Two nights in Yangon.

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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Traveling in Myanmar.

Is it safe to travel alone in Myanmar?

As a solo traveler, this is one of the first questions I usually get from people who wants to travel somewhere. They ask me “Is it safe in x and x country? Can I travel there solo?”, to which o usually reply “It depends”. But when it comes to Myanmar, I can say that it felt very safe to travel in. Asides all the political issues in the country, I didn’t know much about Myanmar. I knew about Bagan and that was pretty much it. I didn’t know if it was seen as a safe country to travel in and if it was more troublesome traveling there as a female solo traveler.

My guard was still up the first two days, but it quickly changed after I got to actually talk to locals and befriend them. I realized it’s probably one of the safest countries to travel in. Well, that is, if you avoid the north. During my days in Myanmar, I walked around alone in Yangon, I took local buses to Ngapali Beach, I got into taxis, spoke to locals, went to more touristic sites such as Bagan, and less, like Hpa-An. Never once did I feel threatened or scared. I felt like the locals were just curious about who you were and why you were there.

Traveling solo can be hard and difficult because it means you have to take care of yourself. It’s even harder when the country you’re going to feels unsafe. So therefore I’m here to tell you that Myanmar is probably one of the safest places you can travel to. And the most beautiful! Tourism here is just starting to rise so if you know where to go, you can even find places that’s completely untouched by tourism. It’s a fascinating country that has everything you can wish for! The only thing that might be tough is the distances between places. For example, you have Bagan and Inle Lake, which are two of the biggest destinations in Myanmar. It takes around 8 hours to travel between them. Then you might want to go to Ngapali Beach, which is a whopping 20 hour bus ride from Bagan and from Ngapali to Yangon it’s another 16 hours on a bus. But if you’re asking me, it’s definitely worth it and you’ll be able to really see the country on a bus rather than always going on flights. It might sound like a hassle, but once you’re inside Myanmar, it’ll be all worth it.

Whether you are craving for beaches, city life, culture or want to learn more about the country’s fascinating and tumultuous history, you can get it all here in Myanmar.

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