Departing from your Yangon hotel in the morning, set off by private vehicle for Syriam (Thanlyin), a former capital of Myanmar located about 1.5 hours away. While exploring the sleepy 15th-century port town with your personal guide, you'll learn about the British, Portuguese, French, and East Indian influences and its history as a merchant city.
Soak up the pleasant atmosphere where tree-lined roads and universities offer a glimpse of local life. Then head to Yele Paya, a unique temple located on an islet in the middle of the Yangon River near the town of Kyauktan and accessible by local ferry. If you wish, feed the giant catfish swimming around the island (own expense).
You can purchase lunch (not included) and spend time at a riverside market then visit two more pagodas before the drive back to Yangon in mid-afternoon.