- Geography of Myanmar
- 10 Things to Do in Yangon
- Two things to do in Yangon sightseeing (suburbs)
- 10 Things to Do in Mandalay Sightseeing
Geography of Myanmar
Myanmar is a country sandwiched between India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. The southern part of the country is barely grazed by the East-West Economic Corridor, an important economic corridor in Southeast Asia.
The old city of Yangon is located in the south and reigns as the largest city in Myanmar. Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city, is located in the center of the country, and Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital, is located between Yangon and Mandalay.
10 Things to Do in Yangon
I think it is easy to do sightseeing in Yangon because the tourist attractions are relatively concentrated in the center of the city. [MAP] The following is a list of things to do when you come to Yangon for sightseeing.
Healing at Shwedagon Pagoda
Legend has it that the Shwedagon Pagoda was built about 2,500 years ago, but actual studies and surveys suggest that it was built between the 6th and 10th centuries.
In 1608, the Portuguese explorer Filip de Brito e Nicote plundered Shwedagon, and when he was crossing the Bago River to carry the bells in Shwedagon to make materials for cannons, he dropped the bells into the river and could not retrieve them again.
Shwedagon Pagoda Hours and Entrance Fees
- Opening hours: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Entrance fee: 10,000 kyat
Enlightenment at Sule Pagoda
A chedi in the center of Yangon. It is said to have been built more than 2,500 years before the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Take a Yangon water bus
A water bus connecting Botahtaung to Insein in Yangon opened in 2017.
Reference: Yangon water buses begin operation（http://www.moi.gov.mm/moi:eng/?q=news/7/10/2017/id-11674）
Shopping at Bogyoke Market
The official name is Bojo Aung San Market (formerly known as Scott’s Market).
A large bazaar in the village of Pabudan in the center of Yangon, Myanmar. Known for its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, this market is a tourist attraction that features antiques, Myanmar handicraft and jewelry stores, art galleries, and clothing stores.
Bojo Aung San Market is also a market with a popular black market money exchange. The market is lined with many stores selling medicines, food, clothes, and foreign products to local shoppers.
Bojo Market hours of operation
- Opening hours: 10:00 – 16:30
- Closed: Mondays and national holidays
Naypyitaw Gems Museum is an eternal sparkle
Jewelry Museum Hours and Fees
- Business hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Closed: Monday and national holidays
- Fee: 5USD
Sleeping with Reclining Buddha in Chaukhtatgyi Temple
Apparently, it was built by the Japanese.
Chautauji Sleeping Buddha’s business hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Two things to do in Yangon sightseeing (suburbs)
Pushing Golden Rock (Kyaiktiyo Pagoda)
A five-hour drive from Yangon.
Visiting the Kyautan Yelai Pagoda from the sea.
One and a half hour drive from Yangon.
10 Things to Do in Mandalay Sightseeing
Along with Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia, it is one of the three major Buddhist sites in the world.
How to get to Bagan
(Part 1) One hour flight from Yangon
Walking on the world’s longest wooden bridge, the U Bein Bridge
Fascinated by the sculptures at Shwenandaw Monastery
Wood carving decoration, wooden temple. Hats off to the meticulousness of the carvings.
Counting the number of white stupas at Kuthodaw Pagoda
The number of stone slabs is said to be one of the largest Buddhist scriptures in the world. The marble stone slabs are contained in each stupa.
Meet the Golden Pigs at the Kakku Pagodas Complex
The golden pig that discovered the Kakoo ruins and prayed from morning to night is enshrined here.
Achieve Happiness and Beauty at Pindaya Caves
The cave temple houses more than 8,000 golden Buddha images. It is said that if you apply the sweat of one of these Perspiring Buddhas to your body, it will bring you happiness and beauty.
How to get to the Pindaya Caves
(1) Fly from Mandalay to Heho, then take a bus over the mountain.
(2) 3 hours by bus from Inle Lake.