Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda at nightOne of the places that you must pay a visit in Yangon (Rangoon) is the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Believed to be the first padoda ever built on Earth, Shwedagon is the centre of worship and devotion for all the Buddhist in Myanmar (Burma). Myanmar (Burmese) Buddhists believe Shwedagon was built around 2,500 years ago, during the time of Lord Buddha, although archiologists believe the pagoda was built during 6 and 10 century AD by Mons. Whether this claim is true or not nobody knows, Shwegadon read more


Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market Yangon

If you ever visit Yangon, one place you must go is Bogyoke Aung San Market. Even if you have no intention of buying anything from the market, the place is a must go place for tourists. Nearly one hundred years old now, the market is one of the oldest markets in Yangon. Previously known as Scott’s Market, the name was later changed to Bogyoke Aung read more



Yangon Taxi

Like any other cities in the world, Yangon has a lot of taxis running the streets of the city. Unlike other cities in the world, taxis in Yangon are not metered, that means there is no meter to calculate the fare. In fact, there is not a single taxi with a meter in Yangon. (However, this might change in the near future as the Yangon municipality has plans to install meters in taxis). So you have to bargain with the taxi driver when you hire a taxi. Usually most taxi drivers ask read more

Cinema Halls in Yangon

Compared to other capital cities of South East Asia, Yangon has fewer cinema halls. And most of them are quite old, dating back to as far as the colonial period. There are about six or seven cinema halls in downtown Yangon which show Hollywood, Bollywood (Indian movies) and local movies. They usually play four shows a day.

In Myanmar, the cinema halls are single theater types, usually having two levels of seating. On first level, there are usually three or four classes with the front seats being read more

Good Shan Noodle Shops in Yangon

If you want to have good Shan noodle in Yangon, go no other than “999” Shan Noodle on 34th Street, Mid Bloc (where the City Hall is situated). The restaurant is quite clean and tidy, and sells good quality food. They also provide English language menu so it is quite convenient to bring foreigner friends there. The noodle is less oily, thus quite palatable to the foreigners. Shan Sour Rice here is quite excellent.

999 Shan Noodle Shop in Yangon
999 Shan Noodle Shop in Yangon
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Another Shan noodle shop worth mentioning is “Shwe Ne Sat”, read more

Myanmar Restaurants in Yangon

When you visit Myanmar, you might want to try some Myanmar dishes. For most foreign visitors, this can be easily done at a local Myanmar restaurant. There are a number of restaurants in Yangon and all over the country, which offer delicious Myanmar cuisine. The only problem for a foreign visitor would be to find a nice and decent Myanmar restaurant, and what dish to order.

Most restaurants in Myanmar that sell Myanmar dishes are not intended for foreigners. Their main customers are local Myanmar read more