Gay Yangon/Rangoon Stopover Tour
Myanmar's capital city until only recently, the fabled metropolis, known as Rangoon in its British colonial period, has retained much of its nostalgic charm. This garden city sports exquisite architectural monuments trimmed in vibrant color, a multi-ethnic population befitting a major merchant port and cultural influences from India, Tibet, Persia, and hill tribes of the Himalayan foothills
Day One: A Busy Day in Enchanting Yangon
Our guide will meet you on arrival outside customs with a private car to transfer you to your hotel. After lunch, you will be escorted on an introductory tour of this colorful metropolis. Scenes from a bygone era mix with the modern tempo of a bustling capital. Along the way, drop by Botataung Pagoda's circular treasure vault covered in a mosaic of mirrors, and the the enormous Chaukhtatgyi reclining Buddha in a quiet, open-air pavilion.
Next, our guide will take you to a rarely-touristed monastery hosting a spectacular 5-story-high seated Buddha garbed in angelic finery on a throne of masterfully carved teakwood.
End the afternoon at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, a complex of intricately detailed prayer halls, bejeweled golden zedis (stupas) housing holy relics, monumental cast bronze bells, and shrines to nat animist spirits. After touring the grounds, take some time to sit and watch the effects of the setting sun and ever-changing tapestry of worshippers, monks, nuns, families, school children, and tourists.
This introductory tour of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) helps you get the most out of the time you have with us there. Flight schedules cleverly force some visitors to spend at least one night in Yangon on their way to Mandalay, Bagan or Inle Lake. But you will be happy you stayed two days or more since there is so much to see and do. We will try to show you several options when recommending any itinerary that includes Yangon along with other destinations in Myanmar. You could easily spend a day at sprawling Theingyi Zei Market. gay life here is well hidden, but we will point you in the right direction.
Day Two: The Pulse of Life in Yangon
This morning you delve into the colorful mosaic of Yangon life. Visit the National Museum, with floor after floor of cultural exhibits: the regal Lion Throne of the last Burmese king in a recreated palace interior, the royal Mandalay Regalia, the gem-encrusted crown jewels of old Burma. For lunch, our guide will be happy to take you to a simple, local place serving yummy Myanmar specialties where you'll be the only foreigner (much to the delight of the curious staff and waiters).
After lunch, wander through the Bogyoke Market (Scott Market). This is a great place to find fabrics, jewelry, sculpture, artworks, and folk crafts (Baganis the best place to shop for deals on famous Burmese lacquer ware). Locals buy their daily goods at Theingyi Zei, Yangon's largest market stretching four city blocks.
If you have a special interest in the arts, we may also arrange exclusive permission to visit the School of Fine Arts, or the School of Drama and Performing Arts (please request this prior to your arrival in Yangon).
Day Three: Onward to Bagan, Mandalay or Beyond