11 Fun Things To Do When You’re in Yangon, Myanmar

By Mark Wiens 135 Comments
Things to do in Yangon, Myamar
View of the Sule Pagoda from downtown Yangon – Here are a few things you should do during your visit…

Yangon is one of Myanmar’s most busy and exciting cities…

…And I think it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves; It’s a city that’s full of character, with so many interesting things to do, see, and eat.

This list of attractions doesn’t include everything there is to do in the city, but I think it’s a mixed-bag list of attractions and offers a good start, or place to begin exploring the city.

But like I mention in nearly all articles I write, it’s not so much about the famous things to do in any city, but it’s more about just experiencing the city, the life, the culture, the things that happen along the streets and within the nooks and crannies — Yangon is no different, and it’s a wonderful place to walk around on foot and see what there is to see (you’re bound to discover many things).

Watch the video now…

This article goes along with the video, so if you have a good enough internet connection, you should first watch the video here, and then you can get more details about each attraction I featured in this article.

*At the time of writing this, the exchange rate was just about exactly 1,000 Myanmar Kyat to $1 (1,000 MMK = 1 USD)

Shwedagon Pagoda
One thing you must do is visit the Shwedagon Pagoda

1. Shwedagon Pagoda

Without doubt, the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most important religious sites in Yangon, and all of Myanmar.

The golden chedi of the pagoda, which reaches a height of 99 meters, is visible throughout the city, and it shimmers in the sun with its incredibly golden surface. I could hardly even look at the pagoda without squinting my eyes, there was so much gold!

The Shwedagon Pagoda is a very well preserved heritage monument, and a sacred religious pilgrimage site for many Buddhist followers in Myanmar.

When you’re there, you’ll see people performing a series of rituals according to the day they were born, and people will also walk circumferences around the base of the pagoda.

One of the interesting things, things to dream about, is that on the top of the pagoda, within that little golden umbrella looking thing that’s called a hti, is gold, jewels, and thousands of diamonds. Though there are some binoculars on one side of the pagoda, unfortunately it’s still hard to see the beauty of the top umbrella of the pagoda.

A visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the things you must do when you’re in Yangon.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to the Shwedagon Pagoda from downtown Yangon is to take a taxi. From downtown, we caught a taxi for 2,000 Kyats
Open hours: 4 am – 10 pm daily (but closed on certain holidays, check website for details)
Price: 8,000 Kyats ($8.11)

things to do in Yangon
I love to walk through the fresh markets in Yangon

2. Local fresh market

Probably my favorite way to experience a city, other than by eating, is through visiting a local fresh market – which is of course – directly related to eating. So in the end it all comes back to food.

But anyway, I think visiting a local fresh market in Yangon is one of the top things to do. You get to experience so much local life, and see what goes into the local food, which is a major part of life.

Back when I visited Yangon in 2011, I took the trip out to Thiri Mingalar market on the outskirts of town. It’s one of the largest wholesale distribution markets in the city, and it’s a great place to visit if you want an action packed market experience.

However, even within downtown Yangon there are plenty of fresh markets. One of the most notable is on Street 26, across the street from the Shri Kali Temple, known as Thein Gyi Market.

One of the interesting things about this market in Yangon is that, despite the busyness of the market and vendors selling in the middle of the road, small delivery vehicles will still pass through.

When an oncoming vehicle comes, the vendors will scurry to move their things aside, but the low laying baskets of food will remain, and the vehicle will drive right over them.

It reminded me of the Maeklong train market in Thailand (one of my first videos I ever made).

Sule Pagoda
Sule Pagoda – religious, historical, and Yangon city landmark

3. Sule Pagoda

The Sule Pagoda is not only a religious and historical pagoda landmark in Yangon, but it’s also a city navigational landmark as well; It seems that all roads in downtown Yangon eventually lead to the Sule Pagoda.

The area is also home to numerous government buildings and offices, and a center for bus and road transportation.

The Sule Pagoda is not only recognized and cherished for its long history, but in the more recent history of Myanmar, the pagoda has served as a strategic space for politics, rallies, and protests.

If you pay the entrance fee of $3, you’ll have the chance to enter the gates and see the pagoda up close. However, there’s not really much to see inside the pagoda (it’s not as impressive as the Shwedagon Pagoda), so I actually think it’s better to just see the Sule Pagoda from the outside and explore the area around it.

How to get there: If you’re in central downtown Yangon, you really cannot miss the Sule Pagoda, it’s the main roundabout intersection right in the middle of downtown
Open hours: 6 am – 8 pm daily
Price: $3 for entrance into the pagoda

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At the front of Bogyoke Aung San Market

4. Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San market, also commonly known by its former name of Scott Market, was built in 1926 under a design from the British colonial period.

On the outside of the market are a number of European looking cobblestone streets with shops housed and either side, and there’s also a large indoor section that’s setup more like a bazaar.

Honestly speaking, I’m not a huge fan of the market itself, it seems to me to be a little on the touristy side, and prices are little high as well. But that being said, it is a good place to come if you’re looking for jewelry (just use discretion), Burmese dresses and fabric, souvenirs, artwork, or handicrafts.

There’s a large selection of things to purchase all in one area, and it’s a nice clean market in a good location.

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Feast on 19th Street Chinatown Yangon

5. Chinatown Yangon – Eating and Walking

Chinatown in Yangon usually refers to the area of 24th through 18th street, west of the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon.

It’s one of the busiest and most action packed areas of town, especially in the evening when the sides of the streets teem with food vendors selling everything from fresh produce to ready-made things to eat.

20th street is known for its Chinese food like rice congee and grilled pork skewers.

19th Street is known as the barbecue street, a side road that’s lined with Chinese restaurants that have glass cabinets full of all things skewered ready to be chosen and barbecued up. Just grab a table at one of the restaurants, choose the skewers you want, and relax as your food is cooked.

Ying and I ate at Shwe Mingalar, mainly because they had a nice selection of food available. The grilled skewers were alright, but I actually enjoyed the stir fried dishes (which I ordered off the menu) even better.

19th street is also a famous relaxing night-life destination, a place where both tourists and locals come to drink and hang out.

How to get there: If you’re staying in central Yangon, it’s pretty manageable to walk to Chinatown. From Sule Pagoda it’s about a 10 – 15 minute walk and the toughest part is crossing a few main streets
Open hours: For the market and food, it’s best to go to Yangon Chinatown in the evening, about 5 pm things start to get buzzing
Prices: Ying and I ordered a feast of barbecued meat, fish, prawns, and I had a beer, and our total bill came to about 20,000 Kyats ($20.22), not extremely cheap, but we did get a lot of food

Kandawgyi Park
Kandawgyi Park offers a beautiful break from central Yangon

6. Kandawgyi Park – walk around, relax, have a drink

The downtown area of Yangon is chaotic, hectic, and there never seems to be a quiet or dull moment.

That’s quite the exact opposite from Kandawgyi Park, one of the lush green lake parks in Yangon.

There are a couple of different options to take when you visit Kandawgyi Park. On the east side of the park, there are a number of restaurants, including the Karaweik Palace, but also a few other lake-side relaxing restaurants where you can eat and have a drink (Ying and I ate at Malihku restaurant). The entrance price to this area is 300 Kyats ($.30).

The other section of Kandawgyi Park is the lake boardwalk, a nice elevated platform where you can walk or exercise with beautiful views of the lake, the Karawiek Palace, and the Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. If you go in the evening, on a nice day (when it’s not raining), you’ll have a fantastic sunset view of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Visiting Kandawgyi Park is one of the great things to do in Yangon because it’s such a change of pace and a haven of calm in the usually buzzing downtown of Yangon.

How to get there: It’s easiest to take a taxi from downtown Yangon for 1,000 – 2,000 Kyats
Open hours: 4 am – 10 pm daily
Price: 300 Kyats ($.30) for restaurant area, 2,000 Kyats ($2.02) for boardwalk

Chaukhtatgyi Paya
Chaukhtatgyi Paya is a giant reclining Buddha in Yangon

7. Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Chak Htat Gyi Buddha) – Reclining Buddha

Chaukhtatgyi Paya, which is also referred to as the Reclining Buddha, is an absolutely massive 65 meter long reclining Buddha. Originally there was a standing Buddha statue in the same place, but about fifty years ago it toppled over, and was eventually replaced with a reclining version.

The Buddha is housed in a giant metal shed, that reminded me of an airplane hanger (it’s so big). The crown of the statue is decorated with diamonds and other gems, and the feet are etched with inscriptions showing the characteristics and symbols of the Buddha.

There’s a lot of floor space surrounding the Reclining Buddha, and when I was there, I noticed a lot of people having lunch with their friends and family. I wanted to join.

There’s another famous temple, directly across the street from Chaukhtatgyi Paya, called Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda, that you can also visit if you’re interested.

Tip: You have to leave you shoes at the entrance, and there’s a polite shoe rack guard who will take care of your shoes – what I liked is that the shoe guard doesn’t pressure you to give a tip, but there is a tip jar at the front if you wish to give a small donation.
How to get there: Taking a taxi is about the only way to get to Chaukhtatgyi Paya and from central Yangon it cost us 2,500 Kyats ($2.53)
Open hours: All day and all night – 24 hours, but daytime is best
Price: Free

Yangon attractions
If you love history, don’t miss the National Museum in Yangon

8. National Museum of Myanmar

I have to say right off the bat that I’m personally not a huge museum person. I do like to occasionally visit museum if it’s on a subject I’m really interested in, but for the most part, I like hands on museums better (aka. walking around a historical area of a city).

The National Museum was a little on the old side, and it could do with a re-model soon, but overall, I thought the actual collection at the museum was very interesting. There was a wealth of artifacts, religious relics, artwork, cultural explanations and ethnicities, and tons of golden objects from the royal courts of Myanmar.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Myanmar, and if you enjoy a museum type of environment, I would say visiting the National Museum is one of the worthwhile things to do when you’re in Yangon.

Tip: Just around the corner from the National Museum is Feel Restaurant (more info coming soon), a wonderful place to sample all thing Myanmar food. I ate at Feel Restaurant before walking over to the museum.
How to get there: The easiest way to get there from downtown Yangon is by taking a taxi, should be about 2,000 Kyats ($2.02) from central downtown
Open hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Monday and government holidays
Price: 5,000 Kyats ($5.05)

things to do in Myanmar
Taking the Yangon Circular Railroad

9. Yangon Circular Railroad Ride

Trains are a fairly common form of public transportation throughout Myanmar, and there’s a circular loop route in Yangon, which was built by the British back in 1954.

The circular railroad runs for just under 50 kilometers, stops at 39 station, and takes about 3 hours to complete.

Ying and I decided to go one day in the morning, and we arrived to the Yangon Central Railroad station at about 9:30 am. I think we had just missed a train departure, so we had to wait about 45 minutes for the next one, but that was fine with us.

Taking a ride on the Yangon circular railroad is not really a traditional attraction at all, but it’s a great way to experience and observe the life and culture in around the outskirts of town. I also liked that we actually left the main part of Yangon and got a brief glimpse of the countryside.

If you have a half a day to spare when you’re in Yangon, and if you’re interested in seeing the culture and life that surrounds Yangon, taking the circular railroad is a pretty cool thing to do.

My highlight of the ride was Danyingon station, which was almost in the middle of the route, where there was a huge market, full of fresh vegetables waiting to be transported.

How to get there: The train departs from Yangon Central Railroad station, which is located just north of the Sule Pagoda, in-between Sule Pagoda road and Pansodan street. I walked from the Sule Pagoda, and it took about 10 minutes.
Open hours: Trains should leave from Platform 6 (but the attendant will tell you exactly), about every 30 minutes – 1 hour starting in the morning
Price: 300 Kyats ($0.30) for a ticket

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I think walking around is one of the best ways to see the city

10. Walk Around Yangon (on Foot)

In a city like Yangon, you just never know what you’re going to find, see, or experience when you’re randomly walking around.

Other than eating, random walks are one of  my personal favorite things to do in Yangon.

Businesses of every kind, busy street food stalls, relaxing tea stalls, markets occupying the sides of sidewalks and streets filled with a colorful bounty of produce, temples of a diversity of religions… and that’s just the beginning of what you’ll see.

I was in Yangon at the end of July, when it was the monsoon rainy season, and though it rained like crazy everyday we were there, it was still so amazing to see the city thriving and bustling – rain or shine.

Exploring Yangon on foot, gives you the opportunity to stop and watch something interesting, or to notice the details of what’s happening here and there. Downtown Yangon is such a busy place, and though it may look a bit disorganized, somehow the city functions and flows.

I didn’t have a chance to do this myself, but there are also Yangon city walks hosted for free, if you are interested.

Make sure you are careful crossing the main roads, pedestrians by all means don’t have the right of way, so just be careful, but other than that, just starting walking around the streets of downtown and you’ll see life unfolding in front of you.

11. Eat Myanmar Food and Drink Tea

Myanmar is slotted between India, China, and Thailand, and the flavors of their cuisine have been influenced by this spectrum of regional diversity.

I think eating local Myanmar food and drinking tea is one the greatest things about visiting Yangon.

Walking down the street in downtown Yangon, you literally can’t go more than a few steps without arriving at the next street food stall. There are interesting things to eat being whipped up at nearly every corner.

One of the most popular dishes in Myanmar cuisine, available nearly everywhere you go, is a dish called mohinga. It’s a bowl of rice noodles submerged in a fish based soup broth that tastes like a mild curry, full of flavorful ingredients and spices.

Another Myanmar food you can’t miss when you’re in Yangon is laphet thoke, or pickled tea leaf salad. It’s a common dish that you’ll find at restaurants and at side of the street tea stalls.

Finally for food, a trip to Yangon would not be complete without a full on Myanmar curry feast. I went to a number of restaurants while I was in Yangon, specializing in curry of all kinds. Sometimes the curries can be a little on the oily side, but the flavors and the spices are so delicious.

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Drinking tea in Yangon

Another part of the food culture I love in Myanmar is drinking tea.

Tea plays a major part in the social culture of Myanmar, and basically every sidewalk throughout Yangon is occupied, at some point throughout the day, by a tea stall.

All you have to do is find an empty plastic stool, order a snack that’s available, and tea, which is Chinese style tea, is served complimentary. Drinking tea on the side of the road, sitting on a micro stool, is one of the great joys of visiting Yangon.

Safety Note: Hygiene is not always the greatest when it comes to street food in Myanmar, so you do have to use your own discretion, and try to choose food stalls that are busy with customers and where the food looks fresh. I particularly like the street food stalls just north of the Sule Pagoda around the backside of the Yangon City Hall, where there’s a high food turnover rate.

Where to stay in Yangon
Ying and I had a nice stay at Hotel K Yangon

Where to stay in Yangon

On my first trip to Yangon back in 2011, there was very little demand for hotels or hostels in Yangon as there was very little tourism.

Now, things have changed, and tourism is growing rapidly, so fast in fact that the infrastructure of Myanmar (and Yangon) hasn’t been able to keep up.

The demand for hotels, and not enough supply (though there are quite a few hotels), has overall increased the prices of room rates.

Ying and I stayed at Hotel K Yangon on our latest visit, and we were very happy with the room, the service, and the location was superb – highly recommended place. Our double room was about $65 per night, which is a bit high for SE Asia, but it was well worth it to come back to a nice room in a nice location.

Otherwise, have a search for other places to stay here.

*These links are under by affiliate account, so if you make a booking, I’ll get a small commission – it’s a good deal for you and me.

Yangon travel guide
What do you want to do when you’re in Yangon, Myanmar!?

Conclusion

One of the best ways to experience Yangon to its fullest is to just walk around with no plans at all and let the city flow around you.

When you’re ready to take a break, just join with the others by grabbing a red plastic stool on the side of the road, ordering a Myanmar salad or a plate of snack samosas, drink cups of hot tea, smile, and absorb the life and the culture of Yangon.

The friendly culture of the people, the delicious variety of food, some truly beautiful attractions, and the lively never-ending action of Yangon, are just a few of the many reasons you should visit.

Hope you enjoyed this video and article about some of the top things to to in Yangon. If you have any more suggestions, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Moshe

    1 month ago

    I found your article interesting and exciting. we had been to Myanmar in 2012, and are going back in two weeks. Your very well presented, readable piece will contribute greatly to our enjoying the visit. thank you

  • William

    6 months ago

    Your video was really very helpful. I just arrived in Yangon yesterday. Waiting to explore the place.

  • Stacey Polacco

    9 months ago

    I got in yesterday and couldn’t sleep from the jet lag..so I went to take a walk at midnight.. Right away a man offered to chauffeur me on his bicycle.. For 5000 kyat (I think it was over priced but it’s only $3.50 approximately and he bicycle for an hour..I didn’t mind paying.). I think it’s a great way to get around, it supports the local culture and it’s easy to see see a lot while also making stops.. It was also lots of fun

  • Veno

    9 months ago

    We are on a volunteer trip to Yangon. Your information and tips are invaluable

  • Maureen

    1 year ago

    Just arrived Yangon Am from Montreal Quebec Great guide to follow

  • Amy

    1 year ago

    Good story telling. Your writing style wont let me lut down my Ipad. Yoi are so respectful to your travel mate Ying, make me wonder if she going to be your travel mate on the other trips as well
    I will click the link of Booking place to stay and see if i any place hit on me. Hmmmm to suport your work.

  • Vorth

    1 year ago

    I’m in Yangon Now. Do love your sharing. I will take sometime on railway. Sound really interested
    thanks.

  • Aryati Sucitra

    1 year ago

    I am in Yangoon now, and wish to have good experience refer to your good experience. Thank you for sharing

  • Kat

    1 year ago

    We are heading to Yangon next month, I’m very excited about the hints and tips you have provided, especially the walking tour, thanks for your inspiration!

  • Jasmin

    1 year ago

    I plan to go Yangon. Who can recommend budget hotel near the city? Which place must visit? Any local tour to recommend?Thanks.

  • rina

    1 year ago

    I am going to Yangon May, thanks for the great list, it helps!

  • Denny

    2 years ago

    Great Insight mate, just arrived and spent a day in down town Yangon before heading to Bagan. Couldn’t agree more – random walkabouts are a fabulous way to soak in the bustling city. It’s an assault on the senses, in a wonderful way! We were accosted by some locals in Mahabandoola Garden though who pretty much demanded we give up our afternoon to go and teach students English. Even when I politely declined they wouldn’t go away and continued to question me why. Initially I was sceptical and angry (no one orders me about), not going to trundle off following strangers I don’t know where. I took a photo of theIr business card – English school address (167 Seikkan thar st). I might check it out if I have time when I go back as I always enjoyed teaching English randomly around the rest of south-east Asia. I think it’s a nice thing to do if you have time (so long as you keep safe). Did you experience this? Another notable moment was a restaurant we visited. The staff were so sweet trying very hard to provide a professional front of house service and failing! Organised chaos is how I’d describe it. They were so lovely though and we couldn’t stop chuckling as our waiter flopped around in his size 10 shoes (probably 4 sizes to big). The food and beer was good too by the way. Thanks for your sharing your experience. When I’m back in Yangon at the end of my trip I’ll be following some of your trails. Happy travels! Den

  • Layla Merza

    2 years ago

    Awesome blog and good to start with – thank you. We are currently travelling across Myanmur starting in Yangon and have already completed pretty much all of your recommendations in 2 days – great advice and totally agree the food market near city hall is fab. Cheers.

  • Zaw Myo Kyaw

    2 years ago

    I am a tourism student…thz u for joining our city and if I have a chance I want to show you another excellent places..

    • ansab

      1 year ago

      hi can u be our guide in yangon am visiting on 4th april 2017

  • Vicki

    2 years ago

    I am here at the moment, sent your film to family & friends in Australia to let them experience Yangon as we have. It’s dry here now so views are better and flies are all over the food. Thank you this was an excellent overview.

  • Haridas Somu

    2 years ago

    Hi….great piece of information. Super brief and surely will be following your
    route….Thanks much.

  • Andy Davidson

    2 years ago

    Great set of ideas and nicely written. I am waiting to join a survey vessel in Yangon and your article has given me some great starting points for adventure. Much appreciated.

  • Isabel

    2 years ago

    I came to your site coz I was looking for things to do on my own in Yangon. Traveling solo without plans but to just look around is the idea. Your post is very helpful in this case so I’m off tomorrow to Yangon 🙂

  • Luke Hitch

    2 years ago

    Thanks for tips – I’m off to Yangon tomorrow. As much as I’d love to try the street food, I’ve been told that there is a serious risk of gastro from the street food. What was your experience? Have you got any things to look out for with the street food?

  • Manik

    2 years ago

    its great article and video plan the Yangon. i will follow it

  • Mia

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark, Thanks for all the travel tips. My husband and I will be visiting Myanmar this Feb. Will surely follow your itinerary. You made it easier for me to plan our trip to Yangon. ..All the best! 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Mia, great to hear that you’ll be visiting Yangon soon. And thanks for reading, hope you have a fantastic trip.

  • Anne

    2 years ago

    Thanks heaps for the info Mark. 6 ladies from Australia are visiting for 5 days in April 2017. We want to see and stay on Inle Lake for a night but looks like a 12 hr bus trip. We were considering hiring a ute and driver to take us there and bring us back the next day. Any tips?

    • Rajasoe

      2 years ago

      From April 13th to 17th are water festival holiday. 99%of highway buses do not operate on these days. 1% will ask triple of normal price. Best way is hiring private taxi and charge double of normal price. You should avoid these days if you don’t like to get wet.

  • Hilda Ener

    2 years ago

    I’m Hilda. My husband and I have been in Yangon for 10 days and have been following your video advice and it has been so helpful. We did everything you told us. Now we are of to the seaside. Ngwe Suang for relaxation. Keep up the good work. Mark.

  • mareeS

    2 years ago

    We are back in Rangoon this February. can endorse the recommendation to do it on foot (despite the heat, just keep a wet washer from the hotel room in your bag).

  • Cathie

    2 years ago

    Thank you for your many travel tips. I’m at the Best Western Chinatown right now and am going to follow your suggestion to walk around and find some lunch

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Cathie, great to hear that. Hope you have an amazing time in Yangon.

    • Harry

      2 years ago

      Hi, considering booking this hotel for our trip to yangong in February. How would you rate it? Is it worth the stay? Any feedback would be great. Thanks

  • Lexi

    2 years ago

    Hi

    Thank you so much for your informative travel tips. I’ll take you up on all of them. I just booked a super cheap flight and have a small amount of time in the city but better to have gone and loved the city briefly than never to have gone at all.

  • Sue

    2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!Lovely video and will be heading to Yangon soon.

  • Joseph

    2 years ago

    I enjoyed this a lot. Thank you so much, I’m going to Yangon tomorrow.

  • Vira

    2 years ago

    I love your t-shirt! I’m up for anything spicy!
    Would love to try the circular train too.

  • Amy Daniel

    2 years ago

    Thanks Mark. Very helpful video and article with useful info and tips. It has helped me to plan my visit to Yangon later this year. Incidentally, I will spending 4 nights in Yangon. I have already booked a hotel which includes breakfast. How much Myanmar K should be take with me? Things seem to be cheap, but the money is so strange it is hard to be sure. Would appreciate your advice.

  • Doriann Tran

    2 years ago

    Great tips, Mark! I’m going there for the first time in 2 weeks after visiting Bangkok first! It would be awesome to have culinary tour with you in either city, but know you are extremely busy and popular now! I love your YouTube videos, makes me crave the dishes you eat! Thank you!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Doriann, great to hear you’re going to Myanmar after Bangkok. Hope you have an amazing trip.

  • KiskaBear

    2 years ago

    Good afternoon, I live in Alaska and am traveling to Yangon to visit a friend who is there teaching. I was very happy to read your list, as living in the land of trees and wildlife, it is pretty daunting to travel to such a highly populated area. Walking in the park to take a break from the city and taking the railroad around to see other parts of the area are both on my list now for things to do. Thank you for putting this list together!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Great to hear from you, and glad you’ll be visiting Yangon soon. Hope you have an amazing trip!

  • Nidhi

    2 years ago

    Thank you very much for this article and video.

  • Christian

    2 years ago

    Terrible Article. So let me get this straight, see pagodas, duh. Walk around on foot is one of your things to do, again, of course a tourist will do this. Walk and eat in Chinatown, see more pagodas. Wow such amazing advice that I would never think of or my hotel would have never told me about. Then you talk about how you don’t like one of the markets and don’t like history so you shouldn’t have an opinion on the museum. I can’t trust a word you said. You need to do a better job. Terrible article, I could have asked a cab driver what to do and got better advice. You’re supposed to give a secret or two, or something unique to do. This was so bad I had to write a response which I’ve never done. I’ve been to Yangon and these are the things that the airport or hotel brochures talk about. Look somewhere else for advice!!! d But I never ever thought to walk around on “foot” to see a city. You must have thought real hard on that one.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Thank you for reading and for taking the time to leave your feedback. I’m always learning. These are the things I was able to do personally when I was in Yangon, but not everything there is to do.

  • Anand Subramanian

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    I have come to work in Yangon. And your video reviews and articles have helped me out a lot in getting familiar with the place. Looking forward for more awesome content from you.
    Regards,
    Anand Subramanian

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Thank you very much Anand, and great to hear that you’re living in Yangon.

  • sompong sritatera

    2 years ago

    thanks for a lively and vivid information. will be useful to us when we go to RGN this weekend.
    big thumb up>>>>>>>>

  • Katherine Nelson

    2 years ago

    Great Blog!!!
    Myanmar is one of the world’s most diversified and culturally enriched countries. This place is well known for its aesthetic belief, spiritual profusion and religious sanctity. The places of attraction and various destinations are all marked with their separate exclusivity and they are bound to keep you entertained throughout your trip. To visit Myanmar, you can either go for the packaged tours that are available or simply plan your own tour for a rather more personal trip. But if you don’t want to miss a single place of attraction in this country, then packaged tours are your best options.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • serena

    2 years ago

    hi
    luv yr take on yangon. however there was no mention about what currency is commonly used. i hv read alot of conflicting views on the subject. what would u advice?

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Serena, thank you very much, Kyat are the official currency, and when I was in Yangon last time, I just went to an ATM, which worked well and gave me the on ground exchange rate.

  • Neelu

    2 years ago

    Hi , good one .Got some clarity about this place .I will be visiting yangon in june 2016 ,can you help me with places to stay .

  • Rufo Calvo

    2 years ago

    Hello. I found your video super helpful. My friend and I will go in early December and spend about 3 days only in Yangon. Has much changed since you made this video?

    Thank you so much and I’ll look at your hotel recommendations too!

    Rufo Calvo

  • Bhab Bahadur Ghale

    2 years ago

    Good presentation. Helpful info. I enjoyed watching your video.

  • Andrzej Brandt

    2 years ago

    came to yangoon today and im really glad that i found this website. btw – street food especially in the chinese district is blowing minds! thanks for advice

  • kp tourism

    2 years ago

    Hello Mark,
    You should choose open season (~Oct to April) to get better experience of city touring. It can’t compare the greatness of this season and that of rain season, much splendid, I guarantee. But, for sure, more cash need for traveling that period. However, your video clip of all about Rangoon shall be more than PERFECT..

  • kp tourism

    2 years ago

    hey…you are in Burma, not Bali. Good video clip but doesn’t complete deliver the sense of Burmese. Look like a boy wearing a skirt. Unmatched!!!

  • Susie Berelsman

    3 years ago

    Mark, my mom and I are going to Myanmar later this year. My best friend saw a show you did on Bangkok and recommended me to your site. This is fantastic!!! You give the best most valuable information needed by tourists. We are both seasoned travelers and these places, fees, need to know info are great to have in a short list to take with us. Can’t wait. I haven’t looked on your website yet for suggestions for the rest of Myanmar but we are trying to hit a few places Yangon, Lake Inle, Pindaya, Bagan, Mrauk U, Ngapali Beach…any suggestions off the bat? We don’t like real touristy places and enjoy the culture, people and food so much more than museums and strict guided tours. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Susie, sorry for the late reply, and awesome to hear you’ll be going to Myanmar later this year. So far, I’ve only been to Yangon, and haven’t made it to other cities. For Yangon, it’s a great city to explore, and you’ll find great restaurants. I like Feel restaurant for it’s range of different food. Hope you have an amazing trip!

  • Tena Marie

    3 years ago

    I found this very helpful. My husband and I plan to visit Myanmar next January.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Thank you Tena, glad this is helpful. Hope you’ll have an amazing upcoming trip.

  • Phyu Phyu

    3 years ago

    It’s fun to read this article and I appreciate it. I am a Myanmar student studying abroad in Singapore. All the eatings, especially mohinga( my Favourite traditional food, is of course my main reason to go back to Myanmar every semester.????????
    Have fun visiting Yangon, explore more next time.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Thank you very much Phyu. The food is amazing!

  • Seemaa makhija

    3 years ago

    I am visiting Yangoon from 2 to 4 feb
    Will send you my comments

    Thank you for all the information
    Regards

  • Ruth

    3 years ago

    Thanks for the nice write up and travel tips. This will definitely comes handy on my trip to Myanmar this May 🙂

  • Trish H

    3 years ago

    Love your videos
    They are always so real and informative – thanks for giving us a peak into Yangon before we got there.

  • hannah ginton

    3 years ago

    i think uour article is going to “save” my four day stay in yangon. i am by myself, first have to find good accommodation and then follow your tips. i was just about to cut my trip short.
    hope i find a good hotel. they are very booked now

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Hannah, great to hear that, hope you have an amazing trip!

  • Dominique

    3 years ago

    Funny I just stay in same room you show the photo. I go there before to see your web.
    For me not many thing to do here in Yangon,
    So I go back soon in Bangkok
    Here no bar, no disco (or JJ but not so good),….

  • brandon

    3 years ago

    i think from what i has seen so far it’s so beautiful i know i haven’t much in my time but if i could do it again i would like to try another place not America, i would like to try Yangon that is if it is no trouble at all but still i haven’t seen much of the u s but i am still hoping that something great would happen one day to me.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Thank you Brandon, I hope you can visit Yangon in the future!

  • Maureen

    3 years ago

    Just arrived in Yangon. Know nothing. Loved your video and intro…it made sense of what I experienced last night and rings true. Can’t wait to do the circular railway. Thank you.

  • eileen brown

    3 years ago

    Great video thanks – going there next month. Gave me a taste! of Yangon and stimulated my appetite and interest. Cheers

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Great to hear that Eileen, hope you have a wonderful trip!

  • John Williams

    3 years ago

    Mark,

    Very helpful—thank you. Going December 2. Do you have similar for Mandalay?

    Cheers

    John

  • Luann Bannister

    3 years ago

    Hello, I live in Edmonton Alberta Canada. I would like to travel to Myanmar in Feb 2026 Stopping in Bangkok for a few days and spending at least 1 1/2 weeks based in Yangon (onward to Mandalay and Inley Lake) and spend the remainder of the holiday at Ngapali Beach. I am having a heck of a time trying to figure out flights. Can you help?
    Regards
    Luann

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Luann, good to hear from you. Did you mean in 2016? Hmm, as for flights from Bangkok to Yangon, you can either check on Air Asia or Nok Airways. And then to Mandalay I believe you can check for either Air Asia or Air Mandalay. For Mandalay to Inle Lake, I think most people go by bus, but I think you might be able to get a local flight as well. Then finally for Ngapali Beach, my guess is that you’ll need to re-route back through Mandalay or even back through Yangon. Hope you have a great trip!

  • Adrienne Despott

    3 years ago

    A fantastic write up. Will be visiting Burma in December 2015. Curious to learn more. Thanks for the info.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Thank you Adrienne, glad to hear you’ll be going to Burma soon!

  • Jacq

    3 years ago

    I am now soooo ready for my trip to Myanmar!
    Thanks Mark!

  • Luís

    3 years ago

    top blog… very useful… Im going to start a travel aroud the world and so grateful for you information…

  • Jayce Cairo

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark!
    Great post!
    I’m just wondering how many of these could be done on just one whole day. Is there a certain combination you could suggest?
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Thanks!
    Jayce

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Jayce, great to hear from you. I think you could probably do all of these things in 2 or 3 days. Not really a certain combination I would recommend, but the only one you really need to plan for ahead of time is the Yangon Circular Railroad loop as that takes some time and arranging. Hope you have a great time in Yangon. How long will you be there?

      • Jayce Cairo

        3 years ago

        Hi Mark,

        Actually, I’m planning to do a crazy tour of 1 day in Bagan and 1 day in Yangon. That’s why I was wondering if you could suggest a set of spots to check out since I’d be really pressed for time.

        Thanks! 🙂

  • Norm Russell

    3 years ago

    What an innovatiove and informative compilation. We’ve been looking to spend a few nights in the region en route to Oz, either Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Koh Samui or Yangon; you’ve sold Yangon to us. I spent one week there (then Rangoon) in 1973 on the way overland bewtween UK and Oz, and little has changed it seems, although then I was a destitute hippy and spent most of the week in bed at the hostel with amoebic dysentery. So Yangon it is for us and a trip down memory lane for me…without the hourly change of underwear hopefully…

    Thanks for taking the time to make the compilation available to us all, so enjoyed it.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Norm, glad to hear you’ve chosen to re-visit Yangon again. Glad this article is helpful. I hope this trip will be better than the last time – have a great time!

  • Ferdi Alversado

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark Wiens 😀 Few weeks from, I will fly to Myanmar for a 2-week Entrepreneurship lecture with College students. Your input in this video file are relatively interesting and significant – and shall prepare me well in my saga there hahaha 😀 Thank you for sharing your experiences. Kudos to your blog 😀

  • Teoh

    3 years ago

    Thank you mark for the info. I will be traveling to Yangon on the 22nd of this month, staying there for four days. Planned to stay either in Best Western in the town area or Hotel Grand United which is located in China Town itself. Whats your recommendation? Thank you and have a great day.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Teoh, good to hear from you, glad you’ll be going to Yangon soon. The last time I stayed at Hotel K, it was pretty good, and very good location. Have a good trip.

  • juliana

    3 years ago

    good info for my next trip..thank you mark!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      You’re welcome Juliana, hope you have a great next trip to Yangon!

  • ANA

    4 years ago

    Great video .. thank you very much!! really great advice

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      You’re welcome ANA, thank you for watching and reading.

  • Kaylynn

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for the wonderful summary of Yangon. I am living in Yangon now and have seen many wonderful areas and things but this summary really captures the most significant. This weekend i have a couple extra days and decided to explore and I think I will start with the places on your list that i have not yet seen. 🙂

    Take care

  • Nay Htoo Ag

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    I enjoyed reading your amazing experience that u had in Myanmar and i m proud of it. Anyway, I want you to say is you should try visiting back to Yangon at Thingyan festival.

  • Lily

    4 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips! I fell in love with Yangon, its authenticity, laid back atmosphere and its gastronomy of course! One of the must see Pagoda I would add is the Botahtaung Pagoda, with the Buddha’s hair relic.
    Here is my compilation of not to be missed activities in Yangon, to complete yours – enjoy x
    http://foodinkl.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/myanmar-yangon-must-do/

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hi Lily, glad you enjoyed your visit to Yangon as well.

  • Ryan Martin

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark, the article has excellent information regarding the local food joints in Yangon. I am a big foodie and all time traveler. I just take my ride and travel all alone exploring new things of life. This is such an amazing blog and has provided quite a lot of information. Thanks for the information shared. Looks like you had a fantastic time at Yangon.

  • Lily Lau

    4 years ago

    Nice photos, Mark! Can’t stop thinking about that Buddha you showed us in that photo… 🙂

  • Backpacker Joe

    4 years ago

    Wow! Looks like a fab place… loving the giant reclining Buddha!

  • Francois

    4 years ago

    Great article! Myanmar looks so amazing! The buddha and the pagoda are just outstanding..

  • Francois

    4 years ago

    wow, amazing trip! Myanmar looks roots and so representative of the country 🙂

  • Stacy

    4 years ago

    Mark, thanks so much for this wonderful things to do in Myanmar list. My family and I were there for about a week in January this year. It truly is a wonderful place to visit. Thanks!
    Stacy

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Stacy, you’re welcome, and good to hear you enjoyed your time there!

  • Ryan Biddulph

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Absolutely way cool blog and post.

    We only visited Myanmar on visa runs from Thailand. We’d stay for a bit but want to do a long term trip soon.

    The people seemed a bit more reserved than in surrounding countries but I loved their energy. I also met a number of Burmese workers in Phuket, who worked at our favorite apartment/rental spot. The women were really sweet and I chatted with the groundskeepers, one of whom was fluent in English. Really hard-working, kind folks, who I enjoyed spending time with.

    From what I’ve heard things are really beginning to open up there, quickly, which makes it a bit more attractive to me. Not sure if I wanted to take all of my cash with me to the country, as I’ve heard that more ATMs are popping in in more urban spots. Again, when we were doing the crossings at Mae Sai and Ranong, it was in and out, way too quickly. Even then, we dug walking through the markets, taking in many wonderful sweets.

    Not sure if that’s true, though.

    Thanks for sharing the fun review. I’ll tweet this in a bit Mark.

    Signing off from Savusavu, Fiji.

    Ryan

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hi Ryan, great to hear from you, sorry for the late response. Thank you for sharing about your experience in Myanmar – I have to agree, the people are so friendly and hospitable. Yes, Myanmar in the last few years has really opened up for tourism, and the amount of tourists have really increased. On my first visit to Yangon back in 2011 there weren’t any ATM’s either, now there are many ATM’s throughout Yangon. Hope you’re doing well in Fiji.

  • bharati

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark.

    Came to know about you…from a youtube video on – Thukpa in Nepal…! My revolves around food 😀

    I love local markets, eat local cuisines……Oriental food are my favourite.

    Nice Blog!!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Bharati, great to hear from you, glad that you love to eat as well. Thank you for reading!

  • SaravanaKumar

    4 years ago

    I have added Shwedagon Pagoda in my must see list. I liked the photo of giant reclining Buddha. Superb it is.

  • Miriam of Adventurous Miriam

    4 years ago

    Great, comprehensive guide, Mark! As a tea lover, I especially like the tea stalls, which add a sort of homely atmosphere. I will definitely have to visit them when I make my way to Myanmar.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hi Miriam, thank you very much, glad that you love tea as well, you’ll definitely enjoy the omnipresent tea culture in Myanmar.

  • sacha @ The Beautiful Travel Hangover

    4 years ago

    Oh, how I want to visit Myanmar! My parents went there in February and loved it. I was amazed by all their stories and photos. This post is really helpful for my future trip there, which will definitely happen in the not too far future I hope 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Sacha, great to hear from you, hope you can visit soon!

  • Wink Phyo thu

    4 years ago

    You are so genius person. I never have been some of the places you mentioned and I don’t know where they are although I am a Myanmar.
    One thing may be Rangon is not my native town.
    But now, I have decided I will visit all of the places you said when I go back to my country.
    Thank you so much.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hi Wink, thank you very much. Are you living in Myanmar now?

  • Daw Lay Sann

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Great article and as a Yangonite, I love the city like you do. I appreciate what you have written but there are several things – if you could update your article, that would be great, no need to mention me.
    1. Shwe Da Gon Pagoda is open every day. The hours are right, from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. which is the standard opening time for almost all the pagodas. Note that they are not open all night except on special occasion. For Shwe Da Gon, such as the full moon of Tazaungdaing for the lights festival etc. But not always.
    2. Thiri Mingalar Market has been moved to another area. There is a big car lot there now where car owners or brokers can park their car all day to wait for those who want to buy cars. The new vegetables whole sale market is in Bayint Naung area, precisely at Padauk Chaung. 20 – 30 minutes drive.
    3. Chauk Htet Gyi Pagoda is not open all night. They close it around 10 p.m.
    4. Just for your information, there is a night market for fresh goods (from 3 to 4 p.m. to 8-9 p.m.) at 39th Street, upper block. For fresh markets, it is always interesting to visit 38th Market or Than Zay (in China Town) in the morning (from 6:30 a.m. to 9-9:30 a.m.)
    Anyway, I had fun reading your article! Maybe you can grow your list to hundred things to do in Yangon!

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hi Daw, wow, thank you very much for the additional info and input, that’s very helpful. I will update the content. Thanks again. I had a fantastic time visiting Yangon.

  • JB & Renee

    4 years ago

    “Probably my favorite way to experience a city, other than by eating, is through visiting a local fresh market – which is of course – directly related to eating. So in the end it all comes back to food.”

    That, in a nutshell, is why I love your blog. Awesome post as always Mark. 🙂