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How to Spend 3 Days in Yangon

How to Spend 3 Days in Yangon

With three days in Yangon, sample the city’s history, culture, and cuisine at a more relaxed pace. From breakfast at local markets to Buddhist shrines, there’s a lot to experience. Yangon is an ideal home base for visiting Bago, so set aside one day for exploring pagodas in the ancient Burmese capital. Here’s how to plan.

 

Day 1: Top Attractions in Yangon

Rise early for a morning trip to Shwedagon Pagoda, arriving at the Buddhist landmark before the heat of the day. You’ll see shrines, candles, and images of the Buddha, but to learn the legends and traditions behind the important sites, visit on a guided tour. Following your time at Shwedagon Pagoda, head into the surrounding neighborhood for a hearty bowl ofmohinga, a noodle soup that’s a favorite for breakfast. Whether you’re on your own or exploring with a guide, use the rest of the day to visit top landmarks, including Kandawgyi Lake, Chaukhtatgyi Paya, and the National Museum. When the sun sets, head to the bustling night market on 19th street for an evening of food and cold beer with the after-work crowd.

 

Day 2: Highlights of Bago

The city of Bago has a long history, and it’s speckled with pagodas, shrines, and other Buddhist sites to explore. Experience a handful of the most impressive destinations on a day trip, starting with the gilded Shwemawdaw Paya, which is guarded by an ornate pair of sculpted lions. Next, check out Shwethalyaung Buddha, a reclining Buddha statue that’s 181 feet (55 meters) long—vendors in the surrounding area make this a good place to shop for handicrafts, as well. More images of the Buddha can be found at Kyaik Pun Pagoda, known for four colorful statues facing in four directions. To see a working monastery, head to Kyaly Khat Wai Monastery, which is home to hundreds of Buddhist monks. Before returning to Yangon, seek out a meal of Mon-style cuisine in one of Bago’s many restaurants.

 

Day 3: Local Life in Yangon

Today, go beyond the tourist attractions to explore what daily life in Yangon is all about. A good way to start is on the Yangon Circular Railway, a commuter train that loops 28.5 miles (49.5 kilometers) through residential areas. While the entire ride is roughly three hours, it’s worth stopping along the way to visit some of the markets, neighborhoods, and lesser-known attractions near the stations. Instead of visiting a restaurant, make a meal of the many snacks sold by roving food vendors on the train. When you arrive back at the Yangon Central Railway Station, check out the ornate colonial architecture before you head to Bogyoke Aung San Market, another colonial-era landmark. With hundreds of vendors, it's the perfect place to pick up souvenirs that range from bright fabric to wooden carvings.

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Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop

Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop

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Hop aboard the circular train in Yangon for an authentic experience of the city and its suburbs. Traveling with a knowledgeable, local guide on this commuter line gives you the chance to witness daily life in the former capital of Myanmar (Burma) as it passes through suburban districts rarely visited by tourists. Disembark to experience vibrant markets, colorful shops, and the largest cathedral in Myanmar. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a more personal experience on the circular route.
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  • 6 hours
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Yangon Evening Street Food and Market Walking Tour

Yangon Evening Street Food and Market Walking Tour

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Experience Yangon's food culture on an evening walking tour of street food venues and markets. With a guide, explore the neighborhoods of downtown Yangon, including Chinatown and Little India, stopping by food stalls and family-owned eateries for a variety of tastings. Learn about the history of each dish from your guide while you eat.
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  • 3 hours
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Tradition and Culture Small-Group Tour in Yangon, Including Shwedagon Pagoda Visit

Tradition and Culture Small-Group Tour in Yangon, Including Shwedagon Pagoda Visit

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Discover Yangon on a 4-hour, small group city tour through the onetime capital of British Burma. Explore a residential neighborhood and walk along the shores of Kandawgyi Lake. Pause for refreshments at a local teahouse then visit Yangon’s most iconic landmark, Shwedagon Pagoda; take in the gleaming dome that dominates the city skyline, light a candle at a gilded shrine and enjoy the hushed and tranquil atmosphere of a renowned Buddhist temple.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Bago Full-Day Tour from Yangon

Private Bago Full-Day Tour from Yangon

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Visit the city of Bago on this 9-hour tour from Yangon with a guide and private hotel transfers. Once known as Hanthawaddy during Mon Kingdom of the 15th century, Bago is home to religious and cultural landmarks such as Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Kyakhat Wine Monastery, the Reclining Buddha of Shwe Tha Lyaung, Kyaikpun Pagoda, and the remains of Kanbawzathadi, a former palace. Lunch is included.
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  • 9 hours
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Yangon by Night: Burmese Market Tour

Yangon by Night: Burmese Market Tour

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Discover Yangon at night on a 2.5-hour walking tour through bustling markets and Chinatown’s atmospheric temples.  Get a glimpse of local life as you browse secondhand stalls on Shwe Bontha Street and duck into the neighborhood’s Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Pause for a drink at a sidewalk stand and follow your guide through the narrow lanes of a fresh produce market; practice your haggling skills, sample Burmese cuisine at tiny stalls and end your trip with a cold beer at Yangon’s famed 19th street night market. 
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Private Full Day Bago Excursion and Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace from Yangon

Private Full Day Bago Excursion and Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace from Yangon

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Drive through the countryside from Yangon to reach the former capital of the Mon kingdom, Bago, on this full-day private tour. Visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most important in Myanmar, the Four-Seated Buddha shrine, the 180-foot (55-meter) reclining Buddha, and much more. Learn about Buddhism and the history of the Mon kingdom from your guide as you walk around the city streets and markets.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Full-Day Highlights of Yangon Tour with Hotel or Airport Pickup

Private Full-Day Highlights of Yangon Tour with Hotel or Airport Pickup

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See Yangon’s highlights on a full-day tour that explores gleaming pagodas, colonial-era architecture, and the city’s colorful markets. With a private guide to lead the way, you’ll discover the stories and significance behind each thing you see, whether you’re sipping tea in a local shop or strolling past candle-lit shrines in Shwedagon Pagoda. Throughout the day, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the things that interest you, while taking in the energetic atmosphere of Myanmar’s largest city.
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  • 8 hours
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