Morning in Yangon: Monks, Markets & Mohinga - Half Day
Today your tour will start at 08:00.
Start the day the local way with an insightful guided morning tour of Yangon. Depart around 08:00 to see the city at its most vibrant time.
Transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s holiest sites. Although most tourists go for sunset, visiting Shwedagon in the morning is a memorable, authentic experience. Instead of hordes of tour groups, be surrounded by local pilgrims, monks and nuns who come to pay their respects to Buddha and pray. Walk around the platform, learning about Burmese beliefs such as the astrological system and its role in the daily life of the locals. The faint tinkling of bells, sounds of chants and early morning light create a serene atmosphere.
Descend the eastern stairway to find a row of shops filled with various religious items. Browse stalls selling monks robes, alms bowls, offerings and other unique Buddhist objects while the guide explains the customs of Myanmar’s people.
Next turn down a hidden laneway to discover a busy market tucked amid a labyrinth of small alleys. Fresh produce, noodles and a variety of dry goods are on sale in this atmospheric little market.
This local morning out comes to a close with breakfast at a tea shop. Sample a cup of sweet tea alongside the locals who gather for to eat and chat with friends. Choose from a selection of Myanmar favourites including mohinga, chapatti or dozens of other options. Then return to the hotel with a fully belly and a camera-full of fabulous memories.
Optional supplement: depart at 05.30 and join the locals in the park for Tai Chi. Every morning as the sun comes up, dozens of Yangon residents gather in a park near Shwedagon to practice Tai Chi. Join a group or request a private session with a local instructor. Supplement will apply for car/guide service at this hour.
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