Yangon is the erstwhile capital of Myanmar that still proudly lives on as the country’s commercial hub. Formerly known as Rangoon, which translates as end of strife, Yangon is swarming in its fine architecture of British colonial buildings in leafy avenues, markets and pagodas.. Due its to thriving sea port, lively streets and a recent real estate boom excelled by interested hoteliers, there is a constantly changing aura to the city that creates an element of magic. Yangon has also been the centerstage of political events, including major anti-government protests since the 1970s. Yangon’s crowning capital status was cast off when the seat of government was moved to the newly constructed city of Naypyidaw in 2005. Despite its relatively undeveloped infrastructure, the majority of Yangon’s population has chosen to be loyal and remain.

Highlights

  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Sule Pagoda
  • National Museum
  • Capital City Tours

 Places to stay

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Belmond Governor's Residence

Hotel Style: Heritage

The Governor's Residence was built in the year 1920 as the official home of one of the governors from the southern states of the country.  See Hotel

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Savoy Hotel (Yangon)

Hotel Style: Heritage

Ideally located in a picturesque region of Yangon, the Savoy hotel offers you panoramic views of the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda.  See Hotel

Exterior view of Sule Shangri La in Yangon, Myanmar

Sule Shangri La (Yangon)

Hotel Style: International

The comfortable Trader's hotel is ideally located in the centre of Yangon.  See Hotel

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The Loft

Hotel Style: International

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The Strand (Yangon)

Hotel Style: Heritage

Built in 1901 the Strand hotel will take you back in time to the era gone by.  See Hotel

 Things to do

Excursion to Dala Village

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to the bustling Nanthida jetty. Stroll past the colorful stalls filled with tasty snacks, then board a ferry that crosses Yangon River. DUring this time you will have the opportunity to observe the scenic watercourses and the lively riverfront. After approximately 15 minutes you arrive in Dala, a rural township bounded by the river in the north and east, the Twante Canal in the west and Twante Township in the south. Although only a short boat ride away from Yangon, you enter a different realm where the time appears to have stood still. Get on a trishaw, a three-wheeled bicycle taxi, and start exploring Dala. Proceed to Shwe Sayan Pagoda, where you can see the mummified body of a monk who died here 150 years ago. According to locals, ten years ago the monk opened one of his eyes to warn people about the coming cyclone. Continue to the local market, meander through charming alleys and interact with friendly locals. Get back to the jetty where you will catch a ferry back to downtown. After disembarking, have lunch at a restaurant of your choice or return to your hotel.

City Highlights of Yangon

Yangon, formerly Rangoon, was once the capital of Burma from 1948 to 2006 – Naypyidaw being the present capital of Myanmar since 2008. Evergreen and cool with verdant tropical trees, shady parks and lovely lakes, Yangon has been named the ‘Garden City of the East’. Start the day with a trip to the old colonial district of Yangon – visit the over 2,000yr-old Sule Pagoda, right in the center of Yangon, enshrining a hair of Buddha; explore Bogyoke Aung San Market, a major bazaar known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, where you can practice your bargaining skills. Marvel at the Royal Lion Throne and other Royal Family treasures housed in the National Museum. Inspect the historic Shwedagon Pagoda – one of the wonders of the world, towering almost 100m above the city-scape, believed to have been built over 2500yrs ago; feel its enchanted spiritual atmosphere at sunset.

Half Day Excursion to Thanlyin from Yangon

After a leisurely breakfast, drive from Yangon to Thanlyin (formerly Syriam), a major port city located across the Bagor River and home the country’s largest port. Visit Kyaik-khauk Pagoda, built during the Buddhist era 241 by Cula Thirimasoka, the Mon King of Thaton. Queen Shin Saw Pau’s stone inscription mentions that 18 successive kings of Thaton and Sre Kestra are believed to have repaired, renovated and maintained the structure. Next, visit the unusual third century BC temple, Yele Pagoda on Kyauktan Island, housing an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures and other fine demonstrations of Burmese Buddhist artwork and craftsmanship. Drive back to Yangon by afternoon to visit Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda, featuring a 216ft long – Myanmar’s largest – image of the reclining Buddha. Observe its ‘glass made’ eyes and how human they look! Later, visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (formerly Scott’s Market) known for its colonial architecture and cobblestoned inner streets. This market is a major tourist draw with its antiques, Burmese handicrafts, jewelry shops, art galleries and clothing stores. Notice also shops for locals selling medicine, foods, garments and foreign goods.

Half Day Cooking Class in Yangon

Starting early morning, spend a half day learning about traditional Myanmar (Burmese) cuisine with a special cooking class! Begin with a trip to the local market to see the array of fresh produce and herbs. The class is then held in a local home, where you will learn to prepare several popular traditional dishes and get a chance to experience exotic flavors. Learn how traditional ingredients are used in the preparation of authentic local food. Complete the experience with a delicious meal that you have helped prepare! By taking part in these classes, guests contribute to the local community since the staff consists of energetic and motivated young trainees.

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