Top things to do in Nay Pyi Taw

Museum in Nay Pyi Taw

National Museum

After five years of construction, the massive National Museum opened in 2015, and is well worth visiting if you're passing through the capital. Though the building and its empty corridors feel much too large for the…
Gardens in Nay Pyi Taw

National Landmark Gardens

Spread across 400 acres, these gardens showcase Myanmar's grandest sites in miniature. Hop aboard a golf cart (a one-hour tour is included with admission), and zip from Kachin State to Mandalay, down to Yangon and b…
Thai in Nay Pyi Taw

Tai Kitchen

One of the capital's best restaurants not set in a hotel, Tai Kitchen whips up delicious chicken basil, whole steamed fish with lemon, Shan-style spare ribs and vegetable-filled rice cakes among other hits. It has a…
Italian in Nay Pyi Taw

Emerald Restaurant

Located inside the Emerald Hotel in the hotel zone in Nay Pyi Taw's south, this place serves excellent Italian dishes (with executive chef Dario Cattarinich at the helm), including gnocchi with Gorgonzola, veal osso…
Buddhist Temple in Nay Pyi Taw

Uppatasanti Paya

An act of merit-making by General Than Shwe and his wife, this 321ft tall golden pagoda – 1ft smaller than Yangon’s Shwedagon Paya – is impressive from afar (especially when illuminated at night), but up close betra…
Park in Nay Pyi Taw

Water Fountain Garden

More or less at the heart of Nay Pyi Taw is this government-built, 165-acre grassy park boasting ponds, swinging bridges, gardens, fountains, kitschy sculptures, a playground and a massive water slide (if you have c…
Food Hall in Nay Pyi Taw

Junction Centre

This large, modern shopping centre has many temptations for locals and expats alike, including good restaurants such as YKKO (mains K3500 to K5000) that serve hearty plates of pan-Asian cooking. There's also a spraw…
Asian in Nay Pyi Taw

Café Flight

To experience a Myanma Airways plane, clamber on to this one, parked in front of the Sky Palace Hotel. It's been turned into a cafe-bar serving draught Tiger beer, coffee and other drinks. For something other than d…
Burmese in Nay Pyi Taw

Maw Khan Nong

Join government workers at this lively canteen and beer station with a spacious outdoor terrace. Try the tasty fried catfish with bamboo shoots, or a good-value set lunch. Vegetarians can enjoy Shan-style steamed be…
International in Nay Pyi Taw

Santino

The menu at this appealing Western-style cafe, bakery and restaurant has something for everyone, kicking off with full American-style breakfasts and continuing with burgers, club sandwiches and pizza. There is also …