Yangon

Twante Excursion

Duration: Full day
Overview: A morning trip to rural Yangon. Located on the other side of the Yangon River, Twante has very much retained its original character. Transfer to the jetty and take a local ferry across the river to Dala. Take local taxi to Twante. The road is bumpy and you should be prepared for an uncomfortable yet very interesting ride, which provides a glimpse of life on and along the famous Twante Canal. After a visit to Shwesandaw, Baung Daw Gyoke Pagoda and local school, you can take a trishaw to the pottery area where a large part of the population in Twante is engaged in producing pottery. Walking through the many workshops where locals are busy, moulding pots, planning mushroom and making Bamboo flute and you will be able to observe them. Return to Yangon by the same way.

Tradition and Culture in Yangon

Duration: 3 hours
Overview: After meeting at City Hall, procede to the Aung San Museum, situated in the 1920s colonial residence of General Aung San, founder of Burma. The museum is dedicated to the General's adult life and features exhibits, family photos, handwritten notes, personal mementos, as well as his car. Take a walk through Kandawgyi Park. Along the way the guide will share local stories and anecdotes. Pause for a tea break and people watching before heading to Shwedagon Paya. Inside the eastern entrance there is a very different type of local market, giving an idea of how significant Buddhism is in daily life. After enjoying the market climb the long, stair-filled corridor up to the Pagoda platform. Its magnificent golden dome rises an impressive 98 metres above its base and is said to be covered with tons and tons of pure gold, along with numerous precious stones. Humbling in its beauty, the Pagoda is the perfect spot in which to cap off a Yangon tour of tradition and culture.

Bago Excursion

Duration: Full Day
Overview: Leave Yangon and enjoy a scenic journey by road to Bago by private aircon vehicle, 80 km to the northwest of Yangon. Bago is an ancient capital of the former Mon Kingdom dating back to the 6th century. Sightseeing in Bago includes Shwethalyaung (the beautiful 55-metre long reclining Buddha), and the Mon style Shwemawdaw Pagoda (one of the most venerated in Myanmar). Its spire stands 114m high and is taller even than the Shwedagon Pagoda. Also visit the well-restored former palace Kambozathadi. End the tour of Bago with a walk around the colourful Bago Market. Return to Yangon.

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