What to do in Yangon? — 10 best, must do in Yangon & top things to do in Yangon

Do you want to know what activities you should not miss if you go to Yangon on your own? The answers may be found right here in this post! So, what to do in Yangon, the Eden of the Orient? Check out our list of the top 10 things to do in Yangon, the best things to do in Yangon, and the must-do in Yangon to find out!

Bogyoke Aung San Market3, Yangon
Bogyoke Aung San Market, Yangon


Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon

Walking tour, Yangon

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Yangon street food


Yangon by night
Yangon downtown at night

Where is Yangon?

Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is commonly referred to be Myanmar’s “bright diamond” located in the country’s “heart.” This is the nation’s capital and largest city, and it is home to numerous historical landmarks and various cultures. Yangon City is also home to lively traditional marketplaces, delectable food, and a plethora of somber temples and pagodas. We guarantee that after your journey to Yangon, you will have a memorable check-in photo album.
It’s time to save these ten must-do activities for your next vacation to Yangon, Myanmar, popularly known as “The Garden City of the East.” What exactly are you waiting for?

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Yangon street

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See Buddha statue at Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

With Buddhists accounting for more than 90% of the population, it is unsurprising to find religious structures, temples, and pagodas with outstanding architectural styles throughout Myanmar. The Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Reclining Buddha statue) at Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple is also known as the “Sweet-Eyed Buddha Image,” because of the statue’s vibrant face, which transmits a calming sense via the understanding gaze in the eyes. A crown composed of diamonds and valuable stones is placed on the head, while letters and strange symbols are fashioned on the soles of the feet.

Chaukhtatgyi Paya

Chaukhtatgyi Paya

No matter if you are a Buddhist or not, Chaukhtatgyi Temple is worth putting in your Yangon travel checklist.

Wandering in Maha Bandula Park

Maha Bandula Park is located in the heart of Yangon. Visitors can see many renowned tourist destinations in the city from the park, such as City Town Hall, The Supreme Court, and so on; inside the park, there is the Independence Monument, which stands 50 meters tall, and other half-lion, half-dragon deity sculptures. After shooting all of the photographs and sitting on the grass to enjoy the fresh appearance, the park’s fresh environment feels fantastic and peaceful.

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Yangon City Hall

Travel to this park is included in the Yangon City Full-Day Tour for your convenience. No need to worry about transportation; simply wait at the hotel for our tour guides to arrive, and they will gladly take you back after the trip. Isn’t it really comfortable?

“Back to the past” at Yangon National Museum

Yangon National Museum is the only location that provides a comprehensive overview of the city’s history. This museum has about 5000 antiques and historical treasures, ranging from Buddha statues to magnificent golden broidered carpets. If I had to pick the most visible and interesting piece at the National Museum, it would be the 8-metre golden throne studded with beautiful diamonds.

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The giant golden throne | must do in yangon

Book Yangon National Museum Tour by Klook to explore 14 galleries and get a better knowledge of the legacy of Myanmar.

Find out your pottery talent

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In terms of history, clay pottery is one of Yangon’s most renowned cultures. The rich red clay of the Irrawaddy River has provided centuries upon generations of Myanmarese pottery artisans with an endless supply of wonders. It is important to take a pottery lesson to learn more about this traditional skill. The class provides you with the opportunity to make your own clay product, as well as a remarkable experience that guests will speak about for a long time after the trip.

Cruise the Irrawaddy River at Sunset in Bagan
Irrawaddy River

In Hands-on Yangon Walking Tour by Klook, tourists will take a public ferry across the mighty Yangon River, hop on a ‘dyna truck’ (a local taxi), to reach the major pottery area of the city.

Go on a pilgrimage to Shwedagon Golden Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Golden Pagoda has a pyramid construction and is a beautiful mix of gold and white colors. This is one of the country’s highest pagodas, standing more than 100 meters tall. Aside from CHaukhtatgyi Temple, Shwedagon Golden Pagoda is a renowned pilgrimage site because to its 2500-year history and the preservation of 8 hair strands of Gautama Buddha. When the sun goes down, the pagoda becomes so gorgeous and painting-like that sunset is the busiest time to visit.

Two young monks pray in front of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
Monks praying at Shwedagon

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda
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Shwedagon Pagoda

Extra tips for Yangon tours:

Because the Shwedagon Pagoda is large, visitors should carry nylon bags to put their shoes in. As a result, guests generally enter via one gate and depart through another. Having your shoes on hand will save you a lot of time since you won’t have to return to the entrance gate, and you won’t have to pay any checkroom costs. Long sleeves and less skin-revealing clothing are recommended for both men and women.

Watch the streets at night

When the sun sets down, Yangon city life becomes considerably more lively, with busy commercial activities ranging from snack foods to inexpensive shoes, clothing, and so on. Tasting excellent street delicacies such as grilled fish sticks or having a cool beer while viewing the city are worthwhile experiences.

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Food in Chinatown, Yangon1
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Bogyoke Aung San Market, Yangon

Furthermore, other “must-dos” when visiting Yangon include going to Street No.19 in China Town to enjoy grilled appetizers, wandering around gift stores at the night market, and many more. Klook recommends taking this Yangon Streets by Night Guided Tour to experience many recreational spots and activities, some of which are exclusively known to the locals.

“All you can eat” Yangon

Roti street food in Yangon | best things to do in yangon

Street food at Yangon market, Myanmar | best things to do in yangon
The ingredients to make the well-known tea leaf salad Photo: photobucket

Filling your empty stomach with local food is an unavoidable pastime during your self-sufficient Yangon excursion. Wandering around Yangon’s famed marketplaces, the pleasant appearance and taste of street delicacies such as dumplings, soups, dim sum, and noodles will fill both your eyes and stomach. Fresh fish curry and tea leaf salad – composed of cabbages, sliced tomatoes, drupes, and green peas – are the most popular meals in Yangon, according to visitors.
Attend our Yangon Food Tour to receive the greatest dining experience at the most prominent stores, vendors, and restaurants. You will not be sorry!

Buying souvenir gifts at Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market3, Yangon
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Despite the fact that Myanmar is rapidly urbanizing, no retail mall can compete with Bogyoke Aung San Market, which has over 2000 merchants. Bogyoke Aung San, the city’s busiest business district, is home to a plethora of handicraft shops, jewelry stores, antique shops, art galleries, and so on. Lacquer crafts, cloth purses, or handcrafted puppets in a variety of designs are recommended as unique souvenirs to give to family, friends, and relatives.

Bogyoke Aung San Market, Yangon

carpets in Bogyoke Aung San market, Yangon
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Bogyoke Aung San Market, Yangon1

Afraid of overbuying and unable to bring all of them to the airport? Do not worry, you have Klook’s Private Yangon International Airport Transfers (RGN) for Yangon service by your side. With our support, feel free to shop all and whenever you want without the hassle of transportation. The price is exceptionally inexpensive by the way.

Hang out by Kandawgyi Lake

Kandawgyi Lake,Yangon
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Kandawgyi Lake, also known as Royal Lake, is ideal for outdoor picnics, as the name suggests. The lake is set in a lovely park with several outdoor coffee shops and the historic Karaweik Palace, which has a spectacular golden restaurant. The garden that surrounds the lake is fairly large; there are lovely flowers, active trees that provide shade, and a vibrant natural landscape. There is also an orchid garden, a child zone, a zoo, and several souvenir stores, making it ideal for families visiting Yangon.

Kandawgyi National Park, yangon

Yangon which is like a glittering jewel in the center of Myanmar, one of the best places for you to visit in Myanmar. Image of top things to do in Yangon travel blog.
Kandawgyi National Park, one of the most beautiful places for you to visit when you come to Myanmar. | what to do in yangon
Kandawgyi lake
Monks walking around Kandawgyi lake.

When the night arrives, the reflection of Shwedagon Pagoda on Kandawgyi Lake seems like glowing, hence, this location becomes a perfect dating location for couples.

Enjoy some black tea

Tea establishments in Yangon provide freshly brewed tea and delectable food. On your vacation to Yangon, sample traditional delicacies like tea leaf salad, samosas, and paratha (Indian-style bread) while sipping the famed black tea or a refreshing cocktail. Tea drinking is one of Myanmar’s top traditions, or at least it is as prevalent in Yangon as the country’s many beautiful temples and pagodas. Do you want to learn more about Yangon’s cuisine? Check out our Yangon Food Tour; we cover breakfast, lunch, and supper in an all-inclusive package!

Samosa | what to do in yangon


Despite the fact that it hasn’t risen to the top of many people’s travel lists, Yangon is nevertheless a fantastic location with a plethora of unforgettable experiences. Don’t worry if Myanmar is unfamiliar to you. Download the Klook mobile app or visit the Klook website to receive some really entertaining Yangon recommendations as well as essential travel information!

Yangon traffic
Kandawgyi lake