DAY 1: YANGON HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Upon arrival, you’ll greet by your guide who will accompany and transfer you to your hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.
(Early check-in subjected to room availability)
This afternoon, we’ll take a tour around the city center which is filled various historical and colonial buildings partly by car or partly on foot. We’ll first visit to Sule Pagoda which is a 2200-year-old temple surrounded by government buildings and commercial shop. Then, you’ll pass along the way to Mahabandoola Park Where Independent Monument exists. Continue your tour by passing City Hall, a little India and a little china.
From Here, end your day at Shwedagon Pagoda which is one of the wonders of the world. It was built 2500 years ago, and enshrined with hair relics of Buddha and a place where to meet devoted Buddhists meditating and praying. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
Overnight in Yangon.
DAY 2: YANGON – GOLDEN ROCK
After breakfast, you will overland drive to Kyaik Hto to go to the Golden Rock (driving hour about 4 hours). Then proceed to overland driving to Golden Rock. On the way, visit to Bago, located only 80 km, was an ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century and enjoy the Bago sightseeing including Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha (55 metres long), Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Myo Ma Local Market, 28-meter-high huge Buddha Image of Kyaikpun Pagoda, Chinese Kwanyin Temple and upon your interest, you can visit the Kanbawzathardi Palace of King Bayinnaung.
Arrive base camp of Golden Rock in the afternoon and you’ll catch an open-air truck to the top of mountain truck station. Then, take 20minutes walk and you’ll arrive hotel. The famous ‘Golden Rock’ is a sacred, massive gold-leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff near the top of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo and it is one of the most revered Buddhist shrines.
Stay overnight near Golden Rock.
DAY 3: GOLDEN ROCK – BAGO – YANGON
After breakfast, return to the base camp by open-air truck and begin the return journey to Yangon. En route, stop to visit Bago. Bago, also known as Pegu, was the capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century and is a town steeped in legend.
The sites in Bago are spread out around the town and you’ll spend time exploring with your guide, learning about the history and myths of the city. Stops include the 55-metre long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, the four seated Buddhas at Kyaikpun and the old palace of Kambozathadi.
The Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda is the most outstanding religious monument in Bago. This golden temple stands at 114 meters tall, higher than Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and can be seen from around 10 kilometers outside of the city. While in Bago we’ll also take time to visit the city’s local sites, including the town market and a Mon neighborhood where the locals once produced woven textiles.
From Bago we’ll return to Yangon this afternoon. Arrive back in Yangon and transfer you to your hotel where remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight in Yangon.
DAY 4: YANGON – THANLYIN – YANGON
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to airport for your international departure flight. Depending on your departure flight schedule, you can visit Thanlyin (Syriam) and across the Yangon River via Thanlyn Bridge built by Chinese engineers, an opportunity to see the countryside around Yangon. Visit to Ancient Portuguese Church (AD 1749 – 1750) and visit busy local market in Thanlyin. Proceed to Kyauk Tan and visit to Yele Pagoda (A floating Pagoda which is Pagoda on a small island in the middle of the river) is a popular pace of pilgrims.
Then, you will transfer to Yangon International airport for your departure flight.