Discover Yangon in Depth
The former capital city of Myanmar still maintains its colonial charm with wide tree-lined avenues, tranquil lakes, and gracious turn of the century architecture. The magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the city skyline, while at street level Yangon is a paradise for hunting out a variety of exotic arts and crafts.
Of particular interest in the many shops of Scott Market, and of world renown, are Myanmar’s precious stones – rubies, sapphires, and jade. At night time Chinatown comes alive with its pungent aromas and delicious street food.
Day 1: Hanoi – Yangon (B)
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
You will pay an evening visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, a landmark of Myanmar and one of the greatest wonders of the world. There will be a buffet dinner served at Karaweik Hall, which is a modern restaurant designed in the form of a huge Myanmar mythical bird, and which sits on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. You will spend the night in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Bago – Yangon (B/L/D)
In the morning you will take an 80-kilometer drive to visit Bago, the ancient capital of the 16th Century Mon Kingdom. Bago is famous for its traditional cheroot industry. On the way, there will be photo stops at Shwe Nyaung Pin Nat Shrine (where visitors pray for safe journeys) and at Htauk Kyant, a war memorial cemetery compound which houses 27,000 stone graves of Commonwealth and Allied forces who fell during World War II.
You will explore the Bago local market, where you can buy a variety of local farm products and study the lifestyle of the villagers. You will also visit the ShweMawDaw Pagoda (the tallest pagoda in Myanmar, with a height of 114 meters) and the imposing Kanbawzathadi Palace of King Bayintnaung ( 1551-1581 AD ). You will continue your tour at Kyaik Pun, which houses four gigantic Buddha images, which sit facing the four cardinal points of the compass. You will end your tour exploring the stairways of Shwethalyaung and the reclining Buddha image.
On the way back to Yangon, you can stop off at Karzine village to buy traditional medicine products made of the preserved scorpion, which are displayed in jars and bottles of various sizes. You will stay overnight in Yangon.
Day 3: Yangon – Thanlyin - Yangon(B/L/D)
Today you will visit Thanlyin Syriam, which was a Portuguese colonial port during the 16th Century. En route, you will get to see lotus covered lakes and small wooden houses built in traditional village style. Upon arrival, you will visit the Kyauktan Yele Pagoda, situated in the middle of the river, and where you can enjoy feeding the huge catfish around the pagoda. The next must stop see is the Sacred Heart Church, built by the Portuguese during the 18th Century. You will return to Yangon for a late lunch.
In the afternoon, you will begin driving through the heart of Yangon, with photo stops at Immanuel Baptist Church (built in 1885), City Hall, the High Court, and many other colonial style buildings. You will then visit Saint Mary's Cathedral, which is the biggest Catholic church in Myanmar. In the evening, You can walk on the banks of the Inya Lake before an overnight stay in Yangon.
Day 4: Yangon sightseeing (B/L/D)
You head off to visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, a landmark of Myanmar and one of the greatest wonders of the world. You will then see the Kyaukhtatgyi Buddha Image (which is fourth largest colossal reclining Buddha) before continuing to the Strand jetty to witness the daily life of the local people on the river. You will then visit Treasure Art Gallery, which has a huge array of painting styles. Then it’s off to Beik Thano Art Gallery, which preserves the artworks of earlier Myanmar painters. In the evening, you can visit World Peace Pagoda, built in 1954 in dedication to the Sixth Buddhist Council (1954-56). You’ll also go to Lawka Chanthar (the world’s biggest marble Buddha) and see the royal white elephant, before an overnight stay in Yangon.
Day 5: Yangon sightseeing - Departure (B/L)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will ride the Circular Train, which will give you a unique perspective on daily life in the city and the surrounding area. The station is a grand British colonial building that combines Burmese architectural style with functional Western elements. On the three-hour trip, you’ll see the scenery change from city to rural, and pass by ponds, villages, and farms. You will then have lunch at a local restaurant, and if you want, you can ask your guide to take you to enjoy a traditional massage and spa treatment (optional). You will then transfer to the airport for your departing flight back to Vietnam, where you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi or HCMC. End of program.