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Shore excursions in Yangon

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Burmese Village Life

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Gain a real insight into the true Burmese way of life as you visit typical villages.

Journey to Thanlyin village, to visit the Bon Pyan Monastery. During your visit you will have the chance to see the ancient arts of the monastery, and learn about the local ways of the monks lives.

Afterwards, enjoy a pony cart ride to the vibrant and colourful Thanlyin Market, where fruits, vegetable and other everyday items are bought and sold. Visiting the local market is a great way to see one of the daily chores of the Burmese people.

Experience how the locals travel, as you hop aboard a trishaw and journey to a neighbouring village. Stroll around the village, and gain an insight into the normal lifestyle of Myanmar people, as you observe them going about their daily activities. You may also be greeted by a curious resident, venturing outside their home to welcome you with a warm smile.

During your tour, you’ll discover the generosity and kindness of the Burmese people which is a unique experience to be treasured.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1¼ hours of moderate walking, and around 10 steps. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please respect the local culture and wear conservative attire, shoulders and knees must be covered. Passengers are required to remove their shoes before entering the Bon Pyan Monastery.

City Sights and Reclining Buddha

Activity medium

Duration: 5 hours

See the sights of Yangon during a city drive and visit the reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi.

Journey to Yangon, where a leisurely drive will show you some of the main highlights of this fascinating city which mixes old world charm with a modern and vibrant ambience. As you approach the downtown area, you’ll have the opportunity to capture photos of the colonial buildings and the Sule Pagoda.

Dominating the Buddhist capital is the Shewdagon Pagoda. Constructed more than 2,500 years ago, it is the oldest pagoda in the world. A brief stop will be made for you to photograph this breathtaking masterpiece, encrusted with hundreds of gold plates.

Continue to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, home to one of the biggest and most graceful reclining Buddha statues in South East Asia. Measuring 195 feet long and 52 feet high, you will be amazed by the sheer size and detail that make up this striking image. Constructed in 1907 and restored to its present state in 1966 by a devout Buddhist, the sacred statue is often referred to as the ‘Sweet-Eyed Buddha’ due to its expressive large eyes.

Enjoy some free time for photos, before visiting the nearby souvenir stalls to purchase a memento of your visit.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1¼ hours of walking on this tour. Passengers are required to remove their shoes before entering the Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha site. Please respect the local culture and wear conservative attire, shoulders and knees must be covered. The journey to Yangon is approximately 1½ hours each way. This tour usually operates over lunch time, therefore a hearty breakfast is recommended.

Introduction to Yangon

Activity high

Duration: 5¼ hours

An introduction to the magnificent sights of the diverse city of Yangon.

A scenic drive introduces you to the colonial charm of Myanmar’s largest city; Yangon. Pause for photos at the Sule Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Myanmar. According to legend, this prominent landmark was built to enshrine a hair of the Buddha.

Your tour continues through the streets of downtown Yangon, where you’ll notice the British influence displayed in the architecture of many historic buildings.

Enjoy a visit to the ‘must see’ Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market). The sprawling market features over 2,000 stalls, and a large selection of Myanmar handicrafts. Haggle alongside local shoppers for a variety of souvenirs, from lacquer ware to puppets and wood carvings.

A highlight of your tour will be a stop at the Shwedagon Pagoda, the centrepiece of the city. One of the wonders of the religious world, this stunning pagoda is believed to be more than 2,500 years old. Dominating the skyline of the city, the gleaming golden stupa (spire), topped with more than 6,500 precious stones, soars 326 feet into the air. In the tradition of Buddha faith, during your stop here, you’ll walk around the pagoda clockwise.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 2½ hours of walking; therefore flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There are 5 steps to negotiate at the Shwedagon Pagoda and passengers are required to remove their shoes before entering. Please respect the local culture and wear conservative attire, shoulders and knees must be covered. The journey to Yangon is approximately 1½ hours each way. This tour usually operates over lunch time, therefore a hearty breakfast is recommended.

Leisurely Yangon

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

Experience Yangon at a leisurely pace, followed by afternoon tea at the prestigious Strand Hotel.

During a panoramic drive, you’ll be won over by the unique charm of Yangon City. Complete with striking religious monuments as well as boasting a wealth of grand architecture, Yangon is a city of amazing contrasts and a delight to visit.

Have your camera ready as you pause for a photo stop at the historic Shwedagon Pagoda. Towering at almost 326 feet, the Shwedagon Pagoda is considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda by the Burmese people and has relics of the past 4 Buddhas enshrined within.

Your scenic drive continues through the downtown area, providing you with the perfect opportunity to photograph the splendid colonial buildings including the City Hall and the High Court.

Round off your tour with afternoon tea at one of the most famous hotels in Southeast Asia; The Strand. Located along the banks of the Yangon River, the Strand Hotel is housed in a restored Victorian mansion, built more than 100 years ago.

Sit back and savour delicious refreshments whilst enjoying the ambience of what was one of the most luxurious hotels in the British Empire during the colonial period.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour requires minimal walking. There are approximately 5 steps to negotiate at the Strand Hotel. The journey to Yangon is approximately 1½ hours each way. Please respect the local culture and wear conservative attire, shoulders and knees must be covered. There is limited capacity on this tour, therefore booking early is recommended.

Meditation and Food Donation Ceremony

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Learn the lifestyles of Burmese monks and take part in a typical meditation session on this unique tour.

Buddhism is the cornerstone of Burmese lifestyle, with the monastic population in Myanmar exceeding 250,000. A Myanmar male is expected to spend some of his life serving as a monk, in order to learn the ways of Buddhism.

At the centre of Buddhism is the need to be able to achieve inner peace, and meditation is a critical component. Gain an insight into this, during a visit to a meditation centre. Here the head monk will lead a discussion on the art and importance of meditation in the Buddhist religion. Afterwards, the monk will lead you in a guided meditation session, for you to put into practice what you have just learnt.

Continue to a monastery, where over 300 monks reside. According to Buddhist beliefs, monks eat only twice a day; early and mid morning, and each day thousands of them can be found roaming the streets of Myanmar collecting ‘alms’ for their meals. As part of your visit to the monastery you’ll be invited to participate in a food donation ceremony, to help feed the monks their final meal of that day.

Complete your visit with a guided tour of the monastery, allowing you to observe the everyday life of the monks.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 45 minutes of moderate walking, therefore flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There are approximately 5 steps to negotiate to enter the meditation centre. Passengers are required to remove their shoes before entering the meditation centre. Please respect the local culture and wear conservative attire, shoulders and knees must be covered.

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