One day in Yangon:Places to see and things to do on a Yangon Layover.

One day in Yangon:Places to see and things to do on a Yangon Layover.

This is Burma’, told my grandfather when i was in school. He said ‘ Son it will be quite unlike any land you know about.’

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BURMA

When looking at the world map it’s pretty much to the left of Thailand and Laos, China sits on top of it and Bangladesh and India border it to the west.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are talking about Burma now officially known as Myanmar.
The country has opened its doors to the tourism in just the last decade before that visiting Myanmar was just like a dream. First ruled by the British and then came the army rule made it really a difficult choice for tourists to choose Myanmar. But now things are changing and so is the time.

 

One day in Yangon:Places to see and things to do on a Yangon Layover.

1.) Shwedagon Pagoda

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Shwedagon

No visit to Yangon can be complete without a visit to the 2500 years old Shwedagon pagoda which enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics.It is also one of the oldest and largest Pagodas in the world. The 99 meters high stupa above the golden dome is supposed to be made up of over 7000 diamonds, topaz, rubies, and sapphires.This is one of the reasons this Pagoda can be seen from most of the places in Yangon.
This should be your first stop in Yangon

2.) Sula Pagoda

One day in Yangon:Places to see and things to do on a Yangon Layover.

Sula Pagoda

It’s impossible to miss Sule Pagoda, a glimmering golden dome in the center of Yangon’s downtown.
This spiritual site supposedly enshrines a hair of the Buddha. (It’s located at the junction of Sule Pagoda Road and Maha Bandula Road.) It’s the 2nd most beautiful pagoda in Yangon.

3.) Eat Mohinga

One day in Yangon:Places to see and things to do on a Yangon Layover.

Mohinga

Burmese cuisine is largely influenced by its neighbors India, China and Thailand.
Imagine a dish in which you can have curry (Indian) seasoned with fish sauce (Thai) but still containing bounteous amounts of oil (Chinese). Well the result is Mohinga
In simple words, Mohinga is a fish soup made with rice noodles.

4.) Circular Train

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Burmese Train

The circular train is an old British train built in 1954 that moves around the city and the countryside.
It is a three-hour journey of 46 km, stopping at 38 stations around the city and also gives you an insight of the life of a local in Myanmar.The best way to start your journey will be from Yangon central station.
If you ask me if it was comfortable answer is No !
Or If you ask me if there was air condition answer is No !
And If you ask me if there is WIFI answer is hell NoOoooo !
But what is there is the experience you will get which will stay with you for the lifetime.

5.)19th Street

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19TH street

In simple words, this is the food street of Yangon.
Every taxi driver knows where it is, as it’s become a bit of a landmark itself.
The street filled with small barbecue stalls will welcome you with all kinds of food.Grab a chair, drink a beer and eat some fresh street food.

6.)Burmese Tea

One day in Yangon:Places to see and things to do on a Yangon Layover.

Burmese tea

In Myanmar tea is so popular that people don’t just drink it, they eat it too.
Now everyone knows how to make a cup of tea but in Myanmar, we eat tea leaves too. In fact, tea leaves are used to make the country’s most famous dish which is a tea leaf salad, or in Burmese “Laphet Thoke”.
The Burmese tea is strong tea with condensed milk and you can find it at every corner of the street.

7.) Bogyoke Aung San Market

One day in Yangon:Places to see and things to do on a Yangon Layover.

Bogyoke Market

The Bogyoke Market is a 70-year-old market built right in the city center.The place which was built during the British rule still has the influence of colonial architecture.It has around 2000 shops selling almost everything you could think of.A great place to buy souvenirs.

8.)Feed the Monks

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Myanmar is one of the world’s most religious Buddhist countries.In-fact Buddhism is practiced by 89% of Myanmar’s population and it has around 500,000 monks.
Feeding the monks is a common practice all around Myanmar, called “almsgiving”.
I was invited to a Buddhist temple where I got the chance to feed the monks. They gracefully receive hot food, vegetarian dishes, and fresh fruit in their metal alms bowls.
Remember: It is not begging or charity, but more about the respect given to a Buddhist monk (or nun) by everyday folks.

9.)Kaba Aye Pagoda

One day in Yangon:Places to see and things to do on a Yangon Layover.

Kaba Aye

Pagoda’s are abundant in Yangon and Kaba Aye was another of my favorites. The circular World Peace Pagoda is serene and peaceful.

10.) Swe Taw Myat Pagoda

One day in Yangon:Places to see and things to do on a Yangon Layover.

Swe Taw Myat

It’s no surprise that Pagoda’s feature heavily in our Yangon must-see list since Buddhism is practiced by almost 90% of the country’s residents. Swe Taw Myat is a stunning construction with a heady mix of gold and white colors. It’s famous for the Buddha tooth relic that it houses.

Quick Fact: It was commissioned to enshrine a sacred Buddha Tooth Relic from China, believed to be from the Gautama Buddha who died around 2,500 years ago.

11.) Shan noodle

One day in Yangon:Places to see and things to do on a Yangon Layover.

Shan Noodles

999 Shan Noodle has become a bit of an institution in Yangon – for locals and tourists alike. It’s a small restaurant in one of the tiniest streets. It is not fancy neither expensive but please don’t be fooled by appearances; the food here is some of the tastiest and most budget-friendly in the whole of Yangon.
It would be a crime not to try a Shan Noodle dish at a Shan Noodle Restaurant.

LAYOVERS

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KaranVeeR aka BABA

Layovers is a personal travel blog which was started by Baba Aka Karanveer .He currently works as Cabin crew for a well known international airline that flies all over the world.He loves traveling to new countries where he explores the culture, the city, and its food. He hopes to inspire you to live a life you love and settle for nothing less than extraordinary.

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