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This Simply Yangon and Bagan trip offers the highlights of these iconic Burma destinations. Starting in the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon with its crumbling colonial mansions and ancient stupas, marvel at the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda and wander the cobblestone streets of Bogyoke Market. Travel to Bagan for the highlight of the trip and one of Asia's most iconic sights. Gain a bird's eye view from Mount Popa, discover the intricate details of temples up close, and watch as the sunset highlights countless stupas from the comfort of your river cruise.
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You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Yangon (Rangoon), answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Located in the fertile delta region of central Burma (Myanmar), the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon with its crumbling British colonial mansions and ancient stupas, thriving restaurants and lively bars, is a melting pot of old and new. Home to over four million inhabitants, it's a sprawling city, the streets interspersed with parks and lakes, much of its allure stemming from the colourful street life. Marvel at the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, wander the cobblestone streets of Bogyoke Market or simply watch the rickshaw drivers in their striped longyis (sarongs) peddle lazily through the streets as you sip on a cup of tea at a roadside tea stall.
Yangon has a good choice of restaurants serving both authentic Burmese cuisine and international choices. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Yangon in the morning, discuss additional day 1 activities with our staff.
Accompanied by your guide explore the sights of Yangon. Begin with a visit to the octagonal Sule Pagoda. Originally an Indian structure but now Burmese, it is thought to be over 2,000 years old and said to enshrine a hair of the Buddha. Stroll through downtown Yangon with its faded colonial buildings and leafy boulevards and visit the beautiful colonial style Post Office. Watch the locals going about their daily business as you pass Mahabandoola Park, named after General Maha Bandula who fought against the British in the First Anglo-Burmese War. The park includes the Independence Monument, an obelisk which commemorates Burmese independence gained from the British in 1948. Next visit Chaukhtatkyi and the Reclining Buddha which measures 70 metres (230 feet) in length.
In the afternoon you visit the National Museum, the principle museum of Burmese art, history and culture. The museum was founded in 1952 and houses an extensive collection of ancient artefacts, ornaments, art works, inscriptions and historic memorabilia, related to history, culture and the civilisation of the Burmese people.
Next stop is Bogyoke Market, one of the oldest markets in Yangon, with colonial architecture and cobbled streets. It offers Burmese handicrafts and gemstones but also has traditional Burmese and Chinese food stalls. After the market, head to the Indian Quarter for a very different view of the city. Here you will find Hindu Temples and street stalls selling Indian food. End the day with a visit to the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda, or Golden Pagoda, its stupa dominating the city’s skyline. This is one of the holiest places in Burma, and one reason why Burma is known as the "Land of Golden Pagodas". The pagoda itself is 99 metres (326 feet) high, studded with solid gold plates and decorated with diamonds and other precious jewels.
This morning fly from Yangon to Bagan where you meet your guide on arrival. Situated in central Burma on the plains adjacent to the Irrawaddy River, the city is dotted with thousands of ancient stupas and temples from various eras making it one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the world. The ancient city of Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th to 13th centuries and built over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries on the Bagan plains alone. Today around 2,200 of the original temples and pagodas remaining standing.
Head from the airport to start your tour with a visit to the Dhammayangyi Pagoda, Bagan’s largest temple. The temple is a square, single storey, pyramidal temple with six monumental ascending exterior terraces. The brickwork is perhaps the finest that can be found around Bagan. Continue to the Mingalazedi Pagoda, which is one of the few temples in Bagan with a full set of glazed terracotta tiles. The pagoda was built in brick and contains several terraces leading to large pot-shaped stupa at its centre, topped by a jewelled umbrella.
In the afternoon proceed to the Htilominlo Pagoda, famed for its original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations which are remarkably well preserved. The temple was the last Myanmar style temple built in Bagan and stands 46 metres (150 feet) high. The temple houses four Buddha statues on the lower and upper floors with traces of murals barely visible.
Finally, visit the huge Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the most significant buildings in Bagan which served as the centre of reflection and prayer. This grand temple is surrounded by many lesser temples and once marked the northern edge of the city.
End the day with a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River. Witness local life as you sail past small villages on the river banks. Local fishermen, small boats and the many riverside temples taking on provide fantastic photo opportunities with the beautiful evening hues. With a cocktail in hand gaze over the plains and watch the changing colours as the sun sets over the mountains on the far bank of the river. The view of the brick temples against the backdrop of a vast river plain is breathtaking and unforgettable. With the engine switched off, listen to the sounds of the mighty Irrawaddy River and watch the final light of the sunset paint the stupas deep red silhouettes.
After the cruise your guide will accompany you to check-in to your hotel. Bagan has a good choice of restaurants serving Burmese, Chinese and Western meals. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Itinerary Option: For the adventurous cycle around the temples. Discuss this option with our staff.
Set off with your guide for the drive to Mount Popa, a volcano rising 1,518 metres (4,980 feet) from the plains of Bagan in the Pegu Range, and considered to be the sacred home of the spirits. On the way, stop at a palm village to learn how palm sugar (jaggery) is produced. Continue to Mount Popa and the picturesque Taung Kalat Monastery which sits on top of an outcrop and holds a significant place in Burma’s history and religion. The Taung Kalat Shrine is home to thirty seven Mahagiri Nats, or spirits of Myanmar. Statues depicting the nats are displayed at the base of the shrine. The views from the top are spectacular, and on a clear day stretch back as far as Bagan and the Irrawaddy River.
Enjoy free time to explore Bagan on your own for the afternoon.
Itinerary Option: If you'd prefer not to have free time, you can upgrade to a full day tour to Mount Popa, including a trek around Mount Popa and lunch at the Popa Mountain Resort.
Enjoy free time in Bagan today until your flight back to Yangon. On arrival in Yangon transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.
On your last day enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
This trip package includes 2 internal flights (Yangon-Bagan & Bagan-Yangon) which retail at about 200 AUD per flight.
Visa for Burma
Burma just started their online e-visas last month. http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
The e-Visa is open to tourists from 41 countries, including the US, but only grants entry to the country at Yangon International Airport, making the method unsuitable for those crossing at land borders or flying into Mandalay.
Money in Burma
There are now ATMS in major cities but not in local villages and credit cards accepted in some shops. We recommend to take a travelex cash passport and some US money to change over to local Kyat. If you have any kyat left over at the end of your trip you can change (at a lower rate) it back into USD at a hotel, or at the airport when departing.
Availability of accommodation and season.
"Enjoying everything in Myanmar. The food is delicious and spicy. This is atop Popa Mt.Very nice. Hotel excellent. Lots of pagodas!!!!! Sunset is stunning. " — Sue and Doug, Sydney, November 2017