After arrival in Yangon, proceed to visa kiosk to process visa on arrival* (about twenty minutes) before meeting escort for transfer into the rustic old capital where decaying majestic colonial-era buildings contrast with squalid shanty towns. (about 45 minutes).
Slideshow of Colonial Yangon
After arrival at hotel, we will meet for refreshments and orientation, and then head out to enjoy several hours sightseeing in the city, with lunch featuring traditional Burmese favorites, such as the national dish, mohingha (rice noodles in fish soup). [Watch a video on dining in Yangon]. Today we'll explore notable religious monuments of Yangon, including Sule Pagoda, the large golden stupa in the city center and focal point for the country's recent political protests, Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda, with its famous colossal reclining Buddha; and the National Museum, rich with an abundance of religious artifacts and cultural exhibits of Myanmar, offering an interesting introduction to the country and its history, followed by exploration of Botataung Pagoda a famous landmark of the capital on Rangoon's waterfront which retains many ancient, sacred relics.
In the afternoon, traveling outside central Yangon to explore Kaba Aye Pagoda, built in 1952 for the Sixth Buddhist Council that he held from 1954-1956 in the city. Time permitting, optional visit Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy offices, meeting with staff and learning about their organization. For dinner, meeting with the members of the Young Buddhist Association. (L,D)
*Visa-on-arrival authorization is required in advance of arrival (arranged by Indochina Travel). Please carry documentation with your passport, which is required for boarding your Yangon flight.
Thai Airways TG 303 Depart Bangkok 8:00 AM, Arrive Yangon 8:45 PM (0h 45m) TBA
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