What to do in Downtown Yangon

Doing in Downtown Yangon

Yangon! is the starting point for most trips to Myanmar! This is our travel guide with the best sights and activities as well as practical tips! It is a good way to learn more about the different cultural groups in Myanmar. On the other side of the Yangon River from the centre of Myanmar's largest city, you will find a wonderful mix of attractions in the bustling township of Dala.

A half-day tour of downtown Yangon gives you the opportunity to explore the charming city in a completely different way.

In Yangon 10 activities

The Yangon is today a favourite destination for shoppers and buddhistic pilgrims thanks to the huge improvement of the country's infrastructures through an investment of moneys. There is no better place to go and we are here to help! Here are 10 things to do in Yangon.

Situated in the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, the most famous Buddha sanctuary in the Bahan Islands citieship, this huge 65 metre long Buddha will take you there for a 3 taxi journey. Yangon cannot be visited without visiting this 105 metre high, 2500 year old sanctuary.

This is one of the most holy Buddhist places in the worid, decorated with 27 tonnes of the Gautama Buddha's eight hair and many other important relicts. Lovers of Burma's historical heritage will not want to miss this five-story artefact, artwork and treasure collection on the riches of Burma's civilisation past and present.

Observers and the countryside provide a good view of the everyday life of the Myanmar but there is also a handy feature as it will stop at many of the city's main sight. You will also find a barrel of jewellery and apparel stores as well as grocery stands and even a money exchange shop.

There are five must-do acitivities

Finally, the locks of Myanmar, a land of 55 million people, are open to the outside community. The majority of the crowds come to Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the biggest town in the land, to enjoy the huge cultures and gorgeous golden stupas that sprout into the skies. Burma itself is a mystery, as you might think in such tumultuous civil commotion ( "You will remember Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Ski, who has been under home detention for most of her life).

The wide, golden-leaved peaks that predominate the Yangon countryside cannot be overlooked. Sule Pagode, over 2,000 years old, is a truly touching view in the centre of the city. Inside, as in the Buddhist Myanmar custom, one pours the Buddha, which depicts the days of the weeks on which one was borne. The 70-year-old Bogyoke Aung San Market, constructed in 1920, is a huge bazar that hosts everything from marionettes and woodcarvings to tapestries to colourful textiles and the popular Longyi's (sarong-like tubes made of cloth carried by men and women).

Yangon's Chinatown is noisy, bustling, hilarious, messy and absolutely genuine. In the alleyways you can see the best folks strolling down, avoiding the parasols or sitting in a packed café with a glass of ale. There are a number of gastronomic delicacies on the fair, such as the delicious grilled barbecue and walnuts, as well as delicious local products such as fruit, vegetables and seafood.

Outside you can discover the busy markets where the merchants sell outdoor dishes from imposing open-air cuisines. While you are running through the town, you will have the feeling of going back in history, past imposing fracturing structures standing behind barriers in various states of dilapidation, shelling, ghosts and perhaps not too much longer (although the Yangon Heritage Trust is on the case).

Don't miss the former Myanmar Railway Headquarters, the magnificent Immigration Building (once the elegant Rowe & Co shopping mall) and the breathtaking Baroque  secretariat, where General Aung San was murdered in 1947. Leave your dining area and discover genuine Myanmar flavors such as the savoury local cuisine, morning meal, lemon grass seafood broth and tealeafs.

Delicacies like crispy roast Garlick, ricotta cheese, roast peanut and limes are part of the local tradition. The Monsoon Restaurant offers Thai, Kambodian, Namibian and Lao food in an open, two-storey downtown banque . Drink a lemon grass martyr and order the Thai veal Thai crème and freshly boiled vietnamesian cakes. Away from Yangon's turbulence lies Le Planteur.

Think of an old farmhouse with a summer residence, often frequented by celebrities such as Mick Jagger and the Swiss president. Led by Eric Eppisser, a Michelin star cook, the meal is French-Asian merger. Tall tee is a pleasure and lunches are about egg roll, morning roll, morning roll and a burmesian speciality ohn no knauk swiss, a chickens and chocolate bar.

Sitting in an old villa off the well-trodden paths is the Green Elephant. Grab a barbecue dinner in the backyard under a baldachin and try some of the delicacies such as homemade pasta, barbecued lobsters, lopheth thai (pickled lettuce ) and lentils. Rinse everything with a large, cool Myanmar glass of ale and look at the gifts store before you go.

Don't miss the vibrant feel of Myanmar foods. Begin with tasty thokes (spicy salads) and make room on your dinner plate for lavish servings of hazelnut rices, narabrot, shrimp red wine and stewed beef. She' s traveling for the dinner.

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