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From Yangon: Full Day Excursion to Golden Rock

1. From Yangon: Full Day Excursion to Golden Rock

Start the overland drive to the Kin Pun "base camp" of Golden Rock with a 5:30 AM hotel pick up in Yangon. Continue onward to Kyaiktiyo (the "Golden Rock"), a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. You will arrive at Kim Pun base camp at around noon. As soon as you arrive at Kim Pun Base Camp you will take an open truck to reach the mountain top pagoda. After arriving to the top of the mountain pagoda, you can visit the Golden Rock Pagoda and take photos around there. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant en-route. After lunch, leave from Kyaikhto and return back to Yangon via Bago. Your short visit in Bago includes seeing the great Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is over a thousand years old. Its spire is even taller than that of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda. You will also see the 55-meter-long reclining Shwe Thalyaung Buddha Image, one of the country's most revered objects. You will also make a brief stop at Kyaik Pun Pagoda, famous for its four giant Buddha figures. If time permits, you can visit the Allied War Cemetery in Htauk Kyant. You will arrive back at your hotel late evening. 

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Yangon City: Full-Day Tour

2. Yangon City: Full-Day Tour

At 8:00 AM, you will be picked up from your hotel. Start your full day of sightseeing by driving through the colonial style downtown, as well as Chinatown and the Indian quarter. Stop to take a photo at the City Hall and the Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi. Then, take a walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbor area and discover the upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Visit Botathaung Pagoda, said to contain Buddha relics. If requested, you can make a short visit to the 100 year old Strand Hotel.   Lunch will be served at Lucky 7 Tea house where you can choose from a variety of Burmese, Indian and Chinese food. Visit Bogyoke Market, formally known as Scott Market, which gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. Explore the National Museum and discover the 8-meter-high golden Lion Throne and the Royal Regalia of Mandalay.  Then, proceed to the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda. Take a photo at the Karaweik Hall, a golden floating barge on the Kandawgyi Lake. Conclude your day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tonnes of pure gold. After enjoying the sunset from the pagoda, you will be transferred back to your hotel at 6:00 PM.   

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From Yangon: Full Day Excursion to Bago

3. From Yangon: Full Day Excursion to Bago

At 07:30 AM, you will leave your hotel in Yangon and drive the 84 km to Bago. On the way, you will pass picturesque rural landscapes of paddy fields and small villages. Bago, formerly called Pegu, is an ancient port and capital which was founded in the year 825 by two Mon princes. On the way, visit Htaukkyant War Cemetery, situated between Bago and Yangon. It houses the graves of more than 27,000 allied soldiers.  Upon arrival in Bago, you will visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is over a thousand years old. Repaired after an earthquake in the 1930’s, the pagoda has an impressive spire, one that is even taller than that of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda. After, visit Hinthargone Pagoda, where you can see the Nat Shrine.  Then, at about 10:40 AM, proceed to Kya Khat Wine Monastery, where at 11:00 AM more than 400 monks line up silently every morning for the last meal of the day. When witnessing the monks routine, speaking and interfering is not allowed and visitors have to adhere to a strict observing only policy.  After an enjoyable lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace, which is a reconstruction of the original Royal Palace from the second half of the 16th century. The very ornate golden palace gives a good impression of the splendor and wealth of the second Burmese empire. It was rebuilt following the original design, based on knowledge gained from excavations and the original drawings of the building.  Then, visit to the enormous, 55 meter long and 15 meter high, reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha image, one of the country’s most admired objects. After, discover Maharzedi Pagoda with its impressive bell-shaped stupa. You can also visit the nearby local market where locally grown produce is on sale. At the end of the tour, you will return to Yangon.

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Yangon Full Day Tour with Circular Train Ride

4. Yangon Full Day Tour with Circular Train Ride

Meet your guide at your hotel and firstly drive to Kyeet Myin Dine railway station. From here, take a 15-minute train ride on the Yangon Circular Train. Stop at Yangon railway station and drive to visit Bogyoke Aung Sann Market (Scott Market – closed on Mondays), where you may find various Myanmar handicrafts, jade, jewelry, clothing, and beautiful longyi. Next, go on a walking tour, setting off from Sule Pagoda in central downtown Yangon. On the way, you can see Yangon City Hall, Independence Monument, Mahabandoola Park, and many former colonial buildings. The next stop is the 70-meter long Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda giant reclining Buddha, which is equal to the height of a six-story building. In the late afternoon, you will visit Kandawgyi Park which has a great view of a beautiful lake and Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. You can also see Karaweik royal floating barge, which was built in 1974. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, which was built over 2,600 years ago. The Pagoda is always full of local people praying and make offerings, and is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Your guide will show you around the Pagoda complex with its many temples, stupas, and statues.

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Yangon: Private Full-Day Tour

5. Yangon: Private Full-Day Tour

Your tour will commence at 8:00AM, as you meet with your guide outside your Yangon accommodation. Your first sightseeing for the day will be the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most famous in the world and certainly the main attraction of Yangon. From there you will continue to the National Museum to explore the history and culture of Myanmar. Following this, you will take lunch at a local restaurant which serves Myanmar cuisine. You will then continue to the central area of Yangon, where most colonial buildings are standing. You will walk around this area to explore the Yangon City Hall, the Independence Monument, the former High Court Buildings, and the Telegraph Office (which is also a colonial building). You will then continue to the Nanthida Jetty to see the daily commute of people from suburban areas of the city center, before taking the return ferry trip from the jetty (this walking tour will take between 45 minutes to an hour). Next, you will pay a visit to Saint Mary's Cathedral which was built in 1899. You'll then be taken to a popular spot for dinner, before finally being transferred back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Shwedagon Pagoda

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 52 reviews

Amazing private day trip.The best value for money

The city tour is amazing ... the people living on & around the Yangon river is exceptional... The colonial buildings on & around Pansoedan Street are very impressive...also the Bogyoke (Scott) market is very interesting with lots of food, clothing, handicrafts & gem stores to be found there.Very high recommended .

Excellent way to visit Yangon

I chose a private guided tour because I can manage the time and my personal interests more effectively. My private guide was Kyaw, who is very knowledgeable and professional, and I learned a lot about Buddhism from him, as well as being able to visit in-depth the most beautiful pagodas all day long.

Amazing and friendly Guide - we had a very nice day with a lot of sightseeing and explanations. Can highly recommend this tour!

An awesome experience Private Full-Day Yangon City Tour

Excellent services ,great guide and all staffs,best value for money,highly recommended Private Full-Day Yangon City Tour

Tour was excellent!

May was our guide and we couldn’t ask for a better one.