Unique Street Life of Yangon by Foot

Unique Street Life
of Yangon by Foot

You will explore once-degraded alleyways and crumbling heritage sites that have
been beautifully restored into vibrant social spaces, with colourful street art,
flowering gardens and kids’ playgrounds on this living history walking tour.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Doh Eain is a Yangon-based social enterprise and design practice that develops public spaces and restores vital heritage buildings. The company was founded in 2016 by Emilie Roëll. Doh Eain is on a mission to preserve and improve Yangon’s heritage and urban landscapes directly with the people and communities that inhabit them. The aim is to maintain unique characteristics and support the neighbourhood’s socio-economic growth.

Doh Eain is well-known for its Alley Garden project in which Yangon’s trash alleys were transformed into clean and healthy recreational spaces featuring gardens, street art and children’s playgrounds. When the garden went viral on social media, the local government became involved in even more ‘trash alley to alley garden’ projects.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Unique Street Life of Yangon by Foot

09:00 - 13:00

Meet your expert guide at your hotel and get ready to soak up the vibrant sights and sounds on this living history walking tour of one of Yangon’s most celebrated cultural areas.  The exploration is focused on Bogalazay Street, an area rich in heritage buildings. The adventure starts at Doh Eain’s office on 41st street. You will then set off to view a symbol of urban renewal – an alley garden lovingly created in the concrete jungle.

Along the way, take a peek into a recycling shop where one man’s trash becomes another man’s treasure. You will also view one of Yangon’s most iconic public buildings, the Secretariat where General Aung San was assassinated in 1947.

As you stroll along Bogalazay Street, the guide will introduce you to its history and local stories and will explain how the buildings are being restored to their former glory. After browsing a local market, you will take a trip down one of the city’s neglected alleyways that has been transformed into an area of vibrancy with contemporary street art, flamboyant murals and potted greenery. These improvements have brought the local community’s adults and children back on the street to socialise and play.

Lunch is at a local restaurant that serves mainly local dishes. At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Yangon’s central business district. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District, cruise ports and Yangon’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users
  • We will always make the effort to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions
  • This excursion is only operated in the morning.

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