A private tour to Yangon to get your tan on, the ever growing city is an exciting, up and coming city, definitely it is the place to be. It is growing every day and not just buildings; foreigners are visiting here to holiday, to live and to invest. All of this is happening because, in 2015, the people of Myanmar voted in a democratic government of the first time in over 500 years.
The restrictions on who can enter the country, where they can go and who can invest have all gone. The national and international media can now talk and report about this wonderful city which in turn makes people curious and want to visit.
Yangon has so much to offer a traveller. Previously known as Rangoon, Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar both in size and commercially. Thanks to Myanmar's recent liberation, the city is being rejuvenated, the buildings and monuments are getting makeovers, new shops, bars and restaurants are constantly opening. There is an air of excitement and hope everywhere you go in Yangon Read More...
Escorted Tour of Yangon Beaches, Temples, Exciting City Life and Ancient Ruins
However, Yangon is not just all about the city hustle and bustle; there are charming old streets still with cobble pavings, street traders and colourful open-air markets all to be seen on sightseeing tours, that bring you back in time. Not forgetting, of course, the fabulous Temples, Stupas, monuments and monasteries that can be found here.
Yangon revolves around the most impressive ‘Shwedagon Paya” Buddhist statue, with its beautiful golden pinnacle, a must with a private tour to guide through its intricacies. Not far from the city there are mosques, churches showing just how diverse the country has become, and not forgetting the impressive colonial architecture to see and investigate. Yangon is a beautiful city with so much to offer so take an escorted tour of Yangon beaches, temples, exciting city life and ancient ruins
Top 10 Things to Do in Yangon
An extremely popular Buddhist Temples to visit, by private tour, in Yangon, is Ngahtatgyi Paya. It has possibly the most fabulous 46 foot tall Buddha image in Myanmar
. This Buddha poses in the splendour of white and gold with lots of fabulous precious jewels embedded everywhere on it. The beautiful backdrop to this Buddha is also impressive with its wooden carvings.
National Museum of Yangon
The treasures found in this museum are well worth the guided tour. The museum is working hard to improve on the information offered for tourists but even without it; you can see the wonderful relics from Yangon of old. There is one thing that stands out, the old Kings of Myanmar
loved everything flamboyant and flashy. There are jewel encrusted, huge thrones, ornate beds, ivory kitchen chairs and gold threaded rugs to na
For a break from just seeing Temples take a tour to the Kandawgyi Lake also known as Royal Lake. This is a man-made lake built by the British originally as a reservoir. Take a boat trip at sunset and see the Shwedagon Paya reflected beautifully on the lake. There is a floating shrine for a Buddhist saint who is said to be the protector of people in moments of danger. There are plenty of cafes along the lakeside to relax.
Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre
This is so completely different that you have to do it, a traditional puppet show staged in Htwe and his family's living room. Htwe and his family have travelled the world and won awards for their puppeteering, and the show includes explanations in English. After the show, you can talk to the family and look/play with the puppets. It is advisable that you go here with a private tour as it has to be booked in advance
This Park is ideally situated with fantastic views of the Shwedagon Paya. It is a very pleasant place to go on a private tour so that you do not miss out on anything there. It would be easy just to look at the beautiful flower gardens and ponds with spectacular fountains, but you would miss out on the quirky bits. There are; a fighter jet, an old steam train and even a decommissioned Myanmar
Airways Fokker !
One of the most holiest places for Buddhism, in Yangon, is Shwedagon Paya. It feels like everything is built around this impressive temple as it can be seen from every aspect in Yangon. The best time to go on a private tour to this temple is at dawn when it is peaceful, calming and less crowded. As it is a most holy place, it is full in the daytime with lots of worshippers and tourists. The history there is fascinating
This temple is a large metal-roofed shed but home to a beautiful Buddha that is 65 meters long and lying on her side with her head on her hand. This statue has glass eyes and a placid face. Her crown is encrusted with precious stones and diamonds. Near the foot of the Buddha is a small shrine to Ma Thay who was a holy man with the power to stop rain and grant safe journey to sailors. It is not unusual to see people meditate here.
This beautiful Buddhist Temple is found on the riverfront. Leading up to the spectacular Golden Zedi stupa there is the most amazing zig-zag corridor. While all other Zedi stupas are completely solid, this Golden Zedi is hollow. Looking in the glass displays, you can see artefacts and relics from ancient times that were uncovered when the temple was reconstructed. See the hundreds of Terrapin Turtles found in the pond there too.
For some light hearted entertainment, you have to take a private tour of Meilamu Paya. It is described as a Disneyland-ish pagoda! Located beside the Nga Moe Yeik Creek, it has 3D stucco depictions of the Buddha’s life that are larger than life. Housing a gallery telling us about the legend of the girl born from a mangrove fruit, Mei La Mu, is a giant crocodile. There are quaint teahouses and boats to reach temples across the creek.
For an example of modern Asian life melding with ancient Myanmar
tradition, take a private tour to Sule Paya. It is not every day you visit a city that has a Golden Temple 2000 years old as its traffic island, but here you see it. It is believed that this temple is even older than Shwedagon Paya. The best time to appreciate this Paya is at night when all the traffic has died down and an air of calm has come.
Travel Tips for Yangon
Best Time To Visit
Due to the weather in Myanmar, the best time to go to Yangon is from around November to early March. Even though it is the winter season then, it has the most bearable temperature, and it is dry. There are lots of colourful festivals, some religious others just an excuse to party, going on during those months. You can look at these from afar or get involved. The people of Yangon will include you in everything. Your local tour guide can advise the best time
Thankfully Yangon is maybe growing but it is not getting any more expensive and you get great value for money there. You get approximately 1000 Kyat for $1. Of course, as with anywhere else in the world, there are different prices for different areas, but on average you can have a great meal out for less than $15 and nice accommodation very similar. The popular mode of a taxi is by motorcycle and for less than a $1 you make a short trip.
Know Before Visiting
The most important thing to know before you travel to Yangon or anywhere in Myanmar, you have to have a visa. These are issued by the Myanmar embassy in your country and will take a minimum of five days to process. Something else to be aware of is that there are poisonous snakes in Yangon so be alert at all times. Always pre-book any sightseeing tours before arriving as works out cheaper.
The weather in Yangon is the same everywhere in Myanmar. From November to February it is called the winter season but for us mere mortals it is the nicest time, cool for the people of Myanmar but lovely for us at around 30 degrees Celsius during the day. It is also dry. The summer season has unbearable heat from March to May. Finally, the longest season is the monsoon season which is from June to October when is wet and humid.