Burma is the new must-see destination in South East Asia. Relatively untouched by tourism for many years, the whole country seems to have remained stuck in the past. Rangoon (or “Yangon”, and officially Yangon) was an exotic and romantic name for centuries and has inspired artists such as George Orwell (1984) and Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book) However, things change quickly and we saw (and still see) appear fast food, from mobile phones, etc … and everything indicates that Burma is accelerating its integration into the 21st century. Here are some ideas of tours and activities to do in Rangoon in Burma‘s largest city:
1. Shwedagon Pagoda
If you need to see one thing in Rangoon, it must be the Shwedagon Pagoda. It is the treasure of the nation, and a place of worship must for every Burmese. The main stupa at Shwedagon, which means “gold” in Burmese claims contain the hair of Buddha himself, and jewelry hanging at the top of the building are valued at over a billion dollars. Visit in the late afternoon is best because there is a hushed and mystical atmosphere, families meeting and pilgrims paying homage, and you can get a magnificent view of the sunset from the southwest corner. The entrance to Shwedagon is about 7 € 50 for foreigners. If you can, hire a guide because their knowledge of the history of the pagodas is awesome! After sunset, the ideal is to have a drink on a rooftop not far to get a view of the pagoda and the city at dusk.
2. Inya and Kandawgyi lakes
Rangoon hosts two large artificial lakes , Inya and Kandawgyi. Both are good places to soak up the atmosphere among the locals, and a perfect place for a romantic stroll or a relaxing time. Inya Lake is the larger of the two, and the area surrounding it is one of the richest neighborhoods with most embassies, the University of Yangon, and the house of Aung San Suu Kyi nearby.
As lakes, Rangoon, it is also a large meandering river is a popular navigation path and one of the main reasons the British invasion in 1819. If you want to escape the city, then take a ferry on the River to the small rural village of Dala. Despite its location, Dala is still a very traditional village with houses made of bamboo and dirt roads. There are no cars here, but you can hire a rickshaw for you to visit the village and its relaxed lifestyle. Dala receives few visitors, and there is no tourist industry, but the “cyclo-pushers” usually speak enough English to explain things. To get to Dala, simply go to the river and take the ferry across. There is a ferry, and it is easy to find. Ticket prices are € 1.5 to 3.5 (depending on the mood of the agent service), and you must write your name and country in a book. The journey takes about 20 minutes, and there are traditional Burmese snacks on board.
4. Stroll through downtown
The architecture ruined Rangoon and colonial buildings are something to see. Take a walk in the center, and you will find the streets led by the activity, but you can expect from prying eyes and greetings as tourism (and foreigners) is still relatively new to the people. Strolling through the streets, do not forget to take a break for tea (or coffee) (very sweet) on the sidewalk on a low chairs, but always hot drink whatever the temperature.
The most famous Bogyoke market Myanmar (Burma) (or Boyote), is ideal for buying antiques, gold, souvenirs, or longyis (traditional dress). You will be amazed at the bargains to be had, but do not change money on the market, even if the rate looks good, you’re likely to be scammed. After shopping, cross the street to get in a great hotel for a relaxing time in air-conditioned luxury. They serve a reasonable hearty menu. The hotel is also a good and rare place to connect wifi free.
The former Burmese capital is a must do
Despite being a former capital Rangoon is still relatively undeveloped, allowing visitors to step back in time. There are not many shops or attractions here, but what you get instead is a glimpse of real life, and a chance to take his time and explore a forgotten city and bustling energy and charm. The best time to visit Rangoon is between October and January, but even off-season, you’ll be greeted with a big smile.
How to go to Rangoon?
Travelers often arrive from Northwest Thailand, for example Chiang Mai . Alternatively, it is possible to find a cheap flight to Rangoon (Yangon) on Skyscanner. Please check camping gear for any info about camping options and gears choice to prepare your Rangoon trip