Travel Myanmar | Backpacking in Yangon
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Highlights

  • Explore the best of Yangon in 3 days.
  • Learn backpacking tips.
  • Enjoy the nightlife of Yangon.

Highlights

  • Explore the best of Yangon in 3 days.
  • Learn backpacking tips.
  • Enjoy the nightlife of Yangon.

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN YANGON

Being the most well-connected city in the country, it is convenient for you to arrive at Yangon International Airport from anywhere else in the world. Once you’ve arrived, you can take a taxi from the airport to downtown Yangon, which will cost you between 8,000 Kyats and 12,000 Kyats. You can buy a sim card from the airport itself, although sim cards will also be available in the city. Staying in downtown Yangon is recommended since you will then be closer to most of the places of interest. This will save you transportation costs.

 

Since you will be tired from travelling, spend the day leisurely walking around town to get to know the local culture. Head to 19th Street in the evening, where you’ll find an array of karaoke bars, pubs and roadside joints to enjoy. Have a taste of some hot barbecue and Myanmar’s local beer.

DAY 2 – EXPLORE DOWNTOWN YANGON

Yangon is a massive city with much to see. Start your day with a nice breakfast at a local tea shop. Enjoy the local tea along with a bowl of Shan noodles, some khaosay thote or a plate of dosa. Once you’re energised for the day, start with Shwedagon Pagoda, the most notable landmark in the city. It will take 2-3 hours to see Shwedagon properly. Once completed, take a walk to the the National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens, which surrounds the massive Kandawgyi Lake. The park has several sections that you can explore. Then walk down to Maha Wizaya Pagoda, located nearby.

 

Once done, head to Bogyoke Aung San Museum and Martyrs’ Mausoleum. Around dusk, take a walk towards the Yangon High Court. You will pass through an array of colonial buildings that have been methodically maintained till date. Next, visit the Bogyoke Market and browse through the innumerable products sold here. After dark, visit Shwedagon again, but this time to enjoy the stunning view in the night lights. We promise that you will be mesmerised. Finally, head to 19th Street to end the day nicely.

DAY 3 – MORE EXPEDITIONS

After breakfast, head to the railway station and book a ticket to ride on the Yangon Circular Railway. This is the funnest and easiest way to learn about the lives of the local people as well as enjoy sightseeing around Yangon. Once done, head to the ferry station and take a 10-minute ferry ride to Dala Township. Explore the pagoda and the fishing village located in this township. You can hire a driver to take you around; it won’t cost much.

 

Once back in Yangon, head to the absolute south of the city to visit Sule Pagoda, another stunning landmark of the city. Sule Pagoda is older than Shwedagon. During sunset, head to Botahtaung Harbour and watch the sun set behind the river. After that, head to Chinatown and treat yourself to some authentic local Chinese food.