Enjoy this excursion which lifts the lid on one of the region's most charismatic cities, witnessed from the battered carriages of the city's urban rail network chugging past hidden neighborhoods, colorful markets and track side tea shops. While modern life may be encroaching in the shape of new hotels, restaurants and other enterprises, the country’s former capital remains very much steeped in the past.
|Departure Time:||08.30 - 14.00|
|Suitable For:||Family, Seniors, Children|
|Trip Theme:||Adventure, Classic, Culture|
For visitors, the mix from modern life and the past is still exists and this inclination towards the retro offers a smorgasbord of sights, smells and experiences. Many of these can be witnessed from the battered carriages of the city’s urban rail network with the ride chugging past hidden neighborhoods, colorful markets and trackside teashops. Central Yangon, despite development, is an equally arresting blend of old and new. Buildings such as the Secretariat on Strand Road are among the grandest legacy of British colonial architecture, while buildings like the Armenian Church, Ghandi Hall and Sule Pagoda are a must for history buffs. With traditional refreshment stops such as the Rangoon Teahouse offering liquid ballast along the way, this excursion lifts the lid on one of the region’s most charismatic cities.
Transfer to Pazundaung Train Station to board one of the electric trolley. A recent edition to Yangon’s public transportation system, the single carriage cars now run from eastern downtown, traveling along Strand Road to Chinatown. The ride chugs along, passing small markets, track-side tea shops and lively neighborhoods before reaching the industrial areas of the eastern riverfront.
Alight at Botahtaung Pagoda for a visit. Believed to be as old as Shwedagon, Botahtaung is one of Yangon’s most famous religious sites. The interior has a mirrored maze-like configuration and houses a hair relic of Buddha. The pagoda was completely destroyed during WWII, and rebuilt shortly thereafter.
Afterwards take a trishaw ride along Strand Road. The ride ends at the Secretariat, considered the city’s grandest colonial building, where a short walking tour of downtown begins. Along the way, stop at the historic Armenian Church, Gandhi Hall, High Court, Mahabandoola Park and Sule Pagoda.
Stop for lunch at Rangoon Tea House, a new take on a traditional Burmese tea shop located in a renovated colonial building.
After, head to Pandsodan station to board the electric trolley for a ride into Chinatown to explore one of the city’s liveliest neighborhoods. Wander along 17th Street where our first stop is Sit Teik Tong Temple, a clan house traces its heritage back for 23 generations. The top floor affords incredible river views. The street is chock full of Chinese styled terrace houses, food vendors and shops selling fresh produce and dry goods.
Take the opportunity to taste some of the offerings.
Finally, transfer back to the hotel.
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Children under 12 yrs: receiving an discounted price of around 10% of below mentioned per person prices
|From Date||To Date||Duration||4 Person||3 Person||2 Person||1 Person|
|01 Sep 2015||30 Sep 2017||1 day|
Price is quoted per person and subject to change without prior notice