Yangon is not only the largest city in Myanmar, it is also the most popular destination for tourists. There are not many buildings or skyscrapers and when night falls the city has its most stunning moment.
Here, with the help of our local friends in Yangon, we have provided you with some top tips of places to visit and things to do in Yangon.
1. Visiting the golden pagoda of Shwedagon
Shwedagon is a golden symbol of the holy land of Myanmar. This symbol has become the pride of Myanmar people. Built 2,500 years ago, the pagoda is said to keep eight pieces of hair of the Buddha. The main stupa of the pagoda is 98 metres high and is covered by more than 30 tons of gold and hundreds of diamonds. At night the Golden Pagoda comes alight and can be seen from all over Yangon. We recommend a visit both during the day and at night.
2. Walking and eating at Chinatown Yangon
This is one of the busiest areas of the town, especially in the evening when both sides of the street are filled with food vendors selling all kinds of food from fresh produce to ready-made things to eat.
There are many streets in the region, each with a specific name and offering a typical kind of food. For example, 20th street is known for its Chinese food while the 19th street is known as Barbeque Street and a famous relaxing night-life destination where both locals and tourists can have a drink and hang out.
3. Walking and having a drink at Kandawgyi Park
If you are a nature lover and want to stroll around a tranquil and peaceful place, Kandawgyi Park is your perfect choice. Walking around the park, you not only have a chance to admire different kinds of beautiful flowers and trees but also witness rare animals of the park. In addition, there is a large lake in the park where you can board a boat and cruise along enjoying the surroundings.
Visiting Kandawgyi Park is a haven of calm found in the bustle of downtown Yangon.
4. Visiting local markets
For tourists, one of the best ways to experience local life is by exploring cuisine through local markets. Discovering colourful markets in Yangon is a lovely experience.
Besides the famous Bogyoke market, there are many other vibrant markets in Yangon, especially those located right on the roadside. Here, you can find all sorts of products from fresh produce to traditional cosmetics and more.
5. Experiencing one of the most luxurious places for dining in Yangon
Le Planteur is known as one of the most luxurious places for dining in Myanmar and is considered the height of refinement. Set in a colonial mansion with décor ranging from the modern to the antique and amidst beautiful gardens, it is a unique experience in Yangon.
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Travelbay has various Myanmar Tours that include a visit to Yangon. Many travellers chose to arrive a day or two early or stay on in Yangon so that they can explore more of this wonderful city. You can see more of our Myanmar tours, holidays and cruises here.