10 Top Things To Do in Yangon: The Garden City Of The East
20 Nov 2019
Rewrite your travel wish list – Yangon needs a top spot. This buzzing city's sights will have you reaching for your camera non-stop. We’re talking golden pagodas and colonial-era buildings, going hand-in-hand with natural parks, lakes and forests.
Adventure ready? Let's dive into the 10 top things to do in Myanmar's biggest city.
One of the most jaw-dropping sights in Yangon is the giant reclining Buddha statue – well, we think so anyway. Gaze up at its glass eyes and jewel-encrusted crown and you'll instantly know what we mean. This gleaming 65-metre-long gem is even bigger than the famous Buddha in Wat Pho, Bangkok.
Continue your spiritual journey – or just satisfy your curiosity – by Klooking a private meditation lesson at the Mahasi Meditation Centre. You'll learn the art of Buddhist meditation with a venerable monk and a specialised instructor.
This well-manicured park sits right in the centre of Yangon’s downtown. Look around and you'll spot some of the city's best sights: City Hall, the High Court, and – nestled in the park itself – the 50m-high Independence Monument with its half-lion, half-dragon deities. Snap a few photos to share later, then lie back on the grass and soak up the scenery in the now.
Klook this Yangon and beyond private day tour and you’ll beat the crowds to get there. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included too, so all you need to worry about is – well, nothing!
If you want to get to the heart of Yangon’s history, make tracks to the National Museum. It's packed full with almost 5,000 artefacts, from images of Buddha to shimmering golden rugs. The cherry on this venerable sundae? It has to be the eight metre-high, gem-encrusted Lion Throne.
Keen to continue learning? Join an expert guide on Klook's Yangon walking tour to get the lowdown on how locals live today and to get yourself clued up on the majestic colonial buildings.
The time-honoured craft of making pottery is a crucial part of Yangon's culture. The Irrawaddy River's rich red clay has been providing Myanmar potters with the perfect base to create their products for centuries. Join a pottery-making class and you'll learn all about it, make your own little masterpiece, and sort your souvenirs for the trip – all in one go.
On this hands-on Yangon walking tour with Klook, you’ll hop on a ferry across the Yangon River before riding a 'Dyna truck' – local taxi transportation in Yangon – to the city's main pottery area.
This elegant white and gold pyramid-style pagoda is one of the country's highest, standing at over 100 metres tall. An important Buddhist pilgrimage site, it's got roots dating back more than 2,500 years, and is meant to contain strands of Buddha’s hair.
Klook Tip: dress modestly to ensure easy entry into religious sites in Yangon. Long, loose-fitting clothes are the best bet for both men and women.
Instagram your snaps of the sunset over the gilded pagoda. It's easy if you pick up an international 4G Wi-Fi device – just click on Klook.
When night falls, Yangon’s city streets come alive with bustling local markets selling everything from snacks to shoes. Tuck into tasty street food like grilled fish skewers, or kick back with a cold beer and watch the world go by. Don't miss lively 19th Street in Chinatown, where the barbecues are always sizzling. The night markets are the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, too.
Klook a Yangon night tour and you'll get a friendly guide to show you the secret spots only the locals know about.
Yangon's a foodie’s dream. Stroll through the city's famous wet markets – you’ll find scrummy Burmese street food like Dim Sum dumplings and noodle soup. Other favourites include curried freshwater fish and tea leaf salad, a fresh, crunchy dish made from cabbage, sliced tomatoes, nuts and peas.
Hungry for more? Join your Klook guide on this foodie tour in Downtown Yangon for tailored top picks of the best eats in town.
As far as retail therapy goes, this historic covered bazaar is pretty hard to beat, with over 2,000 shops and stalls. A major hub in the city centre, it's packed with Burmese handicrafts, jewellery, antiques and art galleries. Pick up lacquerware, fabric cross-body bags and even a puppet if you're looking for a quirky keepsake.
When it's time to leave Yangon, hop in your private Klook transfer back to the airport and you won't have to worry about lugging your newly bought goodies around.
'Great Royal Lake', as its name translates, is perfect for picnics. The lake is in a leafy green park that's got plenty of outdoor cafés, as well as the large gold Karaweik Palace – now converted into a restaurant. Take a charming walk along the rickety boardwalk at the lake's edge, counting the endless lilypads as you go. At night, the reflection of the golden Shwedagon Pagoda glimmers on the water.
See the best of the city's pagodas, parks – and the lake – on a Yangon highlights private tour through Klook.
The stylish teahouses in Yangon are as well presented as their food. Try out traditional Burmese cuisine like tea leaf salads, samosas and paratha (Indian-style bread), while sipping black leaf tea or a locally inspired cocktail. This really is a must-do – the teahouses in Yangon are as synonymous with the country as its temples.
Need help on which restaurant to pick? Click on Klook's Yangon food tour and choose from breakfast, lunch or dinner options. We won't tell if you do all three!