Be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon

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5 things to do in Yangon in Myanmar suited for the independent traveller. Enjoy!

Shwedagon Pagoda

One of the most impressive things to do in Yangon is to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. It is a golden stupa in the centre surrounded by many beautiful temple buildings around it. It is the number one temple in Burma visited by many Burmese once in their lifetime and you should visit it too. Entrance fee 8000 Kyat.

How to get there for your travel planning

Take a taxi from wherever you are in Yangon. Every driver knows the Shwedagon Pagoda . Negotiate the price and don’t pay more than 4000 Kyat if you go there from downtown.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Explore Yangon old town

Yangon old town still offers a contrast between bustling life and collapsing Colonial buildings. But hurry, more and more building are being renovated, which isn’t bad, but it will change the charm of it.

Yangon old town is full of life. In the centre, within a big roundabout, you find Sule Pagoda. For 3000 Kyat you can go inside, although there’s nothing special in there. South-east of Sule Pagoda you can find many colonial buildings, some freshly renovated, some close to collapse. Northwest of Sule Pagoda you can find the Scott market (or Bogyoke Aung San Market now) and west just along the Maha Bandola Road you will encounter a building from just about every other religion. Further west, after Shwedagon Pagoda Road you’ll be right in the middle of Chinatown.

Don’t forget to visit a Burmese tea-house, for example the Shwe Khaung Laung tea-house opposite Scott market near the 31st street-corner.

How to get there for your travel planning

If you don’t stay in a hotel there already, ask a taxi driver to bring you to Sule Pagoda and from there explore it on foot, because, in my humble opinion, that is the only valid way for any town to be truly explored.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha temple (Reclining Buddha temple)

To this place you go to soak up the atmosphere. There is not much to describe, unless the fact, that the Buddha is about 50 metres long. Just go there, have a look and enjoy the place. Free entrance.

How to get there for your travel planning

As usual you should take a taxi. Make sure, that the driver really understands, where you want to go and don’t pay more than 4000 Kyat, if you just hop within the city.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

What to do in Yangon? – Visit the Botataung Pagoda

This is one of the rare Pagodas, where you can go inside the stupa. It lies next to the Yangon river (Ayarwaddy river). Take your time at the entrance to read the story – which is in English too – about how the hair relicts of Buddha came here. Every part of the story comes with an own picture. Then enter the stupa and fight with the crowds to have a direct look at the Buddha hair shrine through a tiny window.

Then just walk inside the stupa to look at the golden ornaments and the different small Buddha statues. Outside around the stupa you’ll find additional lovely temples and a garden in the corner to relax a little longer. Don’t forget to have a look at the river once you’re finished with the Pagoda. Entrance fee 3000 Kyat.

How to get there for your travel planning

Take a taxi and don’t pay more than 4000 Kyat for a city hop.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Mahapasana cave – One of the freaky things to do in Yangon

This slightly freaky cave was built for the sixth Buddhist synod from 1954 to 1956. On the outside it has some fake rocks on top, the inside looks quite similar to some majesty’s throne hall. You access it by entering the Kaba Aye Pagoda – which is also worth a look – through the main entry gate and then – when you arrived at the top seen from the exit – you turn right and leave the Pagoda ground from the next exit and you will see the cave entry in the back in a distance of 200 metres. No entrance fee.

How to get there for your travel planning

Take a taxi. Make sure, that the driver really understands, where you want to go and don’t pay more than 4000 Kyat, if you just hop within the city.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

5 bonus things to do in Yangon in lovely Burma

Buy your own longyi at Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott market):

Go to Kyaw Gyi Silk & Cotton, 31/32, West (C), Phone: 01-242298, Mobile 09 513 1331. The shop owner proudly presented me photos of Aung San Suu Kyi wearing longyis she bought at this shop!

Hsin Hpyu Daw

A “zoo” with two white elephants (albino elephants). But it’s a little disgusting, as they’re chained to the same concrete ground spot the whole day.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

National Museum at Pyay Road

It’s only open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm!

Kyauk Daw Kyi

A seated Buddha made from one piece of marble

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Ngahtatgyi Pagoda

Inside you’ll find a big seated Buddha.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Where to stay in Yangon in Myanmar

I stayed at the Golden Smiles Inn, phone 373 589, 644 Merchant St. near the corner with 29th st. The rooms are windowless and a little smelly. But the communal area is great to meet other travellers and make new friends.

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