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YANGON

Yangon, the capital city, is the main gateway to Myanmar. Evergreen and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes. Yangon has earned the name of "The Garden City of the East". Yangon was founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small settlement called Dagon when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. The name Yangon means "End of Strife" which was anglicized as Rangoon by the British. The name of this city has changed along the history: first Dagon, then Yangon, and Okalapa Aung Myae Yan Hnin, then finally back to Yangon. The present day Yangon covers 400 sq m and has a population of over 5 million.

YANGON & ENVIRONS

Sule Pagoda

The landmark at the Yangon City center and symbol of downtown Yangon is situated right at the heart of the city. The Sule Pagoda is said to be over 2,000 years old, enshrining a hair relics of the Buddha. The golden pagoda is unusual in that its octagonal shape continues right up to the top terrace. It stands 46 meters (152 feet) high and is surrounded by small shops of all the familiar non-religious services such as astrologers, palmists, photo studios and watch repair. From there, you may observe the atmosphere of the Yangon center with crowed people from all walks of life in various trades, and busy traffic.

Downtown

On a city tour to downtown and Yangon's riverfront you will see many of the remarkable sites of the colonial and religious past of this garden city. Old Rangoon was Dr William Montgomerie’s design. He was the army superintendent surgeon and learnt his city planning skills from Sir Stanford Raffles in Singapore. Buildings of heritage in Yangon are now listed for protection. The period architecture of the old city center, among others, includes:

The City Hall

Designed by U Tin in 1925, incorporates Myanmar themes into its facade, including floral motifs and mythical creatures.

The High Court, a red brick extravaganza by the architect John Ransome built in 1911. The impressive building sports a clock tower whose four faces are lighted at night, and can be seen floating above the city centre.

The High Court, a red brick extravaganza by the architect John Ransome built in 1911. The impressive building sports a clock tower whose four faces are lighted at night, and can be seen floating above the city centre.

The Strand Hotel built in 1896

Once described as the "leading hotel of the East". The Strand has long been recognized as a national landmark, a model of auspicious, colonial repose. The hotel’s Victorian influence is visible even from the colonnaded entranceway.
The Customs House was built of red brick in 1902.

The Customs House was built of red brick in 1902.

The Township Judicial Offices building

A long grey structure with high pillars, finished in 1920 was once headquarter of the Burma Socialist Program Party.

The towered Myanmar Port Authority, on the corner of Strand Road and Pansodan Street.

The office of the Ministry of Information, built in 1918, is a four-story structure with austere pillars that originally served as a bank, then as the National Museum and has now been returned to its original duty as a bank.

The towered Myanmar Port Authority, on the corner of Strand Road and Pansodan Street.

The office of the Ministry of Information, built in 1918, is a four-story structure with austere pillars that originally served as a bank, then as the National Museum and has now been returned to its original duty as a bank.

The Yangon Division Court House

Built in 1912 In the Queen Anne architectural style.

The Rander House

At the corner of Pansodan Street and Merchant Street.
The adjacent Government Telegraph Office was erected the same year as the High Court - though a fresh coat of paint ensures that it looks as striking as architect John Begg intended.
The compound of the Secretariat along Mahabandoola Street and Bo Aung Kyaw Street. Construction began in 1980 and was finished 1905, resulting a massive red brick building with four wings radiating out from a central dome. It was here in 1947 that General Aung San and five members of his cabinet were assassinated during a meeting.

The adjacent Government Telegraph Office was erected the same year as the High Court - though a fresh coat of paint ensures that it looks as striking as architect John Begg intended.

The compound of the Secretariat along Mahabandoola Street and Bo Aung Kyaw Street. Construction began in 1980 and was finished 1905, resulting a massive red brick building with four wings radiating out from a central dome. It was here in 1947 that General Aung San and five members of his cabinet were assassinated during a meeting.

The Yangon General Hospital

Impressively designed with expansive arches and towering turrets was, upon its completion in 1911, the first public building in Myanmar constructed of reinforced concrete.

The Railway Station

Ornamented with Traditional Myanmar motifs.

Pansodan Jetty

The jetty is situated in front of the famous Strand Hotel. From there, you may observe the daily lives of people who came across the river from the other side of the city for working or selling their local products. You can cross the river by ferry boat, which takes about 10 minutes to return.

Yangon Sunset Cruise

Discover the spectacular sceneries of Yangon’s waterways and the rich historical and cultural landscapes that lie along the banks of the Yangon River. Experience the beauty of Yangon while savoring the fresh breeze that comes through the Gulf of Martaban of the Andaman Sea. Observe the little-known Lighthouse of the Twante Canal. Witness the Shwedagon Pagoda from a different perspective. And enjoy the amazing glow of lights along the river banks as the sun gently sinks below the horizon. The MY Dora offers daily (guarantee minimum 2 persons departure) “Evening Sunset Cruise” on Yangon River. Departure from Botataung jetty is at 16:30 and arrival at Botataung jetty is at 18:00.

The City Circular Train

If you wish to drive through rural areas, stopping at numerous stations watching cigarette sellers, betelnut sellers, fortune tellers, and, and, and... - then just buy a ticket for the 2 1/2 hour ride.

Botataung Pagoda

The Botataung Pagoda was a famous Land-mark on Rangoon's waterfront. Situated just below the long lines of jetties that serve this busy port whence rice, petroleum, timber and mineral are shipped to the whole world.

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Formerly known as Scott Market, it is the most famous place for shopping in Yangon. Myanmar arts and handicrafts are best souvenirs available there at reasonable prices. Lacquerware, wood and ivory carvings, tapestries, silverware, brassware, silk and cotton fabrics, and shoulder bags as well as jewelry are some of the most favorite items it has to offer. 
Upon daily except on Monday and public holidays.

Shwedagon Pagoda

The most significant and the pride of Myanmar, the ancient stupa towers almost 100 meters above the green cityscape of Yangon. The great golden Shwedagon Pagoda is the prominent landmark visible from miles around, where the holy hair relics of the Buddha were enshrined more than 2,500 years ago. It is one of the wonders of the world and the most venerable pagoda in Southeast Asia. It is the essence of Myanmar and a cultural splendor that never fails to enchant. A visit to Yangon would be incomplete without a call at the Shwedagon. There you may observe not only the wealth of ancient Myanmar architecture and artistic craftsmanship as it has developed throughout the ages, but also the deeds of Buddhist rituals such as offering water, candles, incense sticks and flowers to the Buddha.

National Museum

Located on Pyay Road, about a few minutes away from downtown, the newly built five-storied museum will let you know the glory of Myanmar. It exhibits the Lion Throne of the last Myanmar king, royal regalia of 19th century Myanmar kingdom, artifacts of various ancient periods, articles of cultural heritage and archaeological value, art and craft articles, weaponry, musical instruments and paintings.

Bogyoke Aung San Park

A scenic park composed of numerous hills and shady green trees, surrounding the beautiful lake of Kandawgyi, one of two major lakes in Yangon, is located 5 minutes away from downtown. The Park is a nearest retreat and popular recreation center where city-dwellers can relax and enjoy their leisure time in peace and tranquility. The playgrounds and picnic areas are favorite spots for children and teenagers.

Zoological Garden

Located near the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, the Yangon Zoo is noted for its collection of wild animals from around the world, rare species, flora and fauna, which have been collected over the years since it was opened in 1906. On weekends and public holidays, snake dance and elephant circus are performed for visitors. The Zoological Garden Amusement Park is also a well-known spot for children and teenagers.

Natural History Museum

Situated near the Kandawgyi Lake, the Natural History Museum has a notable collection of Myanmar's geographical, biological and archaeological diversity including flora and fauna, forest products, minerals and rocks.

People's Square and People's Park

People's Square and People's Park occupy over 130 acres of land between Shwedagon Pagoda and Pyithu Hluttaw (the Parliament). There is a museum housing life-size models of nationalities in their colorful dress. A restaurant in the Park serves Myanmar, Chinese and European cuisine.

Myanmar Gems Museum

Of the 100 counters in the building 30 on the ground floor, 34 each on the first and second floors are privately owned, whereas the remaining two counters on the ground floor are run by the Myanmar Gems Enterprise and Myanmar VES Joint Venture Co., Ltd. These three floors of the Gems Mart present the whole range of Myanmar ruby, sapphire, period and a variety of assorted colored stones, jade, pearls in lots or embedded in exquisite jewelry, gold ware, silverware and jade figurines. These are sold in Myanmar Kyats, US$ or foreign exchange certificates (FEC). The Myanmar Gems Enterprise (MGE) under the Ministry of Mines annually holds an auction at the Emporium. 
In the gems museum, you will find ruby, jade, pearl and the jewelry counters. 

Kabar Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda)

Built in 1954 in dedication to the 1954-56 Sixth Buddhist Council. This 111-feet-high pagoda measures 34 meters around the base.

Buddhist Art Museum

The Buddhist Art Museum at the Kabar Aye Pagoda has a wide collection of religious paraphernalia and Buddhist texts.

Maha Pasana Cave

This great cave is a man-made cave built for the Sixth Buddhist Council, which was held to coincide with the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha's enlightenment. The participants recited, edited, and approved the entire Buddhist scriptures known as the Three Pitakat. The cavern measures 455 by 370 feet.

Mae La Mu Pagoda

Mae La Mu Pagoda located in the suburb of Yangon is a wonderland of sculptured figures and famous for the giant images depicting Buddha's earlier lives.

White Elephants

Within the walking distance from Minn Dhamma Hill, there is an Elephant house where the three white elephants are kept. In many Asian countries including Myanmar, white elephant is regarded as a supreme royal ornament.

National Races Village

National races village is situated in Tharketa Township, on the left of Yangon-Thanlyin Bridge. You will not only enjoy fresh breeze blowing across Bago River but also get the sense of Union Spirit from the village of national brethren, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. You can see buildings with significant symbols denoting various national races residing in the country.

ENVIRONS

Hlawga Wildlife Park

The Hlawga Wildlife Park is about 45 minutes' drive from downtown. The park, which covers 1,650 acres of land and lake is home for over 70 kinds of herbivorous animals and 90 species of birds. It has a museum of the replica of Myanmar traditional buildings and a small zoo with rock garden. Flocks of migratory birds frequently visit the park. It is an ideal place for picnickers, naturalists, botanists and bird-watchers. Visitor can also enjoy elephant rides, boating and fishing in the park.

Htaukkyant World War II Cemetery

Located at Htaukkyant, about 32 km from Yangon on the road to Bago, there is a memorial cemetery of Allied soldiers who died in the Burma Campaign during World War II. The cemetery's beautifully kept compound has 27,000 tombstones of fallen Common Wealth and Allied soldiers.

BAGO (Pegu)

The ancient capital of the Mon Kings from the 14th through 16th century and that of the Second Myanmar Empire founded by King Bayinnaung, Bago is situated only 80 km from Yangon. Places of interest in Bago are Shwemawdaw Pagoda, the highest pagoda in Myanmar with the elevation of 117 meters, built over 2,000 years ago by two merchants; the famous Kalyani Thein (Ordination Hall); Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha, which was built during 9th century and one of the most elegant reclining Buddha images, stretching 55 meters; four huge Buddha images of Kyaikpun Pagoda; and the Bago Market.

THANLYIN (Syriam)

Only 45 minutes by ferry across the Bago River or about 30 minutes' drive from Yangon lies Thanlyin. It was a major port and important trading centre from the 14th through the 18th century until it was displaced by Yangon in 1755. It was briefly controlled by the Portuguese adventurer, de Brito, at the beginning of the 17th century. The ruins of a Catholic church built by an Italian missionary in the 18th century can still be seen in Thanlyin. Kyeik-khauk Pagoda in Thanlyin and Yele Pagoda (a pagoda on a small island) at Kyauktan are worth visiting. You may also observe the local ways of making ceramic products at Bogyoke Village.

TWANTE

A small town on Twante Canal, it is 24 km from Yangon and takes about two hours by boat along the canal. The boat trip provides a view of the life along the canal while Twante itself provides interest as a center of pottery and hand-woven cotton cloth.

LETKOKON BEACH

It is the nearest beach from Yangon, a distance of just under three hours drive, after ferry-crossing the Hlaing i.e., Yangon river. Letkokon village and Ywa Thit Kone village just a kilometer further away are small fishing villages. Fresh and delicious seafood and juicy tropical fruit of the season can be enjoyed to your contentment. A Sunbath under the shady coconut groves sipping tender coconut milk under the sunny sky would be a pleasant time to pass. The one and only hotel, the "Letkokon Beach Hotel" with a number of Chalet type bungalows is located at the end of the driveway leading from the beach. Poor road, electricity supply, telecoms, accommodation, fresh clean water, modern conveniences and other facilities are limited. Over a century old monastery of teak logs and planks and another about half a century old are in the vicinity of Ywa Thit Kone. The Ayeyarwady River, which branches into several rivulets in the Delta Region before entering into the sea deposits fertile silt to form the Delta, where nutrient and fragrant rice cultivation, thrives on the rich soil. During the monsoon and high waters the sea is rather muddy. The Chaung Tha Beach further west, the Kan Thar Yar Beach and the Ngapali Beach in the north-west on the Rakhine Coast where the sea water is clear for swimming and surfing. Facilities are better.

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Street Food at China Town

There are a lot of street food options to choose from in Yangon. For the budget minded and the adventurous, the downtown area has a wide variety of street food to tempt you. It is quite cheap, and most of it is quite good. You can take your order back to your hotel, or you can sit at the chairs and tables on the sidewalk. Here you will find some of the best-tasting beef, pork, chicken, and fish curries in the city.
China Town is an area teaming with food and for many the best starting point for exploration is 19th street where you’ll find vendor after vendor of charcoal grills, cooking all sorts of meats, veg and marinades from shop house barbecue restaurants. This is the place to go for street food in Yangon; outside seating, bustling local life and a boozy night scene. 19th Street connects between the Maha Bandula Road and Anawratha Road in the vibrant China Town area.

Aung Thukha Myanmar Restaurant

This is the type of place where the locals go to eat. The flavorful curries include pork, fish, beef, chicken, goat, duck, and prawn. With the meal you get rice, soup, vegetables, peanuts, palm sugar candy, dessert, and tea. Plus you get free curry refills! Not much English spoken, but try it for a real Myanmar food experience.

Opening Hours: from 08:00 - 21:00
Address: 17-A 1st Street, West Shwegondine, Bahan Township (just south of Thai Kitchen)
Tel: 525194

Hla Myanmar Restaurant

The Hla Myanmar restaurant lies not very far from the Shwedagon Pagoda and is thus ideal for a lunch during or after the temple attendance. The many native guests witness from the large popularity of the various curry dishes. Try the fresh shrimps.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:30 
Address: No (27), 5 Street, West Shwe Gone Daing Road, Bahan Township
Tel: 526822

Feel Restaurant

This indoor/outdoor canteen-style cafe near the National Museum has a loyal following among white-collar workers. It’s a scene of organized chaos during lunchtime yet somehow everyone gets served what they order and quickly at that. There’s a choice of around 30 traditional Myanmar dishes laid out in steel serving trays on a counter: meat curries, fish and seafood, salads, rice noodles with sauces that range from delicate to mouth-numbingly hot. Prices are per dish with friendly waiters to explain what’s what and help you choose. There’s a range of fresh fruit juices too. I think it’s a great introduction to Myanmar cooking for newcomers. Go before 12.15pm or after 2pm to miss the lunchtime crush.

Opening Hours: from 06:00 - 20:30
Address: 124 Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Street (just around the corner from the National Museum)
Mobile: 0973048783

Min Lann Seafood Restaurant

The Min Lann seafood restaurant in Kamayut Township, is a local favorite. They serve lobster, fried soft shell crab, and tiger prawns prepared Rakhine-style on an open-flame grill. The spicy rice is, well, spicy! Those wary of heat and those who are not adventurous eaters should beware: The fresh green chili sauce is blazing, if easily quenched by local Myanmar suds.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 
Address: No(45), Corner of Baho & Khittar Street, Sanchaung Township
Tel: 510285
Mobile: 094312 5152

House of Memories

The House of Memories is not just a piano bar and restaurant, but a living museum, housed in a building that played an important part in the country’s history. The 175-year-old building was once used as the headquarters for Myanmar’ independence movement, and still contains historical artefacts from those days. The main attraction is General Aung San’s secret office, complete with his typewriter, desk and chair. Not only that; the building still conjures up memories of its time as a family home, with memorabilia of the Nath family on display, and a distinctly warm and welcoming feel. The food is of a high quality, with a selection of Myanmar, Chinese and Western food, with many types of rice dishes to choose from. In the evening, try one of the highly recommended cocktails while relaxing to the gentle tones of live piano music.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Address: 290, U Wizara Road, Kamaryut Township
Tel: 525195 / 534242

Green Elephant Restaurant (9 Miles)

The outpost of Green Elephant at 33 Thirimingalar Lane (Attia Road) in Kamayut Township is housed in a colonial mansion. Sit in the garden under a canopy and order local delectable like coconut rice, pork with red curry paste, lophet thake, and lentil soup. You’ll quickly note that rice (t’ămìn) is served with every meal. It’s at the forefront of the national diet.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:30
Address: No (2), Aung Thu Kha Street, 9 Miles, Pyay Road, Mayangone Township
Tel: 661887
Mobile: 09450060065

Padonmar Restaurant

There are two separate kitchens; one is for Myanmar food with the top Myanmar chefs who produce not only the traditional taste but also for health conscious clientele by not using too much oil and no M.S.G. at all. The Thai kitchen is fully staffed with experienced chefs. "Padonmar" offers high quality traditional Myanmar and Thai cuisines. The building is an elegant 50-year-old house, decorated with gold-leaf wood carvings and festooned with colorful paper lanterns. The main restaurant consists of a hut and garden area, which has a wonderful atmosphere. Upstairs there are four dining rooms, all lavishly decorated with scenes from Burma’s golden age.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Address:  No 10/107, Kanyapyin Street, Dagon Township (Near Governor’s Residence)
Tel: 538895 / 220616
Mobile: 0973029973

Monsoon Restaurant and Bar

Situated in downtown, Monsoon Restaurant is a good place to sample a range of Southeast Asian cuisine. Set in a spacious colonial townhouse, with mustard-colored walls, this restaurant is popular with locals, expats and tourists alike. To sample the best of Myanmar cuisine, pick the aromatic and creamy wether acho chet – pork in a sweet curry sauce. In addition to traditional Myanmar fare, Monsoon offers dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, as well as great coffees and desserts. Add to that a laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff, and you are guaranteed a great all-round experience.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Address: 85–87 Thinbyu Road (lower block), Botataung Township
Tel: 259224

Signature - The Fine Dining and The Garden Bistro

Located at the south west corner of Kandawgyi Park and in walking distance to Kandawgyi Palace Hotel and the Shwedagon Pagoda. The Garden Bistro is a very pleasant restaurant with peaceful outdoor setting by one end of Kandawgyi Lake. Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Pasta, Pizza, Snacks, Western specialties, Grilled, Asian specialties individual set, rice & noodle, vegetable dish and desserts are on the menu. It is a good place for breakfast and also the place for dinner in the windy garden

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00 
Address: Corner of Kaba Aye Pagoda Road and Kanyeikthar Road (near U Htaung Bo Round About), Bahan Township
Tel:  546488 / 543387 / 650624

Bangkok Kitchen

If you looking for authentic Thai cuisine, this is the place to try.  Located right opposite to Chatrium Hotel. Very pleasant restaurant with view to Kandawgyi Lake. Thai origin food, if you have a nostalgia for Thai cuisine. It has everything – from chic tom yam talay to simple som tam. Food is very good, a lot of variety and very good quality. Service is nice and fast. A wonderful outdoor veranda.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 
Address: Kandawgyi Nature Park, near Chatrium Hotel, Natmauk Road, Tamwe Township
Tel: 727446
Mobile: 0973013792

Sabei Sabei Restaurant

One of the more popular restaurants in Yangon, Sabai Sabai is a new location but the extensive menu and homey, welcoming atmosphere remain the same. The menu is interesting, also the flavor is very good. Attentive service, pleasant surroundings and excellent food. Curry were good and creamy, not so spicy as requested. Seafood was fresh, and service adorable. Highly recommended.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00 
Address: Mya Kyun Thar, near Sedona Hotel, Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, Yankin Township
Mobile: 09254341077

The Corriander Leaf

This Indian restaurant will satisfy those want the taste of authentic sub continental traditional cuisine and has all your vegetarian and non-vegetarian favorites, including traditional great tasting curries in a fine-dining atmosphere.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 23:00  
Location: Blog (12), Alhone Road, Yangon International Hotel Compound, near Summit Park View Hotel
Tel: 293006
Mobile: 0973160662

Royal Garden Restaurant

Set on Kandawgyi Lake, Royal Gardens is a large swanky dim sum/Chinese Restaurant. The service is very good, they offer private lunchrooms and can handle big events. This is an ideal place for business lunches and functions. The food is served promptly and piping hot. A convenient stop if you are taking a stroll around Kandawgyi Lake.

Opening Hours: 06:30 – 22:30  
Location: Natmauk Road, Central Forest Zone, Kandawgyi Nature Park,  Bahan Township
Tel: 546923 / 546202

Oriental House Restaurant

Tucked away on Myo Ma Kyaung Street, Oriental House Restaurant is one of the most established dim sum joints in Yangon. The entrance leads down a flight of steps into an open tiled dining hall with glassy pillars. Dim sum is served in the traditional way; bought up to your table and you select what tickles your fancy. There is also an a la carte menu available, all at very cheap prices. I would stick to the steamed wontons, spring rolls and dumplings. Kick back have a beer and imagine you're in downtown Guangzhou.

Opening Hours: 06:00 – 22:30  
Location: No (126), Myo Ma Kyaung Road, Dagon Township
Tel: 371471

Singapore’s Kitchen

Very popular with locals, expats and tourists. This restaurant serves Chinese hawker food in a beer garden atmosphere. For pork ribs, dumplings, fried prawns, stuffed eggplant, and deep-fried chicken and a whole lot more, this is the place to head to.

Opening Hours: from 07:00 to 23:00 
Location: No (333), Alhone Road, Yangon International Hotel Compound
Mobile: 0949271866

Sprouts

This clean, bright salad bar is in an alley opposite Gallery 65. It’s the brainchild of two American expats fed up with the low-quality oils used in cheaper local places. Prices are per dish. Try the Jitterbug (beetroot, chickpeas, roasted vegetables and feta) or build your own salad. There are also delicious soups made with vegetable stock such as carrot and ginger, vegetarian chili, pumpkin coconut. All salad stuffs are washed three times including a dip in anti-bacterial lactic acid.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 20:00
Address: No (68), A/2, Yaw Min Gyi St, Dagon Township
Mobile: 09421102223

Acacia Tea Salon

The Myanmar could rival the British and the Chinese in their love of tea. Tea is even used in cooking, as in the Myanmar delicacy lahpet, which consists of pickled or fermented tea leaves. Tea houses abound in Myanmar – often, all they offer as décor is a set of chairs popped down on the street, where locals socialize and watch the world go by. Acacia Tea Salon, however is a chic and refined affair. Combining English high tea, European Salon culture and Myanmar’s wide selection of artisanal tea varieties, Acacia Tea Salon echoes the richness of Myanmar’s colonial heritage. There is a Casablanca-inspired Moroccan Room, a veranda, and restaurant serving sandwiches and a gourmet à la carte menu. The piece de résistance is the patisserie set in the Glass House. Come here for a taste of colonial era splendor.

Opening Hours: 08:30 – 22:00
Address: 52 Saya San Road
Tel: 554739

L’Opera

L’Opera is the foremost Italian restaurant in Yangon, and probably in the whole of Myanmar. Set in a colonial building on Inya Lake, it is steeped in romance. The menu is authentically Italian, with handmade pasta, wood-fire oven pizzas and imported cured meats and cheese, all topped off with an impressive selection of Italian wine. The food is perfect for dining in the beautiful tropical garden, where you can enjoy views of the lake and the soft sound of guitar being played in the background. The spirit of Italy is well and truly evoked in this eatery, especially during events such as the Carnival of Venice masked party.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:00 and 18:00 – 23:30
Address:  62D, U Htun Nyein Street, Mayangone Township (near Inya Lake Hotel)
Tel: 665516 / 660976
Mobile: 09973030755

Shwe Sa Bwe

In a stylishly decorated house with a pretty garden just north of Inya Lake, this is a Burmese version of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. Set up by French chefs, it offers training in French classical cooking to underprivileged young people. Monitored by visiting chefs from Europe the students produce some impressive dishes, often with a Myanmar twist. The short set menus change weekly and might include radish mousse in lemon grass foam (there's a lot of foam made here), salmon fillet in a Shan masala sauce or a classic coq au vin. You can ask for a tour of the kitchen and find out more about the training center.

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 21:00 
Address: No (20), Malikha Road, Mayangone Township
Tel: 661983 
Mobile: 09421005085

Le Planteur Restaurant & Lounge

Under the direction of its owner, Boris Granges and Ma Yint Aye, Le Planteur is a real star of the Myanmar restaurant scene. With many awards to its name, including being named one of the Top 200 Fine Dining Restaurants in Asia (Miele Guide 2012/2013), it is perhaps the best restaurant in Yangon, and even in the whole of Myanmar. The cuisine is a fusion of modern European and Indochina fine dining. In December 2014, Boris Granges moved his fine dining on Inya Lake, in the fashionable district of the former capital, close to the residence of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. To the gourmet restaurant with an unequaled level in Myanmar, he added a wine bar, a tea room and a bistro. And for those who yearn for the glamour and luxury of colonial days, they can end the night in style with the restaurant’s complimentary vintage car transfer.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: No 80, University Avenue Road
Tel: 541230

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1/2 DAY HISTORICAL TOUR OF YANGON WITH HIGH TEA IN THE STRAND HOTEL

On a walk through the city centre of Yangon and to the riverbank, you will see many notable sites from the colonial and religious past of this garden city. Old Rangoon was built based on designs by Dr William Montgomerie. He was a senior military physician who learnt about construction planning from Sir Stanford Raffles in Singapore. All culturally significant buildings in Yangon are listed as historic monuments. You’ll visit the Sule Pagoda, which dates back over 2000 years, pass by the town hall designed by U Tin in 1925, and then stroll through Maha Bandula Park, where you’ll see its independence monument before continuing onto the Supreme Court which was built in 1911 and is an extravagant red-brick architectural masterpiece designed by architect John Ransome. Next up on the tour is the red-brick Custom House which was built in 1902 for the Port Authority and is housed in a large building on the corner of Strand Road and Pansodan Street. You’ll then enjoy ‘high tea’ at the Strand Hotel which was built in 1896 and was formerly known as the ‘the finest hostelry East of Suez’. Afterwards, you’ll go to the Botataung Pagoda where a sacred hair relic of Buddha is kept.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON, VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.05.18 – 30.09.18  01.10.18 – 31.10.18
01.03.19 – 30.04.19
01.11.18 – 28.02.19
1 person106111116
2 people727780
3 people636769
4-6 people576063
7-10 people495254

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking guide 
  • High Tea at the Strand Hotel
  • Admission fees 
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for the sightseeing

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunches and dinners 
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
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1 DAY TOUR OF YANGON WITH VISIT TO CIRCULAR TRAIN AND SHWEDAGON PAGODA (M)

After breakfast, you’ll travel through rural areas on the City Circular Train, with the opportunity to see cigarette sellers, betel nut traders, fortune tellers and much more at the various stops. Back in the city, you’ll visit the National Museum with the Lion Throne, which belonged to the last king of Myanmar, and the royal regalia from the Burmese kingdom of the 19th century. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda which features a 70-metre long reclining Buddha, the Kandawgyi Lake and its royal barge (with an opportunity to take pictures), and in the late afternoon, the world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda which Somerset Maugham described as follows: ‘The Shwedagon rises majestically, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city’. This massive, bell-shaped stupa rises 100 metres above the surrounding mountains. You’ll wander through this magnificent building and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples and statues of Buddha, and observe religious and secular visitors from all over the world. Shwedagon is the symbol of Myanmar. You can enjoy the sunset over the pagoda.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON, VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.05.18 – 30.09.1801.10.18 – 31.10.18
01.03.19 – 30.04.19
01.11.18 – 28.02.19
1 person130140146
2 people899599
3 people798588
4-6 people727779
7-10 people626768

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking guide 
  • Admission fees 
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • City Circular Train
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for the sightseeing

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Dinners 
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
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MORNING BOAT TRIP ON THE YANGON RIVER

During a morning boat trip, you’ll discover the spectacular scenery of Yangon's waterways as well as the rich historical sites and cultural landscapes on the banks of the Yangon River. You’ll experience the beauty of Yangon in the morning as you enjoy the gentle breeze that blows over the Gulf of Martaban from the Andaman Sea. Enjoy the opportunity to admire the lesser-known lighthouse on the Twante Canal and look at the Shwedagon Pagoda from another perspective.

Timetable: Daily (guaranteed with at least 2 persons)

8.30 a.m. Departure from the Botataung Pier 
(Coffee and tea are served on the ship) 
10.00 a.m. Arrival at the Botataung Pier

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON, VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.10.18 – 31.10.1801.11.18 – 28.02.1901.03.19 – 30.04.19
2 people124135124
3 people879387
4-6 people667166
7-10 people576157

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking guide 
  • Transfer hotel – jetty - hotel
  • Yangon river cruise 
  • Coffee and tea are served on the ship 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
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SUNSET BOAT TRIP ON THE YANGON RIVER

During a sunset boat trip, you’ll discover the spectacular scenery of Yangon's waterways, as well as the rich historical sites and cultural landscapes on the banks of the Yangon River. Experience the beauty of Yangon at sunset as you enjoy the gentle breeze that blows over the Gulf of Martaban from the Andaman Sea. Enjoy the opportunity to admire the lesser-known lighthouse on the Twante Canal, see the Shwedagon Pagoda from another perspective and make the most of the wonderful light show on the banks of the river while the sun gently sets on the horizon.

Timetable: Daily (guaranteed with at least 2 persons)

5.00 p.m. Departure from the Botataung Pier 
(Fruit punch is served on the ship) 
6.30 p.m. Arrival at the Botataung Pier

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON, VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.10.18 – 31.10.1801.11.18 – 28.02.1901.03.19 – 30.04.19
2 people124135124
3 people879387
4-6 people667166
7-10 people576157

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking guide 
  • Transfer hotel – jetty - hotel
  • Yangon river cruise 
  • Fruit punch is served on the ship 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
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DAY TRIP TO SYRIAM (M)

After breakfast, you’ll travel across the Yangon River to Syriam – the strategic base of the Portuguese explorer Philip De Brito during the late 16th century and the early 17th century. You’ll then visit the market of Syriam and the Kyaik Khauk Pagoda on a small hill, about 4 kilometres south of the city. After lunch at a local restaurant, the tour continues to Kyauk Tan Pagoda on a small island in the middle of the river which can only be reached by boat. Return to Yangon in the late afternoon. 

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON, VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.05.18 – 30.09.18  01.10.18 – 31.10.18
01.03.19 – 30.04.19
01.11.18 – 28.02.19
1 person131143149
2 people778487
3 people636871
4-6 people555962
7-10 people444850

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking guide 
  • Admission fees 
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for the sightseeing
  • Boat to Kyauk Tan Pagode

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Dinners 
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.

 

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DAY TRIP TO DALA AND TWANTE (M)

After breakfast, you will take the public ferry to Dala on the Yangon River. During the 15-minute drive, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the hustle and bustle of the pier and riverbank. You’ll then have plenty of time to actively discover the area during a traditional bike rickshaw ride which will lead you past the local fish market and Burmese tea shops, before travelling to the neighbourhood primary school. Interact with the locals during your stops, laugh with children and maybe even sample some special spices in the markets.
Afterwards, you’ll continue on to Twante (approx. ½ hour) – a magical little town situated on the Twante Canal. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, make your way to the river through the historic site known for its pottery workshops and cotton weaving mills. You’ll visit the Oh-Bo pottery quarter and watch the production of pottery in person. In the late afternoon, return by car to Dala (approx. 40 minutes) and then take the passenger ferry across the Yangon River back to Yangon.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON, VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.05.18 – 30.09.1801.10.18 – 31.10.18
01.03.19 – 30.04.19
01.11.18 – 28.02.19
1 person152166174
2 people9199103
3 people748083
4-6 people636972
7-10 people576365

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking guide 
  • Admission fees 
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for the sightseeing
  • Ferry boat Yangon – Dala – Yangon
  • Bike rickshaw in Dala

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Dinners 
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
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DAY TRIP TO BAGO (M)

Early morning car or train ride to Bago (approx. 1½ hours). In Bago, you will visit the Kyaik Pun Pagoda, with its four giant Buddha statues, the interesting market with various types of vegetables, flowers and merchandise and the Kha Khat Wain monastery, where a long queue of monks forms every day before 11 a.m., as they wait patiently to receive their daily meal. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which, at a height of 114 metres, is Myanmar’s tallest pagoda, the Pyay May Pyay Pagoda, where visitors marvel at the large python, the Shwetharhlaung Pagoda, with its huge reclining Buddha which is more than 1,000 years old, the Mon village, with its many cotton weaving mills and the Hintha Gon Pagoda, where the city of Bago was founded. Return to Yangon in the late afternoon.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON, VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.05.18 – 30.09.1801.10.18 – 31.10.18
01.03.19 – 30.04.19
01.11.18 – 28.02.19
1 person144158165
2 people879498
3 people707680
4-6 people616669
7-10 people566163

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking guide 
  • Admission fees 
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for the sightseeing
  • Alternatively train ride to Bago

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Dinners 
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
TRANSPORT

Yangon city centre is ideal for exploring on foot but it is advisable to take a taxi for longer journeys. These are available everywhere and some vehicles even have air conditioning. The price must be agreed before the taxi journey. Shorter journeys cost 2000 kyat (US$ 1.5), a journey from the city centre to the Shwedagon Pagoda costs 2500 kyat (US$ 2), to Inya Lake 4000 kyat (US$ 3), to the Highway Bus Terminal up to 8000 kyat (US$ 6) and to the airport between 8000 (US$ 6) and 10,000 kyat (US$ 7.5). As the drivers often do not speak English, you should write down the address in Burmese. The hotel staff would be happy to help you with this.

Circular train

A journey on the circular train gives you a completely different insight. The ticket, which costs US$ 1 per person, should ideally be purchased at the central station in the city centre. Here there is a small ticket booth for tourists.

For 2 ½ hours the train trundles through rural areas and carries you into the heart of the largest city in Burma – past corrugated-iron huts,

cigarette vendors, betel nut sellers and fortune tellers.

Of course, you can break the journey at any time and continue on a later train, or take a taxi back into the city centre.

Ferry

A ferry travelling on the Yangon River to Dala leaves from the Pansodan jetty every 20 minutes (journey approx. 10 minutes). The jetty is located in front of the renowned beach hotel. From here, you can experience the vibrant everyday lives of those who live on the other side of the river and cross it to work or to sell their local produce. The ticket, which costs US$ 1 per person, and the route map can be purchased directly on the jetty. 
Dala is also the starting point for journeys south to the Ayeyarwady Delta.

Rental vehicles

You can also rent a vehicle through us, along with a driver. The vehicles are in good condition, and have air conditioning. Before every long journey the vehicle undergoes another thorough inspection and service.

PRICES IN US$ PER VEHICLE, VALID 01.05.2018 – 30.09.2019

 Saloon
(up to 2 people)
Town-ace
(up to 3 people)
Hi-ace
(up to 6 people)
Bus
(18-24 people)
Transfer from/to airport20263040
Half day in Yangon28384458
Full day in Yangon40607095
Yangon – Syriam – Yangon (1 day)628090120
Yangon – Bago – Yangon (1 day)8095105185
Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Yangon (2 days/1 night)194216240390
Yangon – Ngwe Saung – Yangon *440480600900

* The price of the Yangon – Ngwe Saung – Yangon transfer also includes the unladen trips back to Yangon and from Yangon to Ngwe Saung to collect you from Ngwe Saung again. The departure times are flexible and the transfer is always from/to the hotel.

ONWARD JOURNEY FROM YANGON

For short round-trips to the most visited destinations (Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake), there is no reasonable alternative to domestic flights.
 
For longer tours, you can also reach the next destination by train, bus or rental vehicle.

Our tip:
Take the daily train from Yangon to Mandalay, from there the express boat or a cruise ship to Bagan, and here rent a car and drive to Inle Lake via Kalaw.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FROM YANGON

With nine airlines that are constantly expanding their network, more and more new and exciting destinations off the beaten track are gradually being opened up – from mountain climbing and rafting in the north, to the unspoilt islands of the Mergui Archipelago and to Andaman Lake.

From Yangon there are daily flights to Bagan, Mandalay, Heho (Inle Lake), Tachileik and southwards to Kawthaung via Dawei and Myeik.


Domestic flights are offered by the following airlines:

Air KBZ: www.airkbz.com
Air Mandalay: www.airmandalay.com
APEX Airlines: http://www.apexairline.com/
Asian Wings Airways: www.asianwingsair.com
FMI Air http://www.fmiair.com/
Golden Myanmar Airlines: www.gmairlines.com
Myanmar National Airlines: www.flymna.com
Mann Yadanarpon Airlines: www.airmyp.com
Yangon Airways: www.yangonair.com


Luggage allowance for domestic flights:
The airlines carry a certain amount of checked bags (“luggage”) and hand luggage, free of charge.

One item of checked luggage up to 20kg 
One item of hand luggage up to 8kg

Please remember that each item of luggage should be labelled with your name and mobile/landline number before it is checked-in at the airport.

DESTINATIONREMARKSFLIGHT TIMEPRICE FROM
MandalayDaily several flights between 07:00 and 18:001 h 20 minUS$ 98
BaganDaily several flights between 06:30 and 08:30 Later flights are via Mandalay or Heho. Flight time approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes.1 h 20 minUS$ 92
Heho (Inle-See)Daily several flights between 08:00 and 15:301 h 10 minUS$ 92
Thandwe (Ngapali Beach)Daily several flights between 11:00 and 12:0050 minUS$ 106
MyeikMyanmar National Airlines (www.flymna.com) has daily flights1 h 30 minUS$ 185
KawthaungMyanmar National Airlines (www.flymna.com) has daily flights2 h 40 minUS$ 245
TachileikAir Mandalay (www.airmandalay.com) has daily direct flights. Due to low demand, there are often flight cancellations.1 h 10 minUS$ 165
Kyaing TongMyanmar National Airlines (www.flymna.com) is flying every Monday, Wednesday and Friday via Heho.1 h 50 minUS$ 220
LashioAir Mandalay (www.airmandalay.com) has daily direct flights.50 minUS$ 128
TRAIN FROM YANGON

Myanmar Railways trains cover various routes; the most important travels from Yangon to Mandalay (journey time 15–16 hrs.). The rail network operates in almost all areas of the country. 
With the exception of the Yangon – Mandalay route, all train connections are affected by regular delays and other disruptions caused by climatic, technical and bureaucratic difficulties. 

All prices are indicated in US$ per person for the respective route.
Please note that you require a copy of your passport to purchase train tickets.
Tickets for the sleeper carriage must be booked four days before the travel date.

VIA BAGO, TAUNGOO, NAYPYIDAW & THAZI TO MANDALAY

Our recommendation:
Take the 11UP day train from Yangon city centre to Mandalay city centre (Departure around 06:00 / Arrival around 21:00). The train mostly rattles along at walking speed on the old tracks. Those who can endure the ordeal of this 15-hour journey are rewarded with exceptionally beautiful landscapes and warm acquaintances with the local travellers.

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
11UPYangon-Mandalay06:0021:0012 
 Yangon-Bago 07:451.2 
 Bago – Taungoo07:4812:214 
 Taungoo – Naypyidaw12:3115:191.7 
 Naypyidaw – Thazi15:2218:122 
 Thazi – Mandalay18:1521:002 

FURTHER TRAIN CONNECTIONS TO MANDALAY

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
5UPYangon-Bago15:0005:0012 
 Yangon-Bago 16:411.2 
 Bagoo – Taungoo16:04420:494 
 Taungoo – Naypyidaw20:5923:291.7 
 Naypyidaw – Thazi23:3202:082 
 Thazi – Mandalay02:1105:002 

 

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
3UPYangon-Mandalay17:0007:451217
 Yangon-Bago 18:451.2 
 Bago – Taungoo18:4823:154 
 Taungoo – Naypyidaw23:2501:451.7 
 Naypyidaw – Thazi01:5704:552 
 Thazi – Mandalay04:5807:452 

TO BAGAN

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
61UPYangon-Bagan16:0009:311622

TRAIN FROM YANGON
VIA THAZI AND KALAW TO SHWE NYAUNG (INLE LAKE)

Our recommendation:
Take the 11UP day train to Thazi (Departure around 06:00 / Arrival around 21:00). There you will stay overnight in a modest guesthouse and the next morning travel to Kalaw via Sin Taung on the 141UP train at 07:00. From here, you can spend two to three days exploring Inle Lake and stay in traditional houses along the way. 

 

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
11UPYangon-Thazi06:0018:1210 
Overnight stay in Thazi
141UPThazi-Shwe Nyaung07:0017:004 
 Thazi-Sin Taung 11:551.3 
 Sin Taung-Kalaw12:0013:150.2 
 Kalaw-Shwe Nyaung13:3017:001.2 

VIA BAGO, KYAIKHTO AND THATON TO MAWLAMYINE

Our recommendation:
You can only take the train as far as Kyaikhto. Visit the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda with thousands of pilgrims and then continue south with a rental car and driver. Travelling to the deep south of Myanmar means venturing into one of the most untouched corners of Southeast Asia! The long and narrow coastline that was once part of the legendary Suvarnabhumi, the “Golden Land”, is home not only to unspoilt beaches, untouched islands and enchanting spots, but also fascinating labyrinths of caves and prominent sanctuaries of the profoundly Buddhist country.
 

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
89UPYangon-Mawlamyine07:1516:506 
 Yangon-Bago 09:021.2 
 Bago – Kyaikhto09:0411:552.5 
 Kyaikhto – Mawlamyine11:5716:504.5 

FURTHER TRAIN CONNECTIONS TO MANDALAY

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
175UPYangon-Mawlamyine18:2504:006 
 Yangon-Bago 20:141.2 
 Bago – Kyaikhto20:1923:172.5 
 Kyaikhto– Mawlamyine23:2004:004.5 

 

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
141UPYangon-Mawlamyine20:0006:006 
35UPYangon-Bago 21:471.2 
 Bago – Kyaikhto21:5001:272.5 
 Yangon – Mawlamyine01:3006:004.5 
BUS FROM YANGON

The new highway from Yangon to Mandalay via Naypyidaw is in excellent condition. The travel time (Yangon bus station to Mandalay bus station) is around ten hours. 

Unfortunately, the new highway has acquired the name “Death Highway”, with good reason: in 2016 there were more than 700 reported accidents, in which 167 people were killed and more than 1300 injured.

The roads from Yangon to Pyay and in the south towards Mawlamyine and Hpa-an are also in excellent condition.

Since 2011 an increasing number of private companies have expanded the supply of express buses. The buses are relatively comfortable and equipped with air conditioning and reclining seats

TO MANDALAY
The buses to Mandalay depart from "Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station”. 
Transfer time from the city centre to the bus station is around one hour, while the taxi costs around 8000 kyat. Please be at the bus station half an hour before departure

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Khine Mandalay09:0018:0020
JJ Express09:0018:0023
Khine Mandalay21:0006:0020
JJ Express22:0007:0023

TO BAGAN
The buses to Bagan depart from "Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station”. 
The transfer time from the city centre to the bus station is around one hour, while the taxi costs around 8000 kyat. Please be at the bus station half an hour before departure.

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Mandalar Min07:3017:3015
Mandalar Min19:0005:0015
JJ Express20:0006:0023

VIA KALAW AND SHWE NYAUNG (INLE LAKE) TO TAUNGGYI
The buses to Kalaw, Shwe Nyaung and Taunggyi also depart from "Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station”. 
The transfer time from the city centre to the bus station is around one hour, while the taxi costs around 8000 kyat. Please be at the bus station half an hour before departure.

Bus routeDeparture

Arrival in

Kalaw

Arrival in

Nyaung Shwe

Arrival in

Taunggyi

Price
Mandalar Min08:0018:0019:3020:0023
Mandalar Min19:0005:0006:3007:0023
JJ Express19:0005:0006:3007:0023

TO HPA-AN AND MAWLAMYINE
The buses to Hpa-an and Mawlamyine also depart from "Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station”. 
The transfer time from the city centre to the bus station is around one hour, while the taxi costs around 8000 kyat. Please be at the bus station half an hour before departure
 

Bus route to Hpa-anDepartureArrivalPrice
Mandalar Min08:0015:008
Mandalar Min20:3003:308
Mandalar Min21:0004:008

 

Bus route to Hpa-anDepartureArrivalPrice
Mandalar Min08:0014:0010
Mandalar Min08:3014:3010
Mandalar Min10:0016:0010
Mandalar Min12:0019:0010
Mandalar Min15:0021:0010
Mandalar Min17:0023:0010
Mandalar Min20:0002:0010
Mandalar Min21:0003:0010
Mandalar Min22:0004:0010

TO NGWE SAUNG BEACH
The buses to Ngwe Saung depart from "Dagon Ayar Bus Station”. 
The transfer time from the city centre to the bus station is around one hour, while the taxi costs around 8000 kyat. Please be at the bus station half an hour before departure.
 

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Shwe Pyi Lwin06:3012:3011
SHIPS FROM YANGON

Cruise ships from Pyay only travel the Ayeyarwady upstream to Bagan and Mandalay.
The transfer from Yangon to Pyay takes a good six hours. We advise arriving one day early and spending the night in Pyay.

Unfortunately, the ferry service to Pathein was discontinued in March 2016.   
However, this shouldn’t stop anyone exploring the delta.
There is a daily connection to Bogale, and from there you can take a bus to Pathein or visit the conservation area of Meinmahla Kyan, south of Bogale, by boat.

WITH THE EXPRESS BOAT TO BOGALE
The Shwe Pyi Tan express boat departs daily from Yangon around 06:00 and arrives in Bogale around 12:00.
The return journey from Bogale leaves at 06:00 and arrives in Yangon around 12:00. 
A standard ticket costs approximately US$5 and a premium ticket costs approximately US$ 10.

Please note:
We will not arrive back in Yangon until after 14:30, so please take this into account when planning your journey.

We always recommend you opt for the premium ticket, not only because of the view. 

There is no restaurant on the express boat, so please ensure you have sufficient food and drink before departure.

Our tip:
Take the express boat to Bogale (approx. six hours). Here you will find modest overnight accommodation and air-conditioned rooms with bathroom (shower/WC). The next day you start your boat tour to Meinmahla Kyun. Allow at least three days to explore the mangrove forests, and take a detour to the fishing village of Kadonkani and the estuary island of Kadonkale Kyan. Turtles lay their eggs here between November and February. You might even be lucky enough to spot an endangered Irrawaddy dolphin. 
You will spend another night back in Bogale before taking a taxi to Pathein or travelling back to Yangon via express boat.

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