Travel Bites: Yangon, Myanmar

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Only in 1992 that The Republic of the Union of Myanmar fully opened its golden gates to tourists. Since then, this city is flocked by travelers from all over the world. Whether you are from the other side of the globe or a neighboring ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) here are some of the best delights that you can have while in the Capital during the weekend or before heading to other parts of the nation.

From the Airport, hire a taxi and go right away to Shwedagon Pagoda. (Taxi should only be around 6,000-8,000 Kyats / 6 to 8 SGD)

Entrance for Foreigners is 10,000 Kyats or 10 SGD. Wear appropriate clothes! No short shorts, sleeveless clothes and foot wears even socks. There are tourist guides inside the Temple, so if you don’t have idea about Buddhism, Temples and Pagodas, you can definitely hire a private one for 15,000 Kyats or 15 SGD for an hour.

From Swedagon Pagoda you can walk towards Bogyoke Aung San Market for about 20 to 30 minutes. This place is one of the biggest bazaar in the city. If you love shopping and a local feel, this is the place for you. But if you want a modern shopping style, you can cross the street and head to Junction Mall.

After shopping, you can try the food along the streets or cafeterias of the city. Be a local, there are so many fruits and local delicacies that you can try along the way.

Paan- chewing betel vine leaf, areca nut, slaked lime and some aroma. You will notice that some locals have red teeth because of this.

Tea Break like a local with Kris, another traveler that I met along the way

Foreign and local fruits are everywhere!

If you will walk further to 31 street all the way up you will be able to see the Sule Pagoda, City Hall and Mahabandoola Park.

Shwedagon Pagoda is the best glimpse of how a temple and pagoda should look like. There is nothing much inside Sule Pagoda. I recommend to check the outer interior of this religious place either day or night. Entrance for Foreigners is 4,000 Kyats or 4 SGD / Footwear Locker for 1,000 Kyats or 1 SGD.

If you are tired after the long walks, the best way to rest is in Mahabandoola Park near Sule Pagoda, City Hall and Baptist Church. This park conducts art exhibitions for free. The park is open from 5:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Sule Pagoda at night

The City Hall

Mahabandoola Park

Like in any other cities, Yangon’s public transportation mode depends to your taste. If you are a tourist don’t depend too much on Taxis, instead use other vehicles.

One of the modern buses in the city. You need to pay cash to the driver.

If you are going to other parts of Myanmar, this van can send you to Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal for 1,000 Kyats or 1 SGD

Traditional Train!

3 hours train ride in the city for 200 Kyats or 0.20 SGD

The country is obsessed with  clean Foreign Currency!

If you will bring US Dollars, Singapore Dollars, Euros or Pounds, make sure they are in good shape – clean cash! It means, no stain, no folds, no slight tear. Or else you wont be able to change your money to local currency. But there are ATMs around so if you don’t mind paying an international ATM fee, then use the machine to get some cash.

Money! Money! Money!

Finally if you have a chance, talk to locals! I find Myanmar people very kind.

Say hello to monks!

My first day in Yangon that I shared on Facebook…

The heART of KINDness

Watch the video clip below during my travel in Yangon!

Mark Louie Maycong