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Things to do in Rangoon
Shiny golden palagodas, walnut chewers and busy markets: all in a one-and-a-half day's work in the former Burma's government. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, was the capitol of Myanmar (Burma) until 2006. In the midst of this faded fame, shiny coupons are standing, barefooted natives munching and spitting walnuts and friars in lilac outfits.
It is one of the surest towns in this part of the globe, and although there is too much to see to do in 36hrs, we have put together this route to help you see some of the immense attractions. Breakfasts in the typical Myanmar way with a savoury dish of pasta to send you on a discovery trip for a whole night.
The Sule Pagoda is your first stop after your breakfasts and is located in the heart of the busy town. Constructed in 1920, it has all kinds of interesting things for you to sell, among them fabric, herbs, chili, tropical fruit and the omnipresent Betelnuts.
There are over 2,000 stores, so you won't be able to see everything, but it's a great place to enjoy the ambience and take some gifts with you. You will go to a facility named Feel Myanmar Food for dinner. It is the ideal place to taste a range of genuine Myanmar dishes, and the real food experiences there are also enjoyable.
In the afternoon, you' ll be taken to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most popular of Yangon's many attractions. It can' t be missed, because it is seen from all over Yangon. It is said that there has been a stupa in the same place for 2,600 years, and it is an unbelievably holy Buddhist site.
Wrapped in diamond and surrounded by gleaming golden leaves, it is said to contain eight Gautama Buddha and three other former Buddhas' hair. If you are tired of this particular place, hike to the Volkspark and enjoy the wonderful view of the pagoda as the sundown.
Indulge in an evocative evenings with dinners, beverages and a nocturnal look at the sparkling Yangon light from the top of Sakura Tower. When altitudes aren't your thing, try the Seven One One restaurants on Anawratha Road, where you can taste tasty meals somewhere between India and Burma for just $1.50.
Rise early and start your last day in Yangon with a Yangon River tour. From $50-$60 (the cost varies depending on the number of passengers) you can discover the Yangon waterway and take an alternate look at the Shwedagon Pagoda.