Yangon – My first few days in Myanmar

When I was travelling through Asia, Myanmar was not originally on my list, but on my travels I had met quite a few people who had recently been and told me that I needed to go see it now before it became too touristy and changed too much. I then decided that February 2015 at the end of my trip to Asia I would visit Myanmar.  It was pictures like the one below that made me want to go visit.

Bagan Myanmar

So I looked on the internet and applied for my visa online.  I believe you are still unable to turn up at the airport without a pre-approved visa on arrival. I had to apply for the e visa about 30 days beforehand but it was easy and simple to do.

Once I was out of the airport I got a taxi from the official taxi rank and to my hostel, Sleep In in Yangon.  When I travelled to Myanmar there was not a lot of options for hostels, there seems to be more now as Myanmar is becoming the place to go.  I found the staff here very friendly and helpful, they booked my bus to Bagan and my accommodation there too.  It was also clean and included a basic breakfast, but you do need to get taxi’s to visit any of the sites in Yangon.

My first day there I went to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the original was built over 2,600 years ago and it has been rebuilt over the years to what it is today, a pagoda standing at 326 feet.  It is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4,531 diamonds (As always when I visit a place, there was a lot of restoration going on and scaffolding surrounding the pagoda).

It is a huge site (114 acres), located on Singuttara Hill.  There is so much to see here, it is truly spectacular.  I have also heard its worth seeing lit up at night, but unfortunately I had a night bus to catch that day.  It is a must see when you are in Yangon.

Shwedagon Pagoda Shwedagon Pagoda Shwedagon Pagoda Shwedagon Pagoda

After my visit I decided to go to the People’s Square and Park opposite Shwedagon Pagoda.  There is a mall before the entrance with a few places to eat so I stopped and tried there equivalent of McDonalds before entering the park.

Yangon Myanmar Yangon Myanmar

There are great views of Shwedagon Pagoda from the park and I have read that it’s a great place to go in the evening, there are musical fountains and it’s a great view of the pagoda lit up.  It’s a huge park and some beautiful gardens to walk through, worth a visit while you are at the pagoda.

It was then time to go back to the hostel, before my night bus to Bagan, the place I was looking forward to most on my trip to Myanmar.

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12 thoughts on “Yangon – My first few days in Myanmar

  1. Shwedagon Pagoda sounds stunning. I was amazed at how may diamonds are encrusted on the pagoda! Do they have to have security or any fear of theft? I imagine it would be difficult with the height, for some were there is a will there is a way 🙂

  2. I have also been hearing a lot about Myanmar in my travel blogger circles. Can’t say I’ve put it on my list yet, but it looks intriguing and like a worthwhile place to spend a trip. Where did you fly there from?

    • It is amazing, I loved it there. I was in Thailand so flew in from there. Bagan is amazing and not too many tourists so some temples you had to yourself 🙂

  3. I can’t wait to visit Myanmar, it seems like such a fascinating country. Hopefully it hasn’t been swarmed with tourists just yet! Beautiful pictures!

  4. Yangon sounds amazing! I wasn’t able to fit Myanmar into my itinerary but I definitely hope to someday. The Shwedagon Pagoda sounds amazing and the pictures look incredible. Can’t wait to see your post on Bagan!

  5. Your photos are stunning! It must have been amazing to see Myanmar when so few people have been there as tourists. Thanks for letting us live vicariously through you!

  6. Myanmar is on my bucket list as there is so much to see and do, not to mention the gorgeous temples. I understand that they are thinking of closing the doors to tourism, so I hope to get there before they do this! Especially to see the Shwedagon Pagoda with the encrusted diamonds.

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