Living like a Local

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Set off for a full day of ‘living like a local’ in Yangon, getting to grips with the lifestyle and culture of the Burmese people.

Transfer to the Yangon train station and board the slow moving circle train. The 20-30 minute ride is a real taste of local life with the scenery and activities inside the train equally entertaining to the outside landscapes of small villages and traditional markets.

Disembark at Kyee Myin Dine station, a neighbourhood in the northwest part of Yangon. Shrouded in a rural and urban atmosphere, Kyee Myin Dine is home to friendly people. Visit the market where you can see colorful vendors and shopkeepers as the locals go about their daily shopping.

Transfer to downtown’s vibrant Chinatown area. Begin at the 17th and 18th street markets where you’ll see noodle making and rice paper making. Continue with a walk toward Latha Street, stopping to visit a Chinese temple and local food shops making delicacies such as roasted pork.

At midday, stop for lunch at a local curry shop. Enjoy a range of delicious foods amid the local atmosphere.
Continue your ‘local’ exploration with a trip to Nanthida Jetty to board a ferry to cross the Yangon River to Dhala. The jetty is often buzzing with activity as a mini-street market is there to sell snacks and other items to the ferry passengers. The boat ride to Dhala takes 15 minutes and offers great views of the waterways as well as a fun chance to interact with the curious locals as they make their way across the river.

Upon reaching Dhala, travel by local trishaw through the town. The scenic town is remarkably different from nearby Yangon, with many trees, local neighborhoods and quiet side streets filling the area.

Return by boat to Yangon, observing life along the river and reflecting back on your excursion to Dhala. Upon returning to the Yangon jetty, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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