Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) got its name “The Garden City of the East” because of its amazing tropical trees, lakes, gardens and parks. This exotic island was established in the 11th century, where the Scwedagon Pagoda and its amazing shrines and pavilions can be found. The perfect blend of cultures can be found here, including British, Burmese, Indian and Chinese influences. Architecture is sure to impress with the City Hall, ancient Thanlyin area and Sule Pagoda. Yangon used to be a British Colony, and this can be easily spotted with the many different examples of colonial architecture. The Taukkyan War Cemetery is also a must-see when visiting the country of Myanmar (Burma). Here are a few of our favorite things to do when cruising to Yangon, Myanmar:
- Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda where you will be captivated by the glistening dome covered in gold, rubies and sapphires. Some say it’s even better to view at night!
- Sample some of the local cuisine that normally consists of rice, curried fish or beef, a light soup called hin gyo, or fresh vegetables and fruits.
- Explore the natural beauty of Yangon, and see the lakes, tropical trees and parks.
- Walk through the National Museum and learn about fascinating Burmese history through the many ages since the nation was first established.
- Shop in the Bogyoak Aung San Market where you are sure to find many different local handicrafts.