23 October 2016
This short tour of Yangon is the perfect introduction to this enthralling city. You'll visit famous sights including the gold-covered and diamond-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda and the National Museum, as well as gaining an insight into day-to-day life in the city with trips to local markets and one of the many monasteries.
Your tour begins today as you're met on arrival at Yangon Airport and transferred to your hotel. Once you've checked in, you have the rest of the day at leisure to explore Myanmar's former capital. You may like to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most striking religious monuments in South-East Asia. If time permits, you'll take a guided walk through Yangon’s Chinatown and visit some of the city's colonial buildings, as well as Bogyoke Aung San Market, which sells a huge range of handicrafts. In the early evening, you'll visit the truly spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, covered with hundreds of gold plates and encrusted with 4,531 diamonds.
You'll start early today, when the air is cool. You'll visit City Hall, Strand Hotel and the Inland Water Transport Building, all classic examples of period architecture, then head to Little India to take a break with a lassi drink and a snack. Next stop will be the impressive National Museum, where highlights include the Lion Throne belonging to the last King of Myanmar and a stunning collection of ceremonial clothing. You'll continue with an excursion to the huge reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Kyi before heading on to Kandawgyi Lake. As the sun begins to set, you'll stroll through picturesque Kandawgyi Park and visit the Karaweik, a replica of a traditional royal barge.
This morning you'll visit Kalaywa Monastery, home to 1,000 monks and nuns, to learn more about monastic life. You then have the rest of the day at leisure for some last-minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping before it's time to transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Standard fr £324pp
Superior fr £413pp
Deluxe fr £956pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated