stop will be in front of the classic Strand Hotel which is the first hotel in Myanmar. You will then continue on Strand Road, see some more colonial buildings, government offices and embassies facing the river before heading back north up to Sule Pagoda Road, where you can check your fortune with many Myanmar fortune tellers. Be sure to take a photo stop at the ancient Sule Pagoda which itself is older than Yangon and recognized as the centre point between the eastern and western part of Yangon. You will also have a look at the Independence Monument, City Hall and Mahabandoola Garden.
Lunch at House of Memories Restaurant.
OPTION: JET LAG MASSAGE
Feel jet lag? Take your relaxation first by receiving a refreshing spa treatment which will bring back your energy and soul. We know the most professional and the best-certified massage places in the middle of the city, where you can re-energize before you start your memorable vacation.
One of your most remarkable visits will be to go to the great Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the largest religious monuments in the World. It’s towering over Yangon and offers you picturesque views, colourful lives and objects and chance to explore the wide spectrum of historical values. You will start at the eastern staircase where small shops are lining up all the way to the base of the pagoda. It is also a one-stop market for religious items in Yangon, where you will find Buddha images, monks robes, alms bowls, altars, offerings, incense and other unique Buddhist objects. You will also see colourful Myanmar traditional toys for children. While you are browsing the stalls, your guide will explain the tradition and rituals of Myanmar Buddhists. When you reach on the platform, you will suddenly discover the glittering 100-meter high world tallest pagoda, literally enclosed in over 40 tons of gold leaves. Shwedagon Pagoda is believed to be the most valuable treasure of Myanmar. Almost all of the visitors report that this visit is one of the most unforgettable trips in Myanmar.
OPTION: PERFORMING ORGANIZED OIL LAMP OFFERING AT SHWEDAGON PAGODA
You will join the ceremony of offering oil lamp alongside local worshippers. It is traditionally performed by believers to earn and share merits through good deeds. A typical ceremony begins with monks chanting “sutras”, a blessing that bestows a lifetime of good health and happiness. You will get a better understanding and feeling of Buddhism through this unique and long-lasting ceremony.
Note: We will have to attain special permission to arrange this experience in Myanmar. Therefore, please book at least 4 weeks in advance. (Note: This activity is subject to weather conditions especially in raining season.)
This evening you will enjoy your outstanding dinner at one of the top tables of Yangon, Le Planteur Restaurant. The dinner can be served in a beautiful colonial-style building or in the relaxing garden. The international chief will bring the best delicious fusion dishes with a mix of imported and local ingredients.
After dinner, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Lunch at House of Memories Restaurant and Dinner at Le Planteur. Overnight stay at Awei Metta Hotel in Yangon.
After having your breakfast at the hotel, for your golfing time, you will be taken to Yangon City Golf Club. It is a more well-known golf course being host to the Asian PGA Tour in 1998 and 1999. It was designed by Han Golf Master himself, the Executive Chairman of the Asian Golf Tour.
Note: Green fees, buggy car rental, caddy fees & trolley fees are included.
Lunch at 10 Mile Cuisine.
After lunch, you will visit Kyaukhtetgyi Pagoda where 72-metre-long reclining Buddha Statue resided. The interesting image is second largest of that type in Myanmar and features completed carvings on his feet. You will then be transferred to the National Museum exhibiting Myanmar historical, archaeological, geological, art and cultural items. You will firstly see the huge original golden lion throne of successive Myanmar kings taken back from Britain. For a while, you will be enjoying your journey through the ancient eras of Myanmar and discover various Myanmar regalia, arts and crafts.
Note: The National Museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 09:00 – 16:30.
Take a break and enjoy traditional afternoon tea at the Strand Hotel. Influenced by the British-era, enjoying high tea became the centre of expat life during the 1900s and the High Tea has become a Yangon institution. Amidst a lush garden or inside houses adorned with elements that reflect the charms of a by-gone colonial era, you will take a midday respite from the heat and buzz of the city. You will slip back into the days of the colonial time as you enjoy tea or coffee and a selection of afternoon snacks.
Next visit will be to Bogyoke Market, also known as “Scott Market”. There are numerous local handicrafts, artistic items, souvenirs, garments are available. For your evening visit, you will continue to Botahtaung Pagoda located on the Yangon Riverbank.
Option: Sunset Cruise at Yangon River
(Note: This activity is subject to weather conditions especially in raining season.)
Lunch at 10 Mile Cuisine and dinner at Seeds Restaurant. Overnight stay at Awei Metta Hotel in Yangon.
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Pun Hlaing for your golfing time before you go back to your country.
Lunch at Oscar Restaurant at Awei Metta.
It’s time to say that your vacation is successfully completed and you will forever be thanked by the charming people of Myanmar. Depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight.
Provide a simple lunch box for dinner (fried rice or fried noddle or fried vermicelli).