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If you are hoping to spend sometime in the vicinity of Yangon, this tour is a must for you. The trip across the lively Bago River to Thanlyin and Kyauktan will make you feel free and joyful. In Kyauktan, the pagoda is surrounded by water and you can reach there by small boats. Another highlight in the area is Kyaik Kyauk Pagoda in Thanlyin.

At the top of the pagoda, one is rewarded with a superb view of Bago River, the skyline of Yangon as well as the distant view of Shwedagon Pagoda. On the way back to Yangon, you can continue to visit some famous sites such as the Botataung Pagoda and the lively China town area.

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Heading away from Yangon over the Yangon-Thanlyin bridge you pass the 16th century port of Thanlyin. The area was a hive of colonial activity through which the treasures and trade of South and Southeast Asia once passed. On hill just past the bridge lies the ruins of an old Roman Catholic Church built by an Armenian Nicolai de Aguilar and his wife Magarita in 1750. Driving further 20 kilometers down the road you come across the Kyaikhmawwun Pagoda built on a small island in the middle of a creek. You will be able to glimpse the riverside market. On the way back to Yangon, stop at Kyaik Khauk Pagoda, a thousand year history Mon style stupa, the land mark of the town. After driving back to Yangon, you will visit Botataung Pagoda, the landmark of Yangon waterfront. Then, proceed to National museum where many of the exhibits are fascinating, especially, the Lion Throne, of the Konbaung Dynasty (Closed on Mondays & public holidays). Before returning back to the hotel, the China town area is worth visiting. It is one of the most enjoyable parts of the downtown and you can observe many vendors on the platform.

  • trip time: 8am - 4.30pm

After breakfast, we will get to see the ancient royal capital of Bago, about 80km north of Yangon. Upon arrival, you will visit the Kyaik Pun Buddha Images, four 30-meter-high giant Buddha images in position facing the four cardinal directions; the KyakhatWaing, the city’s biggest monastery; the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, the city’s landmark and the country’s highest stupa. In the afternoon, we will visit the Shwe-Tha-Lyaung, a 55-meter-long reclining Buddha image. Nearby, we will explore a Mon village known for its traditional weaving industries. On your way back to Yangon, we will stop over at the HtaukKyant War Cemetery, where Allied and Commonwealth soldiers in WW2 were buried.

  • trip time: 8am - 4.30pm

 

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