Things to Do
If you want a nice trip to Yangon, January is a good time for you to go. You can visit the most famous pagoda in Myanmar, or have a pleasant taste of local life. It’s one of the best times to relax at Ngwesaung Beach. The weather is really nice with no rain; sunny all the time.
Visit Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda, is a must visit place if you’re interested in Buddhist art and culture. It’s regarded as the most sacred religious site in Myanmar.
According to legend, Shwedagon is the oldest pagoda in the world, with a history of over 2,600 years. It stands 99 meters tall. You can enjoy stunning sunrises and sunsets there most of the time during January. Myanmar’s National Day falls on the fourth day of January.
Religious ceremonies are convened at many pagodas during this month. Many people visit the pagodas on pilgrimage to present offerings, and to show their respect and support as Buddhists. January is the perfect time to tour Shwedagon Pagoda, and experience the different culture there.
Opening hours: 4am–10pm
Transportation: Take bus 43 or 204, or take a taxi.
Entrance Fee: ＄8.00 or 8,000 kyats
Beware: Visitors are not allowed to wear shorts, tank tops, shoes, etc.
Have an Authentic Taste of Local Life: China Town
China Town, a must-see night-spot in Yangon, is only a 10-minute walk from Bogyoke Aung San Market. It has lots of restaurants offering a wide variety of food and the prices are quite good. In addition, there are different kinds of stalls lined up along the main street, selling fresh seasonal fruit, grilled meat and other snacks. Unlike the rainy season, January is a pleasant time to explore China Town.
Opening hours: 5pm till midnight
Address: Between Lanmadaw St and 24th St, Anawratha Rd and Strand Rd.
Relax at Ngwesaung Beach
Ngwesaung beach: If you want to crash out and relax after a few days’ stressful travel, Ngwesaung would be your number one choice. With its beautiful long silvery strand, it has been one of the most popular laid–back low-budget places ever since it was developed in 2000. In January the climate offers you a wonderful break with blue skies, clear water, fresh air and beach-tanning.
Address: Ngweasung Beach, Ngwesaung, Ayeyawady Region, Myanmar.
Transportation: Take a bus from Hlaing Thar Yar Bus Terminal in Yangon, and get off at Ngwe Saung village.