After breakfast start exploring Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar and its commercial centre.
Start the tour in the heart of downtown Yangon to learn about British colonial-era buildings such as City Hall, Immigration Office and High Court Building. During this historic tour, stop at Mahabandoola Park, home to the Independence Monument for photos and an opportunity to people-watch.
Afterwards, head towards Scott’s Market for some retail therapy. This covered market is over 70 years old and houses the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts under one roof. Even if you choose not to buy anything, a ramble through the various stands is an experience in itself and a great opportunity to see the range of products made in Myanmar. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).
Then we will continue to Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, a 66 metre-long reclining Buddha image. This is an interesting place to learn about the importance of Buddhism to Myanmar people and gain a better understanding about Buddha’s time on earth. Locals regularly come here to pray.
Today’s excursion will end with a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda – the ultimate highlight of Yangon and, for some, Myanmar itself. The 2,500 year old gold-plated pagoda located in central Yangon is the country’s most religious site. It is the lifetime objective of all Buddhists in Myanmar to visit this beautiful complex at least once. Enjoy the peaceful and spiritual atmosphere as you walk around Shwedagon, taking in all the sights and incense smells.
Tonight, grab a seat at a local restaurant on 19th Street which is popular among local people to eat barbeque meat and vegetables. A cold draught beer is the perfect accompaniment to wash down your meal in lively surroundings.
After a few beers and wholesome food, return to the hotel to get ready for a night of drinking (and maybe even dancing) at one of Yangon’s most popular night spots. There are a number of rooftop bars around with magnificent night time views, as well as local beer stations where locals gather at night. We will head back to the hotel at around 11pm.
Overnight in Yangon.