Yangon is the commercial capital of Myanmar and it is the main entrance to enter to Myanmar. We can reach by international flight via Bangkok, Singapore, China, India.
Yangon is the most pleasant city with over 6 million inhabitants, and surrounded by water on three sides. Formerly known as Rangoon, is a garden city of tropical lakes, with no skyscrapers, crowds or hectic pace of life. Many Colonial-era houses and government buildings, which were built between the mid -19th century and the outbreak of World War II in 1940, are visible in this city.
The magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda towers the city, golden mystery and the most important pagoda in Myanmar. The pagoda dates back about 2, 500 years and was built to house eight scared hairs of Buddha.The original pagoda was only 9 m high but it has been restored and rebuilt for many centuries to reach the current high. Really impressive to visit Shwe Dagon pagoda where we observe the ways of the Buddhist life such as offering flowers, water, etc. Also represent as one of the wonders of the world.The five-stories of National Museum display the literature, culture, history, ethnic groups, arts and crafts, etc., of the country. The original Lion Throne of the last king of Myanmr is one of the attractive and significant of the museum.
The Botataung Pagoda, this ancient monument situated nearby Yangon River and rising 40 meter. The combination of stupa and temple type is interesting to observe for its' architecture. There's a sort of mirrored maze inside the stupa, with glass showcases containing the ancient relics and artifacts, small silver and gold stupas, etc.
Sule Pagoda: The octagonal shape of the with the height of 46 meters situated at the centre of Yangon. Originally it was built 2000 years ago and it has been rebuilt and repaired many times over the centuries. The central stupa is said to be enshrine the hair relic of the Buddha.
The colorful building and the evening market are interesting in China Town area and Bogyoke Market is the best place for you shopping in Yangon.
There are other additional places such as Kaba Aye Pagoda "the world peace Pagoda" was built in 1952 for the 1954-56 sixth Buddhist Synod. The pagoda is not particularly beautiful but is famous for the silver Buddha in the inner relic chamber weighting 500 kg.
Mahapasana Cave, an artificial cave remarkably built for the commemoration of 2500th year of Buddhism. It is meant to resemble India’s SattaPanni Cave, where the First Buddhist Synod was held shortly after the Buddha’s death.
The Gems Museum,the biggest marble Buddha Image of KyaukTawgyi Pagoda& the rare of white Elephants, the crocodile farm, etc.
Pun Hlaing Golf Club
There are quite a number of golf courses in Yangon. Among them Pun Hlaing Golf Club is the best one available in Myanmar. The course environment is peaceful and tranquil, yet even the most devout nature lover will not let his surroundingsput him off his game. It is open from 6 am to 6 pm and 18 holes are available. The golf set, the buggies, the umbrellas, the trolleys, the shoes and all the equipments for golfing are available for rent or on sales. As it is the capital of Myanmar, there are a lot of choices of accommodation: city hotels or traditional style hotels with international quality. There are also many local small hotels.
Thanlyin (Syriam) is an option for half day visit near Yangon. It is 30 minute drive from Yangon and we have to cross Thanlyin – the longest bridge. On the way, we can visit Myanmar National Races Village which we can observe the major national races of Myanmar with their typical villages. Thanlyin was an ancient trading centre
It is 80 km from Yangon (2 hour- drive) and can be done day return excursion from Yangon. You may enjoy the cultural city and once a splendid city and important seaport. Bago was the capital of the Mon Kingdom from 1365 AD. Located on the eastern bank of Bago River, it served as a collecting centre for Paddy, bamboo and timber logs. Famous for its cheroot industry, Bago makes many brands of this typically Myanmar products; Salt, dried fish and a variety of handicraft are also available. When we drive from Bago, we can observe Htaukkyant War Cemetery with the graves of 27,000 allied soldiers who died in Myanmar and Assam campaigns of WWII as well as the sacred banyan tree.
Shwemawdaw Pagoda with the height of 114 meters dominates the town and it was originally built by Mon. Its’ architectural interest lies in its octagonal base and elaborate projections in the lower portion. The Pagoda was several damaged by earthquake in 1912, 1917 and completely destroyed by another earthquake in 1930. It was finally rebuilt between 1952 – 1954 in a slightly different style to the origin. At the northeastern corner of the stupa a huge section of the Hti toppled by the 1917 earthquake has been mounted into the structure of the stupa.
Kyaikkhawaing Monastery with over 1000 monks is highlights of Bago and the best place to realize the ways of the Buddhist monks and their daily life.
52 meters long & 16 m high of Shwetharlyaung Reclining Buddha Image is considered to be one of the most lifelike of all reclining Buddhas. It was originally built in 994 AD by the king Migadepa to commemorate the changes of the religious from animist to Buddhism. The statue lay undisturbed for 125 years before being rediscovered in 1881 when the British were constructing the Yangon-Bago railway. It was restored to its former glory in 1906.
The four sitting Buddhas placed back to back around a huge, square pillar at Kyaikpun pagoda is impressive for your visit. It is a giant, 30 m high and originally built in 1476 and one of the Buddhas statue collapse by earthquake in 1930 and renovated after many years.
Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) Pagoda
A very popular pilgrimage destination stands on a boulder on the edge of a hill over 1100 m above the sea level. A small stupa sits atop the Golden Rock, a massive, gold-leafed boulder delicately balanced on the very edge of a cliff at the top of Mt.Kyaikhto. The atmosphere during the height of the pilgrimage season is charged with magic devotion, especially when the glinting boulder is bathed in the purple, sometimes misty light of dawn. We can reach up to the hills on foot. There are more than 20 camps on the arduous climb all picturesque places to pause. They provide ample space for hikers to rest, eat, bathe or recline. Alternatively, visitors may now travel most of the way by truck on a road from the base camp to the top of Yatetaung Camp or Hermit’s Hill. The last 1.5km to the pagoda platform must be reached on foot. The accommodation at Golden Rock is very simple and only (3*) hotels are available for one night but it’s clean enough.
Pathein (Bassein) it is situated about 180 km west of Yangon in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, reachable by road. It is surrounded by a major rice-growing area which produces the best rice generally available in Myanmar. Colorful hand-painted umbrella workshop, scenic waterfront area, markets, and colorful pagodas make the city worth to visit.
Pantein Hotel** is the best one available at present. It is a two storey building on spacious ground next to the golf course. It is acceptable for our guests with TV, air-condition & bathroom. The restaurants are clean enough although there are not so many options.
The beach resort that has gained fame and popularity since 1990 is the ChaungThar (pleasant Stream) Beach Resort. Located some 154 miles from the Capital City of Yangon and only 34 miles from PatheininAyeyarwaddy Division .ChaungThar is the nearest ocean resort available to foreign tourists, being easily reached from Yangon in half a day by road. At low tide the very wide beach has a touch of the muddy delta look, but overall at medium and high tide it is attractive, with fine, beige sand backed by coconut palms and casuarinas trees. Offshore lies a modest coral reef with decent snorkeling except during the rainy season when water clarity is poor.
Two islands can be seen offshore, mainly inhabited by fisher-folk. There are several choices of accommodation quite medium level and the best one available is 3*+. The local restaurants are quiet simple but offer delicious sea foods. It can be reached only by car (5hours). We have to pass through the delta region and can observe the way of life of delta and the rice fields. Due to the monsoon period, it is recommendable from mid-October to mid-May only.
It is 1:30 hour-drive from Pathein, the most important city of the Delta. This hideaway is the newest,the most romantic, unspoiled beach resort in Myanmar, which is only 5 hour drive from the capital Yangon. The water is clear and the sand is lovely white. There are corals and diving is also available. Sport activities such as Tennis, Wind surfing, Cycling, Snorkeling, Pitch-and-Put and volleyball are ready to relax your mind and body. The fishing tours to the nearby island can also be arranged. A range of international quality luxury resorts serve authentic dishes in places of tranquility and peacefulness. It can be reachable by car or by Air Baganflight to Pathien. Due to the monsoon period, it is recommendable from mid-October to mid-May only.
The highway path between Pyay& Yangon is a smooth ride through immense tracts of paddy land and interrupted by small streams and patches of water with leaves and flowers floating on the light blue surface. Nearby are the ruins of the ancient Pyu capital of Thayekhitaya (Sri Kestra), which has been the centre of several archaeological excavations. Today Pyay is a sleepy town with a small harbor which serves as a transshipments point for cargo moving between Upper and Lower Myanmar along the Ayeyarwaddy River.
The ShwesandawPadoda is the main point of interest, and purportedly contains a couple of Buddha’s hairs. It is one of the impressive pagodas especially on its hillside setting and overview to the panoramic view of the city and majestic Ayeyarwaddyriver. It has the access to a forest camp, where an elephant ride is available. This is only a one day trip from Pyay. The well-known Shwemyatman Pagoda (Golden Spectacles Buddha Image), which has been believed to have the power to cure all kinds of ills, especially afflictions linked to the eyes, is also a worth visit. Because this is of the few frequent visiting place, the only one choice of accommodation is 3* hotel, which has the small lake in the middle of the compound. The rooms are bungalow-type, equipped with bathroom, air conditioned and fridge. The local restaurants are simple thus we normally have food at the hotel. There are several small motels and guesthouses, which are quiet acceptable.
The most interesting site around Pyay is the ancient city of Thayekhittayar (Srikestra), a ride of approximately 8 kilometers form Pyay. The ruins are hidden behind thickness of thorny bushes, small tree, toddy palms, cactus and beautiful white flowers. It was the largest and most elaborate city built by the ancient Pyu people form 4th to 9th century. The ruins include Payagyi Pagoda, Payama Pagoda, Bawbawgyi Pagoda &Bebe Pagoda, which are supposed to be built between 4th to 9th centuries. The ThayekhittayarMuseum is a collection of artifacts collected from the excavations, including royal funerary urns, stone relieves, a couple of bodhisattavas, a dvrapala ( great guardian), statues of Hindu & Lakshmi, several 6th century Buddha images tile fragments, terracotta votive tablets and silver coins minted in the kingdom. Excursion to this excavation site by bullock carts from Pyay is undoubtedly fascinating.
For your expedition in Pyay, we may bring you Akauk Hill, at the altitude of 2000 feet above sea level,Akauk Hill can be done a boat trip form Pyay as day return excursion. In the 19th century, because of British annexation over Lower Myanmar, the country was split into Upper (ruled by Myanmar King) and Lower (ruled by British). The river was the major transportation for trading between two parts and it was the place where all the boats stopped and were checked for trading taxes. Thus the place was named after taxes, in Myanmar called “Akauk-khun”. The hills are full of Buddha Images, which are believed to be curved by the traders when they stopped for a while. We can find various fossils of cold-blooded animals, such as snails, fishes that show the area was once an ocean.