Yangon is the biggest city as well as the former capital and gateway to Myanmar. Today some of the unmistakably colonial style buildings and a square pattern of city planning still stand and make orientation in the heart of the city. It was constructed by Lieutenant Fraser of British Engineering corps, who had also drawn the city plan of Singapore. The present day, Yangon covers 350 sq. km with over 5 million populations.
The start of your tour will be in Yangon as all airlines serving Myanmar fly to Yangon International Airport. At least one night stay is highly recommended before departure up country and one night at the end of the trip.
Thanlyin is situated at the confluence of the Yangon and Bago Rivers; to be exact, on the southern bank of the Bago River. To the south of the Thanlyin is a ridge named Utaringa Kon in history but locally known as Shin Mwe Loon. It is on this ridge that Kyaik Khauk Pagoda stands. The colonial town of Thanlyin (Syriam) was built by the British for its port and petroleum refinery plant. It is also a sub-urban town, a few miles away from Yangon, across 1.5 mile-long bridge.
Bago is just 80 km (50 miles) north of Yangon and about an hour drive from Yangon. In the 13th Century, Bago become the center of the Mon Kingdom of "Ramanadesa" which consists of all lower Myanmar. Bing a small town with not many interesting sites, Bago should be included as a day trip from Yangon only when we have extra time or can be part of the longer trip to Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock Pagoda.