Yangon

Yangon’s history is rich, ancient and complex; the present site of the city was destroyed in a fire during the second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852, when the British seized Rangoon.

In 1853 the city was rebuilt to its current plan. After the British had captured Upper Burma in the third Anglo-Burmese War in 1885, Rangoon was finally declared as the colonial capital of British-ruled Burma (Myanmar). Colonial Rangoon,
with its spacious parks, lakes, mix of contemporary and traditional architecture soon became known as ‘the garden city of the east’. Most importantly and tying in very closely to its early history, is the magnificent 2,000-year-old Buddhist pagoda, Shwedagon, where eight of Buddha’s hairs are said to be enshrined. At the heart of the city, a golden pinnacle around which everything else revolves, Shwedagon dominates the city’s skyline and the revered pagoda draws people to it from around the world. In his 1930’s novel ‘The Gentleman in the Parlour’, Somerset Maugham was so inspired by the beauty of the pagoda to write: “The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul”. This majestic stupa is outstanding no matter when it is seen, but the best time of day is at sunset, when the sun’s rays emblaze the golden pagoda, lighting up the night sky; it truly is a spectacular and special sight.

Country Myanmar
A Glimpse of Myanmar

A Glimpse of Myanmar

Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Myanmar
For those short on time, enjoy a scenic and fascinating experience on this seven-day tour capturing the main destinations and highlights of Myanmar. ...
A Taste of Myanmar

A Taste of Myanmar

Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Myanmar
Offering a culinary spin on this Myanmar tour, visit key cities whilst enjoying local flavours and tastes – a great tour for any foodie at heart. M ...
A Taste of Yangon

A Taste of Yangon

Yangon, Myanmar
Whilst not as popular as its Asian counterparts, on this tour discover the flavours of Burmese cuisine. Visit morning markets where vendors sell fresh ...
A Vegan Feast for the Senses

A Vegan Feast for the Senses

Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Myanmar
Experience the diverse flavours of Myanmar, sampling foods from different ethnic group around the country. Myanmar, or Burma as it was formerly known, ...
Discover Thanlyin

Discover Thanlyin

Yangon, Myanmar
Explore the quiet tree-lined streets of Thanlyin, formerly Syriam – an important Burmese trading centre whilst still a colony of the Portuguese ...
Essential Myanmar

Essential Myanmar

Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Myanmar
Enjoy a varied and rewarding Myanmar experience, visiting the main historical destinations along with a private sunset cruise on the fabled Ayeyarwady ...
Experience Bago

Experience Bago

Yangon, Myanmar
Escape Yangon and explore Bago – a preeminent city for centuries with a rich history. Visit Kyakhatwine Monastery, an eminent teaching centre for hund ...
Explore Yangon

Explore Yangon

Yangon, Myanmar
Offering a great snapshot, gain an insight into Yangon. Take a walk through the city centre to see Yangon’s architectural mixture, visit vibrant Littl ...
Golden Myanmar

Golden Myanmar

Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Myanmar
This tour is the golden jewel with all the main highlights as well as stays in the lesser known Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw areas. A great overview tour. ...
Heritage Walking Tour

Heritage Walking Tour

Yangon, Myanmar
Yangon downtown is unique with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. Here you’ll find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of lat ...
Myanmar Family Adventure

Myanmar Family Adventure

Bagan, Inle Lake, Yangon, Myanmar
This 10 night package specially designed for family travel, covers all the key cities including activities to give children a different perspective on ...
Southern Myanmar Explorer

Southern Myanmar Explorer

Yangon, Myanmar
Enjoy a scenic and fascinating insight into Southern Myanmar with highlights including Bago, The Golden Rock, Mawlamyine and Bilu Islands. Multi-da ...
Yangon Circular Train

Yangon Circular Train

Yangon, Myanmar
This unique tour will immerse you into the everyday life of Myanmar’s largest city. Board the local circular train which runs from Yangon’s main railw ...

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