Following on from our previous post which provided 5 Top Tips of places to visit and things to do in Yangon – here are 5 more.
1. Visiting the huge reclining Buddha statue at Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda
Being a country of Buddhism, it is not hard for you to find a pagoda in Yangon. Chauk Htat Gyi is a well-known pagoda built in 1907 with the height of a 6 story building. The special thing about this pagoda is that inside is a massive reclining Buddha statue that was made in 1966. The statue is 65 metres long and nearly 30 meters high. Well worth a visit.
2. Shopping at the Bogyoke Market
Bogyoke Market, also known by its former name Scott Market is on the northern edge of downtown on Bogyoke Aung San Road and is a very popular place to shop. In it you can find over two thousand shops selling a huge variety of things including souvenirs, umbrellas, fabrics, shoes, puppets, lacquerware, jewellery, clothing including traditional and costume, art and of course plenty of delicious food stores.
Haggling is the order of the day although the prices are reasonable. It is well worth a visit just for the atmosphere even if you are not planning to buy. It is closed on Mondays.
3. Taking in the spectacular sunsets at Sule Pagoda
Sule Pagoda is an important religious and historical pagoda landmark in Yangon. Located right in the centre of Yangon, it is home to a large number of government buildings and offices. The spectacular sunsets at the pagoda draw tourist to visit Sule Pagoda. You may feel like the entire city emerges into the glittering golden light. The top of the pagoda, from any corner, is always sparkling.
4. Exploring the outskirts of Yangon with a circular railroad ride
Train is a popular means of transportation in Myanmar. In Yangon, there is a circular loop route built by the British. It has been repaired and operating since 1954. The circular railroad runs around a 50 kilometre track with a total of 39 stations. It will take you 3 hours to go through this route during which you will have the chance to observe the local life and culture of outlying regions. It is also a great opportunity to chat with friendly locals.
5. Strolling around the streets of Yangon
With Yangon being such a colourful and intriguing city, you are likely to encounter many wonderful things walking around the city. It is also a great way to discover the diverse cuisine of the region.
Travelbay has various Myanmar tours that include a visit to Yangon. Many travellers chose to arrive a day or 2 early or stay on in Yangon so that they can explore more of this wonderful city. You can see more of our tours here.