5D/4N Yangon, Bago & The Golden Rock
Highlights: English-speaking guide Bogyoke Market & Chinatown The Golden Rock Mahapasana Cave & Pagodas Kanbawzathadi Palace & Museum Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha
What you get
- Stay: 3* Hotel
- Meals: 4 Breakfast, 4 Lunches & 4 Dinners
- Transport: Return private transfer airport to hotel
Is it safe to visit Myanmar, formerly Burma? As for the general safety of tourists to the country, all I can say is that the locals will welcome you with open arms! It will be a bit troublesome if you are a reporter or a news photographer, other than, I can’t imagine anything unsafe about going to Myanmar. Myanmar is only dangerous for the local people, as the government continues to lock down pro democracy activists and demonstrators.
Yangon is the capital and the largest city of Burma. Th British Empire seized the city in 1852, after it suffered major destruction in the Second Anglo-Burmese War. The British made the city into the commercial and political hub of Burma and with this by 1900s, Yangon grew further to possess the public services and infrastructure equal to that of London. The country attained independence in 1948.The English name Rangoon was changed to Yangon in 1989. Today, the city holds the largest number of colonial buildings in Southeast Asia.
Once the capital of the powerful Mon kingdom but now a charming backwater, Bago still has many interesting things to see. Situated 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Yangon, it makes an ideal day trip or an en route stop on the way to Golden Rock. Dating back over 1,000 years, Bago, and its famous 374ft (114m) high Shwemawdaw Pagoda offered insight into yet an earlier chapter of Myanmar’s history. It is now a small lively town with a nearby river with abundant fish. The highlight in Bago includes Bago market, and the 180 feet (55 meters) long Shwe Thar Lyaung beautiful reclining Buddha.
Steam engines can still be seen on Bago railway lines.
Arrival Yangon (LD)
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Guide who will accompany you as you transfer to the hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.
This afternoon, your journey begins with a visit around the city and its highlights. Stop at the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which houses a 70-meter reclining Buddha. Late this afternoon, visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The central stupa is 90 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf. As the sun begins to set enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pagoda and surrounding skyline. Overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to the Strand Jetty to see river life on the Yangon River. Then continue visiting to the Sule pagoda in the center of the city and for a walk around the Mahabandoola Park to see the colonial courthouse and the city hall.
This afternoon, visit to Gem souvenir centre & Kabaaye Pagoda. and then shopping to Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). As today comes to a close, extend to take a stroll around colorful Chinatown and Indiatown.Dinner with Traditional Culture Show at Karaweik Palace Restaurant
Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo & Golden Rock (BLD)
Depart Yangon early this morning for a journey by road to Kyaikhtiyo and the Golden Rock.
Late morning, arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp (approximately 5 hrs). Travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) where you be dropped off at the junction camp to travel the final distance to Golden Rock on foot. The uphill trek is along a paved trekking path and offers great views of the surrounding area. For an easier alternative, four porters can carry you uphill in a specially-made sedan chair allowing you to enjoy the views without all of the hard work! (extra cost not included).
After about one hour of trekking, reach the Golden Rock. A huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar’s main pilgrimage sites. The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhist from across the country come here to pay homage. Dinner at the Hotel.
Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Yangon (BLD)
After breakfast, return to the base camp by open-air truck and begin the return journey to Yangon. En route, stop in Bago, the capital of the 6th century Mon kingdom.
Your visit in Bago begins at Shwethalyaung Temple which houses a beautiful 55-meter long reclining Buddha. Continue to the Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar and whose 114 meter spire is taller than the one at Shwedagon Pagoda. Before departing Bago, visit the well-restored former palace, Kambozathadi, which was the marvel of Asia when it was originally built in the 16th century. On the way back to Yangon, stop at the Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyan. This beautiful, peaceful cemetery is the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers. Dinner served at local restaurant at Yangon.
Depart Yangon (B)
Breakfast, transfer to airport for flight your flight back home.
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(3*) Yuzana Hotel
Kyaik Hto Hotel
- Valid from 01 Oct 2013 - 31 Mar 2014
- Minimum 2 adults
- Gratuity ( tipping) for driver and guide - RM 90.00 per passenger.
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