Explore Yangon Culture (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.
Yangon City Tour
-The tour begins with a visit of Sule Pagoda. From the Sule Pagoda, we will stroll around to see ways of life of Yangoners and colonial 100-year-old buildings.
- Continue to Botahtaung Pagoda which is located on the bank of River Rangoon.
-Then you will be taken to Chauk-Htat-Gyi Buddha Image is a quite temple which houses a beautiful reclining Buddha whose crown is encrusted with diamonds and precious stones.
-After Reclining one we will see the big sitting Buddha Image, Known as Nga Htet Gyi Pagoda.
-Let's stroll at Kandawgyi, a natural lake. You wil enjoy the pleasant view of Majestic Shwedagon Pagoda.
-A visit to Scott Market for window shopping is very special.
-The tour is going to 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 Sea port or cruise port (extra charge may apply).
End location: Same as meeting point or to be defined by you.
Duration: 8 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.
- 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.
Lunch, camera fee, entrance fees.
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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Min Soe met me promptly at my hotel and, together with driver, he took me to a Yangon location I particularly wanted to see. His English is excellent and he answered all my questions about life in Myanmar: from education, to health provision, to buddhism, to festivals and much more. I highly recommend Min Soe for his knowledge, thoughtfulness and attention to my requests.