Spending Time in Yangon Myanmar (Burma)
Over the past few years
Myanmar was on our list to visit mainly because of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda (The Golden Pagoda) located in Yangon, and also more recently because we had heard about Bagan. (You can learn more about reaching Bagan here).
Myanmar & Britain have a long shared history together and Dan was also really excited to see if there was still some connections with history and more modern-day values. In the UK we still refer to Myanmar by its older name Burma and the capital Rangoon, with the Burmese people seeming to also respond to both.
Where Should You Spend Time in Yangon?
Yangon has enough to keep you busy, we recommend spending 2-3 days in the city, allowing you to stroll at a good pace and soak up the local atmosphere.
Shwedagon Pagoda (The Golden Pagoda)
Probably one of the most incredible structures in the world, that we have seen and experienced. Over the centuries pagoda’s on this site have been destroyed but it’s impressive that no matter what, the people rebuild.
Officially it named Shwedagon Zedi Daw, but its also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda. Not only is the structure impressive in height, piercing through the sky, it’s also mounted on a hill with at least four entrances allowing you to walk up and around this beaming golden structure.
Our favorite entrance, located at the very south, had us walking up (what seemed like) hundreds of long steps but the pay off when you get to the top is awesome. If you can’t make the stairs a lift has also been build on the southern side too.
Visiting this beautiful Pagoda is a complete must when you visit Myanmar, give yourself time to take a slow walk around, stop look and witness the preys and rituals, and take some pictures. Just remember to dress appropriately it is a religious site.
More Places to Visit
We also recommend you go and visit the following places:
-The traditional market place in the center and throughout the streets
-Pagoda walking hunt in the center (& Holy Trinity Anglican Church)
-Ride the circle line train that loops the city!
-Walk around the peoples’ park
-Take a long wander to Inya Lake (north of the city center)
-Enjoy the food!
Where to stay in Yangon! – Accommodation Tips
– Luxury – ParkRoyal Yangon – You don’t need to spend more for absolute luxury in Yangon, ParkRoyal has both great facilities and reviews, one to check out and consider!
– Mid – Merchant Art Hotel – We stayed at this beautiful hotel and we were made to feel at home instantly. Really great views of Shwedagon Pagoda, perfect to watch at sunset or night.
– Budget – Backpacker (Bed & Breakfast) – Stop! You have to check out this awesome accommodation and if you’re not convinced, or on the fence about the decision, read the reviews.
Where to Eat! Yangon
– Coffee – easy Cafe & Gentleman Coffee Roasters – Cute little cafe north of the traditional market place. Nicely decorated, a great place to sit and get a good coffee.
Lunch / Dinner:
– Aung Mingalar Shan Noodle Shop – You’re going to find more than noodle soup here, and it’s all really tasty food! Recommend you get the plate of dumplings, we still dream about these dumplings.
– Shan Kitchen – Not to be missed! Close proximity to Aung Mingalar Shan Noodle Shop but it’s a different style completely, get yourselves upstairs if you can for real traditional feel.
– Jana Mon – Further outside of the main town but this little restaurant is a beauty. The owners are very friendly and the quality of food on offer is really great.
How many days do you suggest for Yangon & Myanmar to see to main tourist sites?
For Yangon two days would be best to ticket off the more popular sites at a good pace. In terms of a trip to Myanmar anything from 10 to 30 days, it’s a great country to see, experience and explore.
Happy travels, Dan & Fani