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Kyaiktiyo
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Monywa - Po Win Taung & Shwe Ba Taung
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Yangon
Union of Myanmar

Yangon is the nation's capital and the gateway to Myanmar. The numerous shady and beautiful lakes have earned it a reputation as the "Garden City of the East". The impressive colonial-style buildings of Yangon, its bustling street-market and wide tress-lined avenues, offer an exciting mix of old world charm and modern vitality. Yangon is home to a huge reclining Buddha, (Chauk Htat Gyi), the Royal Lake and Asia's most beautiful pagoda the Shwedagon.

YANGON in your ITINERARY

The start of your tour will be Yangon, as all airlines serving Myanmar fly to Yangon International Airport. A one - night stay is recommended before departure up-country and one night at the end of the trip in Myanmar.

At least half a day of sightseeing in Yangon is advised - the highlight being, of course, the Shwedagon Pagoda. A shopping trip to Boyoke(Scott) Market, closed on Mondays and Public holidays, is enjoyed by clients.

OVERLAND TRIPS FROM YANGON

NORTH OF YANGON

Pyi (Prome)
Pyi is an attractive town, situated a 6 hours drive away from Yangon. On the outskirts of town, is the ancient Pyu kingdom of Sri Ksetra (Thayekhittaya). Across the Ayeyarwady River from Pyi are the cliffs of Htone Po. Hundreds of niches filled with Buddha images of all shapes and sizes have been carves out of the rock face. A minimum of 2 nights are needed for this trip. It is then possible to continue from Pyi to Bagon or across the Bago Yoma Range to the Sein Yay Forestry Camp.

Sein Yay (near Taungoo)
A full day's driving from Yangon takes you to the village of Sein Yay, home to a forest camp, where you can still see elephants at work, or possibly go elephant riding. The more adventurous traveler might enjoy a trip across the Bago Yoma Mountain Range to Pyi (Prome) located on the Ayeyarwady River. A minimum of 2 nights is needed to visit the forest camp, while a third night is needed to cross the Bago-Yoma Range.

SOUTH-EAST OF YANGON

Bago (Pegu)
Bago is one of the largest cities in Myanmar and also boasts one of the largest reclining Buddha images - Shwethalyaung which measures 55 m long and 16 m high. It is an easy day-trip from Yangon or, if preferred, can be part of a longer trip which includes Kyaiktiyo (the Golden Rock Pagoda) and Mawlamyaing.

Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)
Legend has it that this incredible Golden Rock balances precariously on the edge of a cliff because of a precisely placed hair of the Buddha.

Visits are possible during the dry season as road conditions are poor in the rainy season. The Golden Rock can be visited on a one - night trip from Yangon, or as part of a longer trip which includes Bago and Mawlamyaing.

Pa-An (Capital of Karen State)
Pa-An can be visited on the way to Mawlamyaing. It is famous for it's natural caves of which have thousands of Buddha - images carved in the walls.

Mawlamyaing (Moulmein)
This attractive tropical town, surrounded by a ridge of hills on one side and the sea on the other, has a delightful atmosphere for those seeking unspoiled Myanmar. A visit from Yangon to Mawlamyaing, via the Golden Rock, requires a minimum of 3 nights. It is possible to return from Mawlamyaing to Yangon by train - long but interesting full day trip.

WEST OF YANGON

The Ayeyarwady Delta - Pathein Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung Beach
An overnight ferry-ride takes you to Pathein (Bassein), an important delta part and a rich rice growing region with many rice-mills. It is also famous for its umbrellas. Pathein can also be reached by car.

Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung Beach (Silver Beach). A couple of hours beyond Pathein, are popular holiday spots for many Myanmar people and the closest beaches from Yangon. A trip to Chaungtha or Ngwe Saung Beach requires a minimum of 3 days.

TRAVELING FROM YANGON BY AIR :

Bagan, Mandalay and Heho
Daily flights are operated to these destinations, both in the morning or the afternoons. We recommended that all itineraries start in Bagan and each in Heho/Inle Lake, as flight schedules are more reliable in clockwise direction, especially during the low season. The planes often land at intermediate airports, with a transit time of approximately 30 minutes.

Ngapali Beach
Air Mandalay operates daily direct flights from Yangon to Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) during winter only. New hotel accommodation has opened, making it easier to add a beach holiday in Myanmar to your itinerary.

Sittwe & Mrauk-U
Air Mandalay flies twice a week Yangon/Sittwe/Yangon. From Sittwe it takes a full days boat trip to Mrauk-U. therefore this trip requires a minimum of 4 nights. There are no other flight connections to this area. This trip is only recommended in winter.

Kentung & Tachilek
There are regular fights to this area, transiting in Mandalay and Heho. Read more about this area in the chapter "Kyaing Tong". This trip is only recommended in winter.

Kawthaung & Mergui
Diving trips in the Mergui Archipelago are operated from Thailand. It is not possible to join these tours from Myanmar and participants will have to arrange this with a tour-operator in Thailand.

 

 
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