Yangon’s Foundations Explored

Yangon’s Foundations
Explored

Atmospheric, authentic and teeming with life, Yangon is an incomparable example of Asia’s diversity.
Explore its roots to former British ruling and watch the magnificence of its gilded temples
reflect spiritually, Yangon is a kaleidoscope of experiences.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and has a mix of colonial architecture, modern high-rises and Buddhist pagodas defined its skylines. With what can only be described as one of the most striking religious monuments in South-East Asia, the Shwedagon Pagoda, plus a wealth of colonial architecture and lots more besides, Yangon is a city of contrasts, and a delight to explore.

During this half-day tour, witness the famous religious sites in Yangon, feel the beauty of the in-town natural lake and stroll through a bustling market selling a variety of Myanmar traditional products.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Yangon’s Foundations Explored

08:00 - 12:30

We will pick you up from your hotel in Yangon: our guide and driver will be around 8 am in your hotel lobby. Our first stop of this morning tour is the Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years, surrounded by government buildings. Throughout the day, Sule Paya is busy with local pilgrims and monks who come to pray and pay their respects to the Buddha relic placed here by descendants of historic, distinguished leaders. From there you can see the city Hall, the High Court as well as the Independence monument situated in Mahabandoola Park with its victory monument right in the heart of the park and where all the young generation and families are coming to spend their evening.

Within a short drive from the Pagoda, we will proceed to the Bogyoke Market, or better known as Scott’s Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays). Undoubtedly offering the largest selection of handicrafts in Myanmar, the market is a great place to discover a bargain and have fun haggling with the local traders.

Surrounded by a lush park, the calm surface of Kandawgyi Royal Lake remains one of the main spots for relaxation and activities for residents. After a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall (a replica of a traditional Burmese Royal Boat) on Kandawgyi Royal Lake, you will complete your Yangon Impressions with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda. Towering almost 98 meters above the green cityscape of Yangon, it is one of the wonders of the religious world.  It is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese nation. This magnificent building is covered with hundreds of gold plates with the top of the Stupa encrusted with 5448 diamonds.

After this half-day through the former capital of Myanmar, your guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel where you will arrive around 12.30 pm.

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

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 travellers, 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
  • Yangon’s Bogyoke (or Scott’s Market) is closed on Mondays and on public holidays; alternative sightseeing may be offered when travelling on these days through the city
  • 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.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
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees. Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance
  • We always will make efforts 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 pickup 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.
  • 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. Certain sights in this excursion may not be photographed for specific reasons.We kindly ask for your understanding by following local regulations
  • 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 sunrays still have an immense power
  • 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.
  • 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.

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