Top things to do in Yangon - Myanmar Explorers

Top things to do in Yangon

Take a stroll along Inya Lake

Yangon’s seductive charms are legendary and for good reason. The heady mix of golden Pagoda’s, British colonial architecture, Burmese street food scene, and skyline buildings make Yangon the runway model of Southeast Asia’s cities—charming, tranquil, and awe-inspiring envy at every turn. But with so much to see and do in Yangon, it is such a task to narrow it down to the top essentials. Let’s see our recommendations to have an experience that is a good balance of everything that this city has to offer during Indochina tours Myanmar

Spend hours at the Shwedagon Pagoda

 

Spend hours at the Shwedagon Pagoda

Spend hours at the Shwedagon Pagoda

What would the former capital city of Myanmar be without its symbolic Shwedagon Pagoda? This impressive 345-feet stupa which dominates the Yangon skyline can be seen from almost all angles of the city. Shimmering in the sun with its incredibly golden surface, the pride of Yangon – with thousands of diamonds and rubies and a 76-carat diamond crowning the sacred site – is undoubtedly one of the most stunning buildings in the world. One more interesting fact, it is believed that the Buddha relics can be found in the well-preserved heritage monument.

Get lost in a local fresh market

 

If it is your very first time traveling to Yangon, you might probably want to spend some time at the world-renowned Shwedagon Pagoda, the Sule Pagoda, and the Chauk Htet Kyi Pagoda – the 213-feet-long reclining Buddha, but do not miss out on other notable city jewels such as the 70-year-old Bogyoke Aung San Market sprawling over a few blocks on Bogyoke Aung San Road, Thiri Mingalar market on the outskirts of town, or the wet market on the 17th Street. They are the best places to have a pleasant shopping experience with minimal haggling, see what goes into the local food, and of course, get a closer insight into the local daily life.  Myanmar tour guide

Stroll through China Town

Stroll through China Town

Stroll through China Town

Why is China Town always included in Myanmar tours’ itineraries? When you find yourself elbow to elbow with Burmese people busy buying daily produces at a local wet market along the 17th Street, tucking into cheap yet delicious grilled skewers on the 19th Street, you will see how the China Town – the busiest quarter of the city that travelers fall in love with has proved so obvious.

Fill up on mohinga and laphat thote

 

Mohinga-Myanmar’s national dish

Mohinga-Myanmar’s national dish

You all swoon over those exceptional structures with their lavish decorations. But it would be a big mistake to limit yourself to Yangon’s best-known monuments and miss out on its diverse and eclectic cuisine. What appears first when it comes to Burmese cuisine? It is Myanmar’s national dish – mohinga – a piquant fish stew made with rice noodles and vegetables and served with a side of your favorite fries and laphatthote – the famous Burmese fermented tea leaf salad mixed with peanuts, crunchy beans, and sesame seeds.

Save Room for a Variety of Burmese street food

 

Burmese street food

Burmese street food

food is an important part of Burmese culture. And Yangon is a city built for snacking with mouthwatering dishes absolutely available everywhere at a really cheap price. Each dish will cost you less than USD $1. Take your hallow stomach to the Barbecue Street – the 19th street between Anawrahta Road and Maha Bandoola Road, the 29th street, the Night Market on Strand Road, or the Maha Bandula Park (do not miss skewers, smoothies, and noodle-based dishes) for a complete sampling of the city’s best treats from some of the country’s most lovely vendors.

Take a stroll along Inya Lake

 

Take a stroll along Inya Lake

Take a stroll along Inya Lake

It is sometimes suffocating in Yangon. And if you want to keep from going under you might want to get away from the religious site variety and head for one of the most tranquil green spaces in the former capital city of Myanmar. A 37-acre lake hidden among rows of colorful umbrellas and well-manicured gardens, Inya Lake – the largest lake in Yangon is a favorite place for a quiet relaxation, jogging, or exercising in the early morning and evening. If you are not into these activities, just people-watching can also make you happy.

 

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