You will fly into the main airport and will have to negotiate a taxi. A taxi from the service counter will cost you $10 USD into town or a little more if you wish to stop at the Shwedagon Pagoda. Otherwise if you have the energy you can walk out from the airport and can access a taxi for a wee bit cheaper. From town to the airport it should cost you approximately 8,000
Things to do:
Shwedagon Pagoda, but go at sunset – it is stunning!
My friend has highly advised that If you do go to Scott/Bogyoke market, only buy Jewlery from booth #42 (it is an end stall, and they have a photo of Gerard DePardu – I believe they ar less inclined to sell anything fake). Further recommendations from SG are: You should also probably make the effort to see the reclining budda on Shwegondaing Road… If you have time – lunch outside at Signature Cafe and then walk the boardwalk around Kandawgyi Lake – it is lovely!
I would definitely recommend staying at the Myint Myatt guesthouse and the standard twin room is suffice. The guesthouse staff are friendly and the rooms are clean. The breakfast was basic but substantial and prices were comparable to other hotel in the area.
Foods, drinks and all that jazz:
Head to 19th street for cheap drinks and food. We had delicious mojitos at the mojito place and ate an awesome BBQ right next door. My mate SG swears by Win as no one ever got sick within her company eating there.
I would also recommend eating at monsoon, as suggested by my friend, and making the visit to the shop next door called Pomelo. We had a delicious lunch at Monsoon but it is advised if you wish to eat dinner here to make a reservation beforehand as it’s quite the favourite. The juices were great, the fresh springs were lovely and the desert was awesome. The Tea Leaf salad was OK but wait until you get to The Shan District.
Pomelo stores all things hand made by women who are escaping the sex trade/Myanmar poverty and provides them with wages, skills and past times. You feel good purchasing their adorable and beautifully crafted items which make great gifts for people back home.
What was your highlight of Yangon? Do you have any recommendations for exploring Yangon?