Bagan and Yangon, Myanmar

Kiki Suzuki

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5 days in Myanmar covering the cities of Yangon and Bagan.

Rangoon Tea House

Rangoon Tea House, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

We had a quick dinner at the Rangoon Tea House in Yangon which was great. Burmese Tea Shop cuisine as we've come to know came over to Burma (Myanmar) during a time of high migration in the late 1920's from British India when tea shops were beginning to appear everywhere. The tea house itself has been completely renovated and is a cool place to grab a bite, tea or cocktail.
Not to miss: the Tea Leaf Salad.

Sule Shangri-La Yangon

Sule Shangri-La Yangon, Sule Pagoda Road, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Excellent location with all you'd come to expect with staying at a Shangri-La property. We had the breakfast buffet at the in-house restaurant which was everything you'd expect in Asia. We also had the lunch buffet which is forgettable, do yourself a favour and go to another restaurant in the city.
The spa is nice, but the massage was pretty whatever. You'll need to book in advance if you're looking for an appointment the day of, which might be difficult to get.
The gym facilities are proper- very nice and very clean.
Taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost you about $10USD if you grab a taxi from the airport. You can also use the app Grab Taxi and book from phone, however, the taxi's from the airport are safe, efficient and clean.
There is an ATM in the lobby of the hotel so getting Kyat is no problem at all.

999 Shan Noodle Shop

999 Shan Noodle Shop, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Super local (and small) noodle shop with delish food. We came here for a bite after riding the circle train line for 3 hours and was not disappointed. I had the fried noodles, my husband had something else I don't recall and we had the wontons which were AMAZING! People eat here at all hours of the day, starting with Breakfast. The food is high value for low cost.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

A trip to Yangon is completely pointless without a proper visit to The Shwedagon Pagoda. The 326 foot tall pagoda is a gilded stupa situated on Singuttara Hill which dominates the Yangon skyline. Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and is believed to have been built between the 6th and 10th centuries AD.

Foreigners need to pay a small fee to enter the Pagoda- cash only. Proper Buddhist temple attire is enforced- covered legs for both men and women- tight pants like leggings are not permitted. You also must cover your shoulders, meaning no tank tops. You also are not permitted to wear shoes or socks so be sure you're aware of that.

This is absolutely a DON'T MISS when visiting Yangon. We went during the daytime and again at night to see the Pagoda illuminated in the evening.

Riding the Yangon Circle Line

Yangon Central Railway Station, Kun Chan Road, Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar (Burma)

For a nominal fee, like $1-2 USD you can experience the local life in Yangon as you travel for three hours through the city’s rural landscape. While Yangon is a fast-paced, chaotic city to get lost in, riding the Circle Line train provides a window into the daily routine of the Myanmar people away from the commercial center of the country.

Make sure you pack water and snacks as the ride is 3 hours long, also no facilities onboard so be aware of that. The trains are old, and it's hot (no AC obviously) and can get crowded until you start to reach further out of the city center. The Yangon Circle train departs daily from Yangon Central Railway Station from 8:30am and departs every 45 minutes to an hour, from platforms 6 and 7.

Hot Air Ballooning in Bagan

Oriental Balloning, Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)

When in Bagan, booking a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon is quite customary and one of the biggest draws of the region to see the archelogical area of the Temples of Bagan.

There are only like 3 companies that operate these balloons and they only fly for sunrises, so space is limited and best to book as far as in advance as you possibly can. While the cost is expensive, $400USD per person for a 8-12 person basket, the experience is absolutely worth the price and the early wakeup. The cost includes pickup and drop-off from your lodging as well as coffee and tea and pastries in the morning before being instructed on the safely procedures and prior to the balloons inflation.

We chose Oriental Ballooning as the other companies were already booked for the morning we wanted to go. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world and cannot recommend it enough.

Alternatively, getting up for the sunrise and to see the balloons take-off from the ground at one of the many pagodas is also an awesome sight to see. I would recommend both if you've got the means and the time.

Temples of Bagan

Bagan, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay region of Myanmar and from the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas were constructed. 2,200 temples and pagodas exist today over a 30 mile radius.

The best way to see these pagodas and temples is to rent an E-Bike from any of the local shops and just go explore. Buddhist temple attire is required, even though you may not see a single soul at any of the lesser known temples, is is customary to cover your legs and shoulders and you cannot wear shoes on or inside of the temples and pagodas.

Also note, at the more well-known temples there will be local children selling Myanmar handicrafts and postcards. They're hustlers, so if you aren't interested be firm in telling them no.

Make sure you catch the sunrise and sunset at any of the pagodas and temples!

 

Rangoon Tea House

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Rangoon Tea House, Yangon
We had a quick dinner at the Rangoon Tea House in Yangon which was great. Burmese Tea Shop cuisine as we've come to know came over to Burma (Myanmar) during a time of high migration in the late 1920's from British India when tea shops were beginning to appear everywhere. The tea house itself has been completely renovated and is a cool place to grab a bite, tea or cocktail.
Not to miss: the Tea Leaf Salad.
 

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Sule Shangri-La Yangon

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Sule Shangri-La Yangon, Sule Pagoda Road
Excellent location with all you'd come to expect with staying at a Shangri-La property. We had the breakfast buffet at the in-house restaurant which was everything you'd expect in Asia. We also had the lunch buffet which is forgettable, do yourself a favour and go to another restaurant in the city.
The spa is nice, but the massage was pretty whatever. You'll need to book in advance if you're looking for an appointment the day of, which might be difficult to get.
The gym facilities are proper- very nice and very clean.
Taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost you about $10USD if you grab a taxi from the airport. You can also use the app Grab Taxi and book from phone, however, the taxi's from the airport are safe, efficient and clean.
There is an ATM in the lobby of the hotel so getting Kyat is no problem at all.
 

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999 Shan Noodle Shop

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999 Shan Noodle Shop, Yangon
Super local (and small) noodle shop with delish food. We came here for a bite after riding the circle train line for 3 hours and was not disappointed. I had the fried noodles, my husband had something else I don't recall and we had the wontons which were AMAZING! People eat here at all hours of the day, starting with Breakfast. The food is high value for low cost.
 

View on Map

 

Shwedagon Pagoda

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
A trip to Yangon is completely pointless without a proper visit to The Shwedagon Pagoda. The 326 foot tall pagoda is a gilded stupa situated on Singuttara Hill which dominates the Yangon skyline. Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and is believed to have been built between the 6th and 10th centuries AD.

Foreigners need to pay a small fee to enter the Pagoda- cash only. Proper Buddhist temple attire is enforced- covered legs for both men and women- tight pants like leggings are not permitted. You also must cover your shoulders, meaning no tank tops. You also are not permitted to wear shoes or socks so be sure you're aware of that.

This is absolutely a DON'T MISS when visiting Yangon. We went during the daytime and again at night to see the Pagoda illuminated in the evening.
 

View on Map

 

Riding the Yangon Circle Line

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Yangon Central Railway Station, Kun Chan Road
For a nominal fee, like $1-2 USD you can experience the local life in Yangon as you travel for three hours through the city’s rural landscape. While Yangon is a fast-paced, chaotic city to get lost in, riding the Circle Line train provides a window into the daily routine of the Myanmar people away from the commercial center of the country.

Make sure you pack water and snacks as the ride is 3 hours long, also no facilities onboard so be aware of that. The trains are old, and it's hot (no AC obviously) and can get crowded until you start to reach further out of the city center. The Yangon Circle train departs daily from Yangon Central Railway Station from 8:30am and departs every 45 minutes to an hour, from platforms 6 and 7.
 

View on Map

 

Hot Air Ballooning in Bagan

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Oriental Balloning, Nyaung-U
When in Bagan, booking a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon is quite customary and one of the biggest draws of the region to see the archelogical area of the Temples of Bagan.

There are only like 3 companies that operate these balloons and they only fly for sunrises, so space is limited and best to book as far as in advance as you possibly can. While the cost is expensive, $400USD per person for a 8-12 person basket, the experience is absolutely worth the price and the early wakeup. The cost includes pickup and drop-off from your lodging as well as coffee and tea and pastries in the morning before being instructed on the safely procedures and prior to the balloons inflation.

We chose Oriental Ballooning as the other companies were already booked for the morning we wanted to go. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world and cannot recommend it enough.

Alternatively, getting up for the sunrise and to see the balloons take-off from the ground at one of the many pagodas is also an awesome sight to see. I would recommend both if you've got the means and the time.
 

View on Map

 

Temples of Bagan

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Bagan, Mandalay Region
Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay region of Myanmar and from the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas were constructed. 2,200 temples and pagodas exist today over a 30 mile radius.

The best way to see these pagodas and temples is to rent an E-Bike from any of the local shops and just go explore. Buddhist temple attire is required, even though you may not see a single soul at any of the lesser known temples, is is customary to cover your legs and shoulders and you cannot wear shoes on or inside of the temples and pagodas.

Also note, at the more well-known temples there will be local children selling Myanmar handicrafts and postcards. They're hustlers, so if you aren't interested be firm in telling them no.

Make sure you catch the sunrise and sunset at any of the pagodas and temples!
 

View on Map