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What to Do in Yangon

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Although usurped as the country’s capital by Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains Myanmar’s biggest and most important city by quite some distance. Despite all the development, there’s much that remains unchanged. The grid-like warren of streets in the city center shelter some of the region’s best-preserved colonial architecture. The Shwedagon Pagoda, meanwhile, is one of the most inspiring religious structures in the region.
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
I absolutely adore spending time in Myanmar and I jump at every chance I can to get myself there. Many of the quirky touches I love often involve some kind of heritage or history. Possibly out of need and necessity rather than to clutch to the...
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Strand Rd, Yangon MMR013017, Myanmar (Burma)
If you're looking for an authentic shopping experience, you can do worse than the Night Market at the Botataung Paya. The Paya, located near the river in Southern Rangoon, is one of the city's grandest sights lit up at night. On the Paya grounds...
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Do yourself a favor and visit Shwedagon Pagoda when it's nearing dusk. The character of the gold (and the huge diamond at the top) changes every minute in the melting sunlight and the temple comes alive with candles at night.
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Lanmadaw, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
This gentleman showed me how they roll beetlenut, which they chew as a stimulant. It turns their mouths and teeth black. Probably not a good habit.
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Sule Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
I was peeking out of the window at the hostel where my friend was staying. And, there it was, the Sule Pagoda, a Burmese stupa situated in the center of downtown Yangon. I knew I had the best seat of the house to take the shot.
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
The Circular Train in Yangon makes a loop servicing other towns and suburbs nearby. Locals get in and out at every stops, while others take the opportunity to sell while trying to balance the tray of fruits on a moving train.
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
"No mishy mashy, only the truth.” I sat with Daw Bertie for a while on the multi-colored plastic stepping stools that dotted the sidewalks and roadsides of Burma. We sat drinking Birdy Brand instant coffee out of mismatched china teacups and...
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85-87 Thein Phyu Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
This delightful restaurant serves up a variety of Southeast-Asian cuisines, from Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The decor is friendly and ambient. There is a fair trade shop above the restaurant called 'Helping Hands' which showcases...
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Maha Bandula Park Street, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Join the crowd of courting couples, families and individuals all enjoying the end of the day while taking in the sights that surround the Garden. On one side the Sule Paya, on another the old High Court, City Hall (pictured) taking up another part...
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92 Strand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Have a draught Dagon (the local Myanmar beer) at the bar of the venerable Strand Hotel in Yangon. Built in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers who were also responsible for the Raffles in Singapore and the E and O in Penang, the bar with its efficient...
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39 Golden Valley, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Located in the area of Yangon known as 'Golden Valley,' the Mangosteen Mansion is an artisan workshop, gallery and showroom as well as the 20 year residence and work-space of famed French sculpture artist and designer Patrick Robert. In addition...
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Kyun Taw Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
After several intriguing reviews we decided it was time to check out the Drug Elimination Museum, the name itself is enough to make you curious. This national oddity did not disappoint. Make sure to visit with equal parts understanding and...
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Ko San sits in the middle of Chinatown’s popular 19th St. Of the many beerstands and restaurants that line the crowded alley, Ko San is the only one serving up 800 kyat mojitos. Enjoy the bar’s signature cocktail with freshly made chips and...