Rangoon Travel Guide

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Rangoon Things to Do

  • Shwedagon Paya

    As Rudyard Kipling the famous English author and poet described a long time ago, Burma (now called Myanmar) is a "Land like no other," the Shwedagon pagoda in the former capital of Yangon is truly an architectural wonder like no other temple. Built 2,500 years ago on a hill, it is the country's most sacred and revered place of worship. The hill...

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  • Bogyoke (Scott) Market

    First of all, this market is officially called "Bogyoke Market" after General Aung San the father of Burma's independence. 'Bogyoke' is the Burmese term for General. However, it is still known as Scott Market even after all these years. The place is supposed to be named after J.G. Scott, an administrator during the British rule of Burma. Known for...

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  • Sule Paya

    This place is not to be missed. A lovely pagoda in the centre of downtown - a place of calm in the middle of hubbub. As an aside, when I paid my $2.00 US entry fee, they immediately ironed the bank notes :)

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  • Karaweik Royal Barge

    If you want to take in a Myanmar cultural show with dinner included, I would strongly recommend the Karaweik Palace floating restaurant on Kandawgyi Lake. (Kandawgyi means 'great royal lake'). I have been there several times and the cultural performance there is worth seeing. It lasts for about an hour and half with traditional dances from the...

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  • Botatung Paya

    This Image, in it's own pavilion, is a famous image from the Royal Palace Mandalay that was taken by the British and spent many years in the V & A Museum London. It was eventually returned and now resides here.

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  • Kandawgyi Park and Lake

    I was impressed by the expansive acres of land that are transformed into public parks. Nevertheless none of them lies in the very centre of the town (which reflects in a chaotic atmosphere). From Shwedagon and onwards beautiful public parks are there for people to have their pic nics or have a leisure walk. Due to limited time, we left our last day...

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Rangoon Restaurants

  • Sabai Sabai

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Sabai Sabai restaurant is obviously a very popular restaurant judging by the number of people there when we dined there. Next to us was a table of 20 Bumese people. The food was good - a little more expensive than average for Myanmar/Burma. As an aside if you catch a taxi to the restaurant organise that it will pick you up after an hour and...

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  • House of Memories Restaurant

    I chanced upon this restaurant during my previous visit (was it 14th or 15th? does it matter?) to Yangon. But the inspection of the house and its content brought back another connection.. of my late father visiting these premises during the time of independence. I felt i was on a pilgrimage, so it was only natural for me to invite a visitor from KL...

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  • Zawgyi

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Zawgyi is the place that most tourists find easily by themselves. It is located almost next to Bogyoke market and is very attractive with its nice terrace. So i usually find mostly westerners here. The food is good (the owner is a Frenchman) and there is choice in both western and asian food. Now that they have a new wood oven, the pizza is also...

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Rangoon Nightlife

  • The Ultimate Clubbing in Yangon

    Hi all,Well, most say there's pretty much nothing to do in Burma when it's come to nightlife or clubbing, well, they are wrong. I used to be among those people who thinks that there's nothing to do in Burma when it's come to Nightlife due to curfews and dangers. Well, all those are in the past, Burma has changed and it has in fact moved along with...

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  • Good place to hang out

    This place in popular with expats and locals alike, especially in the weekend. They have live music in the weekend (at least on the Saturdays when I've been there). They also have very good food with a more interesting choice than the so many so-called western (or european) places that spring up nowadays where a cheese burger is a bun with melted...

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  • BBQ street

    This street is where, in the evening, the road turns into a long line of BBQ restaurants. Ok, the restaurants are there in day-time too but then the street is still 'open' to cars. At around 5 the street gets taken over and the restaurants expand their business to outside..... It is a nice place to sit and have some BBQ-ed fish, a beer, or whatever...

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Rangoon Transportation

  • Bus, Rangoon / Yangon

    Bus 51 does not run to the Airport but has a stop (Sel Mine Gone) in about 700 meter distance, the rest you might have to walk. Leaves from Mahabandola Park street near Mahabandola Park, Sule Pagoda, 200 Kyat. For arriving (go out of the Airport and to the right until a big road wait there for the bus) only good if you have allready small Kyat...

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  • Taxi, Rangoon / Yangon

    Taxis are very cheap and plenty in rangoon, quite scary at night since somehow the turn off the front lights god knows why. However it beats any alternative since renting a car is not possible (there is not rent a car agencies) the Bus are overcrowed and dangerous. The best bet is to find a taxi man that can provide limousine services, There are...

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  • Airport, Rangoon / Airport

    Yangon International Airport is modern, comfortable and new! It has traditional facade of Burmese architectural building but the interior is totally modern and not much differences than other airports in the modern world. I am sure you are looking for information here regard the visa issue and the money exchange. Visa On Arrival: It is only...

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Rangoon Shopping

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  • Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market.

    This British built market is a huge maze of aisles, and stores clustered in "types", and houses the most comprehensive range of Myanma craft and souvenirs. It is very tourist oriented, and therefore not the cheapest source of items. However, the prices were very reasonable, and significantly cheaper than the hotel gift shop. The market is open 7...

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  • Theingyl Zei Market.

    This market is much cheaper than the Bogyoke Aung San Market, and the one most frequented by the locals. Whilst it does not have the same range of souvenir and tourist appealing merchandise, there are plenty of things of interest and allure for the ardent shopper! We were the only tourists in this market on the day of our visit - and we attracted...

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  • My favorite icecream shop

    Anybody who has been here for a while knows how difficult it can be to buy good ice cream. Sometimes the city mart will have something decent on offer but it is a hit-and-miss affair. Besides, from experience i know it doesn't taste half as good as the Gelato from this little shop. They make their ice cream themselves and all from natural...

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Rangoon Local Customs

  • Our man in Rangoon

    Mr Kyaw did not have to do it. He is a member of VT and had sent him an email requesting some help with a hotel. I usually stay at Yuzana Garden Hotel but they were not answering emails. Mr Kyaw suggested that I stay at Panorama and he got me a good price indeed and then recommended a nice resto, and i am sorry i didnt go there because of the heavy...

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  • the jolly man of anwahrata road

    What are you? Hindou or Moslem? No, I am an Yehudi. I am a moslem he called back but what does it matter, we are all human beings.. and for the next few minutes the pavement was filled with the sound of his laughter and the ambiance of his mirth..

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  • Local Telephone Booths

    Telephones or public phones as we know may not exist in Burma, but around each street corner, there would be a table with a few telephones placed on top.. you can make local landline or mobilephone calls or long dsitance calls to other towns. it is very cheap, local calls are only 100 kyats per minute (yuzana garden hotel charges 600 kyats per...

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Rangoon Warnings and Dangers

  • Money Matters.

    YANGON(RANGOON) THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT..When travelling in Burma ..as US Dollars are the currency of choice...make sure firstly that you have enough for your trip. (cash). I carried with me about a hundred dollars in small denominations a couple of $20's, $10's, $5's and singles..when paying taxes (entry and departure) try and have the...

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  • Footpaths / pavements.

    The footpaths in Yangon are highly irregular to say the least! There are a range of pavement styles, and few are without major subsidence, large cracks, uneven joins, and/or gaping big holes! Most of the holes will be full of litter and beetle nut spittle, and look fairly gross. Not to mention the harm you could do to legs, shins, ankles and feet...

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  • Water / hydration.

    BURMA I found travelling in Burma (Myanmar) to be the hottest place that I have ever been anywhere that I have travelled. When "out and about" for the day ALWAYS make sure that you carry with you more than sufficient fresh bottled water with you for the day. To say this place is like a furnace is an understatement. The chance of getting...

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Rangoon Tourist Traps

  • Airport Taxis

    Its easy to feel a bit dazed when you get through customs in a busy airport, especially when you are assailed by hopeful porters and taxi drivers. We accepted the services of a man, only to find that the deal included the driver and a potential "guide" - and the fare was US$12, rather than the advertised US$8 - we were in the car, with luggage...

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  • Money Changers on the Street - downtown...

    Be aware that you will be approached by money changers on the street downtown Yangon. They are not that persistant though and can be shaken off by a "no thanks" or putting up your hand.How legal they are would be questionable.

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  • Novices, Monks, and Nuns

    Myanmar is a very Buddhist country and you will see monks, nuns, and novices dressed in their traditional robes everywhere you go. This is not what I want to warn you about. In touristy places (which in Yangon means mostly around Bogyoke Market and Zawgyi restaurant) you will see young kids (boys and girls) dressed in robes begging for money. These...

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Rangoon What to Pack

  • INTERNATIONAL .POWER ADAPTOR PLUGS

    Travel as light as you can due to the extreme heat. I always just carry a small backpack with daily neccesities and my cameras and lenses (out of sight) Dont forget your bottled water.!!! I carry with me a small rolled up plastic poncho as tropical storms just happen in a moment. This also covers myself and my back/pack. A good comfortable pair of...

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  • Keep your hands clean and out of your...

    We always take a gel handwash on our holidays, and make sure we use it before we eat and periodically though the day. I have a bad habit of putting my fingers in my mouth - and the handwash is a good taste reminder not to do this. Its also a good idea to take the usual gut and butt medication - anti nausea and antidiarrhoea treatments are...

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  • Chain your Lonely Planet to your wrist

    We somehow managed to "lose" our Lonely Plant - which just disappeared into thin air! Then, we made the discovery that they are VERY difficult, if not impossible to purchase in Yangon, indeed Myanmar all over. We devoted hours on our first day to finding a book store which may hold a treasure - very disheartening process. Even upmarket hotel...

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Rangoon Off The Beaten Path

  • I didn't believe my eyes.

    One of the things I noticed in Myanmar (Burma) was the proliferation of religions and the apparent tolerance there is amongst the various groups. Obviously, Buddhism is the predominant faith, but there are many Hindu and Sikh places of worship, along with a noticeable Christian element and quite a number of Moslem mosques. What I wasn't quite...

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  • Abandoned buildings

    There are numerous abandoned building is Yangon. The most noticable is the Ministerial Buildings covering one entire block. This block is behind barbed wired toped walls and there are security guards, but there is also a community of men living in the grounds. You can see them in one of the photo's.

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  • Visit on Myanmar brewery Ltd.

    To visit Myanmar brewery Ltd. is free and easy. It is located in Yangon`s suburb . Singapore investments , very good management.Tennis court , football and volleyball fields.You can buy some beer souvenirs there.They produce Myanmar Lager , Tiger beer and ABC stout in bottles and cans, and also Anchor beer only in cans.My favourite is Myanmar...

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Rangoon Favorites

  • Myanmar Tourist Visa in Kuala Lumpur

    Most foreigners, including Malaysians need a visa to visit Myanmar. It is easy to get one, but not cheap! Since I live in Malaysia, I obtained my Myanmar Visa in Kuala Lumpur. It costs RM110 for a tourist visa plus RM30 administration charge, total RM140 (US$42) per person. You can visit the Ever Fine Services (M) Sdn Bhd near the Majid Jamek LRT...

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  • yangon-naypyitaw-Bagan

    you can use New High Way Road( Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw) for quickly.But you must drive slowly for your safety,100 kilometres per hour.And then you can travel Nay Pyi Taw to Bagan by highway bus.You can stay Nyun Oo township which is near Bagan.Some native are work as tourist guide.You can hire them for a day.they may help you for smooth travel.You...

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  • Entry Visa

    I believe that all visitors need an entry visa into Myanmar. Before I could travel to Myanmar, I had to apply for an entry visa. It cost me about US$50 (incl. processing) and submitted my passport to the Myanmar embassy.I submitted the following :- a visa application form consisting information on your stay, including your profession, other...

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