Yangon is the business capital and the gateway to Myanmar by air and sea, adorned with idyllic lakes, shady parks and green tropical vegetation. (The administrative capital of Myanmar was officially moved to Naypyidaw, beside the Yangon – Mandalay highway road and approximately 323km north of Yangon).Yangon was founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small settlement called Dagon when he conquered lower Myanmar in 1755.
The name of Yangon means “End of Strife”. Later, the Yangon City was modeled and implemented by Lieutenant Fraser of the British Engineering Corps, who had also drawn the city plan of Singapore. The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most prominent landmark visible from miles around and one if the wonders of the world. Other places of interest are: Chaukhtetgyi reclining Buddha, and the colonial buildings in the city center, Bogyok (Scott) Market, The National Museum and Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda is significant for the Sixth World Buddhist Synod which was held in its large compound in 1954.
Places you could visit around Yangon with us are as follow:
Around the airport
White Marble Buddha (Lawka Chanthar Abaya Larbamuni)
White elephants place
Budddha’s tooth replica Pagoda
Kabaraye Pagoda (World peace Pagoda)
Around the City
Inya Lake (to walk and feel the breeze)
Aung Hsan Su Kyi’s House (Just for a photo shot in front of the gateway)
Chauk Htat Kyi (Reclining Buddha Image actually bigger than the one from Thailand)
General Aung San’s Museum (House)
General Aung San Park
Kandawgyi Lake (see the reflection of Shwedagon pagoda on the lake after your visit there and go to the floating barge on this lake for dinner buffet with the traditional dance performance, elephant dance, puppet shows start at 18:30pm)
People’s Square and Cultural village in the People’s Park
Shwedagon Pagoda (about more than 2600 years old)
Maha Vijaya Pagoda (very close to Shwedagon Pagoda)
Kantaw Mingala Park (Royal Auspicioused Lake)
Yangon Zoological Garden
Central Railways Station (for a circular train riding and photo stop)
Bogyoke Aung San Market (Known as Scott market Since 1926, more than 2000 shops for the best shopping)
Sule Pagoda (a famous landmark in the city, surrounded by colonial buildings)
City Hall (Designed by a local architecture. Built in 1926-36)
Immigration (Office in colonial time)
Immanuel Baptist Church
Supreme Court or High court building
Independence Monument & Mahabandula Garden
Bank Street (visit to the busy people working with typewriters and selling paper documents such as
Hiring a house, apartments, car, and contracts for wedding, buying and selling various things)
Myanmar Port Authority
Nan Thida Jetty
General Post Office
Bo Tahtaung Pagoda (sunset at Yangon River)
China town (19th street is famous for back packers)
Nightlife in Yangon
(Local Beer in Beer pubs, Feel the Music in Disco clubs, Bars, Karaoke, Fashion Shows, Traditional dance performances)
Activities in Yangon
Swimming pools, Spas & Massage, Health clubs, Tennis club, Gyms, Saunas, Jacuzzis and other exercise facilities for your health.
Most visited places in Yangon
Sule Pagoda and Downtown areas walking tour
Botahtaung Pagoda and Yangon River view at sunset
Shwedagon Pagoda around the sunset time and feel the night there
Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda (reclining Buddha Image)
Ngar Htat Kyi Buddha Image
Kabar Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda)to see the different Buddha structures for Buddhist countries around Asia.
Koe Htat Kyi Pagoda (literally means 9 storeys Pagoda)
Mae Lamu Pagoda
Other Cities around Yangon
Bago Located only 80km from Yangon, Bago was an ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century. Shwe-tha-lyaung Reclining Buddha ( 55 meter long), Shwe-maw-daw Pagoda, Kalyani Sima (Ordination Hall), 28 meter high huge Four sided Buddha Images of Kyaikpun Pagoda and the Palace of King Bayinnaung are some of the places of interest.
Pyay is located about 285 km (6 hours drive) north of Yangon, on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwaddy river. Visitors can stop in Pyay and then travel on to Bagan and Mandalay. A few kilometers north-east of the town is Thayekhittya (Sir Kestra), an archaeological site of the ancient Pyu capital (5th to 9th Century). Shwesandaw Pagoda, Hsehtakyi Pagoda, Shwe Phone Pwint Museum, Bawbawgyi Pagoda, Bebegyi Pagoda, Payagyi and Payama Stupas are other Places of interest in and around Pyay. “Ahakauktaung” which was the customs port in ancient times, is known for its caving on the cliff along the river.
Mawlamyaing is the capital city of Mon state, lies on the mount of Thanlwin River. It’s colonial buildings still remain along the quiet streets. A beautiful river trip from Pa-An to Bi-Lu Island can be done. There are many ancient Pagodas on the slopes of hill range in the city. One is Kawgoon and Phayon, famous for its countless Buddha images, stalagmites and stalactites are near the city.
Taungoo Located 282 km from Yangon and is the only place for the tourists where you can get good accommodation on Yangon – Mandalay road. Taungoo (Kaytumadi City) was founded by King Myingyinyo in 1510 A.D and later innovated by King Minye Kyawhtin.It is one of the main gateways to Bago Yoma and its teak forests in which you can see how elephants work. But the working site is not stable as it is moving around, so need to follow where they are. Taungoo is only good as a stop over to avoid tedious (14 hours) drive between Yangon and Mandalay. However, if ones wish to visit Elephant camp call “Thargara”, one night stay in Taungoo is recommended.
Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) 160 km drive from Yangon, and an invigorating 12km trek uphill along a meandering trail from the base camp at Kin-pun …an overwhelming sight will meet your eye-a golden boulder, shaped like a hermit’s head and capped with a 6- meter high gilded pagoda perched precariously on the edge of a precipice, 1100 meter above sea level is the holy rock of Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar’s most popular pilgrimage centre. Legend has it that the Buddha’s sacred hair is enshrined in this golden rock.
Pathein Situated in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta about 190 km west of Yangon is the capital of the Ayeyarwaddy Division (the delta region) and the gate way to Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung beach which are 40km and 48km away from Pathein. It is reached easily by road or by cruise through the complex Ayeyarwaddy river. As Ayeyarwaddy Division is known as the rice bowl of the country the landscapes are predominately rice fields with other colorful crops. Pathein is well known for its production of unique parasols locally called “Pathein Hti (Umbrella)” and “Pathein Halawar.