Yangon City Tour Full Day Private Tour: Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and you'll venture downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You'll start at the post office - a lovely historic building- and walk to Sule Pagoda in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit Little India and Chinatown, a colorful cacophony of restaurants, templ es and markets. Reach Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott's Market, where there is time to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops. This is Yangon's best market for handicrafts and other goods. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).
Lunch at local restaurant where delicious Burmese cuisine is served in a clean, comfortable environment. After lunch we'll visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. Continue to a local tea shop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Select from an array of snacks and enjoy a coffee or tea. Next, your guided tour goes to Kandawagyi Park, one of central Yangon's greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. Depending on the day of your visit Kandawgyi may be busy with local families who come here on the weekend to relax in the fresh air.
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotels in Yangon city center.
Start/opening time: At approximately 9am.
End/closing time: At approximately 6pm.