Yangon City Tour (1-Day)
In 1755, King Alaungpaya conquered central Myanmar and built a new city at Dagon, a fishing village that had existed for centuries around the Shwedagon pagoda. He renamed the place Yangon, meaning 'end of strife'.
In 1852, the residential areas of the town were damaged by the 2nd Anglo-Myanmar War. After the war, the British seized the power in lower part of Myanmar and reconstructed a modern city, Rangoon (corruption of Yangon). Under the supervision of Englishmen, Dr. William Montgomery and Captain Fraser, Rangoon became the most beautiful and cleanest city in South East Asia and made it capital. It is easy to get a sense of how prosperous of colonial Rangoon was from the monumental architecture that still graces the city's downtown.
When Myanmar had gained its independence on 4th January 1948, Rangoon continued as the nation's capital. In November 2005, the Military government quite unexpectedly announced that newly constructed city of Nay Pyi Taw in Central Myanmar was to be the nation's capital.
-The tour begins with a visit of Sule Pagoda which is regarded as the geographical centre of the city.
-From the Sule Pagoda, tour starts at the best of colonial Yangon including the City Hall, the Former Immigration office and the Immanuel Baptist Church, Originally built in 1830 and etc. .
-Then you will be taken to Chaukhtatgyi Paya is a quite temple which houses a beautiful reclining Buddha whose crown is encrusted with diamonds and precious stones. And Kandawgyi Lake is a natural one the best place to take photo of Shwedagon.
-Bogyoke Aung San Market formely known as Scot one is perfect area to do shopping or windowshopping. You can explore more about way of life and see how much this country is rich in natural resources.
-The tour will end with a visit to the majestic bejeweled Shwedagon Pagoda, the most precious and sacred pagoda in Myanmar.
Note: Visitors must remove their shoes before the first step at the entrances of Pagodas.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet up Location: Centrally located in hotels in town. Upon your request I can pick you up from the airport or cruise ship port (extra chanrge may apply).
End location: Same as meeting point or to be defined by you.
Duration: 10 hours
As a big city Yangon traffic is heavy. But it is enough time to see my itinerary.
Getting around by car, 2004 to 2012 model(Toyota Crown Saloon made in Japan). It is very clean and air-conditioned.
- My Services your private Tour Guide.
- Transportation by comfortable A/C car (Toyota, Super Custom)
- A driver
- 8 or more hours City tour sightseeing.
- Purified drinking water, towel and toll-gate fee.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30000 Kyat - (One US Dollar = Myanmar Kyat 1200)
Kyat 6000 for lunch in simple Local restaurant. I am sure it will cost more if you go to fancy restaurant which provides the western food.
Kyat 2000 for Camera fee.
Kyat 15000 for entrance fee at the tour sights or museum.
Personal expenses, lunch, entrance fees, camera fee.
Myanmar food is not very expensive. You will be taken to the Myanmar tea house to try Myanmar common snacks and tea. It is the best way to see the lifestyle of Myanmar by sitting for a while at the tea house.
You can give gifts and donations (i.e. sweets, pens, books and money) to the need directly at the school, Village or Caring center, NOT KID on the street.
ATMs accepting international cards are becoming more common.
Note: Only brand new dollar will be accepted for payment or exchanged for KYAT.
-I have been working as a freelance licensed tour guide through out Myanmar since 2012.
All my tours have included transportation for tour sightseeing. Please inquire for further services.
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Our guide was Min Soe - very charming, knowledgeable, remarkably calm and measured for such a young man. We spent a full day in Yangon, in his company during which time we managed to cover all that we had hoped for the day, plus an invaluable insight into a good few areas we would never have thought of... and all at pace whereby we didn't work up more of a sweat than is inevitable in Yangon. We had arrived on Silver Shadow and chose to have our own guide - a smart move. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.