Find A Cruise

Clear Selections

Region:

Duration:

Ships:

Port:

Specials:

All-Inclusive Asia/Pacific Cruises

The Ancient, Exotic and Dynamic Pacific Rim

 

Ports and Excursions of Asia/Pacific


Yangon (Burma), Burma-port

Exotic Yangon was founded as Dagon in the 500's by the Mon, who dominated the lower portions of present-day Myanmar. Yangon harbors the most sacred site in the country, the magnificent Scwedagon Pagoda with its amazing complex of pavilions and shrines. Nearby is the colossal reclining Buddha, almost as large as the famous statue in the town of Bago. As a former British Colony, view many fine examples of colonial architecture including the famous Strand Hotel.

View Cruises that visit this port

Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Bago - the Ancient Mon Capital
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Dinner & Traditional Cultural Show
    Seated TourMealEvening Tour
  • Experience Local Life in Thanlyin
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Golden Glory of Yangon
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Myanmar Culture and Meditation
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Noviciation Ceremony
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Shwedagon By Night Tour
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Taste of Yangon
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Yangon Orientation & Cocktails At the Strand
    Light Activity /Walking

Bago - the Ancient Mon Capital

Light Activity /Walking Meal

Duration: 9 1/2 hours

Tour Code: RGN-004

Explore the beauty, history and religion of Southeast Asia during this memorable full-day orientation tour of Bago, the ancient Mon Capital.

Depart the pier via coach with your guide for the 2-hour drive from Yangon to Bago. Along the way, you will see the huge WWII Cemetery containing the graves of 27,000 Allied soldiers who died in the Burma and Assam campaigns of WWII. A visit will then be made to the morning market at Htaukkyant to observe the local way of life before continuing on to Bago, located on the eastern bank of the Bago River in Lower Myanmar. Bago was founded in 825 A.D. by Mons who migrated from China. King Binya U established his palace in Bago in the 14th century, and it became the ancient capital city of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century, when it was known as Pegu.

Upon arrival in Bago, you will begin your orientation tour with a visit to the Kyakhatwaing Monastery, the largest monastery in Lower Myanmar, and one of the three-largest monasteries in the country. You will learn about the monks that reside there, along with their lifestyle and Buddhist studies, which often last from morning through evening. Their dedication to Buddhism and discipline can be observed during their taking the food, learning scripture and residing according to Buddhist law. Next, you will continue on for a visit to the 1,000-year-old Shwemawdaw Pagoda, where the Buddha hair relics are enshrined. Originally built to a height of 403 feet, the Shwemawdaw Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in Myanmar, and even taller than the Great Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

Next, a stop will be made to enjoy an Asian set-menu lunch at Hantharwaddy Restaurant before proceeding to the Hinthagone Pagoda, home of panoramic views of Bago. During your visit, you will enjoy a spirited dance presentation, if available. From there, you will drive on to the Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha Image. A masterpiece of perfection in symmetry, the Reclining Buddha measures 180 feet long, 52 feet high and rests on a 5-foot plinth made of brick.

Before heading back to Yangon, a visit is made to a typical Mon village where you can view hand weaving and cigar rolling demonstrations. On the drive back to Yangon, a brief photo stop will be made at the 15th-century Kyaikpun Pagoda, which features 4 gigantic Buddha images sitting back against a massive stone pillar. Upon arriving in Yangon, you will return to the pier and your awaiting ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of moderate walking and a 3-hour round-trip coach drive to Bago, over roads that can be quite bumpy at times. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns. When entering religious sites, visitors may be required to remove their shoes and socks. Conservative cotton clothing that covers knees and shoulders and a light wrap for the evenings during the cool season are recommended. Flat, comfortable walking shoes that can be easily removed are suggested. Do not wear shorts, tank-tops, sleeveless blouses or revealing clothing. The use of credit cards is limited; please bring US Dollars or local currency to pay for any incidental items.