Planning a trip to the fascinating land of Myanmar? With so much to see and do, we thought we’d recommend some key places that are definitely worth a visit! The first in our series, we take a look at Myanmar’s old capital – Yangon.
Fast modernizing yet steeped in tradition, Yangon is one that has the right balance of everything. From Victorian buildings to bustling nature in its lakes and parks, Yangon has something that caters to every traveller.
For history buffs, a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda is a must. Arguably the most prominent landmark in Myanmar, it is believed to have been built more than 2000 years ago and is considered a sacred religious pilgrimage site for many Buddhist followers.
Also worth a visit is the Bogyoke Aung San Market (more commonly known as Scott Market) which was built in 1926. With a great mix of jewellery, Burmese dresses and fabrics, souvenirs, artworks and handicrafts too, it’s a great place to pick up some knick-knacks for loved ones on your journey.
And if you’re out in search of a romantic location to bring your date to, Kandawgyi lake is the perfect place. An artificial lake built by the British as a reservoir, this gorgeous piece of nature is a must-visit especially at sunset! While the southern and western sides are great for a peaceful stroll, the eastern side features Karaweik Palace, a floating barge that host a variety of cultural shows and more. Not to mention a string of popular lakeside cafes that are sure to make for a fantastic evening treat.
After a busy day of exploring, there’s no better way to quench your thirst with an ice cold drink from a street-side vendor at Yangon’s Chinatown. Peppered with animated vendors selling a range of exciting local treats for hungry travellers, your visit to Yangon wouldn’t be complete without this in your itinerary. Forget the calories and indulge in Mont Lin Ma Yar, deep fried rice flour with toppings like quail eggs and scallion, or sip on a hearty bowl of Mohinga – rice flour noodles in a savoury fish broth.
With so many interesting sights and sounds, it’s a good idea to spend at least a few days discovering Yangon to appreciate all that it offers. Of course, if your time in Myanmar is limited, make sure you get exactly where you want to go with Dignitas.
Did you know Dignitas has two cosy offices in Yangon (one at Sedona hotel and the other at Thiri Myaing Street) though we service the whole of Myanmar? We’re constantly growing to serve you even better!