Yangon is for many travelers the first impression of the country. Officially is not the capital but it’s the biggest city in Myanmar. It’s a nice city to spend some days and understand the culture and history of the country.
As Yangon is a big city, the traffic is crazy!! But the people is very nice and we didn’t feel unsafe anytime!
Tip: Just avoid to cross the river to Dala’s side as we heard a lot of stories about scams and not good episodes with tourists.
So, in this post we are going to tell you the Top Things to do and visit in your next trip in Yangon.
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1. AROUND THE CITY
The best way to know a new place is explore the city by foot.
We started to explore Yangon doing a free walking tour that guided us around Sule Pagoda, Chinatown, Little India, a Synagogue, plenty of markets, the Mahabandula Garden and the Secretariat.
It was around 3 hours and was really interesting because our guide answered all our questions about the city and the country, political questions, culture, history and religion.
The company is Jo Za So. It is a sustainable tourism hub and you easily find it in TripAdvisor.
The tour itinerary is:
– Little India;
– Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue;
– Strand Road;
– City Hall;
– Sule Pagoda;
– Mahabandula Park;
– Immanuel Baptist Church;
– Sri Kaali Annaman Tamil Temple.
The tour starts at 8:30 AM every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and it’s FREE 🙂
Just contact him to arrange your tour – email@example.com
2. SULE PAGODA
Yangon and all the country is full of pagodas, temples and stupas! Located in the center of the city it’s surrounded by gardens and colonial buildings. According to legend, Sule Pagoda was built before the Shwedagon Pagoda making it more than 2600 years old!!
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3. SHWEDAGON PAGODA
For us it’s one of the most impressive Pagodas we have seen in Myanmar.
We visited in the end of the afternoon and waited until the sun goes down and the lights turn on. It’s really beautiful to see it during the night with all the lights reflecting in the gold Pagoda.It’s the most sacred Pagoda for all the Burmese people and here you can see how devoted people are in Myanmar.
The entrance fee is 10 000 MMK (approx. €6,00) per person. For the sarong you leave a deposit, after the visit, return the sarong and they give you back the deposit.
4. YANGON STREET ART
YGN Walls is a project founded by French artist Delphine de Lorme.
The idea was to change the backside of the buildings, that were full of garbage, in a place where artists can express themselves.
It’s a colorful street with a lot of murals and it’s impressive to see the difference between the before and after this project.
⚲ YGN walls are located in the 41st street and it’s a nice place for shooting.
5. ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARK
This place was in fact the most creepy place we have been lately! With the entrance of the park we wanted run from that place. But we followed and we found all the attractions completely eroded by the time!
We found it unusual, but funny. Don’t hesitate to climb in some and become children for a few moments!
The exact location is this one: Google Maps. It’s not so easy to find this place but the locals will help you to find the entrance!
Advice: The only part that was not funny was the mosquitoes attacking us. Be prepare!
6. OTHER PLACES TO VISIT
Yangon it’s an amazing place to see how people can live together independently of their religion. We recommend to walk around and enjoy the colonial architecture and the different neighborhoods. Take your camera with you and just walk with no destination.
This are 3 more places that you can add to your itinerary:
Reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda
In this Pagoda you will find the biggest reclined Buddha in Myanmar. This Buddha is even bigger than the famous reclined Buddha in Bangkok, it’s 66 meters!!
It’s close by the famous Shwedagon Pagoda and it’s nice for a break, for a drink or even a nap! Here you can find local people and families walking around the park and enjoying a picnic.
Circle Line Train
If you want to see local lifestyle you should do this train ride. This loop, around 3h train ride will stop in different points of the city and you can see people carrying vegetables and fruits to sell around Yangon. It’s one the best ways to experience the local life and it’s really cheap. The ticket is around 20 cents.
7. WHERE TO EAT?
There is plenty of good restaurants and markets. But if you really want to try the authentic food of Myanmar, just try the street food and you will not regret. One of the best street food is around Chinatown.
The most famous one with a lot of restaurants and bars is the 19th Street.
8. WHERE TO STAY?
IT’S BED TIME!! 💤 WHERE TO STAY IN YANGON?
Luxury – Pullman Yangon Centrepoint – This 5 stars hotel is the perfect place if you want to stay in the middle of city center with all the luxury.
Mid-Budget – City Star Hotel – A cheap and cheerful, centrally located hotel.
Backpacker – TRIBE THEORY – Perfect place for backpackers, right in the city center, cheap and very friendly place. It’s also perfect for the Digital Nomads!
If you don’t know what kind of accommodation that you prefer, just click here, where you have a lot of excellent options.
Hope you enjoyed our recommendations about Yangon.
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Safe and Happy Travels Everyone ✈
SARA & JORGE