Amongst the best destinations to visit in Myanmar, Yangon has plenty to offer and here are some insights that will come in handy when planning a trip to this enchanting city.
When looking for a place to stay, seek accommodation in the Dagon area, one of the historical locales in the city close to key attractions like the Shwedagon Pagoda. PARKROYAL Yangon makes an ideal option and offers luxurious rooms as well as serviced suites with kitchenettes that provide added flexibility. Such properties also have some great offers with exclusive savings and benefits when you book through the official website. Of course, features like free Wi-Fi, a spa, pool, gym, diverse dining options, babysitting services, and a tour desk to help plan your sightseeing, all lend to comfort and convenience.
Amongst the most famous sacred sites in the world, the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda is over 2,600 years old; within easy reach of the five-star hotel in Yangon mentioned above, this pagoda with its gold plates and encrusted diamonds is a marvel to behold. To your itinerary, you should add the Sule Pagoda, while Kandawgyi Lake and Inya Lake are great spots for relaxation and recreation. You can also view the City Hall heritage building, learn about local history and culture at the National Museum and gain new perspectives on this destination on a ride aboard the Yangon Circular Train.
When it comes to shopping in Yangon, you will be spoilt for choice and items like precious gems and jewellery, textiles and antiques are all on offer. A great place to shop is the bustling Bogyoke Market, a historical covered market with over 2,000 shops featuring everything from handicrafts, souvenirs and clothing to gold jewellery, lacquerware and more! For more modern retail therapy, there are various malls here too such as Junction City, the United Living Mall and Myanmar Plaza that have a range of international brands as well.
No trip to Yangon would be complete without savouring the delectable delights the city has to offer. Be it a rice noodle and fish soup called mohinga, tea leaf salad, Burmese chicken curry, grilled skewers, Shan noodles or the snack called mont lin ma yar, there are lots to try! One of the best places for foodie adventures is Chinatown, where every evening, you will find countless vendors and stalls offering diverse dishes amidst a lively atmosphere; head to 19th Street where you can savour all manner of barbequed and grilled meats as well as other street food favourites.