22 Awesome Things to do in Yangon (Travel Guide)

Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar with 7 million people and it´s a city full of life. Yangon was the capital of Myanmar until 2006. There are many things to do in Yangon and we will write about this in our Yangon travel guide with full information about exchange rates, entrance fees. What to do during the day in Yangon and also at night time. From visiting Shwedagon Pagoda which we recommend you to visit at sunset time so you can see the lights at night.

You can’t miss trying street food, drinking tea, visit Chinatown. There are parks to visit at sunset and Yangon can be your starting point in your Myanmar trip. It’s a must visiting Inle Lake and Bagan after Yangon.

Read here how to get to Yangon from the airport!

Read here Budget travel in Myanmar and Instagrammable places in Myanmar!

Yangon Travel Guide

Best time to visit Yangon

When you are visiting Myanmar, you should know about the weather. The weather is really hot in Myanmar. There are two seasons in Myanmar for the weather, dry and wet season. Dry season is from October to May, being November and December the coldest months in Yangon. And wet season from May to early October, being May and June the hottest months in Yangon. It means the best time to visit Yangon is from October to February when the weather is nicer and not rainy.

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How to get to Yangon

How to get to Yangon By Plane

Going to Yangon is easy because there are a lot of flights coming from Southeast Asia and the routes from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are quite popular like Air Asia. You can check in Skyscanner to look for the best rates going to Yangon. Prices are going from $50-100 USD from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for one way ticket.

There are also internal flights from Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake that go directly to Yangon. Prices are expensive and you can expect to pay from $70-120 USD each person one way ticket. You can click here to buy your tickets and check schedule with 12 Go.

There are also other modes of transportation from Mandalay like riding a bus. I really enjoy night buses where you can sleep while traveling. It saves you time because you get to arrive in the city the moment you wake up and ready to explore once the night bus ride is over.

How to get Yangon City Center from Bus Station

In Yangon the bus station is 15 kilometers far away from city center in the North near the airport. It’s called Aung Mingalar Bus Station. You can get to Aung Mingalar Bus Station by public bus from city center only for 200 Kyats in bus number 36 yellow color. Also you can get a shared taxi from Sule Pagoda for 1000 Kyats. For more comfort you can go by Grab and taxi and prices will go around 10000-15000 Kyats. By bus from city center can take 1 hour and 30 minutes and they are usually crowded. We decided to go by bus since it was cheaper than Grab and Taxi. It depends on your comfort and budget your choice!

How to get to Yangon City Center from the airport

If you are coming to Yangon from Yangon International Airport. The airport is located 15 kilometers North direction. You can go by taxi and the price will go around 10000-15000 Kyats ($8-10 USD). You can go by Graba and the price will be around 6000-8000 Kyats and both of them taxi and grab will take 30 minutes. If you are on a budget you can get the public bus from the airport for 500 Kyats only 33 cents of USD. The bus will take 40-50 minutes to reach city center in Yangon. There are two routes blue and red. Check them and decide which one works better for your final destination.

Currency Exchange in Yangon

If you are traveling to Myanmar and you get by plane. If you are bringing cash you can check the exchange rates on May 2019. We don’t usually recommend to exchange money in the airport since the rates are usually lower than in the city. But in Yangon there is almost no difference and you will get almost the same exchange rate than in the city. $1 USD = 1500 Kyats. Click here to know the exact exchange rate in Myanmar.

ATM’s in the Yangon

There are ATM’s in the airport and also around the city so you will not have to worry about this. The commission from the ATM is high in Myanmar so if you are bringing cash you will save a few USD. It’s usually around 5 USD commission per withdrawal. Plus if you get any charge commission from your bank.

Wifi and Internet Connection in Yangon

We found Wifi connection strong in Yangon. Plus data was working in 4 GB most of the time. In hotels and coffee shops connection works great inside the city.

We didn’t buy the Sim Card in the airport since we got wifi enough to get to the bus stop and from our hotel. These are the plans that you can get with Telenor $1 USD is 1500 Kyats so you can get 6 GB for $4 USD and you iwll have load in calls 500 Kyats and messages. The connection in Myanmar will almost reach 4 GB following touristic places like Inle Lake, Yangon, Bagan and on the way to Thailand Bago, Golden Roch and Pha An. We got surprised that internet in Myanmar works better than in the Philippines. But not so good as Digital Nomads hubs like Thailand and Bali.

Transportation Around Yangon

The walking distance around Yangon is big there are still parts in the center that you can walk around. If you move longer distance you will have to take transportation around Yangon. The most comfortable are taxis and Grab being the second one an affordable option to move around the city. Buses are cheap only 200 Kyats for ride and you can cover long distance. There is a circle train where tickets are also less than $1 USD and you can visit the whole city on Yangon in a few hours. The circle train is slow and it’s great if you have enough time to move around Yangon.

Read this full blog post about Yangon circle train!

Daily Travel Budget in Yangon

You can find cafes serving less than $1 USD and you can also eat local food like Noodles and rice and vegetables with curry for $1-2. You can also enjoy local restaurants around the city for $2-4 USD. Everything’s really affordable if you are traveling on a budget, you won’t have any problem at all. There are also beer stations where you can grab a beer for only $1-2 USD.

Transportation to move around Yangon is quite cheap and buses cost 200 Kyats which is 20 cents of USD. Taxis you have to negotiate or you can also use Grab as we mentioned before in Yangon for affordable prices.

For accommodation, you can find accommodation prices starting from $15-20 USD in a local guesthouse depending on how much you want to stretch your budget. Until luxury hotels in Yangon that can cost $100-300 USD for a room if you wish more comfort when visiting Yangon. Click here to get the best deals via Booking and Agoda.

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Things to do in Yangon

1. Visit Pagodas in Yangon

In Mynamar, most of the people are Buddhists. Because of this, there are many pagodas to visit in Yangon. The most popular one is Shwedagon Pagoda where you can feel the local atmosphere of Yangon. I recommend that you visit the Shwedagon Pagoda before sunset so you will still be able to get daylight for sightseeing. Colorful night also awaits you there.

2. Sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda, things to do in Yangon, Yangon travel guide

Shwedagon Pagoda or Paya is Yangon’s most famous landmark, built on a hill which is the biggest and grandest Pagoda in Myanmar.  This Pagoda was built 2600 years ago and is the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, it is 99 meters high and is completely encrusted with gold plating. Massive numbers of devotees visit the Shwedagon every day and walk around the stupa to make offerings to the Buddha.

Shwedagon Pagoda, things to do in Yangon, Yangon, Yangon travel guide

Please when visiting a pagoda dress properly and walk barefoot. You will see always signs around how to dress. Understanding the culture and history of this sacred pagoda, can greatly improve your visit. Appreciating its history and immersing yourself in its mystical beauty will be a spectacular experience! The entrance fee is $8 you will get a sharon for the visit and a bottle of water. It’s opened from 4 am to 10 pm. The schedule can change if there is a celebration, you can check more info in their website.

 

What to eat in Yangon and Food to Try in Yangon

999 Shan Noodle

999 Shan Noodle Yangon

Our favorite local restaurant in Yangon. There are many local dishes to try and also you can find dishes from Southeast Asia cuisine like Thailand and Vietnam. Prices are affordable and they always offer free tea. There are a few 999 Shan Noodle restaurants around city center in Yangon. We just visited the one near Sule Pagoda 5 minutes walking distance. You can just type their name in Google maps to find it!

Indian Hut

Food to try in Yangon

Indian Restaurant in Yangon city center. There is an extensive Indian list of dishes to try. The service was good and prices were affordable $5-6 USD per person. Our favorite was Naan cheese and Nan garlic since we aren’t really good with hot food.

Street Food

street food in Yangon

You can find shan noodles (rice noodles with chicken, peanuts and chilli flakes) for half dollar in the street. The cheapest that I found was 500 Kyats. Burmese people have for brekfast mohinga which is a rice noodle and fish soup. You can find samosas as Indian influence which I love. You can find barbecue like Chinese influence. You can find salads in Myanmar. Green papaya salad, they add peanuts, tomatoes, and fried soya beans. It’s really spicy!

Where to Stay in Yangon

For our staying in Yangon we stayed in two different areas. Around Inya Lake peaceful next to Myanmar Plaza. And near the embassies area in Yangon. Both places were amazing places to stay in Yangon. We will write them with details below.

Sedona Hotel

Hotel Sedona, where to stay in Yangon

It’s located in front of Inya Lake and close to Myanmar Plaza. It’s perfect to move around the sunset in the lake and you can go for a drink to Myanmar Plaza and going back to the hotel in just two minutes. The location is great and there is transportation available around. We loved it so much the pool area and especially the views to the lake from our room. You will find great options for breakfast Western and local choices. Internet works really good at Sedona Hotel. And the club lounge offer free drinks from 6 pm to 8 pm with an amazing view to the lake. We spent our first night in Yangon at Sedona and Celina gave us the best tips to move around Yangon. Check out our pictures in the hotel below!

Hotel Sedona Yangon

Hotel Sedona Yangon, where to stay in Yangon

Hotel Sedona Yangon

Belmond Governor’s

Belmond Governor's Yangon, where to stay in Yangon

A Boutique Hotel quiet and peaceful. It’s located around the embassies area in Yangon. Our favorite area was the pool where the colors were amazing. We loved it the food in Belmond Governor’s and the tea one of our best ones ever. We have the opportunity to meet the chef and for our surprise Karl Reyes was natural from the Philippines and he explained to us with details. Also if you visit Belmond Governor’s you will have the opportunity of meet the peacock walking around the hotel. Check out the pictures below.

Belmond Governor's Yangon, where to stay in Yangon

For accommodation, you can find accommodation prices starting from $15-20 USD in a local guesthouse depending on how much you want to stretch your budget. Until luxury hotels in Yangon that can cost $100-300 USD for a room if you wish more comfort when visiting Yangon. Click here to get the best deals via Booking and Agoda.

You can also try AirBnB in Yangon with prices starting from $20 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

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Festivals in Yangon

Thingyan Water Festival

Image from Wikimedia

The Water Festival is celebrated during Burmese New Year mid April 13th. Thingyan Water Festival is like Bon Om Touk in Cambodia and Songkran Festival in Thailand also to celebrate the New Year!

Thadingyut Festival

Thadingyut Festival in Myanmar
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Thadingyut Festival of Lights is celebrated in October and symbolizes the return of Buddha to paradise. Burmese people make offers in the pagodas and the most popular are the lantern lights in the sky at night.

If you are planning to visit Myanmar and want to explore its neighboring countries also, click here to read our full travel guide to Thailand. And read here, if you are planning to visit Malaysia.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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