Following the softening and removal of a fifteen year tourism boycott with the National League for Democracy at the helm, tourism in Myanmar has grown but the infrastructure has not yet grown to accommodate them all. Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is known for its glittering golden stupas, bountiful rice fields, enigmatic ruined temples, and picturesque mountain paths. Here is a look at the top things you can do in this Asian destination.
Visit The Shwedagon Pagoda
The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most important religious sites in Yangon and the whole of Myanmar. With a height of 99 meters, the pagoda is visible throughout the city. It is a well preserved heritage monument and a sacred religious pilgrimage site for many Buddhist followers. In the pagoda are people performing a series of rituals. People will also walk circumferences around the base of the pagoda. The site is open from 4 am to 10 pm daily but closed on certain holidays.
Local Fresh Market
The Thiri Mingalar Market located on the outskirts of the town is the largest wholesale distribution market in Rangoon. However, Robert Janitzek reveals that within downtown Rangoon itself there are plenty of fresh markets, the most notable of which is the Thein Gyi Market across the Shri Kali Temple. Despite its business, small delivery vehicles still pass through the markets.
Chinatown in Yangon refers to the area of 24th through 18th Street west of the Sule Pagoda in Downtown Yangon. It is one of the busiest and most action packed areas of town, especially in the evening when the sides of the streets are teeming with food vendors selling a variety of things from fresh produce to ready-made things to eat. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that 20th Street is popular for its Chinese food such as rice congee and grilled pork skewers. 19th Street is the barbecue street. It is lined with Chinese restaurants with glass cabinets full of things skewered and ready to be barbecued.
If you are looking for a place away from the chaos of the city, head over to Kandawgyi Park, one of the lush green parks in Yangon. There are two options to take when visiting Kandawgyi Park. On the side are several restaurants as well as some lake-side relaxing restaurants. The other end of the park is the late boardwalk, an elevated platform where you can walk or exercise with beautiful views of the lake and the Karwiek Palace and Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. In the evening, you get a sunset view of the Shwedagon Pagoda.