You won’t know where to look, from the crumbling European style architecture and many market stalls that pop up late afternoon, to the gridlocked traffic at rush hour, and countless street vendors selling bowl after bowl of piping hot noodles.All this happens under a haze of construction as the city grows and develops with new tower blocks and malls swinging into place above your head.Any visit to Burma is sure to include some time in Yangon (and if it doesn’t – take another look at your itinerary).The Culture Trip share a few of the ultimate things to do in Yangon; from creaky lakeside board walks to visiting the remarkable Shwedagon Pagoda.It’s the crazy, chaotic side to Yangon that quietens down very quickly from 10PM onwards, and is home to some real gems for eating, sleeping and shopping.a shop, market, stall, and stand for every budget in Yangon, but you’d be hard-pressed to find two better places to purchase your souvenirs than the social enterprise of Pomelo and the retro treasure trove of Yangoods.Kandawgyi Lake sits not far from the Shwedagon Pagoda and is home to the slightly surreal Karaweik Palace (a large, seemingly floating gold structure that is now a restaurant), as well as a nature park popular with local families.It is also where you will find the rickety boardwalk around the lakes’ edge.
The museum pays tribute to the late general’s life with collections of speeches, papers, photos and personal items and is situated in what was his home prior to his assassination in 1947.
It’s a city with many sides; from the frenetic stalls and cafés of downtown to more laid back and leafy neighbourhoods with upmarket houses and boutique shops.
Parks, lakes and green spaces are generously dotted around, while shining pagoda tops twinkle above the trees and relatively low-rise buildings.
The Shwedagon Pagoda (or Shwedagon Paya, as it’s also known) is the iconic symbol of the city — if not Burma – and for good reason.
Sitting over 100 metres tall, with roots dating back more than 2,500 years, it is said to hold strands of Buddha’s hair deep inside, which makes it a hugely important site for Buddhists far and wide.