Myanmar is a vast, beautiful country that still retains a greater part of its traditional values and culture. This “Golden Land” sits at the crossroads of Asia’s great civilizations – India and China – and looks out onto the vast Indian Ocean next to Thailand. Myanmar stretches from the sparkling islands of the Andaman Sea in the south, right up to the Eastern Himalayan mountains range. To this day, Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. This is an enchanted land of Buddhism offering breathtaking beauty and charm, while only beginning to emerge into the modern world.
A full-day city tour of Yangon gives travelers a chance to get to know the city, while visiting prominent landmarks and glimpses of life off-the-beaten tracks. A sightseeing tour gives visitors a sense of familiarity of the place where they can later self-explore at their leisure.
Places not to be missed include:
• Shwedagon Pagoda: Visit the 107-meter-high golden Stupa of Shwe Dagon Paya as it glitters in the soft light of the morning. The golden stupa is the “heart” of Buddhist Myanmar. It is believed to be 2,500 years old, and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately-decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon, and it’s a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by.
• Chauk-htat-gyi the reclining Buddha: Visit the huge 70-meter-long reclining Buddha named Chauk-htut-gyi and its monastic compounds.
• National Museum: This modest but intriguing museum houses artefacts from the last kingdom and the Sihasanna (Lion Throne) stands 8 meters high, which belonged to King Thibaw, along with royal regalia from the 19th century of the last Burmese kings from the Kong Bound dynasty. The artefacts of various ancient periods, articles of cultural heritage and archaeological value, arts and crafts articles, weaponry, musical instruments, and paintings can be seen here.
• Walking Tour: Visitors will have the chance to explore on their own and may choose to walk through from the Strand Hotel along Pansodan Street near the Sule Pagoda, and enjoy a moment to admire the bustle of the street and the architecture of the buildings. Of course to enjoy the daily life of this area means tasting the delicious local foods, bargaining for rare arts and crafts, and of course, lots of “selfie” moments.
• Visit to the Bogyoke Aung San Market: For a wide selection of Myanmar souvenirs, handicrafts, and other local products, this is the place to be. Look for one-of-a-kind souvenirs that will bring back memories years after this remarkable trip, and do not miss out on getting local crafts, beautiful fabrics, and so much more to take home. (Note that the market is closed on Mondays and public holidays.)
• Options: Do not limit yourself to shopping and sightseeing. If you wish, why not visit a local wholesale market to experience the full circle of the Myanmar life style.
• Visit a local tea shop: Enjoy an amazing brew of some real “lapae yea” – a black tea mixed with some sweetened condensed milk and sugar.
• Take a local circle train ride for a journey to the outskirts of Yangon: This slowly-traveling train provides unique opportunities to observe the life of the rural Burmese people. Disembark to visit Insein Market where a variety of street vendors sell colorful wares or meet the friendly locals before returning to Yangon to explore downtown.
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