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How to Spend 1 Day in Yangon

How to Spend 1 Day in Yangon

From chaotic street markets to Shwedagon Pagoda’s gleaming spire, Yangon is a colorful first taste of Myanmar for many travelers. With one day to experience Yangon, you can visit Theravada Buddhism’s holy sites, explore colonial-era architecture by train, and sample Myanmar’s vivid cuisine. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

 

Morning: Ride the Circular Train

Ride the Yangon Circular Train that loops for 28.5 miles (49.5 kilometers) through the city, and you’ll be exploring local neighborhoods with a friendly commuter crowd. Since the train departs from the historic Yangon Central Railway Station, check out the colonial-era landmark as you board one of the aging trains. Watch for food vendors hopping on at each station, and enjoy a glimpse of daily life as you pass through places where Yangon locals live and work. Riding the entire loop takes roughly three hours, but many tours of the Yangon Circular Train offer the chance to see a particularly interesting section, visit a market, and return to the starting point by vehicle.

Afternoon: See Shwedagon Pagoda

After pausing for a late lunch, head to Yangon’s most famous landmark: Shwedagon Pagoda is a Buddhist shrine and an important symbol of the city. Whether you’re visiting on your own or taking a tour, leave plenty of time to take in the unique atmosphere here, browsing the surrounding market stalls or strolling past shrines with flickering candles. Linger long enough, and you’ll see the golden pagoda glow in the sunset light—it’s why early evening is a wonderful time to photograph Shwedagon Pagoda.

Night: Discover the Night Markets

When daytime heat begins to ease, Yangon markets fill up with local crowds. There’s plenty to eat, drink, and see at the 19th Street night market, while Chinatown’s shops and restaurants stay bustling well into the evening. Instead of eating a single dinner, sample a little bit of everything as you stroll through these areas. To learn more about the unique food and drink you’ll find along the way, consider a food or market tour that highlights delicacies you won’t find anywhere else.

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Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop

Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop

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Hop aboard the circular train in Yangon for an authentic experience of the city and its suburbs. Traveling with a knowledgeable, local guide on this commuter line gives you the chance to witness daily life in the former capital of Myanmar (Burma) as it passes through suburban districts rarely visited by tourists. Disembark to experience vibrant markets, colorful shops, and the largest cathedral in Myanmar. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a more personal experience on the circular route.
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  • 6 hours
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$37.00
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Private Yangon City Tour Including Lunch With English Local Tour Guide

Private Yangon City Tour Including Lunch With English Local Tour Guide

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Explore Yangon for a day with your own private guide who shares the highlights of Myanmar’ capital city. Visit top attractions including Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, and Chaukhtatgyi Temple; browse exhibits at the National Museum; and see evidence of the British influence in the city center. Go shopping at Bogyoke Aung Sun Market on a private tour with flexible itinerary that includes lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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$122.06
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Tradition and Culture Small-Group Tour in Yangon, Including Shwedagon Pagoda Visit

Tradition and Culture Small-Group Tour in Yangon, Including Shwedagon Pagoda Visit

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Discover Yangon on a 4-hour, small group city tour through the onetime capital of British Burma. Explore a residential neighborhood and walk along the shores of Kandawgyi Lake. Pause for refreshments at a local teahouse then visit Yangon’s most iconic landmark, Shwedagon Pagoda; take in the gleaming dome that dominates the city skyline, light a candle at a gilded shrine and enjoy the hushed and tranquil atmosphere of a renowned Buddhist temple.
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  • 4 hours
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$52.00
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Private Yangon Day Tour with Circular Train

Private Yangon Day Tour with Circular Train

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Explore Yangon on an 8-hour private tour with a guide who introduces you to the sights of this former British colonial city, also known as Rangoon. You'll take a ride on the Yangon Circular Train and enjoy a walking tour around city streets to see landmarks and colonial architecture while learning about the history and culture of the area. Lunch is included.
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  • 8 hours
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$70.52
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Yangon by Night: Burmese Market Tour

Yangon by Night: Burmese Market Tour

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Discover Yangon at night on a 2.5-hour walking tour through bustling markets and Chinatown’s atmospheric temples.  Get a glimpse of local life as you browse secondhand stalls on Shwe Bontha Street and duck into the neighborhood’s Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Pause for a drink at a sidewalk stand and follow your guide through the narrow lanes of a fresh produce market; practice your haggling skills, sample Burmese cuisine at tiny stalls and end your trip with a cold beer at Yangon’s famed 19th street night market. 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Spiritual Shwedagon Pagoda Join in Tour in Yangon

Half-Day Spiritual Shwedagon Pagoda Join in Tour in Yangon

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Explore Myanmar’s most iconic landmark on a half-day, small-group walking tour that includes a classic Burmese breakfast, a neighborhood tour, and a guided visit at Shwedagon Pagoda. Rich with distinctively Burmese symbolism, Shwedagon Pagoda’s shrines, rites, and traditions are often hard for first time visitors to interpret, but the small-group format of this tour is designed for a more in-depth experience of the site.
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  • 4 hours
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