Get on board the ‘elephant coach’, a meticulously refurbished post-Colonial Chevrolet passenger bus that has been lovingly modified with hand-crafted construction. The Elephant coaches are both sturdy and comfortable, with the refined elegance of luxury carriages from a bygone era. With armchairs, teak and natural fabric furnishings, air-conditioning, hot and cold drinks, and other exceptional services, your journey through Yangon will be a pleasure from start to finish. Your knowledgeable guide will unveil the captivating history of the city as you relax and take in the charming ambiance of your surroundings.
- Visit Yangon in style aboard the Elephant Coach
- Experience having lunch in a luxury hotel
- Discover the mixed history of Myanmar’s former capital
Itinerary Option I (Full day – 12 hours use)
Join your seasoned guide at the hotel and board a vintage bus for a stylish tour of Yangon. The tour will begin by exploring the colonial heritage in Yangon’s downtown, admiring its stunning architecture from the early 1900s. During the tour, the bus will make stops at landmarks to allow you to take pictures and capture memories.
Next, head to the Chauk Htet Gyi reclining Buddha, which stretches an impressive 70 meters in length. You will also visit a nearby monastery to learn about the daily lives of monks. Later, move onto the Karaweik Royal Barge, an opulent floating barge on Kandawgyi Lake that offers stunning views.
For lunch, you will then stop by The Strand Hotel, a legendary 5-star hotel built in 1901, to enjoy a sumptuous meal in a remarkable setting.
After lunch, explore the Bogyoke Market, also known as Scott Market. It boasts hundreds of stores selling handicrafts, gems and jewelry, art, souvenirs, food, clothing, and more.
In the evening, tour one of the world’s most awe-inspiring Buddhist monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda. This golden pagoda, considered the “heart” of Myanmar, is believed to be over 2,600 years old and is the social hub of Yangon. Return to your hotel in the evening.
Special Note: Please note that the famous Scott Market is closed every Monday and on Gazette holidays.
A little bit about Elephant coach
The Elephant Coach is an extraordinary feat of reconstruction and restoration. Painstakingly rebuilt after an original postcolonial Chevrolet passenger bus from the 1940s, these coaches seamlessly blend the charm of yesteryear with the comfort of modern-day travel. Handcrafted with care, the interior features natural and locally-sourced materials such as Myanmar teak and ironwood, as well as exquisite wood carvings and Shan cotton fabrics. With a seating capacity reduced to 6 to 8 passengers for maximum comfort, you’ll feel like royalty as you journey through Yangon. Enjoy the cool air from two separate air-conditioning systems, read by the warm glow of reading lights, and sip on soft drinks from the on-board mini-bar, all while admiring the beautiful wooden parquet floors. A friendly ‘coach hostess’ is on hand to attend to your needs. With three coaches available (one 8-seater and two 6-seaters), a total of 20 seats are available per trip. It’s an experience unlike any other, and one you’ll treasure for years to come.