PLACE TO VISIT IN YANGON
1. The Zoo Yangon Zoological Gardens is the oldest zoo in Myanmar, it was opened in 1901 in honour of then regent Queen Victoria. It has nearly 200 species and 1,100 animals all together in a 70 acre recreational park. Fees for adult cost only K1,000 and for child, it costs K500. Open daily from 8am to 6pm. Address- No. 40, Kabaraye Pagoda Road, Dagon Township,yangon.
2. U Thant House U Thant, general secretary of UN from 1961 to 1971 is famous for his great political and diplomatic skills, revered abroad and at home. His house was rebuilt by his son U Thant Myint Oo, who launched a museum in 2012. His speeches are screened in the upstairs floor and entrance fee is K5000. Open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Address- No. 31, Pan Wah lane, Yangon, Kamaryut Township, Myanmar. 09 32100785
3. 19th street The street of bars and snacks, visitors can choose from plenty of barbeque on this street. The scene starts to gain some momentum around 6pm (after office hours) and gets crowded until around 11pm. Cheap and fresh bbq and beers makes the street memorable. Restaurants and bars are open daily from about 5pm to midnight. Address- 19th street, China Town, Lathar Township, Yangon.
4. Botahtaung Harbor Enjoying sunset views from Botahtaung harbor is always a good idea regardless of circumstances. You can observe the busy bees that come to work in Yangon from Dala township passing over the Yangon River. If you desire, you can take the ferry boat to another side at a cheap price (only K200). From the early morning until late at night, the harbor is alive and even festive with food stalls and visitors. Address- Botahtaung harbor, Botahtaung Township, Yangon.
5. Hlawga wildlife park Run away from the noisy city life to Hlawga jungle. It only takes about 1 hour to drive. Right away, you will encounter the monkey village, so if you bring bananas, they will be happy to tour you around. Hippo, dears, elephants and other animals can be found in wider, less oppressive spaces than Yangon’s Zoo, mentioned above. Fee is K5000 for adult and K3000 for child. Opens from 6am to 5pm. Address-hlawga Park, Mingaladon Township, Yangon.
6. Bogyoke Market The colonial bazaar, which opened in 1926 as a Scott market, and still remains a major attraction (or trap) to tourists, sells everything from vegetables to gems. The always busy market compound can accommodate space for tasteful street snacks and a place to relax. Traditional slippers belonging to ethnic groups can be found among other rare regalia and for art crazies - the galleries are also open. Market opens daily 9am to 5pm except Monday. Address- Bogyoke Market, Pabedan Township, Yangon. 7. Inya Lake It provides the water supply to Yangon citizens. The lake was made a reservoir in 1882 but later, it became the largest recreational lake in Myanmar. It was also a historical place for university students - the revolution in 1988 (people died in it). In the evening, the lake from Pyay road side is swelling with visitors. Open daily from 6am to 11pm. Address-inya Lake, Pyay road and Kabaraye Pagoda Road, Yangon.
8. Circular Train Taking the train is the best firsthand experience of the people’s living because it is mainly used for daily transportation. There are 39 stations along the railway but ticket price is only K200. From the early morning until around 9:30am, and again in evening around 5pm to 7pm, the trains are crowded with their daily riders. Vendors and different views of Yangon can be found in and out of the trains. Address-yangon central Railway Station, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, Yangon. 9. Kyaik Hmaw Wun Pagoda It is also well known as Yele Kyauk Tan Pagoda because it was built in center of Hmaw Wun creek, tributary of the Yangon River in Kyauktan Township. It takes about one hour from Yangon downtown but since you pass the Than Lyin bridge, the views are different, resembling more a rural area. To arrive at the pagoda, all people have to take ferry boats and nearby, there are many juice shops. Address-kyauktan Township, Yangon Region.
10. Indoor Skydiving Yangon Opened last year and run by the Tatmadaw, this is the first indoor skydiving centre in Yangon. The senseation of excitement and experience of the air tunnel will make you feel younger. For locals, it costs K30,000 for 2 minutes. There is a 20 minutes package with groups that will cost K18,0000. For foreigners, the package price is $180. Open daily from 9am to 8pm. Address- 9 Mile, Taw Win Road, Mayangon Township, Yangon. 09 766699222