Songs have been written on this beautiful city, famous for its golden pagodas, colonial buildings, traditional shop houses and jazz age mansions Yangon is your next travel hit. Formerly known as Rangoon, Yangon is south-east Asia’s next boom town.
Once the British Empire’s key commercial and trading place, Strand Road lives high among the Custom House, Central Post Office and the British Embassy. Once a colonial mansion now turned to be a gigantic hotel, Strand Hotel in Yangon is a crowd puller. River Gallery I is Yangon’s contemporary art house. Evening booze is great at the Strand Bar. A great combination of dull teakwood, leather seats and whirling old ceiling fans this place gets stocked up on Friday evenings. The drinks here are half the price of that you would get in hotel. The Strand Sour with Mandalay rum is very famous here. For some seasonal food with variety of cocktails and free Wi Fi, the Union Bar and Grill is the apt place. It is just a few blocks further Strand Road, in the majestic Myanmar Red Cross Building.
When the tropical sun sets, the 19th Street sets to sizzle. You will find barbeque grills with marinated raw meat and seafood. Get high with cheap version of beer and cocktails at Ko San Bar. Try the Burmese specialities at Khin Khin Kyaw.
The Shwedagon Pagoda is a bell shaped tome. At the eastern entrance of the pagoda you will find a line of street vendors selling various religious items. Nearby is the Myaung Mya Daw Cho on Yay Tar Shay Old Street where you can have Burma’s breakfast of mohinga noodles. One must surely try the iced coffee by the window table of Monsoon Restaurant and Bar. This joint is also famous for juices, Asian lunches and Vietnamese spring rolls. Bite in the French Indonesian cuisine like spicy lobster and seafood pasta at Le Planteur. It is near the colonial villa near Shwedagon Pagoda. They hold the reputation of complementary chauffeuring their visitors from the restaurant. Noodle dishes are of same importance to the Burmese just like the pasta is to the Italians. The 999 Shan Noodle Shop is a remarkably visible joint right behind Yangon City Hall. Also Shwe Yi joint serves great noodles.
In the midst of the city’s traffic in and around the radius of Sule Pagoda, witness the Immanuel Baptist Church, the Bengali Sunni Jameh Mosque, the former Rowe and Co. Department store and the City Hall.