Make your way to the Asia Plaza Hotel in downtown Yangon, where you’ll meet your guide for an 8:30am departure. Start by moving through the city like the locals do, on a slow train that passes through a series of neighborhoods. The train loop takes a total of three hours, and you’ll hop off at a lively local market to meet some vendors and browse the stalls.
Continue back towards downtown for lunch at a local restaurant—this is the perfect time to sample Burmese cuisine, with a guide to explain the menu, and help introduce you to Myanmar’s distinctive flavors.
Spend the afternoon exploring on foot, walking down streets lined with betel nut vendors, roadside bakeries, and small merchants. Visit the market district as it comes alive at dusk, from the chaotic Shwe Bontha street to Buddhist and Hindu temples. Stop for a drink and a snack in Yangon’s Chinatown, then duck down a side street filled with charcoal grills, a favorite gathering place for locals, who come for grilled meat, veggies, and generous servings of beer.
This tour includes a few of each: finish the day with a few local snacks and a beer.