41 Photos That May Tempt You to Visit Yangon, Myanmar Immediately

Photos of Yangon, Myanmar

View of downtown Yangon and Sule Pagoda

Yangon, Myanmar is a city overflowing with excitement.

Crossing the street is one of the biggest challenges, but if you can get to the other side, what awaits you is a cultural buffet of colors, vendors, markets, and friendly people.

Walking around downtown Yangon is never going to be calm or peaceful, but the action, fathom of colors, chaos, and overall flow of the city, is what makes it so interesting and beautiful.

Here are a series of 41 photos I took of my most recent trip to Yangon, a little mix of everything, and some delicious food towards the bottom (so keep on scrolling and reading).

1. All roads lead to Sule Pagoda

In downtown Yangon, one of the central landmarks is the Sule Pagoda, and it seems like all buses and roads eventually lead to it.

The downtown area is nicely laid out, in a near perfect grid of main roads and side streets, all perpendicular and parallel to each other, making the downtown area quite easy to navigate (despite the traffic and pedestrians).

School in Yangon

Kids on their way home from school

2. Life in Yangon

One of the best ways to see and experience Yangon is to just explore on foot.

The city is full of life, people going about their daily lives, eating, going places, and selling things. This photo was taken about 4 pm, when many kids had just finished school.

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Golden Shwedagon Pagoda

3. Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda is probably the most sacred and most important religious site in Yangon, if not all of Myanmar.

Even on the cloudy day that I visited, there was enough gold at the pagoda to make me squint. It’s definitely a place you should visit when you’re in Yangon.

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Shri Kali Temple in downtown Yangon, Myanmar

4. Little India and the Shri Kali Temple

In downtown Yangon one of the most prominent Hindu temples is Shri Kali Temple, located in a busy area of downtown also referred to as Little India.

The temple is located on Anawratha Roaad, across the street from 26th Street.

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Old and beautiful buildings in Yangon

5. Beautifully decaying buildings

One of the things I always love about walking around Yangon is looking up at the beautiful decaying old buildings.

Yangon has a huge collection of colonial buildings, some of the best in Southeast Asia, and paired with the hot and humid tropical climate and lack of maintenance, many have turned into museums of their own.

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Train ride in Yangon

6. Transportation by train

Train remains one of the most important ways to get into the center of Yangon from the outer edges of the city, or from other destinations throughout Myanmar.

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Riding the circular railway

7. Yangon circular railway

One day, Ying and I had some time to take the Yangon Circular Railway, a circle route that stops at 39 stations and does a loop around greater Yangon.

It goes really slow, and stops many times, but it offers a nice opportunity to see some of the outskirts, and even a little countryside, around Yangon.

Yangon railroad station

Yangon central railroad station

8. Train station

While waiting to catch our train, there were plenty of things to observe, including many food vendors carrying snacks on their heads – probably to sell at the station, or to bring into downtown Yangon to sell.

Yangon transportation

Roaring buses in Yangon

9. Buses

One of the main modes of transportation throughout Yangon are buses, and unlike most of SE Asia where motorbikes flourish, they are banned from central Yangon.

Buses are rowdy and always have the right of way – they won’t stop for you!

Pictures of Yangon

A bus stop in central Yangon downtown

10. Bus stops

Bus stations in Yangon are usually haphazardly located in the first lane of the road. But surrounding bus stops you’ll find all sorts of vendors selling all things imaginable.

Biking through Yangon

Leisurely bicycle ride through Yangon

11. Bicycle ride through Yangon

Due to the not so kind driving conditions in Yangon, I’m not so sure I’d want to personally ride a bicycle through the streets. But that being said, those were did ride, were calmly pedaling as massive buses zoomed past, with merely inches to spare.

This guy was riding pretty confidently.

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Looking around Yangon

12. Looking around Yangon

While we were walking down a side street, I noticed this little guy enjoying the sites of Yangon. He seemed to be taking in all the beauty of the city, the action, and the diversity, all while securely in his mothers arms.

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Strolling through Yangon

13. Walking through Yangon

One of the quickest ways to get through downtown Yangon is to just walk.

The side streets are usually quite calm and quiet, with the exception of occasional cars, but the main roads are always busy and chaotic.

Markets in Yangon

Downtown Yangon market sprawl

14. Market sprawl

In downtown Yangon there are markets all over the place, especially in the mornings or in the evenings when fresh produce vendors spill into the streets and take up the first few lanes of some of the main roads.

There’s so much action, that’s why I really love Yangon.

Bananas in Myanmar

Bananas in Yangon… “did you call me, what!? bring it” (just joking)

15. Bananas

Bananas are sold all over Yangon, often from big baskets connected to bamboo carrying poles of bicycles.

The man on the side of the bicycle, I’m not sure what he was doing, but happened to be a random picture of him looking like he was about to fight – but he really wasn’t luckily!

Guavas in Myanmar

Guavas on a bamboo carrier

16. Guavas on a bamboo carrier

Throughout the streets of Yangon, one of the most common methods of transporting produce is by a double basket bamboo pole carrier.

That way, one can balance their load, and set down, or re-located, at just a moments notice.

Guavas

Sprinkling the guavas

17. Watering fruit

This man is giving his guavas a quick sprinkle to make them shine and look nice and fresh.

Mango testing in Myanmar

You better taste test your fruit before you buy!

18. Mango taste test

This mango vendor was offering a sample of her mangoes to a potential buyer.

Yangon is just overflowing with fruit, baskets of mango, guava, durian, pineapple, watermelon, apples, grapes… the list goest on. There’s an abundance of fruit – especially during the time of year I visited (July / August).

Market in Yangon

26th Street Market – a nice downtown market in Yangon

19. 26th Street Market

Although you’ll find produce being sold randomly at nearly every corner or street throughout downtown Yangon, there are some streets which are actually market streets.

26th Street, across the main road from Little India, is a great market street where you’ll find all sorts of produce, seafood, and meat.

fish at the market

Fresh fish at the market in Yangon

20. Fresh fish

Fish plays an important part in the diets of many – especially in the coastal regions of Myanmar – and Yangon is close to the coast. Tilapia, small pomfrets, and numerous other small fish were available in abundance.

Notice the cat food tarp used to display the fish… no, these fish are not cat food!

Market in Yangon

Weighing the fish catch

21. Weighing the catch

The fish vending in the markets in Yangon quite reminded me of scenes I saw at markets in Kolkata, where many vendors used hand scales to weigh fish.

Thein Gyi Market

Thein Gyi Market is the market on 26th street in downtown Yangon

22. Fish vendor at Thein Gyi Market

This fish vendor at the market had a nice selection of large and fresh looking fish.

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Evening purchase to take home and cook

23. Fish in the evening

Not only did I see fish being sold at the market in the morning, but in the afternoon and evening you’ll find random fresh fish stalls set up all over town.

Buy some fish, and make a nice curry at home – that sounds delicious.

Bitter melon in a basket

Bitter melon in a basket

24. Bitter melon in a basket

One of my personal favorite vegetables, both the way it tastes and the way it looks, is bitter melon, or bitter gourd.

In Myanmar, I saw some of the most beautiful looking bitter gourds ever, they were nice shades of green, and had crazy looking bumps.

This bitter melon vendor had just finished her last bite of noodles when I took the shot.

Chickens in Yangon

Squeeze past the chickens

25. Squeezing through

When you’re walking around Yangon, you’ll undoubtedly need to squeeze through some tight spots. Sometimes through people, sometimes through cars, or chickens.

This lady attempted to squeeze between a parked truck and some chicken, hoping not to get any chicken juice on her shirt (I squeezed past just a minute before her… and I got a little chicken juice on my shirt!).

Railroad market

Railroad market

26. Railroad market

I mentioned above that one day while we were in Yangon, we took the circular railroad route.

Many of the stations were quiet with not much going on, but at Danyingon station, all of a sudden we stopped right in the middle of a massive produce market, full of vegetables, people, and a rainbow of colors and life.

Yangon book vendors

Poster and book vendor in Yangon

27. Posters and books

One my previous visit to Myanmar back in 2011, I thought it was quite interesting how I passed numerous Justin Bieber posters along the roadside.

Such is still the case, there are many shops lined with posters of babies, celebrities, and other random things.

Areca nut

Betel leaf mouth chew, filled with areca nut and often tobacco

28. Areca nut, betel leaf

Chewing areca nut is wildly popular in Myanmar, and on the streets of Yangon, you can’t go more than a few meters without seeing a dealer.

Drinking tea in Yangon

Tea stalls are one of the main joys of Yangon

29. Tea stalls

Of all the things that are important and beloved in Myanmar culture, tea and socializing (which go hand in hand) is pretty high on the list.

I think one of the joys of visiting Yangon is sitting on one of the miniature plastic tables and stools, and drinking tea with friends and family.

Tea and snacks in Myanmar

Here’s a view I remember vividly

30. Street tea and snacks

Pictured above is one of the most common sites that I remember while spending time in Yangon.

Everywhere you go, you’ll find tiny plastic tables and chairs, often in a bright purple or red color, ready to be used as a table for tea and snacks.

Laphet thoke

Laphet thoke, also know as tea leaf salad

31. Laphet thoke – tea leaf salad

One of the most widely available and popular Myanmar salads is laphet thoke, made from pickled tea leaves.

Tea originates in northern Myanmar, and people are not only obsessed with drinking it, but also eating it… and it’s incredibly delicious.

Yangon street food

Quick and tasty street food snacks in Yangon

32. Quick street food snacks

You’ll find street food in abundance scattered throughout Yangon. Just grab a plastic stool, order what looks good, and in just moments it will be ready.

Many people grab multiple quick street food snacks on the go in Yangon.

Tofu thoke

Tofu thoke, Burmese chickpea tofu salad

33. Tofu thoke – Tofu salad

When you see that yellow block of what looks like a wheel of cheese, it’s actually probably tofu made from chickpea flour.

Order a dish called “tofu thoke” or tofu salad – that includes creamy slices of tofu mixed with kaffir lime leaves and fried shallots in a light dressing.

Delicious mohinga

Mohinga, the national dish of Myanmar

34. Mohinga

Considered the national dish of Myanmar, mohinga is a bowl of rice noodles covered in a fish broth that’s somewhere between a soup and a curry.

The flavors of mohinga are wonderful, and it’s a dish you have to eat when you’re in Myanmar. Mohinga is available at both street food stalls and restaurants, and I got this particular bowl in a parking lot near Sule Pagoda.

Myanmar street food

There’s an abundance of street food snacks in Yangon

35. Other street food snacks

The list of street food in Yangon could go on and on, there are not only many things to try, but there’s an abundance of street food available everywhere you look.

This version of a Myanmar dosa was a a thin rice crepe topped with vegetables and peas and served on a colored piece of newspaper (not sure how healthy colored newspaper is, too bad they didn’t have leaves).

Yangon, Chinatown

Yangon, Chinatown

36. Yangon, Chinatown

Chinatown, located from 24th – 19th streets in downtown Yangon, is one of the many places in Yangon that’s famous for street food.

During the evening you’ll find lots of restaurants and street food stalls for a bite or feast to eat.

things to do in Yangon

19th street is barbecue street in Yangon

37. 19th Street Barbecue

Known as the barbecue street, 19th Street in downtown Chinatown Yangon, is a side street that’s lined with restaurants serving barbecue and beer.

Burmese curry

Curry feasting in Yangon

38. Myanmar curry

Among the many things to eat in Myanmar, a few feasts of curry are always in order.

Burmese curries tend to be a bit on the oily side, with a layer of oil often on top, but the flavors are fantastic.

Burmese curry meal

A feast of different curries

39. Myanmar curry feast

I had quite a few Burmese curry feasts on my latest trip to Yangon, but probably the biggest meal was at Feel Restaurant, one of the most famous in the city (more to come).

goat curry in Burma

I couldn’t get enough goat curry

40. Goat curry

In Thailand it’s not always easy to find goat.

There are a few restaurants that have it, mostly Halal restaurants, but other than that it’s challenging to find. So in Myanmar I tried to get my fill of goat curries.

This goat curry at Feel Restaurant tasted quite similar to that marvelous goat curry at Yusup Pochana in Bangkok.

Pomfret

Rhakine style pomfret curry

41. Rakhine food

On my last meal in Yangon, seriously on my way to the airport, I stopped at Minn Lann Seafood restaurant, a place that many had recommended to me.

Minn Lann specializes in food from the Rhakine state of Myanmar, and mostly seafood dishes.

This pomfret, curried in Rhakine style, was excellent.

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There’s a pretty high chance you might get lucky too!

Bonus

There’s nothing quite like walking down the street and being startled by a warm splatter down the top of your forehead.

There are lots of pigeons in Yangon, and it’s always possible to get lucky!

Conclusion

Yangon is an exciting city to explore, with such an abundance of street life and unpredictable experiences waiting to be had.

When you visit Yangon, make sure you keep a flexible schedule, a positive attitude, use care crossing the streets, and have a great time exploring this wonderful, colorful, and multicultural city.

(Many more food stories and videos to come from my recent trip)

 

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Comments

  1. Jon says

    In December I’ll be in Thailand but have a 4 day period set aside for something different – I may have just found my 4 day adventure! Thank you Mark!!

    • says

      Hey Jon, yah that would be a great idea. There are so many flights available for good rates from Bangkok to Yangon. Hope you have a wonderful upcoming trip to Thailand.

  2. Barbara says

    So nice to see these photos! I was there just a month ago and yes, saw the majority of these photos myself! So refreshing to see them again! Yes, love these colors and people! The best trip!

  3. says

    Hey Mark now you are surpassing yourself………..
    This is the type of information have been waiting from you for the last few years.
    Your photographs are “great” insomuch it shows the “real”Myanmar,the feel of the country and the people of the country going about everyday life,for me this is what travelling Asia is all about !!!!
    Could go on and on how much I enjoy you and your “wife” experiences of different foods and countries you both have visited .
    Thank you both so much………………..
    Always take care and stay safe.

    Steve………..

  4. says

    Really nice post thank’s! We don’t get see a lot of pictures coming out of Myanmar and these appear to show it as it is, a lot like other major cities in SE Asia but different. Now they have relaxed the visa rules, we may just give em a visit in the near future. Been based in Mae Sai “Thailand” on the Burmese border, Myanmar has always been a place I want to go explore, trekking down to Bangkok to fly back to just a few kilometers from where we came on the other side just did not make sense with so many other countries to visit, which we visited, flying down to Bangkok and exiting in Mae Sai makes it feasible. The curries look good………… so close and I can’t get a decent one within 200k

    • says

      Hi Neale, thank you very much. Yangon is quite close to Bangkok, but it just has a totally different feel to it. How long have you been living in Mae Sai? Hope you can visit Myanmar in the near future. This trip I only had time to visit Yangon, but I would love to explore more of the country in the future as well.

  5. says

    hi mark, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING. you are an inspiration. I live in mexico and two guys are walking under the trees as one of
    the birds does his job on the head of one of the guys. he says to his friend “que tengo EN la cabeza” what do I have IN MY HEAD.
    the friend replies “mierda”=shit ! then the one with the poop says “no on the outside.” in Spanish “en” can mean “in” or “on”

    • says

      Hi Bill, great to hear from you. Haha, thanks for sharing that joke. In the US, I do have a lot of Spanish speaking friends, and I do remember some of my buddies interchanging in and on.

  6. Manohar Vaniya says

    Mark
    It’s great that you have given all the details of Yangoon/Myanmar
    Make me feel to Visit The country
    I love those foods that are sold in Yangoon streets
    MV

  7. says

    Mmm. Street food. Could use some right now.. But I guess it isn’t so bad as Bali will be in less than 10 days. I’m going to get sick of nasi goreng really quickly I think!

    A great bunch of photos there Mark!

    Cheers,

    Ken

  8. Nash says

    Hi Mark I see you really enjoyed Yangon, and I am sorry to see you got lucky. Yangon is a great city. Did you manage to go and visit the Massive reclining Buddha?

    Best regards
    Nash

  9. Camilla says

    I would love to go there next year,. I’m a black woman and I hear that black people are mistreated there. Do you know of any instances of mistreatment of black people from the USA?

    • says

      Hi Camilla, thank you very much, and glad that you’re thinking about going to Myanmar. I’m sorry, I guess I honestly don’t have information (or experience about that). But what I can tell you is that people are extremely friendly, and the culture is very respectful.

    • D Dee says

      Hi,. I am sure that nobody will mistreat you because of your ethnicity or color. Its Buddhist country , they won’t oppose your looks & religion at all. In fact, they are very happy to see people from other countries. Just respect people & people will respect you.

    • Barani says

      To Camilla, Burmese will just stare at you or any foreigners, regardless of color, even to Asians. They perceived me as other Asian foreigner instead of Burmese-speaking gal who was born in Yangon (Rangoon), since I’ve been living in CA. Very few Africans/American Africans visit there compare to other Westerners. I only saw a couple African soccer players in Yangon during the most celebrated water festival in mid-April of 2010, and none in Yangon or other cities (Bagan, Mandalay, Inle, Taungyi) on my two other visits (2000 & 2002). Now that visa is easier, things may change slowly. Buddhists, Hindis or not, Burmese are friendly or hospitable in general. Do expect that they will rip off foreigners. Food is cheap and excellent, esp if you love Thai. Public transportation sucks, which is either too crowded or slow.

  10. says

    Mark,

    Thank you for your pictures and description of Yangon, Myanmar for an on the street assessment of the place.
    I am sure that you would agree, that there is no comparison to Bangkok.
    Bangkok has such a vast selection of food; Bangkok appears to be well advanced compared to Yangon in respect of hygen and the women appear much more fashionable as well as pretty in Thailand compared to Myanmar.
    I know that Myanmar has only recently been a kind of open place but the high prices of property and assets are not justifiable for what the place has to offer now or in the future.
    Thailand – Bangkok wins hands down and I cannot see that changing in the next 20 years.

    • says

      Hi John, thank you very much. To me, it’s so interesting how Yangon is a city that’s very close to Bangkok (I think it might even be closer than Chiang Mai), yet it’s SO incredibly different from Bangkok – from food to culture to infrastructure. Myanmar definitely has some work to do, by way of infrastructure and development, but I think they are moving forward.

  11. Glenn says

    Great photos Mark and Ying especially the food. Have not been back to Burma (Myanmar) since my parents migrating in 1971. Planning to go back in a few months. Going to be a great trip for me since I can still remember my child hood days in Rangoon (Yangon) and Mandalay.

    Burmese curries do have a unique taste being a mixture of Indian and Thai spices and especially their unique snacks such as Laphet thoke, Jin thoke, all the deep cried puffs, Tofu thoke. Makes my mouth water.

  12. jamal shanade says

    Nice pictures and food but ,i am wondering is it safe for a muslim to visit rangon? Becouse of the fighting between the budist and the muslim minority.

    • says

      Hi Jamal, thank you very much. I’ve heard a bit about the situation, but I’m honestly not too familiar with the current details, so sorry I can’t fully answer your question. Do you have plans to visit?

    • Saw says

      Hello … Jamal , You don’t need to mention that you are Muslim and be frightened about it. Everyone is welcome in our Country.
      There maybe conflicts between Buddhist and Muslim things but Everything is okay and normal go as our daily lives unless you are shouting out or priding that you are Muslim. We only don’t like our Military Government. Peace .

  13. says

    Hi Mark, love this post. Fantastic pictures as usual – this really does make me want to make the trip, might be a while before I make it that way though!

  14. Col. Dan says

    Great Pictures-My wife and I have tried for the last two years to go there from Thailand. We will make it for sure as we travel to Ubon Ratchathanee, Thailand
    from 12 Oct 2014-11 Mar 2015. Hope to see you there! 😉

  15. Khin Win says

    Great post with great pictures! It’s awesome that you went to all these local places!! To help with the questions above, Burmese people are so kind to tourists doesn’t matter the religion or color. People treat the same to all visitors. And on the comment about black people, I’ve never heard of anything like that before. I’m pretty much surprised to see the comment myself. For what it’s worth, Burmese people love Mr. Obama!!! His first visit to Burma in 2012 was such a proud history to Burmese people.

    • says

      Hi Khin, thank you very much, and thank you for your valuable input on these questions. I can vouch that the people I came across and interacted with in Yangon were very friendly and kind.

    • jamal shanade says

      Thank you khin appreciated after all we travellers are not into the internal affairs of a country .i am just for the good time and away of the rutine daylige live where i came from.

  16. says

    Great photos Mark !! I went to the Myanmar Embassy in Washington DC 4 times over the last couple years and the consulate in NYC a couple times. I was trying to give them a free WordPress custom website to replace the embassy site they have that looks like it was made by a 13 year old in the 1990’s. The embassies and the consulates are afraid to do anything without being ordered to do it from the home office. I got nowhere. Oh well, I tried. The place reminds me of Vietnam in the early 1990’s but they have a lot of cars and trucks where Vietnam had a lot of motorcycles. Can’t wait to visit… especially after seeing your super pics !!

    • says

      Thanks Mal, and good job for trying, it seems like immigration and embassy websites are the last to ever update their sites. Hope you can visit in the future.

  17. David Kemp says

    Great photos Mark! I have been following your posts for some time now and always enjoy them. My wife & I have been to Phuket & Krabi (wonderful place) in the past and are traveling to Penang, Chiang Mai & finishing up in Bangkok during October, this year. We find that your videos, ebooks and posts give us a great head start to our travels…thank you very much for your efforts.

  18. says

    Very nice photos! Your post actually proved that visitors are very welcome in Myanmar now. They are starting to open their doors to the outside world! Gone are the days when visiting the said country is out of the question because of their political landscape / turmoil.

    Honestly I was skeptical before if Myanmar is a tourist-friendly place because it is not frequented by tourists AKA not a ‘mainstream’ part of a typical Southeast-Asian backpacker’s trail, but it is one of the places in the world that I badly want to see. Thanks to your post, you actually proved that travelling in Myanmar is (as simple as it sounds) doable.

    • says

      Hi Jan, great to hear from you. In the past year or so, Myanmar has really opened up and has changed quite a bit. I can tell you for sure that many of the people, once you’re in Myanmar, are extremely friendly, and very kind. I hope you can explore Myanmar in the future.

  19. says

    Great photoessay Mark !
    As alway your food photos looks particularly colourful, fresh and delicious.

    Coming from you, would be interesting a video talking about street travel+hygiene; you know, there are many travellers wondering about what can eat or not, what is fresh or not, what is safe or not. Maybe you can have interesting insights about it.

    Keep up the good work!

  20. says

    Has anything changed?
    I was there 1977.
    They never tooted horns or drove with lights on in case it wore out the batteries .

    Did you try to meet “the sherif of Rangoon”?
    I told u about him some time ago.
    If he is still alive. He was the biggest precious stone dealer back then. And wore a ten gallon USA hat.
    Now that would be a great interview.

    • says

      Hi Max, great to hear from you. Haha, I’m sure it’s changed a bit since then, but probably not as drastically as a city like Bangkok has changed since the 1970’s… but I’m sure there will be some big changes in Yangon in the next 10 years.

  21. says

    Great photos! My first trip to Myanmar was around 4 years ago before they really started to open up to tourism. No atms, no mobile calls and barely any internet. I loved it and Myanmar quickly became my favorite spot in Southeast Asia to recommend to my friends.

    I took a trip back to Yangon a few months ago to see how things might have changed, as it’s really opened up to the world. Now, atms are much more common, mobile calls & internet companies are online, though internet is still excruciatingly slow.

    I took the circular train- your train and street photos make me reminisce, and I miss eating the goat curry. I must go back!

    • says

      Hi Jae, thank you very much. I also visited a while back, maybe 3.5 years ago prior to this visit, and yes, no atms, and I think I tried to get online for 2 weeks and had zero luck at all. Things have definitely changed and opened up since back then, but it’s still the same beautiful place. Glad you took that train rice and also love goat curry too!

  22. Nick B says

    Hey Mark !

    So glad you posted these photos ! I have always wanted to visit Burma, now I am convinced !

    Thanks for bringing the world that much closer !! Always enjoy your food blogs ! Stay safe !

  23. Win Myint says

    G’Day Mark!

    The post is very nice with amazing photos. Beauty, you did a great job, good on you, mate!
    Glad to see that you had an awesome time in Yangon. Did you have a chance to see around Mandalay (second largest city) and other areas?

    These photos remind me of my days in Yangon, especially food hey. Thank you for bringing about Rangoon to people’s attention.

    There are also a few beaches for someone who wants to get away from city life. I can’t wait to go back. Look forward to see you more colorful and yummy food photos from you!

    Thanks again for your hard work. Take it easy, mate!

    • says

      Hi Win, thank you very much. We had a great time wandering around Yangon, but unfortunately, on this trip I didn’t have time to go to Mandalay or other areas of the country – I would love to in the future. Do you have plans to go back soon?

  24. Maril E says

    Thanks for sending the pictures and it brought back many great memories. I was there in March, 2013 and visited Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay for a week. The people there were so friendly and the food was amazingly good. This will always be on the top of best places I visited and so glad I went before the infrastructure changes in the near future so I recommend that people go there very soon. The loop train ride in Yangon was so fascinating especially watching people getting on and off the train with their fresh produce.

    • says

      Hi Maril, fantastic, thank you for sharing about your experiences, and glad you have such great memories of your visit to Myanmar. It’s such a beautiful country with so many amazing people.

  25. Suvro says

    Reminds me of the local markets in Kolkata where I grew up. However, it also reminded me what I disliked so much about the wet markets – they were never clean, especially the fish stalls, the chicken stalls, and the goat meat stalls. Often rain would leave a thick layer of mud on the floors, and it would always smell bad.
    At least the major markets in Europe are much cleaner and inviting.
    The variety of produce is similar to what we get in Bengal, and has some additional ingredients that are more used in Burmese and Thai cuisine like kaffir lime. Bengal has a cousin of that called the Gandharaj (literally perfume-king), but it is always the lime that is used, rarely the leaves.
    Another interesting contrast is that the use of noodles stops on the Bangladesh/India borders with Burma. There are some noodles like seviyan, but not the way noodles are used so frequently in Southeast Asian cuisines all the way east to Japan!
    While Burmese, Thai cuisines use potatoes heavily, most Chinese dishes don’t. I wonder why that difference exists.

    • says

      Hi Suvro, thank you for reading. Actually, when I was walking through the markets, I did get some flashback to Kolkata as well, especially the way fish was sold. Thanks for your interesting input on ingredients. Are you living in Europe now? How often do you go back to visit Kolkata?

  26. says

    We have enjoyed your videos for a while now, thanks for all the interesting posts. I was wondering, though, what is on the cheeks of quite a few people in the pictures?? I have my theories, but I just am not sure!

  27. says

    It seems that most travelers are rushing out of Yangon to other parts of the country as soon as possibel. When I arrived in Yangon I was quite tired from traveling and I lingered there unintentionally for a few days. I really enjoyed exploring the city, eating, and discovering the busy life of Myanmar’s biggest city. I would recommend other travelers to stay in Yangon for a few days as well.

    • says

      Hi Stephen, thanks for checking this out. I fully agree with you, and to further prove your point, even though there has been such a huge rise in tourism in Myanmar in the last year, walking around the streets in Yangon, I rarely came across any other tourists. Glad that you stayed a few extra days and enjoyed the city as well.

  28. Chanaka says

    It is very cool…….. they are culture and food more smiler to Sri Lanka. Good photographs. I like to travel there.

  29. Kyaw says

    Hi,
    No. 41 ‘Rakhine’ food is misspelled (not Rhakine).
    Rakhine dishes are the most popular in Myanmar.
    You all should try ‘Minn Lann’ Restaurants for a variety of dishes including fresh seafood and great dessert.

  30. Rahul says

    Looks like you really enjoyed yourself Mark. The buildings and streets seem like a mix of parts of Kolkata & Mumbai. I think I must try 19th street. Nothing like a good beer :).

  31. says

    Wow, this looks such a vibrant city! We were pondering about going there when we were staying in Chiang Mai but chose Laos instead.
    Is definitely on our list, though. Thanks for sharing these shots, Mark!

  32. says

    Great post, Mark. It’s definitely on my ‘Places to Visit’ list. I love visiting temples and will surely include a trip to the Golden Shwedagon Pagoda – looks amazing!

  33. says

    Incredible pictures, they brought back so many wonderful memories of my few days there earlier this year. I loved Yangon, colourful and vibrant with so many great old buildings and the people are so beautiful.
    Thank you!

  34. john obrien says

    hi mark.
    can you suggest a comfortable place to stay in yangon? budget would be good if under $ 50 per night for 2.we will be there october.thank you.can’t wait to try those foods you sourced here.

    • says

      Hi John, good to hear from you. I didn’t get to research too many places, but I stayed at the Hotel K Yangon, I think I paid about $60 for a double room – but it was really nice, and a great location.

  35. David Law says

    Ko Mark,
    Kyay Zu Tin Bar Dair for all these lovely photographs of my home town which I’ve visited only once before in the past 30 years. I hope to go back there for college and high school reunions this winter. I hope you will visit other places in Burma, too. Buy a lottery ticket because getting a bird dropping on your head is considered very lucky.
    David <drlawd@yahoo.com.

  36. Barani says

    Thanks for sharing beauty and highlights of Yangon! You did an awesome job! Try to visit Bagan (land of temples), Inle (houses in water), Mandalay (old temple, but nothing compare to China’s Forbidden City) and beaches. See if natives still wear cloths in water at the beaches.

    • says

      Hi Barani, good to hear from you, thank you for checking out these photos of Yangon and glad you enjoyed them. On my next trip to Yangon I really hope to travel around the beautiful country.

  37. says

    How I wish I met you while you are in Yangon. Most of the places you went around the city was where I grown up. Especially your no. 5, That was in 29th Street (lowest block)… I used to live in that street. The decaying brick from that building has fallen down and killed a pedestrian woman. Government has ordered to torn down the building and rebuild it instead of properly restoring it. But the residents there refused to moved despised the danger they are facing by living there. It’s complicated case. (I think I am being long-winded here… haha)

    I have been following your youtube channel, facebook and blog ever since 2011 since your first trip to Myanmar.
    I think next time you should take your time and explore other parts of Myanmar. There are a lot of amazing difference foods in each part of Myanmar.

    I watched your video last night again and I quickly go and made Laphat thoke at home… LOL…

    • says

      Hello Lu Lu, thank you very much for sharing. That’s a sad story, but hopefully things will begin to improve, and cleaned up or renovated for safety.

      Thank you for following along, and you are very right, I really hope to explore more parts of Myanmar on my next trip. Have you been able to travel all around Myanmar?

  38. says

    Lovely pictures bringing back great memories of our trip to Myanmar last year. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to Yangon (lots of other spots though!) so it’s nice to see what we missed there! We just loved the people of Myanmar, so warm and sweet. Hope you had a wonderful trip.

  39. Peter Tran says

    Dear Mark

    I love how you document everything in Yangon. This is such a great resources for my future trip if I ever cross Yangon. I am wondering if transportation is difficult (in term of transfer from 1 city to another and the language of native speaking), accommodation seem to be expensive in Myanmar. I am wondering those two problems that I been researched are true. I believed that people are friendly everywhere in Myanmar right? Do you know if they are somewhat speaking English or completely a “No No”

    Thank you

    • says

      Hi Peter, I’ve been to Myanmar twice now, but both times I’ve just had time to stay in Yangon, so unfortunately I haven’t yet explored other parts of the country. Accommodation is higher than expected in Myanmar at the moment due to the boom in tourism, with not enough supply of hotels. Buses and trains are pretty common, though may not be all that comfortable, so for bigger cities I think it’s pretty easy to get a flight. Hope you can visit Myanmar in the future!

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