Yangon is a beautiful crossroad of culture. It is a fascinating rendezvous of Chinese, Indian and Burmese from all regions. The city has so many things to offer for its visitors from shimmering pagodas to unique British heritages.
Here is my top favorite things to do in Yangon
From the first time I visited Myanmar in 2012 till now, this pagoda is still on my list of Yangon must-sees. Shwedagon has a rich history dated back to 6th century. Its thousand year old story is reflected through golden spires, spacious praying chambers where local believe they shrines Buddha relics.
The best time to see Shwedagon is probably sunset when it is not hot and there are loads of locals coming to practice Bhuddism.
Shwedagon is always listed in any Myanmar Travel Itinerary
Take a Rickshaw ride in Yangon Downtown
The rickshaw of Yangon is different from many others you may know. It looks like a side car without engine. For about $3, you can ride through busy streets of Indian quarters with a friendly rider.
The ride is best either in the morning when the street market commences or at night when the smokes from BBQ shops flies into the air.
Drink with view from Sakura tower
Nowadays, there are many luxury hotels with stunning city views however, back to the 2012, Sakura lounge was the best place to enjoy such moment. For me, it is still the best option to sip a cocktail then point your camera toward Shwedagon pagoda. The music is quite good as well.
Try Burmese Tea House
Culturally, tea houses serve not only snack or drinks, they offer a social stop for office workers as well businessmen to meet. During the lunch time, the tea house is full of people who carry their own full and seeking for some extra salad or foods.
Having a break at a local tea house is a perfect way to observe local life. Do not forget that Burmese coffee is very sweet !
Karaweik Dinner & Cultural Show
Although, this dining experience is designed more for the tourist than local, it adds a good value to your trip in Yangon. For the price from $25/ person, you will have chance to sample the fine Burmese foods while enjoying some traditional performances like puppetry, elephant dances, etc… Another thing I should mention about Karaweik is its picturesque lake view. If you are a photographer, you should not miss it.
Yangon Heritage Trust Walking
A very intrigue free tour proposed by Yangon Heritage Organization to show the wealth of British Colonial Architect remaining in Yangon.
The guide is able to introduce us the diverse history of each building and how they survive in such city.
Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda
Known for its giant reclining Buddha, Chaukhtatgyi reminds me a little part of Grand Place in Bangkok where a reclining Buddha statue locates.
The attraction is good not only for photogenic chances but also to learn about Buddha life.