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We will have 2 days here on an upcoming Vantage Irrawaddy River Cruise. One day without an organized tour. Any suggestions? We are staying at the

Chatrium Hotel Yangon or "like hotel"

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If we had had the time would have tried the circle train (info on trip advisor).

We went on our own to Schwedagon we walked from The Governors Residence - (went with guide after on our cruise). Not sure when you are going but beware of the 3pm downpour (during rainy season). I believe there is a great walkway/path around the lake near your hotel.

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We did not get there until the 8th. Enjoyed the hotel but did not have any free time...did not even manage a swim in the lovely pool. We were there for a Christmas tree lighting and a performance by a local school group....great fun.....the kids had no idea what they were trying to sing with the hotel staff but they were endearing. Great views from the hotel and we enjoyed the feeling of a colonial British hotel. The hotel's gift shop exchanges money for an excellent rate!


We were a little disappointed that we did not have much time to explore the Scott market ( Viking's cruise stayed within walking distance) but in hindsight so many more markets later in the cruise that were even better!!!!


Yangon was a good intrduction of Myanmar but the traffic was terrible! and the city was not as clean as Bangkok!!! We had a very long day and bus ride to visit the Monastery in Bago (great insight into the life of a monk) and the large reclining Buddha as well as short stop at an allied forces cemetery. The excursion was to return at 3pm and it was 5:30 before we returned. Vantage's city hosts in both Yangon and Bangkok were great but time management and expectations in both cities was a significant challenge. Certainly don't plan to do anything on your own that involves a specific time if it follows a group tour.

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