- Visit Shwedagon Pagoda
The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous and beautiful pagodas in the world. This religious site is Buddhism’s most sacred sites. They used 27 metric tons of gold leaf to adorn the 325ft zedi (stupa) here, along with thousands of diamonds and other precious gems. Don’t miss the chance to admire the pagoda glistening in morning sunshine when the sun rises. On the other hand, the majestic golden pagoda will sparkle as the night darkens.
- Learn about the history of Sule Pagoda
Located in the central downtown of Yangon, right in the heart of the city, this 2,500-year-old pagoda has a significant meaning in Myanmar’s history. It plays the political part as the scene of many protests and rallies. The pagoda, though is smaller and less frequented than Shwedagon, still has its own charm and beauty. Moreover, this pagoda also serves as a roundabout. You can explore other popular attractions around here on your own will.
- Admire the tremendous Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple
Chaukhtatgyi Paya, also known as Reclining Buddha, is a massive reclining Buddha statue. Stretching over 66 meters (216 feet), this is the largest statue in Myanmar. Probably the most glamorous too, with diamonds and gems on the crown, and 108 Buddhist symbols attentively etched on the Buddha’s feet.
- Shop at Bogyoke Aung San Market
This local market has been around since the British colonial period, in 1926. Whereas the prices are little high, you can still bargain for half the quoted priced. Besides, it’s a good place to purchase souvenirs, such as jewelry, paintings, fabrics and handicrafts. And if you are tired from shopping, a wide assortment of traditional Burmese food are waiting for you, just stop and grab a bite or drink.
- Enjoy nightlife at Chinatown Yangon
This area is the most packed and dynamic in the town, especially at night. By day, it’s just a typical Chinatown, with Chinese medicine shops, gold and jewelry stores, restaurants and many temples. But when the night comes, the streets become colorful and vibrant night markets. Both sides of the road fill with appetizing food stalls. The 19th Street is most known for its long line of barbecue stalls. Enjoy the savory grilled meat with a nice cold beer right for an exciting night out experience. Some even say the best food they have tasted in their travel to Myanmar itinerary 10 days is in Chinatown.
- Relax at Kandawgyi Park
If you are looking for a quiet and dull moment, you can always come to this peaceful tourist attraction. In this 260 acres wide park, you will find a whole center for recreation. In which the Kandawgyi Lake covering an area of 150 acres and the garden covering 110 acres. Additionally, there are mini-zoo, orchid garden, children playground and restaurants around the area. The gardens are filled with a variety of beautiful and fragrant flowers. You can also walk along the lake boardwalk under the large shady trees and watch the sky changing color, and watch the reflection of the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda. A destination you definitely shouldn’t miss if you are traveling to Myanmar in 2018 with your family.
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- Taste the Burma cuisine
Because of its geographic location, Myanmar cuisine is influenced by that of India, China, and Thailand. This delicious mash-up is enough to make Yangon a perfect place for a culinary journey.
The most popular dish that you’ll see everywhere is called Mohinga. It’s even considered the unofficial national dish of Myanmar. It’s a tasty rice noodle submerged in a fish based soup broth topped with crispy fried fritters. However, it’s spicy and flavorful and will remind you of the Indian curry.
Another must-try dish during your travel to Myanmar in 2018 is Tea Leaf Salad (Laphet Thohk). Yes, strange it may sound, but this salad does consist of tea leaves, together with shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes, crunchy deep-fried beans, nuts, and peas, mixed together with some peanut oil, chili, and lime. Such a fresh and yummy plate.
And don’t forget to drink tea! Tea plays an essential part in Myanmar’s culture. Though it is influenced by the British colony, it doesn’t English afternoon tea time. In Myanmar, they enjoy tea all time all day. Find yourself a tea stall and sit back with a cup of tea just like the locals.