Explore the intriguing architecture, captivating art and delightful culinary scene of Yangon with a tailor-made tour of Myanmar’s former capital

3 Days, 2 Nights     FROM US$ 371 PER PERSON

Experience a version of Yangon for the more discerning palate. This culture-packed tour will showcase the fascinating art, architecture and cuisine of Myanmar’s former capital.

You’ll spend a day pursuing the artistic soul of Yangon, a city which displays its heart through outstanding buildings, numerous art galleries and museums. Learn about Myanmar’s most famous artists and the unique style their art has adopted.

Visit Yangon’s outstanding Shwedagon and Kyauktawgyi Pagodas to uncover the close association between Buddhism and locals. Take an architecture tour suited to your preferences and visit some of the city’s outstanding buildings erected during British rule

Uncover the secrets of Myanmar’s cuisine with a guided tour of the city’s fresh wet markets and nibble your way around Yangon one delightful snack at a time before climaxing with one of the city’s famous curry restaurants.


Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

The Backyard Travel Team,


Take an ’insiders’ walking tour of the backstreets of bustling Yangon
Visit Kyauktawgyi and Shwedagon Pagoda, two of Yangon’s most beautiful temples
Learn about the local art scene with guided visits of galleries
Discover outstanding local cuisine with a food tour led by a local Backyard Travel guide

Daily Itinerary


  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Yangon

    Minglabar and welcome to Myanmar! Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be met by your local Backyard Travel guide who will warmly welcome you and escort you to your hand-picked hotel.

    Formerly known as Rangoon, Yangon is a quaint, charming city blessed with a combination of colonial-style buildings and a spiritual heritage that makes it one of the most compelling cities in Asia.

    Your Yangon exploration will begin with a guided visit to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, where you’ll get a chance to see country Buddhist life as locals pay respect to the impressive 37-ft-high marble Buddha. The pagoda houses some fascinating murals depicting the life of Buddha which your expert Backyard Travel guide will be happy to explain.

    You’ll arrive at Shwedagon Pagoda in the late afternoon, where your expert guide will recount the history of the temple while taking a walk around the huge complex and its magnificent 65 stupas.

    The Shwedagon Pagoda is Myanmar’s most revered structure. The central stupa is 90-meters tall and gilded with gold-leaf and also provides a fantastic view of the city at sunset.

    Your evening will then be free to spend at your leisure, be sure to ask your local Backyard Travel guide for an expert recommendation for a traditional local restaurant.

    Overnight in Yangon

    Meals included on this day: None

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  • Day 2: Yangon

    After breakfast, you will embark upon an exploration of local culture, once again led by your local Backyard Travel guide. To begin you’ll travel together to an area known as ‘Golden Valley’ at the New Treasure Gallery which was established by Min Wai Aung, a famous local artist renowned for his paintings of monks.

    Once you’ve admired the works in the Golden Valley, you’ll pay visit to Augustine and Madame Thair, two unique antique shops filled with curiosities and trinkets from various times during Myanmar’s history. If you’re lucky, the eponymous Madame Thair will be on hand to charm you with her exuberant ‘everything is for sale’ pitch.

    Next you’ll move to Dhamazedi Road to stop at a row of small shop houses whose dusty shelves are packed full of fascinating antiques and hidden treasures dating back to the time of British rule and before.

    You’ll take a trip downtown next, to visit the city’s historic buildings and hidden art galleries. Your expert Travel Specialist and local guide will cater an itinerary to precisely match your personal preferences and interests. For an idea of what you might experience though, your tour can include visits to train stations old and new, the former City Hall and various other examples of 1940’s architecture.

    The River Gallery could also be the next stop on your tour. Representing work from more than 30 artists at any given time, the gallery demonstrates a wide range of contemporary art and is housed in the iconic Strand Hotel.

    Built in 1901, the elegant hotel is a reflection of British occupation, and you’ll be welcome to enjoy a refreshing High Tea service at the colonial style hotel to relax and re-energize before continuing your tour.

    Next you’ll go to visit the non-profit Lokanat Gallery which features a concentrated selection of artists from Myanmar, as well as traditional artwork, before moving on to Pansodan Arts to see a range of traditional, contemporary and abstract styles ran by an expert curator who possesses a range of war-time propaganda paintings amongst neo-classical works.

    Your evening is then free to spend at your leisure, but once again be sure to ask your guide for their ideas of what to do and where to go should you feel the desire to explore further.

    Overnight in Yangon

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 3: Yangon

    This morning you’ll be met at your hotel by your local Backyard Travel guide and together you will set off to explore some of Yangon’s tastiest culinary offerings. Along the way you’ll be free to buy any of the treats you come across, so consider this as you enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

    You’ll begin with a visit to the downtown region, where you’ll stop at one of the main morning markets on 18th Street. Here you’ll find a range of vendors who gather to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, as well as other key ingredients in local cooking such as dipping sauces and the famous balachung - a fish paste mixed with chili.

    After admiring the vivid smells and intriguing sites of the street market, you’ll continue to an area of vendors selling popular breakfast treats such as pancakes and other fried temptations including samosa-style pastry and local donuts. You’ll also pass numerous noodle stalls where locals gather to fuel themselves for the day ahead on their way to school or work.

    Your local Backyard Travel guide will then take you on a trip to Seikkan Tha Street, another popular Yangon morning market where your guide will locate a vendor selling palata (a thick pancake) and fresh exotic fruits for you to sample.

    Next you’ll have the chance to quench your thirst and recharge with a stop at a local tea shop that’s a favorite of the locals. A popular place at all hours of the day, here you can enjoy a cup of sweet local tea called Let Pet Yae as you take in the uniqueness of a Yangon tea shop.

    From the tea shop you’ll move to a well-known Indian stall that serves incredible let pet thoke, a tea leaf salad which is made with fermented tea leaves and served with a selection of fried nuts and beans.

    Your market experience will continue with a trip to Ye Kyaw, an atmospheric market near the railway tracks with a plethora of vendors selling a wide range of tasty treats.

    Finally - and if all that snacking hasn’t killed your appetite - you’ll pay visit to Feel Myanmar, a popular restaurant amongst locals who gather to feast on the delicious array of local traditional curries to tastefully round off your exploration of Myanmar’s unique culinary scene.

    After lunch your expert Backyard Travel guide will escort you back to your hotel or onto the airport for your onward journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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