WHY SHOULD I GO TO MYANMAR ?
Heavily romanticized and, now, highly publicized, mysterious Myanmar (formerly Burma) has been thrust into the international spotlight for democracy-pushing politicians, aspiring capitalist, and trailblazing travelers alike. As the country rapidly emerges from the grip of a half-century of harsh military rule into a promising path to democracy. Myanmar’s political, economic, and tourism landscapes are changing at a breakneck speed. It is little wonder that tourism are taking off, what with spectacular monuments, stuck-in-time villages, vibrant culture, and remarkably hospitable people. The long-shuttered gates are officially open; Freshly back from the two weeks tours, herewith fiver reasons to get to Myanmar now, before the masses – and McDonald’s – do.
The devoutly Buddhist Burmese boast an innate sense of hospitality and an genuine curiosity and openness toward visitors. We regularly encountered endearing village children, who followed us around with wide eyes and cheeky grins, wanting nothing more from us than to satiate their curiosity. Gracious villager invited us into their simple homes and workshop, while cheery monks happily engaged our questions. For the most part, the nature of the Burmese people has not been adversely affected by capitalism or mas tourism – that is, for now.
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcome by our local guide and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, begin your tour with Yangon’s colonial style city center. Visit Sule Pagoda, landmark of the city center, walk around the Mahabandoola Park, the Colonial Courthouse and the City Hall. After visiting National Museum and Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image, stroll through the Bogyoke (Scott) Market and Chinatown. Your first day tour will end with the Shwedagon Pagoda. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Bago (90min). Bago is the ancient capital of former Mon Kingdom (6th century). Sightseeing to a thousand years old Shwemawdaw Pagoda with its spire (114 m high) taller than Shwedagon Pagoda and Shwethalyaung (impressive 55-meter long reclining Buddha). Visit the well-restored palace Kambawzathadi of King Bayintnaung. After visiting a Mon weaving and handicraft village producing woven bamboo wares, end the tour of Bago. On the way back to Yangon, visit the Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyant (the resting place of over 27,000 allied soldiers). Arrived back in Yangon, visit Kaba Aye Pagoda, MahaPasanaGuha Cave (where the sixth Buddhist synod took place in 1952) and Buddhist Art Museum. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Syriam which was once a major port. Visit Kyaik-Khauk Pagoda and take a boat trip to Kyaik-MhawwunYele Pagoda. Drive back to Yangon and transfer to airport for international departure.
|Hotel Class||Hotel Name||Location||Room Type|
|4* category||Inya Lake||Yangon||Superior|
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