Yangon always gets the attention it deserves as one of the most exciting cities in Myanmar. Here is the list of what to do in Yangon Myanmar, which offers a good start or place for tourists to begin exploring the city.
1. Shwedagon Pagoda
No one can deny that the Shwedagon Pagoda is most significant religious important in Yangon and Myanmar. Reaching a height of 99 meters makes it visible throughout the city and watching the pagoda shimmering in the sun with its incredibly golden surface is surely among what to do when you explore Yangon of Myanmar. Many people also dream about the little golden umbrella made of gold, jewels, and thousands of diamonds. You can use some binoculars on one side of the pagoda to see that beauty from the top of the pagoda.
Another sight is people performing rituals based in which they walk circumferences around the base of the pagoda.
The easiest way to reach Shwedagon Pagoda is to take a taxi from downtown Yangon, which costs 2,000 Kyats.
2. Local fresh market
Sometimes, the most favorite way to experience a city all comes back to food. That is why you will regret if you forget to visit a local fresh market in Yangon during the trip. Not only will you taste unique local foods, but also you can get to know much about the local life.
The trip out to Thiri Mingalar market on the outskirts of town is a good idea. This is a gigantic wholesale distribution market in the city so it can offer you a chance of experience a package tour. Besides, you can visit a notable one called Thein Gyi Market on Street 26, across the street from the Shri Kali Temple.
An interesting fact about fresh markets in Yangon is that small delivery vehicles can still pass through in spite of the busyness of the market and vendors selling in the middle of the road. Seeing vendors scurrying to move their things aside when an oncoming vehicle comes is worth being what to do in Yangon Myanmar.
3. Kandawgyi Park – Ideal place for walking around and relaxing
If you want to stay away from the chaotic downtown area of Yangon for a while, you can easily find peaceful moments in Kandawgyi Park – one of the lush green lake parks in Yangon.
You can find various restaurants on the east side of the park where you can eat and have a drink. The price you have to pay to enter this area is 300 Kyats ($.30).
Besides, the lake boardwalk of the park is a nice elevated platform where you can walk or exercise with beautiful views of the lake. The Karawiek Palace and the Shwedagon Pagoda make a beautiful background to take beautiful photos of tours in Yangon. You are advised to visit this place in the evening on a nice so that you can see a fantastic sunset view of the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Visiting Kandawgyi Park is surely one of the must-to-do things in Yangon for a change of pace and a haven of calm in the usually buzzing downtown of Yangon.
4. National Museum of Myanmar
The National Museum owns an interesting actual collection. It displays a wealth of artifacts, religious relics, artwork, cultural explanations and ethnicities, and tons of golden objects from the royal courts of Myanmar.
The National Museum is a good choice for those who want to explore the history of Myanmar during Myanmar day tour. Besides, just around the corner from the National Museum is Feel Restaurant, where tourists can eat all Myanmar foods. I ate at Feel Restaurant before walking over to the museum.
The Museum opens at 9:30 am and closes at 4:30 pm, on every Tuesday – Sunday.
5. Yangon Circular Railroad Ride
As a fairly common form of public transportation across Burma, a train can easily be seen and there is even a circular loop route in Yangon.
The circular railroad, built by the British back in 1954, covers just under 50 kilometers and stops at 39 stations. Each of its journeys takes about 3 hours to complete.
Though taking a ride on the Yangon circular railroad is not really a traditional attraction at all, it is a great way to experience and observe the life and culture in around the outskirts of town and makes your day tours from Yangon incredible.
At the Danyingon station, almost in the middle of the route, you can see a huge market which is full of fresh vegetables waiting to be transported.
The total price for the trip on Yangon circular railroad is about 300 Kyats ($0.30).
6. Walk Around Yangon (on Foot)
It is extremely difficult to know what you really have to experience in this busy city unless you are just walking around without any final destinations.
Just randomly walk around and you will see businesses of every kind, busy street food stalls, relaxing tea stalls, markets occupying the sides of sidewalks and streets filled with a colorful bounty of produce, temples of a diversity of religion. However, that is just the beginning of the wonderful Yangon tour.
In the end, the friendly culture, the delicious variety of food and truly beautiful attractions of Yangon will make you excited about anything suggested as what to do in Yangon Myanmar. Hope you will enjoy Yangon through those activities mentioned above and chances to do so are here.