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Our activities are the perfect way to organise your trip. You'll need a game plan to really get the most out of Yangon, especially when you intend to include lots of local cuisine and entertainment. And we can tell you don't want to hunker down in your hotel room遥ou are excited to get out and see what life is like for locals. You can't wait to cover the top activities around, and an afternoon walking through charming neighbourhoods is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Book professionally lead tours on Expedia, and leave your map behind.
Until recently Myanmar’s capital, formerly known as Rangoon, Yangon is a city on the rise. The recent opening of the national borders has seen an influx of foreign interest, and with it investment. So whilst it still bears all the hallmarks of its colonial past, a blend of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences and architecture, skyscrapers and commercial buildings are now springing up at a phenomenal rate. And with its strong Buddhist heritage - monks in great numbers on the streets and the skyline dominated by the spectacular Shwedagon Paya temple - now is the time to visit if you want to witness a city step boldly from this past into its bright future.
Shwedagon Paya — Constructed at the peak of Singuttara Hill which, legend tells, has been a holy place since before time began, Shwedagon Paya is considered to be Myanmar’s holiest site. Uniquely however for such a revered place, it is equally welcoming to both the faithful and the secular, and quite revels in its own magnificence, with spectacular lighting creating a dazzling array of shadow and light textures. And, with the sound of prayer mingling with the laughter of children playing and couples laughing, it’s a truly life-affirming place.
Kandawgyi Lake (formerly Victoria Lakes) — Recently renovated, this lake in the northeast of the city is famed for its Karaweik, an exact replica of of a traditional Burmese royal boat. Also featuring charming gardens, the lake is best viewed from the boardwalk that runs around its southern edge. The perfect spot for a spot of fresh air coupled with a curious dash of traditional heritage.
People's Park — This large park, known for its ornamental water fountain is the perfect place to go for a run or perhaps do some open-air yoga. With over 130 acres of parkland at your disposal, there’s plenty of space for all.
Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) — This marketplace is, perhaps, best enjoyed for its energy and vibrancy, rather than the quality of its goods. Exuberant stall-holders and colourful goods of debatable origin: it’s all part of the fun!
Yangon isn’t just about Buddhist sights. The Holy Trinity Cathedral is a beautiful Anglican church, whilst the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is a similarly impressive Jewish place of worship. If you want to learn more about Myanmar’s history and culture, the National Museum houses an enviable collection of arts and crafts. For a great view of the City Hall and British colonial buildings, head to the Mahabandoola Garden with its famous rose gardens.
No trip to Yangon is complete without a ride in a traditional trishaw. With lots of trishaw options available, this a fun way to do a whistlestop tour of the city with a local guide pointing out many of the details you might otherwise miss. If you’re looking for some nightlife, most of the 5 star hotels put on club nights, although if you look around you can also find a pretty decent selection of entertainment plazas that offer karaoke, bars and discos.