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Colonial Heritage of Yangon

Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 524

The perfect Yangon stopover for those interested in Burma’s colonial period, start or end your Myanmar tour with a few days in the former capital, discovering its political history, old and new.


This 3-day stop in Yangon will fascinate history and politics buffs alike, with a tour of colonial landmarks, and the childhood home of Aung San Suu Kyi.

A Yangon city tour begins with the diplomatic area, where some of the city’s richest colonial architecture can be found. You’ll also visit the 2500 year old Sule Pagoda, as well as the Chauk Htat Gui Pagoda, home to the Reclining Buddha. Your first afternoon stop is the General Aung San House Museum, where you can discover the story of Burma’s post-colony emergence. The building itself is a beautiful villa from that time, which was Aung San’s last residence, and the childhood home of Aung San Suu Kyi. Before dinner, stop in at Kandawgyi Royal Barge and the ninety-nine metre high Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon’s most famous landmark. On your final planned day, explore the Kalaywa Monastery, disembarking after lunch.


 

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Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 524

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Yangon

On arrival at Yangon Airport, you will be met by your local Destination Asia tour guide and transferred to your hotel where you will be able to relax from your long journey.

Yangon is a fabulous city to explore on foot. If time permits take a walk which will take in the hustle and bustle of Yangon's Chinatown as well as a number of the interesting colonial buildings that are synonymous with the city's past. City Hall, Strand Hotel and the Inland Water Transport Building are all classic examples of period architecture and your guide will be on hand to explain about them in more detail. Since you will be downtown, take in the opportunity to visit Bogyoke Aung San Market, still commonly known by its old British name of Scott Market. Undoubtedly offering the largest selection of handicrafts in Myanmar, the market is a great place to discover a bargain and have fun haggling with the local traders. Please note the market is closed on Monday.

In the early evening, visit the historic Shwedagon Pagoda which towers almost 98 meters (326ft) above the green cityscape of Yangon. One of the wonders of the religious world, it is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese. This magnificent building is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the Stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest which is a single 76 carats. One of the most magical times to visit the pagoda is early evening as the sun is about to set; to witness the serenity and calmness that abounds at this time of the day is an experience that will remain for a very long time.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant (depending on time of arrival).

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Chatrium Hotel Yangon

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    Chatrium Hotel Yangon



    Chatrium Hotel Yangon is a beautiful city resort located right in the heart of the Yangon City, along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. The property is facing towards the magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda. The hotel was built in ...

    Chatrium Hotel Yangon is a beautiful city resort located right in the heart of the Yangon City, along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. The property is facing towards the magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda. The hotel was built in Colonial Style with revived Asian and Eastern architectural design featuring the splendour of bygone days. The traditional décor and the gallery-like atmosphere of the lobby area, together with outstanding service from the staff, assure an experience true to the spirit of traditional Asia.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Yangon

Yangon is a fabulous city to explore on foot, especially early, when the air is cool and the locals are starting to go about their daily business. Starting downtown, this morning's walk will take in the hustle and bustle of Yangon's Chinatown as well as a number of the interesting colonial buildings that are synonymous with the city's past. City Hall, Strand Hotel and the Inland Water Transport Building are all classic examples of period architecture and your guide will be on hand to explain about them in more detail. Also visit Yangon's small but authentic Little India where you may wish to take a break with an enjoyable lassi drink or a delicious Indian snack.

After lunch, continue to the National Museum. With its impressive collections, the National Museum affords an excellent introduction to Burmese history throughout the ages. Highlights include the Lion Throne (Sihasana) belonging to the last King of Myanmar, King Thibaw Min and a stunning collection of ceremonial dresses. Please note the museum is closed on Monday.

Continue with an excursion to the huge reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Kyi before heading onto Kandawgyi Lake, a large and peaceful pool of water east of the Shwedagon Pagoda. When the sun starts to set and the air gets cooler, have a stroll through Kandawgyi Park and enjoy the changing light over Yangon's golden landmark. Once it is dark the illuminated stupa forms the perfect backdrop for a picturesque walk. Whilst exploring the park that surrounds the lake, you will be able to take a look at the Karaweik, a replica of a traditional Royal Barge.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Departure Yangon

The first stop today will be a visit to Kalaywa Monastery. With over a 1000 monks and nuns of various ages, this holy learning centre is an interesting place to witness monastic life. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport in order to connect with your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily except in April

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights first class accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Private touring and transfers
  • Meals as indicated
  • Entrance fees for the specified sites
  • Expert English speaking local guides

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

TB DESTINAYAN0218SG: YGN11B 2
24 Sep 2018
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