Things to see and do
This is the third of Yangon's "three pagodas" and though less visually striking, has some intriguing history. Botataung pagoda is the lesser known of “the three pagodas” of Yangon. While it may not not have the flare of Shwedagon or the stature of Sule, inside its golden-leafed walls is laid ... read more
This almost-century old market is the market to visit in Yangon, offering antiques, artworks, gems, clothes and almost anything else you can think of. If you visit any market in Yangon, make it the almost-century old Bogyoke Aung San Market, where you'll find slowly dying black market money ... read more
Sule Pagoda is the golden glowering heart of downtown Yangon (Rangoon). Nestled in the middle of two of Yangon’s main traffic arteries, which meet up in a roundabout that encircles around it, the pagoda is just one stupa and a stunning key city landmark. The pagoda is said to house a hair of ... read more
The most sacred and revered pagoda in Burma (Myanmar) is Shwedagon in Yangon, standing proud on top of Singuttara Hill in between People’s Park and Kandawgyi Lake. The giant golden dome stupa is the city's most prominent landmark and is a must-see on every travel itinerary. Legend has it that the ... read more
The lake and its surrounding gardens is a great place for a picnic -- shed the anxiety of Yangon traffic and ease earache from horns with a walk through the tree-filled park. One of two prominent lakes in Yangon, Kandawgyi Lake translates to “great royal lake” and was created during British ... read more
What’s the best and cheapest way to see the city of Yangon (Rangoon)? Trishaw? Nope! Take the local Yangon circle train for a half-day, up close and local experience. Your wallet and the trishaw driver’s knees will thank you! Clickety-clacking through 29 miles of bumpy track in true ... read more
Yangon's Gem Museum and Mart, comprised of three floors of gem shops topped by a single-storey museum, is worth a look to get a feel for how bountiful Burma's lands have proved to be. While the country's largest sapphire and ruby has been transferred to the capital Naypyidaw, what's for sale here ... read more
The largest lake in Yangon hosts numerous activities and restaurants and is a worthy way to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. During your journey from the airport to downtown Yangon (Rangoon) you'll see rows of colourful umbrellas and well-manicured gardens. Hiding ... read more
Standing grand in north Yangon (Rangoon), Kabar Aye Pagoda is an ideal spot for meditation seekers or for those who prefer a serene pagoda experience. The pagoda shares an entrance with the State Pariyatti Sasana University, Maha Pasana Cave and a large lake. Translated as "world peace", Kabar Aye ... read more
For something a bit different at the end of the day, why not try a sunset boat cruise on the Rangoon River? There's no really spectacular sites as such -- apart from the sunset itself if you're lucky -- but it does give a different vantage point over downtown Yangon and the waterfront area. Boating ... read more
It may not be worth going far out of your way to visit the Central Railway Station but this spectacular building is impossible to miss and one of downtown Yangon's most iconic structures. Unless you're actually catching a train, it may not be worth going far out of your way to visit the Central ... read more
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