Building a one day in Yangon itinerary is tough, as there’s so much to see and do. So we’ve narrowed down the best parts, into how to do Yangon in a day.
The first stop on your one day in Yangon itinerary, has to be the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.
No visit to Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 99 meter high, 2,500 year old, gold plated Pagoda.
Shwedagon Pagoda is Yangon’s most famous landmark, and one of the most popular pagodas in the country. It’s also one of the most popular things to do in Yangon.
If you’re looking for a tour option check out the Yangon: Private Half-Day City Tour, they looked after us during our stay in Yangon and gave us a great start to our one day in Yangon itinerary.
Other pagodas in the city are: Sule Pagoda and Botataung Pagoda, both also very sacred places full of religious interest.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Book your Shwedagon Pagoda Tour: Yangon: Private Half-Day City Tour
The second stop on your one day in Yangon itinerary, should definitely be at one of the oldest and most popular local markets in the city.
Bogyoke Market has recently become a major tourist attraction, and is also included in the Yangon: Private Half-Day City Tour.
Laying right in the heart of the city, visitors flock here to see just how the locals trade. Known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, the market is a major tourist destination, dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing stores.
Scott Market was built in 1926, late in the British rule of Myanmar. However, after Burmese independence in 1948, it was renamed after Bogyoke (General) Aung San. Now known by most as Bogyoke Market.
The prices are known to be a little higher nowadays than what they used to be, but a trip to Bogyoke Market is definitely worthwhile.
Book your Bogyoke Market Tour: Yangon: Private Half-Day City Tour
In the late afternoon in Yangon the streets come alive.
So after you’ve finished exploring the city, we recommend heading out and grabbing some street food/mixing with the locals.
For the true foodies there’s the popular Yangon 4-Hour Guided Food Tour.
However if you prefer to trawl the streets for yourself, here are a couple of our favourite spots:
Night Market on Strand Road – About as local as you can get. You’ll struggle to find another foreigner at Night Market, with the majority of city workers heading here for their evening meal.
Botataung Jetty – For the cheapest street food. There are rows of markets selling delicious local snacks from noodles and soup, to fresh fish and fried veg.
Book your Yangon Food Tour: Yangon 4-Hour Guided Food Tour
Luxury – Sedona Hotel – Situated on eight acres of landscaped gardens, Sedona Hotel Yangon boasts tastefully decorated rooms with free WiFi and various choices of dining outlets. It features rejuvenating facilities including a spa, fitness centre and a swimming pool. The air-conditioned rooms and suites come with local ethnic decor pieces and architecture. Amenities include a flat-screen TV, refrigerator and a safety deposit box. The private bathrooms come with a bath or shower, hairdryer and a set of fresh towels.
Mid-Budget – Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel – Equipped with luxury facilities, Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel offers a cruise accommodation with free WiFi in all areas. On board, guests will find a restaurant, a bar and a coffee shop. Free private parking is provided. This boat is 1.2 miles from Sule Pagoda and 2.8 miles from Shwedagon Pagoda. It is a 10-minute drive to the down town centre. Featuring air-conditioning, this accommodation provides a seating area and a working space. Guests enjoy a minibar and a flat-screen cable/satellite TV. A private bathroom features a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries.
Budget – Hostel9 Yangon – Located in the heart of Chinatown area of Downtown Yangon, Hostel9 Yangon offers accommodation with free WiFi and a rooftop bar. Guests can relax in the lounge area where music, games and beer is available. The property is located within a walking distance to local attractions and offers free parking. Dormitory-style rooms or private rooms here provide guests with air conditioning and soundproofing. Some rooms feature a balcony and a safety deposit box. There are shower facilities and towels in the shared bathrooms.
For more places to stay in Yangon you can check the latest prices here.