Top 7 Things to Do in Yangon

Yangon, largest city of Myanmar, once the capital, is one of the only exotic destinations in the world. However, after half a century, this former resort in Yangon seems to be gradually forgotten by people. But what is gratifying is that the number of people traveling to Yangon in recent years has increased dramatically. Yangon tourism will also become a trend. But if traveling to Yangon, What are top things to do in Yangon? Here give you some recommendations for your reference.


No.1 Things to do in Yangon – Watch a puppet show

puppet show

You can see the cultural heritage of Myanmar - Puppet Show at the Htwe Oo Myanmar. The eyes and mouth of puppet can be controlled separately, which shows a vivid expression. The repertoire is completed by 6 people. The oldest performer is nearly 90 years old and is said to be the inheritor of the 3 generations. The entire theater can accommodate up to 12 people. If you want to see this show, you need to make an appointment in advance. The viewer can try to manipulate the puppet at hand in the end of the show.


No.2 Things to do in Yangon – Take photos in Aung San Suu Kyi House  

Aung San Suu Kyi House  

Aung San Suu Kyi (learn more at, a Burmese politician, diplomat, author, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1991), leader of the National League for Democracy and the first and incumbent State Counsellor, a position akin to a prime minister, is a symbol of Myanmar. She is the youngest daughter of Aung San, Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar. The woman who decided to be president has been imprisoned at home for 15 years, so her apartment is not only home but also cage for her. She still lives there. The apartment is not open to the public, but there will be worshippers to offer flowers and take pictures. With more supporters, Aung San Suu Kyi will also greet the crowd on the door, just as the year she was released. The apartment is located on the side of Inya Lake. You can pass by along the Inya Lake, there are also luxury buildings such as the American Embassy.


No.3 Things to do in Yangon – Visit Bogyoke Aung Museum

Bogyoke Aung Museum

Bogyoke Aung San, considered the Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar, is the leader of he Myanmar independence movement. However, he was assassinated by political opponents in 1947 before the establishment of the Republic of Myanmar. At that time, his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi was just two years old. His former residence has now been transformed into a museum to commemorate the life of this national hero. The residence is a 2-story Western-style building with pictures of the history of General Aung San and the life of the Burmese officials who died at the same time as General Aung San on July 19, 1947.


No.4 Things to do in Yangon – Find gifts at the lively Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market with a history of more than 70 years is the largest commodity trading center in Yangon. It is famous for its colonial architecture and cobblestone pedestrian streets. Every day, ten thousands of tourists and locals come here to shop. There are nearly 2,000 booths in this market. The market is divided into 8 major regions including clothing, handicrafts, gemstones, seafood, fruits and vegetables, and home appliances. In the south gate of the Aung San Market, there is a well-known restaurant called Zaw Gyi House, which offers a variety of foods from Western to Burmese dishes. Buying souvenirs is an important part of tour. If you want to find gifts for friends or families, you can visit this lively Aung San Market.


No.5 Things to do in Yangon – See the mass in the largest Catholic church in Myanmar

Saint Mary's Cathedral

Saint Mary's Cathedral is the largest Catholic church in Myanmar. This building in red-brick is a mixture of Byzantine and Gothic styles. The priest of the church mixed English, Latin and Burmese when doing mass, which is difficult to understand, but it is good to feel the atmosphere. If you are interested in the mass, you can’t miss this Catholic church in Myanmar.


No.6 Things to do in Yangon – Ride small circular train around the city

Circular train

If you want to experience the local customs, take a three-hour ride around Yangon in a small train is a good choice. This route is nearly 50 kilometers long. You can see the edge of the city and the neighboring villages where tourists rarely get involved. The train is very old. The car is made of wood. It has only the door and window holes. The seats are a row of wooden benches. The passengers are mostly small business hawkers moving across the city. The train is very slow, although it is a ring road, you can get off at any stop and then take a taxi to center of the city. In addition, this car is very swaying, it is best to eat motion sickness medicine in advance. Take this small circular train around the city is a thing worth to do in Yangon.


No.7 Things to do in Yangon – Visit Ngapali  Beach

Ngapali  Beach

Few people have noticed that the beaches in Myanmar are also beautiful. Myanmar has a 2,000 kilometers’ coastline. Most of the beaches in Myanmar are accompanied by beautiful silver-white sand, making Myanmar the next ultra-popular beach destination in Asia. Ngapali  Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Myanmar. It takes 35 minutes by plane from Yangon. Ngapali  Beach is favored by photographers and tourists from all over the world for its clear blue waters and unspoiled natural ecological landscape. According to the survey, in 2016, the Tripadvisor website also selected Ngapali  Beach as the most desirable beach destination in the world. In the 2017 World's Best Beach Rankings, Myanmar's Ngapali  Beach was once again selected as one of the top 25 beaches in the world. If you like the sea and beach, visit Ngapali  Beach become a thing worth to do in Yangon.

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