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Yangon Tours - Excursions
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Yangon City Tour, 1 Day

Previously known as Rangoon, Yangon has been the capital of Myanmar since 1885. Some settlements here date back around 2,500 years. This colorful metropolis has an interesting combination of the scenes from a bygone era and the modern vibe of lively streets emphasized by tranquil temples and attractive colonial edifices.

A whole day city tour takes us in the National Museum, Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda with its 70m long reclining Buddha, Sule Pagoda, Mahabandoola Park, India town and busy Chinatown. We also visit the Bogyoke Market (formerly Scott’s) where everything and anything is available for purchase, before continuing on to the world famous golden Shwedagon Pagoda. This masterpiece is home to an intricate complex of smaller pagodas and Buddha images.

Bago Excursion, 1 Day

Only a 2-hour drive away from Yangon is Bago, previously known as Pegu. The capital of the Mon Kingdom of Lower Myanmar in the 15th century, it is 1 of the most attractive cities in the country. The sightseeing tour of this town includes the giant reclining Buddha of Shwethalyaung, the pagoda of Shwemawdaw, the 4 huge Buddha images at Kyaikpon Pagoda and the old Palace of Kamboza Thadi.

Take a walk around the colourful Bago Market and drive back to Yangon. On the way, stop over at the Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyan and the woven bamboo factory.

The trip ends after arrival in Yangon.

Thanlyin (Syriam) & Kyauktan

It is a fascinating journey across the river to Thanlyin and on to an intriguing pagoda at Kyauktan. In Thanlyin, a ride on a bus out of town will take visitors to the large, golden Kyaik-khauk Pagoda towering on a little hill on the right side of the road. A little before this pagoda are the catacombs of 2 well-known Myanmar Poets Laureate; Natshinaung and Padethayaza. Plenty of tourist attractions well worth visiting are sited in Thanlyin which include the ruins of an Old Portuguese Church, constructed during the 18th Century and the Sacred Heart Church, constructed by French Missionaries 1870.

There is Ye Le Paya, which translates as "the pagoda at the centre of the river" at Kyauktan. It was respectably named because the complex is sitting on a small island in the middle of the river. In the temple there are pictures of many famous pagodas from all over the country and even further afield. The longest bridge in Myanmar connects Yangon and Thanlyin.

Drive time from Thanlyin to Ye Le Paya is approximately 60 minutes.


A cruise on a boat to Twante (24 kilometres from the capital of Yangon) along the Twante Canal is around 2 hours. Twante is well known for its pottery and cotton-weaving industries and it also offers an opportunity to view life along the canal.