Places of interest in Yangon
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2012 1:30 PM Last Post By: bun_cha
Oct 7, 2012 1:40 PM
Places of interest in YangonI am back again after my last trip cavorting with the elephants just off the Bago Yoma road to Prome that had me being invalided home. Now fit again or as fit as the above average 86 year old, I am planning a short trip next January. This time I will be accompanied by my wife, Heather, who I first met on her father's rubber estate after doing what I could to head the Japanese forces on their way out of Burma. I am going to be on a tight lead, no chance of returning to the Confluence of the Irrawaddy or to the Tenasserim Coast. Heather will stay in Yangon whilst I take my two 16 year old grand-daughters up country only as far as Mandalay/Maymo. We will have a few days in Yangon and I would like to hear of interesting places to take the girls after of course the Shwedagon and Sule Pagodas. I hope some of the 'old gang' are still around, as well as the newer travellors, to give me some ideas as well . Best wishes and thanks to you all. Ken
Oct 7, 2012 3:34 PM
1Hi Ken. brilliant! Try and stay out of trouble this time - no more messing with elephants!
How about a boat trip to Twante, see the potteries and pagoda, then back to Yangon by minibus.
Or by taxi to the Yele Paya, lovely little pagoda on an island in the river.
Botataung pagoda in late afternoon, then hang around the jetty near the pagoda, watch the colourful little ferry boats go back and forth, and feed the voracious seagulls with popcorn sold by charming kids.
Special splurge lunch at the Governor's residence, to see the lovely old building , fabulous gardens, and dine at a table with starched linen tablecloths and immaculate waiters.
Have a wonderful time.
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5There are so many places of interest in Yangon. They are Shwedagon pagoda, Chauk htat Gyi pagoda, Nga htat gyi pagoda,Botahtaung pagoda,Tooth relic Pagoda,Naga hlaing Gu Pagoda, Mai lamu Pagoda, Arlain Nga Sint Pagoda, Inya lake, Saint Mary's Cathedral,Yangon River jetty,
National Museum, National races village, Htaut Kyant war cemetery,Chinatown and Thanlyin and Kyauk-tan ( a short of drive from Yangon, Kyaut -tan Pagoda is in the middle of river.) and You can go to Bagon day trip by private taxi, out side of Yangon, 2:30hours drive from Yangon.
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11Which shop / stall in Yangon, in your opinion, serves the best Mohinga?
Oct 11, 2012 2:18 AM
12High Tea at The Strand Hotel
A walk along the path on Inle Lake
Visit Inya Lake
Pop in to Kandawgyi Palace for a drink (if you're not staying there)
The circle train ride (2-3 hrs) around Yangon
Day trip to Bago
Walk around the city and look at all of the gorgeous (mostly ruined) old colonial buildings
Lunch at Monsoon restaurant
Wander the art galleries (around the small back roads near Winner Inn)
Oct 11, 2012 6:43 AM
131. Great! :) Just what I was looking for in Julie_L's post! Appreciate the effort.
2. I thought there was not much to see in Yangon (after having visited Siem Reap and HCM) and was planning to get to Bagan for a day (fly out morning - fly back at night).
3. What about a visit to the house of Aung Sun Suu Kyi?
Oct 12, 2012 2:10 AM
14My apologies - I wrote Inle Lake when I actually meant Kandawgyi Lake!
Glad I could help, guys (even though I confused all of us). Yes, a lot of people do bypass Yangon completely to get to places further afield, which is a shame.
I should have mentioned that it's great to start your walk around Kandawgyi Lake around an hour before sunset, and to walk towards the royal barge first - when you turn around to go back you get Shwedagon Pagoda all lit up and an amazing sunset in the background. At that time of night it's mostly locals doing their exercises, which is always interesting. The boardwalk does close just on dark.
And if you go to Kandawgyi Palace for a drink at night be sure to head up to the top floor (just as you get out of the lift) for a wonderful view of Shwedagon Pagoda all lit up.
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