Luxury Rail and Sailing from Singapore to Thailand and Myanmar
Elegant E&O train from Singapore to Bangkok and a luxury Irrawaddy cruise through Myanmar
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Two nights aboard the Eastern and Oriental Express
- Three night luxury Irrawaddy cruise
- Luxury accommodation and exclusive private tours
- Domestic and international flights
- Private transfers
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Explore Southeast Asia in style on this 14 night luxury adventure that will take you from Singapore, across Malaysia to Thailand and into Myanmar. Start among the ultramodern high-rises of Singapore, taking a private tour to get an insight into the metropolis’ fascinating past.
Then, board the sumptuous Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express for a three day, 1,255-mile journey north through Malaysia to Bangkok. A revival of colonial grandeur and opulence – think fine dining, cocktails and affable company – the historic train trundles its way past rural villages and paddy fields, stopping off at highlights en route such as the royal town of Perak and River Kwai Bridge.
Arriving in Bangkok, settle into your luxury hotel before a full day discovering Thailand’s capital, starting with its delectable street food, then moving on to its Grand Palace and vibrant canals.
Next head west to Myanmar, a country just opening up to tourism, and Mandalay. From here, board a small luxury ship to cruise down the serene Irrawaddy River. Over the next three days, see historic pagodas and get a unique view into a traditional way of life along the water’s edge as your boutique boat glides peacefully south.
The cruise ends in the awesome temple strewn landscapes of Bagan. As hot air balloons rise with the sun over the mist, see the country’s most iconic vista. Next up are the famous waters of Inle Lake before a final two nights in bustling Yangon where you can experience the changing face of Myanmar.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer from Changi Airport to Singapore Hotel
Accommodation in Singapore
- 103 suites
- Nine restaurants and bars
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Shopping arcade
- Gym and spa
- Limousine service
In the midst of a city constantly pushing itself to new heights of modernity, the colonially-styled Raffles Singapore represents nothing less than a charming Old World with superior service. A stunning piece of architecture, the 19th century building has long been synonymous with luxury. Stroll through the expansive grounds and you’ll find unique features such as original polished teak verandas, marble colonnades and tropical gardens. Drink Singapore Slings in the world famous Long Bar and dine in one of the fifteen in-house restaurants, serving everything from classic French cuisine to delicate Chinese dim sum. Choose from a host of suites, from the simple and elegant Courtyard Suites with their oriental furnishings and parlour area to our personal favourites, the Personality Suites, named after famous figures associated with the hotel’s illustrious past. All suites include the services of the hotel’s chauffeured limousine and access to the resident historian, as well as the famous high standards of the 24-hour Raffles butler service.
- 98 rooms
- Rooftop pool
- Restaurant and 2 bars
One of the latest additions to the dazzling Marina Bay waterfront, the Fullerton Bay Hotel represents the height of contemporary luxury with a stunningly-designed modern space to relax in. Choose from a variety of rooms and themed suites, and expect a range of luxurious materials and amenities to feature throughout. Lavish carpets, handsome throws and comfortable seating can be found across the board, as well as an outdoor sundeck for those wishing for drinks over the neon cityscape later in the evening. The hotel is situated in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, located within walking distance from the Marina Bay Shopping Centre.
- 468 rooms, 59 suites
- Five Restaurants, Two Bars
- Spa, Fitness Centre & Outdoor Swimming Pool
- A twenty-minute drive to Changi International Airport
Shaped like enormous fan and looking out over the city’s iconic Marina Bay, the Mandarin Oriental is everything you would expect in terms of impeccable service, spacious, oriental-styled rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows for impressive views (some of which feature rather spectacular balconies), and an outstanding cache of amenities and services. There’s a tranquil spa, a fabulous outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Dining options include a steakhouse, Cantonese, Japanese and Italian restaurants, and two chic bars, with all the culture and nightlife of Singapore’s downtown just a few minutes walk away.
Spend your days at leisure in this modern metropolis touring the city. In between tours, dine in the finest restaurants, go shopping in vibrant Little India and head over to the Marina Bay Sands Skybar for outstanding views across the city and some great cocktails too.
Little India is Singapore’s foremost Indian enclave and it is a riot of sights, sounds and scents. Here, you can find rows of shops selling spices, jewellery and traditional Indian clothing. At the heart of Little India is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of power, Kali. Built in 1855, the temple is adorned with hand painted statues of the Hindu deities.
Next you'll head to Kampong Glam which has its origins as a fishing village at the mouth of Rochor River. The Malay word 'kampung' means 'village', and the area was known for the gelam tree, or paperbark tree, that grew here and was used for building ships. Visit the magnificent Sultan Mosque - built in 1928, the mosque is one of the most impressive religious buildings in Singapore.
Explore the bustling market at Bugis Street, the largest street bazaar in Singapore. First, let your guide point you to a few oddities in this maze of 600+ stalls, then armed with the necessary knowledge, return at the end to snag the bargains. Your tour ends with a delicious dim sum lunch.
Private transfer to Singapore train station
Accommodation in E&O Express
- Four cabin categories: the Pullman Single, the Pullman and the State and Presidential
- Observation car
- Gourmet dining
- Saloon car
- Bar car
Winding its way gracefully through Southeast Asia, the Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express takes you past vibrant cities, wild jungle, rural villages and ornate pagodas on a luxury journey. You can choose to board in either Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok as it can start in any of these cities. Each of the four categories of cabins, the Pullman Single, the Pullman and the State and Presidential are fully air-conditioned with en suite bathrooms, decorative marquetry and fine fabrics that exude an atmosphere of warm elegance. You’ll feel looked after at every step of the way by the train’s staff, perfectly trained to be attentive yet discreet. After a gourmet dinner in the Dining Car, sip a cocktail in the colonial-style, teakwood Observation Car at the rear of the train while admiring unforgettable exotic views. Retire to the saloon car and relax with a book or magazine from the library or browse through the train’s boutique for a memento of your journey. The Bar Car is open until late in the night with a resident pianist and a full aperitif and cocktail menu.
Board the Belmond and Oriental Express and settle into your private cabin as we depart from Singapore, rolling gently through the southern Malaysian countryside. Dinner is served in one of the luxurious dining cars and afterwards you can look forward to relaxing with your fellow travellers in the Bar Car.
Shortly after breakfast, we arrive in Kuala Kangsar. Disembark for a tour of the grand Ubudiah Mosque, the Royal Museum of Perak and the Sultan Shah Gallery. Afterwards, return to the train and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at your leisure as we continue onto Thailand. A decadent dinner is served on board.
Later this morning, we alight at the River Kwai Bridge station for a cruise along the picturesque river with a local historian. We then join a visit to an evocative war museum and optional war cemetery. We'll return to the train for lunch, before ending our journey in Bangkok in the late afternoon.
Private transfer to hotel
Accommodation in Bangkok
- 39 suites
- 3 restaurants, café and bar
- Gym and infinity pool
- Cooking school
- Library and cinema rooms
- Spa and sauna
- The world's first hotel Muay Thai boxing ring
Championing bold contemporary design with Thai, Colonial, Jazz Age and Art Deco accents, the Siam hotel may only have 39 suites but provides some of the most spacious and fashionable accommodation in all Bangkok. It also sports three restaurants, where you can enjoy excellent Thai cuisine in Chon Thai Restaurant (which also hosts a cookery school), an international menu in the stylish art deco-themed Deco Bar & Bistro and indulgent private dinners at the Chef’s Table. The Bather’s Bar next to the hotel’s infinity pool is the place for light snacks and refreshing cocktails after a dip in the waters and to watch life on the river pass by. You can even enjoy a more secluded dining experience out on the hotel pier for a private bespoke meal. Commanding a prime location overlooking the Chao Phraya River close to the Krung Thon Bridge, all suites feature king-size beds, opulent Chinese antiquity, terraces, complimentary Wi-Fi and butler service. The Pool Villas are a perfect choice for those desiring that extra touch of privacy.
- 393 rooms
- 8 restaurants
- Jazz bar & lounge
- Swimming pool & fitness centre
- Tennis & squash courts
- Running track
- Cooking school
- Trophy room where you can view items from the hotel's long history
- Cigar shop
Providing extraordinary service and overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the Mandarin Oriental is undeniably one of the city’s premier hotels. If you’re interested in history, a stay here is a must: it’s the longest established hotel in Thailand and became one of the Mandarin Oriental group’s flagship properties due to its distinguished history. Walk into the hotel’s magnificent lobby, and you’ll be greeted by a spectacular flower display, for which the hotel is famous throughout Bangkok. Choose between a variety of rooms from entry-level luxury in the Superior Rooms to the considerably more spacious State Rooms and Authors’ Suites. Each room is designed in a colonial style with white slatted doors, dark wooden features and light pastel shades. You’ll benefit from a butler assigned to your room during your stay. The hotel also has eight restaurants; take your pick between traditional Thai, seafood, fine French cuisine and many more options. Drink tea in the opulent Authors’ Lounge or enjoy some jazz and cocktails in the Bamboo Bar if you’re looking to unwind after a long flight. In a prime location overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the Mandarin Oriental is close to some of Bangkok’s most popular attractions. Cruise along the ‘Venice of the East’ and take a long boat out onto the city canals, threading your way towards some of the city’s cultural highlights, including the Grand Palace, various temples and the famous Floating Market.
- 370 Rooms and suites
- 3 restaurants and bars
- Spa & Gym
- Swimming pool
- Tennis courts
The vast W-shaped tower of The Peninsula Bangkok offers everything you would expect from a world-class hotel; exceptional hospitality, a great location and a huge range of facilities to keep you amused. The hotel’s unique shape ensures magnificent views across the river and cityscape from every room. Some of the largest in Bangkok, these are appointed in a traditional aesthetic – dark wood panelling, fine fabrics feature throughout and large, marble bathrooms – but contain all the vital amenities for the modern traveller. The premier suites include opulent details such as open-air terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis. During your stay, you’ll enjoy relaxing by the pool area, serviced by its own bar and dining at the numerous, fine in-house restaurants that serve a range of Cantonese, Thai and international cuisine.
Bustling and energetic, Bangkok has something for everyone. A haven for shoppers, historians, foodies and culture seekers alike, the capital is an integral part of any Thailand itinerary. It has everything from awe-inspiring temples to bustling markets and high-end shopping malls. And, of course there's the food - some of the best in the world!
Explore the best tucked away alleys, sampling Bangkok’s famous street food and experiencing the Old Town on foot. Stroll through local food stalls and market to enjoy the diversity of local Thai delicacies and Thai culture. Sample various kinds of local food, old-style Thai coffee and Thai sweet desserts, and learn from the shop owners about their secret recipes. Visit Wat Suthat, as well as the tall standing two pillars Giant Swing.
Travel by long tailed speedboat on the picturesque Chao Phraya River and see a fascinating contrast of old and new – revered temples and traditional houses alongside five star hotels. You’ll glimpse an insight into local Thai life and yesteryear Bangkok as you explore some of the Klongs (canals) that lead off into Bangkok’s suburbs, as many remain largely unaffected by modern development. Your next stop is the sprawling Grand Palace, with a wealth of intricate and ornate buildings and temples within the complex.
Private transfer from your hotel to Bangkok Airport
Flight from Bangkok to Mandalay
Private transfer to your hotel in Mandalay
Accommodation in Mandalay
- 206 guestrooms and suites
- Five restaurants
- Swimming pool
- Two tennis courts
- Fitness centre
- Function facilities
Sitting at the foot of the Mercure Mandalay Hill, this luxury resort is a wonderful place to stay during a trip to the cultural city of Mandalay. Sweeping views of mesmerizing pagodas surround this ornate hotel which is based in twelve acres of landscaped gardens, with all rooms and suites enjoying views of the pagodas, the Royal Palace, Mandalay Hill, or the city. The handsomely designed accommodation here ranges from superior and deluxe rooms to lavish suites and the impressive Mandalar Villa. All varieties of guestrooms provide visitors with the space, modern-day essentials and complete comfort they’ll need to make their stay a pleasant one. Guests have a range of dining options to choose from, including international cuisine with a culture show at the garden restaurant, tasty tapas at Kipling’s Lounge, and delicious Chinese food at Ming’s. Massages at the spa and the gorgeous pool area offer opportunities for unwinding, while the fitness centre and tennis courts ensure active types get their exercise fix.
- 20 rooms
- 3 restaurants, 2 bars
- Spa, sauna, fitness centre & lighted tennis court
- Outdoor pool
Sitting on the eastern outskirts of Mandalay, about fifteen minutes drive from the city centre, this pleasant low-rise boutique hotel of just twenty rooms has an impressive set of facilities and a super team of staff. The rooms, and indeed most of hotel, is decorated with the typical and heavy use of teakwood with vibrant splashes of colour and ornate Burmese artefacts and furnishings. Alongside the traditional you have the modern, in the form of Wi-Fi, air conditioning, satellite TV, gym, sauna, spa and outdoor swimming pool. For a boutique hotel of this size there is an admirable three restaurants that each specialise in Burmese, Thai and European food for a very spoiling choice of daily dining options.
Spend the following few days in traditional and religious Mandalay. Here you have the chance to visit the impressive pagoda, Mahamuni Paya, head to Mandalay Hill for fantastic views and see the masterpiece of traditional Burmese wooden architecture at the Shwenandaw monastery.
Visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’, then walk onwards to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace.
Irrawaddy River Cruise
Private transfer to the jetty
Boats on Irrawaddy River
- 28 cabins and suites
- Restaurant and bar
- Swimming pool
- Spa and wellness centre
- Fitness room
- Butler service
Sister to the historic Strand Hotel in Yangon, the newly launched Strand Cruise embodies similarly refined values, combining a colonial charm with modern luxury for an unforgettable journey along the Irrawaddy River between Bagan and Mandalay. 28 sumptuous cabins and suites are tastefully decorated with Burmese craftsmanship and Teakwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, en suite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and round the clock butler service. The Strand Suites feature a private outdoor balcony and a personal butler for your every desire. The ship’s heart is the upper deck, where Myanmar’s passing landscapes can be viewed from the comfort of sun loungers, the cocktail bar or the swimming pool. It’s also the venue for entertainment in the evening. Relax in the spa, get invigorated in the fitness room, or delve into the region’s fascinating history in the ship’s library. Cuisine on board is another highlight of the journey – whether you chose to dine in the restaurant or alfresco at the BBQs on the upper deck – the Strand’s internationally renowned chefs work with the freshest and finest ingredients to offer up a delightful take on international and Asian cuisines. Get in touch with our expert travel designers to learn more about the Strand Cruise’s Irrawaddy cruise itineraries.
The Strand Cruise crew will be waiting to greet you on board and welcome you with a generous buffet lunch of Mediterranean cuisine.
After lunch, stop in Mingun, one of the country’s former capitals, at the foot of the unfinished pagoda, one of the largest pagodas ever constructed in the history of Myanmar. Visit the pagoda by tuktuk, a popular local means of transportation, and see the magnificent Mingun Bell, claimed to be the largest un-cracked hanging bell in the world. You will also visit Paya Hsinbyume, an impressive pagoda that rises in seven curved whitewashed terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt Meru, the mountain at the centre of the Buddhist universe.
As the sun sets, admire the magnificent sights over the Ayeyarwady river from the ship’s Sundeck, sipping one of the Strand Hotel’s signature cocktails, before joining your fellow travellers for a Myanmar dinner in the Strand restaurant.
Your day begins with a visit to Ava, the ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Horse carts await the ship to transport guests for a delightful ride through the naturally preserved Ava landscape and key landmarks. A once prominent city, throughout history Ava has been ravaged by war and natural disasters and rebuilt numerous times. Today, all that is left are the ruins and remains of an abandoned kingdom forever imprinted in history. Here you will visit the Yadana Shemee and Wingaba, temples, as well as the Bopaya monastery and the brick monastery.
Once back on board the Strand Cruise, an Asian family style lunch is served on the sundeck while enjoying the beautiful landscape passing by as the ship cruises onwards to the ancient city of Bagan. Throughout the afternoon, relax, meditate, or just lie by the pool, enjoy activities and workshops arranged by the crew as well as a number of performances by talented local artists and entertainers before enjoying a sunset cocktail. As night falls, the ship will moor on a remote and wild section of the river. Surrounded only by the soft whispering of nature, the Captain invites guests to a cocktail and grill dinner in the Strand Restaurant. Night owls can linger in the bar over a glass of fine wine or single malt whiskey and recreate the golden age of the Strand as a meeting place for explorers and raconteurs.
This morning sees your arrival in Bagan and the start of the much-anticipated Bagan Heritage Trail. Bagan is remarkable for the magnificent architecture of its buildings and the contribution they have made to Burmese temple designs. Marvel at Bagan’s wonders including the Ananda Temple, one of the most exquisite temples of the country, and the Shwezigon Pagoda, renowned for its gold leaf decor.
After a delicious buffet lunch back on board, continue your day in Bagan with a visit to the magnificent Shwe San Daw temple, followed by a journey to the beautiful Sulamani temple and Gubyaukgyi temple. As twilight sets in, admire the sunset from the sundeck before a festive evening and farewell French dinner in the Strand Restaurant.
After a last breakfast, disembark in Old Bagan and will be accompanied onward to the airport or their hotel. Another exhilarating option at sunrise is a hot air balloon ride, where you can gently float above the 2,000 pagodas of Bagan.
Flight from Bagan to Heho
Transfer from Heho Airport to Inle Lake, visiting Pindaya en route, an impressive cave that is home to over 8000 golden buddha statues.
Accommodation in Inle Lake
- 27 villas
- Restaurant and bar
- Organic vegetable garden
Tucked away under the ‘Blue Mountains’ of the Shan Plateau along the eastern shores of Lake Inle, the Villa Inle Resort offers a private and romantic experience, with some wonderful cultural attractions in the nearby area. The 27 spacious villas of the resort are made to blend in harmoniously with the natural environment, favouring a traditional design and local materials. High ceilings, sweeping silk curtains and expansive teak flooring give these villas a luxurious feel and make for a blissful couple’s hideaway; large bathtubs, private terraces with lake views and soft lighting complete the experience. This resort also proudly participates in a conservation programme, planting trees in the nearby area, using recycled materials wherever possible and growing their own organic plants for use in the kitchen.
- 45 chalets
- Restaurant, bar and wine cellar
- Artisan’s Village
Found on the eastside of Inle Lake, this traditionally designed resort houses idyllic wooden chalets with magnificently scenic views. While some look out to the flourishing garden and others overlook the mountains, many of the rooms enjoy lovely lake terraces where you can sit back and watch fisherman pass by. Besides scenic vistas, the accommodation also provides cosy comfort thanks to fireplaces and lots of mod cons. All culinary tastes are covered here with the restaurant serving a range of Chinese, vegetarian, European, Thai and traditional Shan dishes. However for a truly atmospheric experience, you can dine in the resort’s wine cave where an Inle Long Boat acts as a table and romantic seclusion is perfectly created. With an on-site artisan’s village there’s heaps to get involved with at this environmentally conscious property. Try your hand at Shan Paper making, wood carving or meditation – what’s more the lake offers plenty to do and the town of Nyaung Shwe is just a twenty minute boat ride away.
- 97 rooms and suites
- Restaurant and bar
Located in Maing Thauk Village, half of which is set on dry land while the other half sits on stilts over the waters on Inle Lake, the Inle Sanctum Resort blends a minimalist monastic style with all manner of modern comforts. 96 bedrooms range from stand-alone villas located in the resort grounds to rooms within the main building. All are beautifully designed featuring natural wood floors, high ceilings and spacious bathrooms. The Cloister is part-bar, part-lounge, serving traditional favourites and a wide selection of Myanmar-brewed beers or enjoy an afternoon cocktail, whilst The Refectory serves a delicious menu from noodles to fresh garden salads, taking inspiration from traditional Myanmar dishes. After a day exploring the lake and its fascinating surroundings, the Sanctuary Spa offers a chance to fully unwind with a range of treatments and therapies.
- 49 villas
- Natural hot spa spring and outdoor Jacuzzi
- Beauty salon
- Business centre
Take a boat ride and a wander along wooden walkways, past gurgling streams, to reach your hillside villa here at the peaceful Pristine Lotus. Strewn throughout verdant gardens which creep down into the lake, the blissful villas are accompanied by a natural spa and a teak-canopied restaurant. Enjoy splendid views from your private balcony and bundles of space with your own unique attic room. All standalone villas are furnished to a high standard with teakwood and designer furniture of four poster beds plus handcrafted indigenous touches. The top-class Padonna Lotus Spa uses healing and relaxing therapies to create a haven of rejuvenation, while the restaurant, which is beautifully lit up at night, serves an array of Asian and European dishes. What’s more, the terrace makes the perfect place for a spot of afternoon tea.
Enjoy the following days in this peaceful region, watching the renowned leg-rowing fishermen and seeing the lake's floating markets. You can also visit the famous pilgrimage site Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. Continue past villages inhabited by the Intha people who build their houses on stilts and floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. You will also see the leg rowing fishermen of the lake who steer their boats with incredible balance. The trip will also include some sightseeing at some of the lake’s most renowned sites. Stop at the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery famous for its dozens of Shan Buddha statues as well as the resident cats which have been trained to jump through hoops. Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains 5 sacred Buddha images, and proceed to the village of Inpawkhone to observe the traditional silk weaving techniques of Innthar people. Inpawkhone is also known for its weaving from the stems of lotus flowers, a time consuming process that results in high quality materials famous throughout the country. We will also visit a cheroot factory where the local Burmese cigars are rolled by hand.
Private transfer to Heho airport
Flight from Heho to Rangoon
Private transfer from Yangon airport to your hotel
Accommodation in Yangon
- 45 rooms & three suites
- Restaurant, lounge & bar
- In-room spa
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Lotus ponds & gardens
Set in verdant gardens, the restored teak mansion of the Governor’s Residence dates back to the 1920s, capturing a by-gone era with its classic design, manicured lawns, and location in the desirable embassy district of Yangon. As you’d expect from a Belmond hotel, the 45 rooms are spacious and tastefully appointed, with teak floors, earthy-toned silks and hand-carved furniture. Alternatively, you can choose from one the hotel’s three suites and benefit from a palatial amount of space and views of the private lotus garden. The Governor’s Residence offers a range of dining options, from the Mandalay Restaurant, serving local cuisine, to aromatic curries at the Burmese Curry Table, and on balmy evening, you can sip a refreshing cocktail in the open-air Mindon Lounge.
- Restaurant, cafe, bar & lounge
- Business centre
A relic of Myanmar‘s colonial history dating back to 1901, The Strand played host to Rudyard Kipling during his journey through then-Burma, amongst many other famed writers and travellers. Today, many things have changed – there’s Wi-Fi in all the rooms and the complimentary mini-bars are refreshed daily – but the hotel’s elegant charm and the first-rate, attentive service remain constant with butlers manning every floor 24-hours-a-day, each armed with an unfailingly sunny and helpful disposition. The four suites types are spacious and airy, with teak wood floors, antiques to decorate, ceiling fans, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel also features a spa, where travellers can go for a massage to ease away jetlag or perhaps to prepare for a long flight. Guests can dine in the sophisticated Strand Grill, with its black-and-white marble floor, chandeliers, and local music accompanying the international cuisine. The Strand Cafe is a little more casual, and the breakfast menu offers a fantastic choice of cereals, pancakes and eggs, to name but a few options: we recommend the eggs benedict. Being an old colonial hotel, it’s no surprise that high tea is also on offer, later in the evening, you can join the local expats in the grand bar for a cold G&T.
Explore this energetic city with our full list of recommendations and any private tours we've organised for you. From the enormous Shwedagon Pagoda, stroll through shaded parks and lakes and dine on delicious street food in bustling Chinatown at night. Speak to your travel designer about how you wish to spend your time here.
This afternoon you will venture downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office - a lovely historic building- and walk to Sule Paya in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit Little India and Chinatown, a colorful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets. Reach Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where there is time to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops. This is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods.
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The eight-sided central stupa is 99 metres tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas. Your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
This morning set off with your guide to explore the best of Yangon’s food. Start with a visit to one of downtown’s main morning markets where vendors gather to sell everything from fresh vegetables and fruits to fish and meats. Try out morning treats popular with the locals, such as noodles, pancakes, steamed sticky rice with beans and fried donuts and samosa.
Next, visit Seikkan Tha Street, another morning market area with many stalls selling palata (thick pancakes), flowers and fruits. Having worked up a thirst, make a stop at Maung Aye Tea Shop to enjoy a cup of sweet Burmese tea. Across the street is a popular stall specialising in Burmese tea leaf salad. Finally transfer to Feel Myanmar for lunch, a popular local restaurant, to sample an array of local curries all accompanied by dozens of vegetables, dips and a soup. This is very traditional, tasty Burmese lunch and a perfect way to complete your culinary exploration of Yangon.
This evening you will be taken to the Shwedagon Pagoda to see it glitter in the light of oil lamps. This special lighting ceremony takes place with the locals as night falls and incense and seemingly endless rows of golden light fills the air.
Private transfer to Yangon airport
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