Two nights in Yangon
Myanmar is one of the countries that is bound to receive more tourists in the upcoming years. I knew that I had to travel there before tourism boomed so I booked my flight from Vietnam to Yangon with no expectations. Arriving to Yangon, I couldn’t contain my excitement. My first impression of it was that I thought it looked much more developed than I had imagined. There weren’t any motorbikes on the road either, just a bunch of cars. It felt very different from the previous country I visited, Vietnam, and I just knew that I would love it.
Many people who travel to Myanmar either end in Yangon or start there. I stayed for two nights which was enough for me. If you’re also going to stay in Yangon for a few days, here is what I recommend you to do.
Where to stay
In my opinion, there’s no better place to stay at than Bodhi Nava Café & Hostel. Although a bit more expensive than other hostels, it’s definitely worth it if you want to stay at a warm, welcoming, clean place with a really beautiful café which serves some kickass smoothie bowls. Although it’s a bit outside of the city centre, I found that to be a relief. The area itself is quiet and calm, and it only takes about 10 minutes to walk to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the main sight to see in Yangon. It’s one of the most beautiful hostels I’ve ever stayed in and I would happily return to Yangon just to go there again.
What to do
Yangon can be a bit messy, chaotic and crowded, but there’s a few hidden gems that’s worth visiting in the city. First of all, you must walk to Chinatown. This area is by far the most interesting in Yangon and when night falls, you must go to 19th street in Chinatown. It’s a busy area with bars, food stalls and restaurants, where you can indulge in some Burmese or Chinese food.
Away from the city centre lies the massive Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the main attractions in Yangon. Go here for either sunrise or sunset. If you want less crowds, you should try to make it for the sunrise. Not only is there almost no people there, the pagoda itself is incredible when you finally see it in its full glory.
What to eat
If you are tired of eating fried food and rice, make your way to ‘Nourish Café’ where they serve delicious vegan food. Not only is the food fresh, it also tastes divine and is healthy. They also have desserts there such as vegan muffins. The atmosphere itself is also very relaxed and you’ll find lots of expats sitting there, working on their computer.
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