Welcome to Bago

If it wasn't for Bago's abundance of religious sites and the remains of its former palace, it would be hard to tell that this scrappy town – 50 miles northeast of Yangon on the old highway to Mandalay – was once the capital of southern Myanmar. The opening of Myanmar's main Hanthawady International Airport in 2018 is set to revive Bago's fortunes.In the meantime, the great density of blissed-out buddhas and... Read More

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$219 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Golden Rock and Bago Tour from Yangon

Day 1 Yangon – Bago – Golden Rock (L)Pickup from your hotel at Yangon or meet at Yangon International Airport with our local experience guide. Drive to Bago, formerly known as Hanthawaddy of Mon Kingdom in 15th century. Then will drop in the highlights of Bago such as the Kyakhat Wine Monastery, the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, the huge Reclining Buddha of Shwethelyaung, the four Giant Buddha images of Kyaikpun Pagoda and the excavation site and restoration work of Kanbawzathadi, the palace of famous King Bayinnaung. Have lunch at local restaurant. Then continue driving directly to Kyaik Hti Yoe, a Golden Rock Pagoda, from the Kinpun base camp to the pagoda at about 3pm. On arriving on the platform of the Pagoda, walk and visit around pagoda. After visiting around the Pagoda, check in hotel and free at leisure.Overnight: Kyaikhto Hotel or similarDay 2 Golden Rock – Yangon (B)In the early morning, you can offer alms to Golden Rock. After having breakfast at the hotel, enjoy leisure time and check out of your hotel at 7am. Then drive directly to Yangon and arrive at your Yangon hotel in the afternoon.

$148 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private: Legendary Golden Rock Pagoda Trip from Yangon

Our driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel around 6am in Yangon downtown and head to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda -The Golden Rock located in Kyaikhto Township and it will take approximately 3.5 hours by car drive through towns and some pay roads. When we arrive at the bottom of the mountain, we will transfer to an open trucks which will take about 45 minutes up to the hill. Pilgrims come here from far and wide to worship and add gold leaf to the rock, which seems to defy gravity by delicately balancing on the edge of the 1100 metre high mountain. Enjoy the panoramic 360 degree views of the surrounding Mon State Mountains from the summit and take some wonderful photos. Please note that proper dress is requires, no knees or shoulders showing. You can cross over a small bridge and stick the gold leaves on the Golden Rock, but only male is allowed. Female are not allowed to participate in this form of veneration.Visitors can go for an hour trekking to crow mouth, Kyee Kan Mouth along the natural road. If you could throw a coin into the mouth you will be granted a wish. Many local shops selling religious paraphernalia and one can also find many eateries and gift shops. In the afternoon, you will head back to the ground of the mountain and passing by Wor, Bago, Hlegu, Phaya Gyi and Phaya Lay Townships located on the roadside. We will stop at a local restaurant for a tea or coffee before head back to Yangon. Our driver will transfer you back to your hotel safely after an amazing trip to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.

$125 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Cultural Day Trip to Bago from Yangon

Our driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel around 6am at Yangon downtown and head to Mon Ancient Kingdom, also called Hanthawaddy Kingdom. It was a royal palace of Mon people, who were powerful in Myanmar from the 9th century to the 1th and from the 13th to the 16th century. It will take approximately 2 hours drive by car from Yangon.On the way to Bago, we will stop at Shwe Nyaung Pin Nat Shrine, where local people stop here for a while to pay homage to the Nats to protect them from any dangers on their journeys. Visit Dragon Pagoda and Meditation Center. From here, we proceed to Shwethalyaung Buddha to see a magnificent reclining Buddha built in about AD 994 and has 55m in length and 52m in height. Then, we visit to Kyakhatwine Monastery to observe the offering meals to a thousand of monks.Explore Kyaikpu Pagoda consists of four 27m (100ft) high sitting Buddha placed face-to-face around huge, square pillar, depicting the four Buddha namely Gotama, Kakkusana, Konagamana and Kassapa. Legend tells that four Mon sisters were connected with the construction of the Buddha; it was said that if any of them should marry, one of the Buddhas would collapse. Next, be amazed with the Shwemawdaw Pagoda – Myanmar’s tallest stupa built and worshiped by ancient Mon people. Finally, we will visit to a toddy shop and taste some natural liquor producing from the toddy-palm. In the late afternoon, we will head back to Yangon and make a stop at the front of Htauk Kyant Common Wealth War Cemetery that buried 27,000 allied soldiers died during World War II.

$85 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bago Full Day Tour from Yangon

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel at Yangon and drive to Bago, formerly known as Hanthawaddy of Mon Kingdom in 15th century. On the way, stop at Htaukkyant busy local and Htaukkyant War Monastery. Upon arrival at Bago, your guide will bring your to some notable landmarks and attractions such as Kyakhat Wine Monastery, the largest reclining Buddha of Shwe Tha Lyaung located in the west of Bago, Hinthagon Pagoda which was built on a hillock by the great Hermit U Khanti in AD 1924, the huge reclining Buddha of Sein Tha Lyaung and the four Giant Buddha images of Kyaikpun Pagoda built by King Dhammaceti in AD 1475. We will stop for lunch at local restaurant. Then, continue to the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar with 375 feet height and the excavation site and restoration work of Kanbawzathadi, the palace of famous King Bayint Naung. Kanbawzathadi Palace site includes Bumble Bee Throne Hall (believed that this throne room was used as the King’s sleeping room), Royal Audience Hall located at the center of city wall, Teak-post Museum which displayed teak-posts found from Kanbawzathadi palace site excavation and Hanthawaddy Archaeological Museum with octagonal shape, about 300 artifacts are  displayed. After the tour, our driver will transfer you back to Yangon hotel safely.

$130 Day Trips & Excursions

Bago Rail Adventure from Yangon

Morning transfer to Yangon railway station for a train ride to Bago. During its heyday Bago (Pegu) was one the great kingdoms in Southeast Asia ruled by lineage of Mon kings and queen. Enjoy the sights and sounds and mingle with locals during the 2 hour rail journey. The trains are old and facilities basic, but have character and give an insight to local life and standards in Myanmar.In Bago take a walk through the Bago market and visit a Buddhist monastery where monks line up for their last meal of the day. At a snake pagoda we observe how devotees donate money to giant python believed to be reincarnated spiritual leader. We take a ride with bicycle taxi “trishaw” exploring local neighborhoods. On the way back to Yangon we visit a pottery village to observe local production methods, at buffalo shrine learn more of local beliefs and traditions, and gain an insight to Myanmar traditional medicine and its exotic ingredients such as scorpions at one of the stalls where we make a stop. During the 2 hour or 50 miles (80 km) drive to Yangon we stop at a spirit tree where new and old cars get blessings, and visit Thauktkyan WWII allied troops war cemetery. Arrival to Yangon will be late afternoon and you will be dropped off to your hotel.

$123.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bago Day Trip from Yangon

Our driver and professional guide will pick you up from your hotel in Yangon around 8am and depart to Bago. It is located 50 miles (80km) north-east of Yangon, and we will take around 2 hour drive to arrive. With a high density of treasure-filled temples and golden Buddha’s, Bago is a great excursion from the bustling streets of Yangon. Bago, formerly known as Hanthawaddy, is a city and the capital of the Bago Region in Burma. Upon arrival, we visit Kyakhatwine Monastery, an eminent teaching center for hundreds of monks from neighboring regions and the Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, 374 feet (114m) tall, higher than Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Credited with being the tallest pagoda in Myanmar and the most outstanding religious monument. Although it has been through many renovations due to several earthquakes, some of the original structure, from the 10th century is still present today. You will also see the 180 feet (55m) long Shwe Thal Yaung reclining Buddha, which was lost for hundreds of years, before being rediscovered by the British, during their rule.We continue our tour to the four seated Buddhas at Kyaikpun Pagoda and the site of Kanbawzathadi Palace. We then visit to town market and experience a Mon weaving village. On the way back to Yangon, we will stop at the Allied War Cemetery in Taukkyan - final resting place of thousands of Allied Soldiers who perished during the World War II campaign in Myanmar.Lunch is included in this tour and our driver will transfer you back to you hotel safely after the tour end around 5pm.