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Yangon Itinerary – How To Spend 1 Day In Yangon

The city of Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is located in the southern part of the country of Myanmar, on the east bank of the Yangon River.

Home to nearly 6 million people, Yangon is the largest and most populous city in Myanmar.

It is known for its, rich culture, British colonial architecture and some of the most famous pagodas in the Myanmar. Along with churches, museums, markets, parks, delicious street food and more.

Building a one day in Yangon itinerary is tough, as there’s so much to see and do, so we’ve narrowed it down to the best bits.

How To Get Around Yangon

Yangon is high on most travellers Myanmar itinerary.

Once you arrive in Yangon, you have a few options for getting around.

On Foot

Downtown Yangon is quite compact and easy to get around on foot. However, to get further afield you may need to sort out transport.


Also known as the YBS, the buses in Yangon are a cheap and efficient way to get around the city with fares starting at 100 Kyat.

However, there are many different routes and lots of buses, so be prepared to spend a little time working out your route.

There are 5 different colours of bus with each colouring denoting the area of the city that that bus travels to. You will need change when paying for your bus ride.

Trishaw/Tuk Tuk

You will find Trishaws on most street corners and short journeys should start at around 500 Kyat. Although be prepared to barter!

Motorised tuk-tuks are also popular in some places and are a little more expensive, but still one of the cheapest ways to get around.


Another option is to jump in a Taxi. Not the cheapest option, but if you haven’t got much time to explore the city this might be an easier and quicker option.

You can flag down a taxi pretty much anywhere, however, taxis from hotels, restaurants or shopping centres will generally be more expensive.

The ride-hailing app Grab operates in Yangon and is often the easiest and cheapest way to arrange a ride.


Another great option for exploring Yangon is to book onto a private tour.

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.

We can recommend 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.

Alternatively the Private Full-Day Yangon City Tour takes care of everything if you only have one day in Yangon.

Best Time To Visit Myanmar

The best time of year to visit Myanmar is during the months of November to February when the days are dry, although temperatures can reach 37°C.

However, this is also the busiest time of year, so if you visit just before or after these months you will avoid the crowds and still have some pretty good weather.

Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Yangon Itinerary Day 1

Shwedagon Pagoda

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 and this is definitely has to be one of the best things to do in Myanmar.

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.

Other pagodas in the city are: Sule Pagoda and Botataung Pagoda, both also very sacred places full of religious interest.

Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Golden Temple
Shwedagon Pagoda – No doubt the first stop on your one day in Yangon itinerary.

Bogyoke Market (Scott Market)

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.

Scott Market Yangon Bogyoke Aung San Market Yangon
Shopping locally has to be near the top of your one day in Yangon itinerary.

Eat Local

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 (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.

Street Food Yangon Street Food Market
Not sure what this is, but it was the best food we ate on our one day in Yangon itinerary.

Where To Stay In Yangon


Sedona Hotel

Situated on eight acres of landscaped gardens, Sedona Hotel Yangon boasts tastefully decorated rooms with free WiFi as well as a 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.


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.


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 on

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

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Book Your Accommodation

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They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

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