2015/2016/2017 Myanmar by AmaWaterways

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land experiences yangon the capital of burma for 120 years is known as the “garden city of the east” because of its tropical flowers verdant parks and beautiful lakes this historic waterfront city has an abundance of colonial-era structures that is unparalleled in southeast asia to stroll along its tree-lined streets is often like stepping back in time as you observe locals conversing in tea houses typists-for-hire pecking away on vintage underwoods and young monks in somber robes patiently collecting their daily alms 13 founded in 1755 yangon “end of conflict” was little more than a fishing village with a famous pilgrimage site until it came under british control in 1855 quickly transformed into a vibrant urban hub yangon became known as the “pearl of the orient.” today the city offers numerous historical and cultural attractions to explore although many visitors discover that yangon’s greatest charms are found in its quiet tucked away places both of our river cruise itineraries include ample time to explore this colorful and fascinating city shwedagon pagoda bogyoke market kandawgyi lake reclining buddha the massive 2,500-year-old shwedagon pagoda towers hundreds of feet above the city on a sacred hill considered myanmar’s most beautiful religious monument it is richly adorned with gold diamonds and other precious gems enjoy browsing for souvenirs at bogyoke aung san market renowned for its gold and silver jewelry motherof-pearl precious gems hand-rolled cigars beautiful silks handcrafted lacquerware and other traditional burmese crafts yangon’s royal lake is set within a scenic 260-acre park filled with gardens restaurants playgrounds and winding footpaths the stone boat on the east side of the lake is a floating restaurant in the form of a mythical creature covered with gold the chaukhtatgyi temple houses a six-story high reclining buddha one of the largest and most graceful of its kind with its ornately decorated feet and blissful expression this exquisite icon symbolizes the end of life and the attainment of nirvana |