What to Do in Yangon
Major hotels have health clubs, exercise facilities, and swimming pools. Independent health clubs have tennis courts, saunas, Jacuzzis, and a gym. The majority of the Myanmar population are practicing Buddhists, and for this reason there are many meditation centres here. This is a unique experience for those who want to have an enriching spiritual experience.
For kids of all ages, there are several amusement parks with lots of games to play and fun rides. Animal lovers will be glad to know there is a wildlife park, and elephant camps. With five major 18-hole international golf courses, Yangon is a decent golf destination, and playing here is very affordable. Lastly, after all that activity, you can relax and rejuvenate at one of the many spas and beauty salons.
Other Activities in Yangon
Bird Watching at Hlawga Wildlife Park
Bird lovers can visit the Hlawga Wildlife Park, which features 160 species of colourful and exotic feathered creatures.
- Location: In Taukkyan Model Village, Mingaladon Township
Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp
The elephant is revered in Myanmar, being an animal of historical and cultural significance. Elephants also have economic significance because of their use in the timber industry. This elephant camp, established in 1986, is on a 10-acre site. Visitors can trek with the elephants, and observe them being washed and fed by mahouts.
- Location: Taikkyi Township
Yangon Circular Train
The Yangon Circular Train is actually a commuter line connecting Yangon with the suburbs but it is also a tourist attraction of sorts. Each day, vendors, vegetable sellers, monks, and commuters use the circular train which passes through the many peripheral villages, giving the visitor a glimpse into the daily life of the people.
The scenery along the route changes from urban to rural fairly quickly, passing villages, ponds, fields, kids, and cows. The train leaves from either Platform No.4 or No.7 at the old Yangon Station downtown. One train goes clockwise, and the other one goes anti-clockwise; climb aboard whichever train comes first.
The train stops at the station for only a short time, so you will need to board quickly. The fare is US$1, and you will need to show your passport. There are about 14 circular trains a day. The journey takes roughly three hours.
The Dallah Ferry
The small village of Dallah is on the other side of the Yangon River from Yangon City, and the ferry ride across the river is a trip in itself. The ride is only about 15 minutes, but the ferry takes on an atmosphere more like a local market than a form of transportation.
It is very noisy, with hawkers selling everything from fruit, to maps, to candy, to hats, to snacks, to CDs, to calendars, and everything else one could possibly need for the journey. The ferry departs from the Pansodan Jetty across from The Strand Hotel. Buy your ticket from the ticket window for tourists. The fare for a one-way ticket is USD $1, and you will have to show your passport. Dallah is also the place where you can get a taxi to Twante. See the ‘Outside Yangon’ Section.