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
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 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
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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.