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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Things to do with family in Yangon

One of the most intriguing holiday destinations, Yangon occupies an almost mythical quality owing to its tumultuous political history.


Look into Activities in the City

From shopping to experiencing popular activities, visitors should also make allowances in both time and costs for exploring Yangon's activities. Must-experience highlights include scouring through a fresh market where local produce and daily curios are on sale. Thiri Mingalar market and the fresh markets in the downtown area as well as the Thein Gyi Market are also must-visit hotspots as is the Bogyoke Aung San market. Hopping on board the Yangon Circular Train Ride is another popular activity while exploring Yangon's Chinatown on foot is a great way to discover the local culture.


Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda

Opened to the world in recent times this historic city brimming with possibilities offers travellers with the first look at the country formerly known as Burma. Exploring the religious treasures of Yangon makes an important part of the things to do in this part of the world, for every nook and corner of this city is decorated with something spiritual. Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most sacred sites for Buddhists is a good place to start at. This is about 325 feet high and is decorated with 27 metric tons of gold leaf and thousands of gems as well as diamonds. . This glittering site featuring stupas, statues and temples is a place constantly ornamented by monks engaged in everything from meditating to offering flowers. . The main terrace of the Shwedagon Pagoda can be reached by four stairways. The ideal time to visit is at dawn when the area is at its most tranquil and cool. Sunset is also a great time to visit if you wish to take photographs; when the sun is making its way down illuminating the temple complex in a background of sheer perfection. . For those particularly interested in the historical side of this temple stay at Yangon hotels within easy reach of the site so you can plan a visit here. One such option would be Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon.



No holiday in Yangon will be complete without exploring the city's culinary delights and its finest dining hubs. Although the country's cuisine is not as famous as most other Asian cuisines, its cuisine is undoubtedly delicious and best enjoyed in the streets of Yangon. Some of the most coveted dining hotspots include the Kosan Café, Acacia Tea Salon and Shwe Sa Bwe. Le Planteur is another staple stopover for tourists while Burmese food lovers must dine at the Feel Myanmar Food restaurant and The Green Elephant Restaurant in Yangon. If you visit downtown Yangon, you will be able to enjoy a delightful feast of street food at the many stalls that are located against the colourful colonial buildings. Tea with flatbreads, samosa with salads and refreshing drinks are offered at amazing prices at these street stalls.

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