Yangon Circle Train
The Yangon Circle Train departs from the Yangon Central Railway Station the circle train costs a mere 200 kyat or approximately $0.15. The journey will take at least three hours completing a circular route around the city, meaning if you don’t want to get off you don’t have to. There are plenty of opportunities to purchase things as well as people watch, giving you an insight into the daily life of the Burmese people.
Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market)
Bogyoke Market is located in Central Yangon and is the perfect pass to pass a few hours shopping around. 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 amongst 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.
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 return ticket. Once over 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 as necessary to our day to day lives.
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 $8 entrance fee, though I somehow got around paying this and did not realise there was one until talking to people later in the day. So it is possible to avoid paying.
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 favourite is the Ministers Building which is currently in the process of being restored.
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.
From the street food to the 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.
The streets of Yangon are chaotic to say the least. With crowds everywhere, cars zooming past, vendors selling anything and everything on the little footpath space. 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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