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Your first trip to Yangon – Top 20 tips

Fascinated by what Yangon has to offer? Then have a read through the following top 25 tips that are bound to come in handy during your travels in this thriving locale.

1

Go to the Shwedagon Pagoda

Arguably the finest area in all of Yangon is the gold coloured Shwedagon Pagoda which houses an impressive collection of Lord Buddha's relics and a 'must do' when in the city.

2

Visit the Sule Pagoda

A nighttime tour around the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon will have you in awe of its brightly coloured entrance and peaceful surroundings.

3

Call by Chauk Htet Kyi Pagoda

Well known for a 65 metre reclining statue of the Buddha, visitors to this pagoda ought to move towards the feet of this statue which details 108 symbols that refer to the lives of the Buddha before attaining enlightenment.

4

Spend time within Swal Taw Pagoda

At the center of this shrine is the tooth relic of Lord Buddha which is the main reason for any devotee or traveller arriving here.

5

Stop by Taw Gyi Temple

The compound which features the Taw Gyi Temple is renowned for showcasing finely crafted white marble elements which include a statuette of Buddha and white elephants.

6

Say a prayer at St. Mary's Cathedral

Considered Yangon's biggest Catholic church, tinges of greenery only add to the pageantry of this sacred shrine which allows for time to be spent in silent prayer.

7

Enter Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

The sole place of worship for Jewish faithful, this airy and well-lit synagogue can be located when one moves through Yangon's Indian District.

8

Polish off some Mohinga

Tantalizing your foodie senses beyond imagination, this rice noodle fish soup is a popular dish here with fried Mandalay beans or boiled eggs serving as a worthy accompaniment.

9

Anyone for tea leaf salad?

Savor Laphat as it is known can be found at any local food stall or eatery and cannot be missed out on for this salad is dressed with an abundance of sesame seeds, peanuts, and beans.

10

Oh for some Kyay-Oh!

This vermicelli soup is a treat that must be had before you leave the city. A choice of pork or chicken is offered and is best had hot.

11

Have a cuppa tea

Teashops are found throughout Yangon and it is not uncommon to find plenty of such establishments full to the brim. Popular choices include Pawt Seint and Cho Pawt that go well with a dash of condensed milk.

12

Breakfast at Shan Yoe Yar

Myanmar's Shan state will have you beginning your day on a healthy note. For quite an affordable price, you can tuck into a breakfast spread comprising fresh fruit, black coffee, noodle soup, and some salad.

13

BBQ and some beer

For all this and more, head over to Chinatown and 19th street to be precise where large quantities of your favourite BBQ and beer can be savoured well into the night.

14

Shop at Bogyoke Market

Your purse will not be the only thing that you will need here as the art of bargaining will have to be perfected in the event you desire to purchase souvenirs from this busy marketplace.

15

Learn of the locals' ways of life

For this purpose, consider spending some time during the early hours of the day at the wet market on 17th street. Move along narrow paths and encounter the freshest produce in the city.

16

Walk past Inya Lake

The largest lake in Myanmar is Inya Lake and it is well suited for all those who want to begin their day with a casual jog or a quiet stroll around these bountiful waters.

17

Go on a circular train ride

If you're wondering what exactly this is, then you will be pleasantly surprised that one of the best ways to tour Yangon is to hop onto its circular train that will have you at your next destination on your itinerary in no time.

18

Explore Yangon Gallery

Art lovers would find the spacious environs of Yangon Gallery a sight for sore eyes and if lucky, you may stumble upon the creative flair of the locals.

19

Visit Taukkyan War Cemetery

A somber mood prevails at this war cemetery which honours those brave souls who fought during World War II.

20

Find accommodation

In this case, a good hotel in Yangon must be considered. PARKROYAL Yangon is a pleasing abode to choose from.

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