What To Do In Yangon, Myanmar
Arriving in Yangon life there can be fairly chaotic, though it is one of my favorite cities full of charm and amazing experiences. I have put together this list of what to do in Yangon to help you during your visit. From visiting the most beautiful temple to exploring a whole other side of life you will certainly be spoiled for choice of things to do in Yangon.
Where To Stay In Yangon?
Yangon is a sprawling city with numerous suburbs, so it can be difficult for first timers to figure out exactly where to stay. I recommend booking your accommodation in the more downtown Yangon area as this will keep you close to a lot of amazing attractions and restaurants will be just a short walk away. Here are my top picks for the backpackers travel guide to Yangon:
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1. Yangon Circle Train
If you are wondering what to do in Yangon, the Yangon Circle Train is a must! Departing from the Yangon Central Railway Station the circle train costs a mere $0.15/ 200 kyat.
The journey will take at least three hours completing a circular route around the city. Just sit back and watch the world go by and feel the wind through your hair. There are plenty of opportunities to purchase things whether on the train itself or at the market stop. Riding the Yangon Circle Train provides a great insight into the daily life of the Burmese people.
2. Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market)
Bogyoke Market is located in Central Yangon and is the perfect way to pass a few hours shopping around when looking for things to do in Yangon. The large colonial building is home to the markets which extend across a couple of stories.
Selling everything from food, fresh juice, jewelry, clothing and artwork you can certainly get lost among the numerous stalls. Occasionally the salespeople can be pushy but a firm no will usually get your feelings across, just don’t raise your voice or get angry.
3. Dala Township
Dala Township is across the Yangon River and is complete contrast to the busy city life. Take the 10 minute ferry across for a small $2.20 / 3000 kyat return ticket.
Once in Dala Township haggle with the drivers to take you on a tour. They should show you around a pagoda, the fishing village, the markets and a maybe another village. It is really interesting seeing how people live here with minimal belongings and without things we would consider necessary to our day to day lives.
4. Shwedagon Pagoda
This beautiful Pagoda is a necessary part to any visit in Yangon. A short walk from downtown this remarkable pagoda will become a highlight of your visit.
There is a $6.00 / 8000 kyat entrance fee. though, I somehow got around paying this and did not realize there was a fee until talking to people later in the day. So it is possible to avoid paying, just do so at your own discretion.
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5. Explore the Colonial Buildings
Yangon is full colonial buildings. On every street there will be beautiful buildings with amazing architecture standing around you. Though, many are very run down which I personally think adds to the aesthetic.
My personal favorite is the Ministers Building which is currently in the process of being restored.
6. Kandawgi Lake
Kandawgi Lake is a short walk away from Shwedagon Pagoda north of downtown Yangon. Otherwise known as the Royal Lake.
The majority of photos of it will show the famous Karaweik icon. Around the lake is also Kandawgi Nature Park as well as Yangon Zoological Gardens.
7. Eating in Yangon
From street food to delicious restaurants Yangon is full of different eating options and will satisfy the fussiest of eaters. Many of the street food vendors here sell barbecued meats, though being vegetarian I just stuck with the occasional bag of freshly cut watermelon.
I highly recommend a visit to 999 Shan Noodle where you can get a delicious bowl of noodles for $1.50 and Golden Duck for yummy fried rice and the cheapest bottles of whisky you will ever see! If your budget stretches a little further check out Rangoon Tea House. The samosas are delicious, though this is a very western/hipster eatery and the prices reflect this.
8. People Watch
The streets of Yangon are chaotic to say the least. With crowds everywhere, cars zooming past and vendors selling a variety on the footpath.
Life here is unlike any other. Go for a simple walk and take all these sites in, from the monks in orange to the people huddled in sitting meals under make-shift gazebos.
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19 thoughts on “Top 8 Things To Do In Yangon, Myanmar”
Myanmar looks so beautiful! I would love to go. Stunning photos! The food looks so delish!
It certainly is beautiful!
The pagodas look so impressive. I would love to visit Myanmar one day.
You totally should visit, its amazing
Ohhh this looks incredible! I’ve wanted to visit Myanmar for a while now and this is making me even more keen. I’d heard that the food wasn’t great from friends who visited but those noodles look right up my street!
Its an amazing country and you should totally look into booking a trip there before it becomes too touristy. I ate a lot of western meals there as the majority of street food was meat based and I am vegetarian, though with such cheap prices eating in a restaurant is the same price as getting streetfood in Thailand
Oh, how beautiful are the Pagodas? That street food sounds amazing too… $1.50 for a bowl of noodles goes all right in my book. Have pinned for if I ever get to Myanmar.
They look even better in person as well, the camera just cant capture how the sunlight hits the gold!
Myanmar looks like such a cool place to visit. Hopefully I get the chance one day but I’ll keep your post in my back pocket until that day comes!
Thank you for sharing this awesome post! I have travelled quite a lot in SEA but never made it to Myanmar yet, but it is on my list.
Next time you are in Asia you should look into it, you can get ticket cheap on the budget airlines :)
Your photos look azaming and the tips are great for someone who has never visited. I have friends who have been and loved it
I thought of visiting Myanmar during a cultural presentation at my university, and it looks like a wonderful place to explore. I also appreciate that you put “Eat” as one of your things to do. :-D
I will forever put ‘eat’ as one of the best things to do, its my favorite hobby :P
This looks amazing! I’ve never considered travelling to Myanmar before but it looks like such an interesting place.
Its a super amazing place to visit! You should look into it, get so inspo from googling Bagan and check out the amazing photos
Wow I can’t get over the low cost of the Yangon Circle Train! I had a friend who volunteered in Yangon several years ago who came home early as she hated it, no doubt culture shock but it’s interesting how one person’s experiences can put you off visiting and shouldn’t – it’s clearly a place with much to offer!
Its crazy cheap, like unbelievable cheap. Though the price is with ‘tourist tax’ as well, the locals pay even less! Oh the culture shock there is on a whole other level so that’s understandable.
These pictures of beautiful, Myanmar is definitely on my list!