Yangon in 12 hours

Written by Donovan January 20, 2015 Category: Asia, Myanmar Tags: , , , Comments

Yangon is just another big city, I would recommend that you don’t spend too much time in this city and head out to visit other parts of Myanmar. Yangon is currently served by budget airlines such as Tigerair, Jetstar, Airasia, and national airlines such as Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, MAI. The duration of the flight is about 3 hours.

Here are some things that you can do around Yangon, or the old name “Rangoon” if you have 12h to one day in the city.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Journey to Shwedagon Pagoda along with faithful Buddhist practitioners, who visit to honor the relics of previous Buddhas. This golden stupa, or pagoda, ranks among the holiest religious sites in Myanmar.


Head to the bustling Chinatown Yangon, a vibrant street brimming with local delicacies. Follow the crowds along this slightly chaotic street and you’ll enjoy a glimpse of everyday life as you watch locals buying ripe fruit in bulk and going about their business.

Maha Bandoola Garden

Kick back or take a stroll on the well-maintained grounds of Maha Bandoola Garden, a green lung of downtown Yangon. The park’s Independence Monument, an imposing obelisk which replaced a statue of Queen Victoria, commemorates the country’s 1948 independence from the British.

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Browse through Burmese handicrafts, foodstuffs, jewelry, paintings, lacquerware, and various hill-tribe textiles at Bogyoke Aung San Market, a major bazaar in downtown Yangon set in a large colorful colonial building.

Yangon Circle Line train

If you have more time to spend (note: at least 4 hours), you can hope onto the British-era railway through 29 miles of bumpy track in true old-fashioned train style, which  is the Yangoonie’s favourite way to travel cheap. The train starts running at 06:10 with the last departure at 22:00, but the full-circle line stops with the 17:10 departure.

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