Yangon has the largest number of colonial buildings in Southeast Asia today as Yangon was a major port city as well as a major financial, political and administrative center under the British rule.
Colonial Yangon, with its spacious parks and lakes and mix of modern buildings and traditional wooden architecture, was known as "the garden city of the East."
Downtown Yangon is known for its leafy avenues and is still mainly made up of decaying colonial buildings. The former High Court, the former Secretariat buildings, the former St. Paul's English High School and the legendary Strand Hotel are excellent examples of the bygone era.
The best way to observe most of these colonial buildings in Yangon is from downtown by walking.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Drive to downtown Yangon to commence the colonial Walking Tour of Yangon.
The recommended colonial era buildings of Yangon to be observed for a day would be featuring: Yangon City Hall one of the rare colonical buildings with a mix of Myanmar architecture built around 1930s; Telegraph Office at the corner of Pansoedan and Mahabandoola Road; Steel Brother’s Building, Grindlay’s Bank and Sofaer & Co. building of 1906 at the corner of Pansoedan and Merchant Road; the Central Bank building (formerly the Reserved Bank of India); the Rangoon police headquarter building and the Government Commercial Bank building on the opposite of the Central Bank; Port Commission Building of 1920 at the end of Pansoedan Road on the corner with Strand Road; Account General Office at the opposite of the Port Authority Office; the Chartered Bank of India; the Irrawaddy Floatila Company Office (now Inland Water Transport); the Bombay Burmah Company building (now Myanmar Airway); the Strand Hotel, the British Embassy; and the Post Office buildings on the Strand Road; the grand, elegant and historic Office of the Secretariat at the corner of Anawrahta Road and the Bo Aung Kyaw Street; the Holy Trinity Cathedral (1886), perhaps the oldest colonial structure in Yangon at the corner of the Bogyoke Aung San Road; and the beautiful and impressive Yangon Central Railway Station, also a mix of western and Myanmar architecture at the corner of Pansoedan street.
Continue to explore Chinatown night-market with a variety of goods on sale and or drive to the jetty along Strand Road and walk along Yangon River to observe the busy harbour area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River.
Return to the Hotel to conclude the day.