You will have a multitude of things to do in Yangon Myanmar, the largest city and former capital of the Golden Pagoda Country. The city of Yangon is full of colors, energy, hospitability and impressive attractions. Besides common tourist activities in the city such as visiting Shwedagon Pagoda and Sule Pagoda, buying souvenirs at Bogyoke Aung San Market and enjoying cuisine in China, we recommend above other things to do in Yangon.
1. Night market at Maha Bandula road
Located on the main road leading to the Sule Pagoda, the night market full of noises and smells may not attract you at first sight. However, if you like a night like and are interested in Burmese street food, a visit to the market will be one of the best things to do in Yangon at night. Here you can eat local food, drink traditional Burmese beer (called Myanmar) and even try fried insects!
2. Yangon Circular Railroad Ride
Trains are a common means of public transportation throughout Myanmar. The Yangon Circular Railroad stops at 39 stations and takes about 3 hours to complete its 50-km journey.
Taking a train ride is a great way to learn about the life and culture in the outskirts of Yangon during your Myanmar travel. A highlight of the ride is Danyingon station where there is a huge market full of fresh vegetable, located almost in the middle of the route.
How to get there: The train departs from Yangon Central Railroad station, about 10 minutes walking from the Sule Pagoda.
Open hours: Trains leave from Platform 6, about every 30 minutes – 1 hour starting in the morning
Price: 300 Kyats ($0.30) for a ticket
3. Chauktatgi Buddha Temple
Also known as Chak Htat Gyi Buddha Pagoda, this is the most well-known Buddhist temple in Bahan Township, Yangon. Visiting the temple will be a must among things to do in Yangon Myanmar if you want to contemplate the famous Reclining Buddha, one of the most revered and largest Buddha images in Myanmar. The image is 66 metres (217 ft) long; its crown is decorated with diamonds and other gems, and the feet are etched with inscriptions showing the symbols and characteristics of the Buddha.
There are a lot of floor space surrounding the Reclining Buddha where a lot of people having lunch with their friends and family. Join them if you want to chat with friendly locals and better understand their spiritual life.
How to get there: Taking a taxi from central Yangon for 2,500 Kyats ($2.53)
Open hours: All day and night but daytime is best
Price: Free entrance
4. Walk around Yangon (on Foot)
This is one of the most interesting Yangon things to do as it’s full of something new and unexpected. You just never know what you’re going to find, see, or experience when you’re randomly walking around in a city like Yangon.
Businesses of every kind, relaxing tea stalls, busy street food stalls, markets occupying the sides of sidewalks and streets filled with myriad of colorful produce, temples of various religions… and that’s just the beginning of what you’ll see.
Exploring Yangon via a walking tour will give you the opportunity to notice the details of what’s happening here and there, or to stop and watch something interesting. The downtown of Yangon is such a busy place, and although it may look a little disorganized, somehow the city functions and flows. Just starting walking around the streets of downtown, you’ll see life unfolding in front of you. However, be careful crossing the main roads; traffic in Myanmar and some other Southeast Asian countries is always chaotic.
5. Eat Myanmar food and drink tea
Eating local Myanmar food and drinking tea is one the greatest things to do in Yangon during your Burma tours. You literally can’t go more than a few steps without arriving at the next street food stall when walking down the street in downtown Yangon. At all corners are interesting things to eat. One of the most popular dishes in Myanmar cuisine is called Mohinga, a bowl of rice noodles submerged in a fish based soup broth which is full of flavorful ingredients and spices. In addition, the delicious tea leaf salad and curries are also very characteristic dishes of Yangon cuisine.
Tea plays an important role in the social culture of Myanmar, and basically, every sidewalk throughout Yangon is occupied by tea stalls. All you have to do is to find an empty plastic stool, order a snack and tea will be served complimentary. Drinking tea on the side of the road and watching the busy city is one of the great joys of visiting Yangon.
Do not miss the things to do in Yangon Myanmar mentioned above as they contribute to the diversification and attraction of the city.