Visit Myanmar's Famous Pagodas And Other Attractions In 3 Days
Nature, Culture, Sightseeing
Head to the Golden Rock, which defies gravity from Yangon via Baga. Visit these cities' iconic and religious landmarks by sightseeing its old colonial buildings, popular pagodas, famous monasteries, lakes, palaces, and much more.
Visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, Karaweik barge, City Hall in Yangon
Sightsee Taukkyan War Cemetery, Kyaikkhawaing Monastery, Kanbawzathadi Palace, Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Kyaik Pun Pagoda, Shwetharlyaung Pagoda in Bago
Enjoy the sunrise and sunset at the Golden Rock
Head to White Elephant Camp and interact with the big guys
Meet your tour guide and visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, famous for its enormous 65 metres long reclining Buddha figure.
Proceed to see the Kandawgyi Lake or the Royal Lake and Karaweik barge.
Go to the Yangon city centre to see the old colonial buildings such as Sule Pagoda (a Burmese Stupa), City Hall (a famous local point of some significant political demonstrations), a colonial-era building of High Court and the iconic Strand Hotel. Spend some time exploring the local markets to buy souvenirs.
End your day by visiting the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist stupa in Myanmar.
Day 2: Yangon to Bago to Golden Rock expand_more
Drive to the Golden Rock via Bago. Stop to sightsee Taukkyan War Cemetery, Kyaikkhawaing Monastery, Kanbawzathadi Palace, Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Kyaik Pun Pagoda, Shwetharlyaung Pagoda.
Head to Bago city to have lunch.
Continue to ride to Golden Rock to enjoy the sunset. Golden Rock defies gravity by being delicately balanced on the edge of the 1,100-metre high mountain Kyaiktiyo.
Overnight stay at the Golden Rock.
Day 3: Golden Rock to Bago to Yangon expand_more
Enjoy the sunrise at Golden Rock and head to Yangon.
Take a brief stop at White Elephant Camp before arriving at Yangon.
I once worked as a tour guide myself, and I know good guides, and Min Soe is one of them. He was professional, touching base with me by email before the day that we were to meet. Like clockwork, he was waiting for us at the hotel lobby at the appointed time. His English pronunciation is good -- unlike the pronunciation of Asiatic guides in other countries that I have experienced. Unlike other guides in Yangon, he graduated from Yangon University with a specialty in English and history (which is not a requirement to be a licensed guide in Myanmar). He started our tour by asking what, if any, sights we had already seen, to maximize the efficiency of our tour. We alternated between riding in his car (that had a separate driver), or walking, depending on the sights. We covered the main buildings near City Hall, and stopped at the delightful Tea House. We stopped at an Armenian Church (that seemed closed, but Min still managed our access). We visited some shops and a marketplace -- but there was no pressure by Min for us to purchase anything (usually guides get some kickback benefit when they steer there tourists to certain shops, but it was clear that Min had no financial stake in our purchases). For lunch, Min asked our preference, and we asked for a typical place that locals would eat at. His selection was fantastic, and there were no other tourists around. He took us on a ride on a commuter train, for us to get a feel of typical Yangon life. The highlight was showing us the Schwedagon Pagoda, a massive complex oozing with Buudhas, gold-plating and jewelry.