Morning in Yangon - Private Tour: Start with a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the country's holiest sites. In the morning hours the pagoda is busy with local pilgrims, monks and nuns coming to pay their respects to the Buddha and say their prayers. Spend time walking around the platform and learning about Burmese beliefs such as the astrological system and its role in the daily life of the locals. The faint tinkling of bells, sounds of chants and early morning light create a serene atmosphere.
After exploring Shwedagon, descend the eastern stairway to find a row of shops at the base of the temple selling various religious items. Here you will find monks robes, alms bowls, offerings, incense and other unique Buddhist objects. As your browse the stalls your guide will explain the use and rituals of Myanmar's Buddhist people.
Next turn down a hidden laneway to discover a busy market tucked amid a labyrinth of small alleys. Fresh produce, rice, noodles and a variety of dry goods are on sale in this atmospheric little market. Having worked up an appetite it's time to head to Modern Tea Shop, an open-air tea shop busy from morning till night with local office workers, businessmen and families who come to enjoy a meal and a chat with their friends.
Sample a cup of sweet tea or local coffee along with some breakfast. The famous mohinga noodles are one of the most popular dishes but more than a dozen other meals are available including mee shay noodles, nan gyi, chappati-style bread with dips, cakes and savory pastries. Then transfer back to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotels in Yangon city center.
Start/opening time: At approximately 8am.
End/closing time: At approximately 11am.