Bursting onto the South East Asia travel scene over the past few years is the stunning city of Yangon.
Nestled on the bustling banks of the Yangon River and boasting a charming colonial Downtown, and infinite opportunities for adventure, Yangon has something for everyone. Immerse yourself in culture at the unmissable Shwedagon Pagoda and marvel at the fascinating Kyauk taw Gyi. Take a break and enjoy a relaxing afternoon cooling down at the breath taking Kandawgyi Lake.
Make sure you’re one step ahead of future Myanmar tourists with a visit to the incredibly rich archaeological town of Bago. Set to become one of Myanmar’s ultimate cultural destinations, this little-known town is a must see. Best explored by bike, grab your bicycle, get ready for an adventure and join us exploring this remarkable city.
From history to culture, delicious street food to endless adventures, Yangon provides the perfect introduction to this unforgettable country.
Laying to the north of the Yangon River and the first stop for many on their Myanmar adventures is Yangon’s infamous downtown. With its historical colonial buildings dating back to the 19th century, there is no better place to take a stroll. Be sure to visit the Minister Office, dating back to 1902, the neo-classical High Court building in the heart of downtown and once you’ve worked up a thirst, there is no better place to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea that the Victorian designed Strand Hotel. Dating back to 1901, today the Strand is one of the most iconic 5-star hotels in the whole of Asia.
At the heart of the grid of streets lays the impressive Sule Paya. Its impressive gold stupa towers at over 45 metres tall and most definitely should not be missed on your downtown explorations.
Kyauk Taw Gyi
Carved in Myanmar from one single piece of marble in 1999 makes the huge seated Buddha figure at Kyauk Taw Gyi unmissable.
The impressive 25-foot-tall Buddha statue is located on Mindhamma Hill, 14 kms northwest of downtown Yangon and arrived from Myanmar, to Yangon by boat. Today it is one of Myanmar’s most impressive and most scared Buddhist sites.
If you fancy escaping the noise of the city for a day, the close by Kandawgyi Lake measures 5 miles in circumference and offers the perfect spot to stretch your legs. Initially designed as a reservoir to provide a clean water supply to the city during the British Colonial administration, today it offers a welcome retreat from city life and is one of Yangon’s most remarkable green spaces.
3kms northwest of downtown is home to Yangon’s most impressive landmark and religious site, the Shwedagon Pagoda. With its incredible giant golden stupa and many other shrines surrounding it, Shwedagon Pagoda promises to take your breath away. With a story dating back centuries, and a legend that claims the pagoda was originally built to house eight hairs of the Buddha, it’s easy to understand the religious importance of this incredible site.
Visit in the evening, at sunset for the ultimate atmospheric experience and join locals and tourist a like in a clockwise walk around the site.
91 kilometres northeast of Yangon in the direction of Mandalay sits the untouched, yet upcoming town of Bago. Dating back to 825 A.D, Bago is one of the richest, most vibrant archaeological sites in the whole of Myanmar.
Perhaps its most notable site is the incredible reclining Buddha, Shwe-Tha-Lyaung measuring in at a magnificent 55 metres long and 16 metres high.
Don’t miss the Shwemawdaw also known as the ‘Great Golden God Pagoda’ of Bago, with its impressive spire built in 8th century by the Mon. The pagoda reaches over 23 metres in height and is visited by pilgrims from near and far, all hours of the day and night.
Bago is home to several impressive pagodas housing sacred Buddha images. From the 4 seated Buddhas at Kyaik Pun Pagoda built in 1476AD to the giant reclining Buddhas at Mya-thar-lyaung and Shwe-thar-lyaung and the smaller, 64 seated carved Buddhas at Shwegugale, Bago really does offer a magnificent opportunity for cultural immersion.
Along with impressive pagodas and Buddha images, Bago is also home to Kanbawza Thadi, the famous palace of King Bayinnaung. The founder of the second Myanmar empire and dating between 1551-1581AD this inspiring palace remains under reconstruction and is set to become one of Myanmar’s most incredible and most visited tourist attractions in the future.
Take a visit to Bago and enjoy authentic, traditional immersion into one of Asia’s most fascinating cultures.
Food and Drink
There is no other place like Yangon to indulge in the country’s eclectic and delicious cuisine. This multicultural city sees a mouth-watering fusion of typical Myanmar Shan and Bamar dishes mixed with staples from India, Thailand and China.
Wander the streets of Downtown, Chinatown and Little India to stumble across the perfect restaurant spots. Explore Yangon’s many street markets on the northwest end of Downtown and join the locals dining at tables on the street and at local beer stations.
Pop into one of the city’s many teahouses for a cheap lunch of curries and local dishes, and refresh with impressive ranges of Myanmar teas amongst the bustle of daily life in one of these authentic watering and eating holes.
Yangon’s eclectic cuisine is sure to excite the senses.