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YANGON – CIRCULAR TRAIN TOUR & EVENING IN SHWEDAGON – FULL DAY

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    – Visit one of the city’s large markets on 18th Street and taste local food such as noodles, samosas, doughnut, pancakes.
    – Visit Bongalay morning market filled with stalls selling Palata (Burmese flatbread), flowers, and exotic fruits.
    – Discovery tour of Yangon on the Yangon Circular Train.
    – Sunset watching from he Shwedagon Pagoda with its huge golden rock.
    – Evening food adventure at a small roast lined with food stalls.
    – Visit the Great Burmese Kitchens to taste different types of salad and Burmese cuisines.

    Get your taste buds ready for a rich adventure tour!

    The day starts with a morning stroll on the 18th street to discover one of the city’s largest markets with its stalls full of local products: seasonal fruits and vegetables, fragrant spices, as well as fresh meat and fish. You’ll totally immerse in the daily routine of the locals, having breakfast with a bowl of noodles, samosas, or, if you prefer something sweeter, like a doughnut or a pancake.
    After getting your belly filled, it’s time to treat your eyes to the colorful morning market of Bongalay with its stalls of Palata (Burmese flatbread), beautiful flowers, and exotic fruits.

    You will then board the Yangon Circular Train for an in-depth discovery tour of Yangon and its local’s customs and traditions, all in the heart of the capital. The 1 to 2-hour train tour is the perfect opportunity to interact with the locals, learn about the Burmese lifestyle and take photos.

    As your first day in Myanmar comes to an end, you will get to admire the last lights of the sunset from the Shwedagon Pagoda. Take a stroll amidst the sound of the pagoda’s ringing bells, the sing-song voice of the worshippers at the foot of the huge pagoda, and get ready to see the pagoda shine with a thousand lights.

    If the sunlight has long vanished, it’s not a reason to stop our culinary adventure!

    Quite the contrary, embark on an evening food adventure taking a small road full of food stalls where you can discover the different types of local food. We strongly recommend the Samosa, an unforgettable appetizer served in two different forms: soup or salad.
    You will then head to a cafe where you can spend time like a local, with traditional Burmese noodle dishes and a side of Burmese coffee. Afterward, you will visit the Great Burmese Kitchens where you will get to taste different types of salad and Burmese cuisines. We will end the tour with some sweet desserts.

    This culinary tour guarantees you’ll be able to taste at least ten types of dishes and snacks!
    We hope you will have a perfect Burmese dining experience.

    Get ready for an adventure for your taste buds! This is a day devoted to discovering traditional Burmese cuisines. You will discover various streets and market that the local frequent to enjoy delicious dishes. You will then get to embark on an in-depth discovery tour of Yangon on the Yangon Circular Train.

    At the end of the day, admire a sunset from the Shwedagon Pagoda and visit its huge golden rock. In the evening, you will be taken to a small road filled with food stalls and visit the Great Burmese Kitchens to try different types of Burmese cuisines. During this culinary adventure, you are guaranteed to be able to taste at least ten types of dishes and snacks.

    Useful Information
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    Official Language: Burmese
    Capital: Nay Pyi Daw
    Economic Capital: Rangoun
    Surface: 678 528 km2
    Population: 51 million
    Currency: Kyat (MMK)
    Telephone code: +95

    The local currency is KYAT (pronounced “Chatt”). You can exchange USD in the main cities of the country. Banknotes must be new and unfolded. Cash withdrawals are possible in most cities, with a credit card (Visa, American Express, or Mastercard). Payments are also possible in some hotels, luxury shops, or restaurants. We recommend that you carry cash to cover your personal expenses throughout the trip. Currencies are exchanged in exchange offices for Kyats.
    The country is above all agricultural. It is one of the world’s leading rice producers. The development of the industry mainly concerns the processing of agricultural products (rice, sugar, cereals) and wood (sawmills, plywood), textiles (cotton spinning mills), cement and oil refining. Natural gas and petroleum.
    Classic Burmese cuisine is a surprising mix of Burmese, Môn, Indian and Chinese influences. Rice, the basis of all meals, is served with a variety of curry dishes, fish, chicken, prawns or, most often, sheep. Burmese curries are the sweetest in Asia. Almost all dishes are seasoned with n’gapi, a salty paste made from dried and fermented shrimp or fish. Meals often end with thok lephet, a kind of salad of moistened and pressed green tea leaves, mixed with sesame seeds, fried peas, dried shrimps, fried garlic, peanuts, coconut and other crisp and flavored ingredients.
    Myanmar, whose capital is Nay Pyi Taw, has a surface area of 678,578 km² and is rather compact in shape, extending southwards to a long and narrow strip of land. The country extends over 1,900 km from north to south and 900 km from east to west. It is crossed by the Irrawaddy River, which is navigable for 1,500km and whose vast delta is located west of Yangon. The country is located between Laos and Thailand in the East, Bangladesh in the West and China and India in the North. A horseshoe-shaped mountain system surrounds Myanmar with peaks of more than 5,000 metres (Hkakabo Razi) at the eastern end of the Himalayan range in the north of the country. We also discover green landscapes composed of a great diversity of fauna and flora, because the forest covers a large part of the territory (more than half).
    Myanmar has been under the influence of Buddhism for nearly 10 centuries. Almost 90% of the population is Buddhist. However, this does not prevent them from believing in the spirits, known locally as “nat”. The other inhabitants are divided between Christians (5%), Muslims (4%), animists (1.2%), Hindus (0.5%). In Myanmar the main public holidays depend on the lunar calendar. Independence Day, January 4 in YANGON. The rice harvest festival takes place on the first full moon of the year. In April-May, the day of the full moon, we celebrate the feast of the birth of the Buddha. By mid-April, it’s the water festival from 13 to 17 April, marking the beginning of the new year. In October-November, we celebrate the Festival of Lights on a full moon. Karen New Year is celebrated during the full moon of December-January.

    No vaccination is required. However, it is recommended to protect yourself against hepatitis A and B (ask your doctor for advice). We advise you to bring your own:

    of a broad-spectrum antibiotic;
    of your usual medications if you are undergoing treatment;
    an anti-diarrheal and an intestinal antiseptic (Intetrix, Immodium…);
    a protective cream against mosquitoes;
    moisturizing sunscreen, lip stick;
    a healing ointment and a local antiseptic.

    Water is not drinkable in Southeast Asia. Avoid tap water, require bottled water. It is harmless and safe to brush your teeth, but do not drink it.
    In 1989, the military junta decided to definitively sever ties with the colonial past by replacing the name “Union of Burma”, of English origin, with the “Union of Myanmar”.

    Burmese is a monosyllabic tonal language of the Tibeto-Burmese group, of Sino-Tibetan origin. It is spoken by 80% of the population. English remains the administrative language.

    MINI GLOSSARY

    Hello : mingala ba
    Goodbye : ta ta
    Thank You : tjay zu tim ba deh
    Pay the Bill: beh lauk tja thaleh
    How much it cost ? : da beh laulleh
    I don’t understand : namalebabu
    My name is : tjanaw nammeh
    Where are the toilets ? : ein tha be hma leh ?
    I don’t understand Burma : bama lo na maleh ba bu
    Do you speak English ? : khin mya Pyinthit lo pyaw dat thalah ?
    Market : zei
    Museum : pyadai
    Hotel : hotel

    Recently, Myanmar’s mobile phone network operators have entered into agreements with foreign operators. So you can use your mobile phone in Burma. Most tourist sites are equipped, and hotels have WiFi. If you wish, you can acquire a sim card upon arrival. For about 1500 kyats, you will have the possibility to phone all over the country and surf the internet thanks to the 4G network, which is often of much higher quality than the WIFI offered in hotels. Refills with credit ranging from 1000 to 10,000 Kyats are available in all grocery stores in the country and from operators (MPT, Ooredoo, Telenor).
    Throughout your trip you will find a wide range of artificially crafted items: clothing, lacquerware, gold, silver and carved wood. You can find beautiful hand-woven silks in the Inle Lake area and all kinds of cotton and linen fabrics. Bagan is renowned for its lacquer manufacturing know-how. Myanmar also produces the finest rubies in the world, as well as sapphires.
    Tipping is not mandatory but is commonly practiced (between 10 and 15% of the price). As an indication we recommend 5$ per day and per person for the guide and 3$ per day and per person for the drivers for small groups of less than 10 people. For groups of more than 10 people we recommend $3 per day per person for the guide and $2 per day per person for the driver.

    For digital cameras, provide sufficient memory cards, a spare battery and your charger. Voltage 220V with several types of plugs possible: two flat plugs, two round plugs or three plugs. Plan to bring a universal adapter. A UV filter will be an effective protection for your purpose.

    Concerning drones in Myanmar:

    To date, it is forbidden to import a drone into the country itself for recreational use.

    Travelers can have their device confiscated at the entrance of the country. They will be returned out of the
    country (leaving the same airport on arrival).

    220 V with several possible socket types: two flat plugs, two round plugs or three plugs. Plan to bring a universal adapter. Power cuts are frequent, but most hotels have their own generators.
    On your way, you will often have the opportunity to meet local people. Wherever you are, be discreet and humble. The multiplicity of cultures and traditions means that certain attitudes are perceived differently in different countries. To avoid being disrespectful, take the time to understand the people you meet, take the time to make connections. There too, listen to the advice of your guide! He knows better than anyone the behaviors to avoid or adopt. For example, if you want to take a picture of someone, always ask them for permission. The best way for acceptance is to have established a prior contact. Similarly, do not distribute gifts at all … This often encourages children to beg, to avoid this kind of drift, it is better to refer to the local structures competent (donate to school, hospital, village chief etc.). Finally, be careful not to wear too light clothing (short shorts, cleavage …) and avoid exuberant behavior.