Top 11 Day Trips From Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

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Franchesca Judine
Franchesca Judine 
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Yangon is an immaculate city that everyone should visit at least once in their life. However, Myanmar’s exquisite beauty isn’t only restricted to this bustling city. Only hours and minutes from Yangon lie scenic views you’ve never seen before. There are several towns and districts outside of this city that are absolutely beautiful and unlike any other experience. And returning to one of the local’s favorite staycation spots after an adventurous day will surely be great. Once you’ve figured out where to stay, roll out your plans by laying down a solid itinerary. Down below is a list of some short trips you can take from Yangon, some of which are only minutes away. From mudflats to snake pagodas, here’s your chance to explore Myanmar in its truest form. Check out our list of the top day trips from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).

1. Thanlyin (from USD 97.0)

What was once an important city in Myanmar is now a hidden suburb of Yangon. In its heyday, Thanlyin was known for being a major trading port for several countries across Europe. However, through the years, the region underwent several major changes, including the takeover of a Portuguese mercenary in the 16th century.

Despite its extensive history, this nice place to visit near Yangon still stands as one of the most architecturally beautiful sites in the country. Boasting high-rise pagodas and historic colonial buildings, Thanlyin is definitely worth to see whilst in Myanmar.

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Thanlyin & Yangon Fullday Tour with Burmese Traditional Lunch

Duration: 10 hours

2. Maubin

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Take a breath of fresh air and revel in the natural beauty of Maubin. Roughly 81 kilometres (50.3 miles) north of Yangon, this town is considered one of Myanmar’s hidden treasures. Situated in the district of Ayeyarwady, Maubin has some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ll ever see. A huge contrast from Yangon’s bustling cityscape, visitors can expect to see endless yards of grass plains, waterscapes, and rice fields, as well as various species of birds. A trip to this little town will give you insight into daily life in Myanmar and provide a rustic experience you can’t get anywhere else.

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3. Kyauktan

Kyauktan Ye Le Pagoda
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Located in the southern region of Yangon, Kyauktan is a rural town where visitors can expect fresh air and exquisite scenic views. The town is home to one of the country’s most beautiful and important pagodas, Kyauktan Ye Le Pagoda, more commonly known as the ‘Floating Temple’. This beautiful house of worship dates all the way back to the third century BC and even contains relics of Buddha. Kyauktan serves as a frequent destination for weddings and spiritual retreats. If you’re ever in need of a peaceful and rural escape from the city, Kyauktan is the place to be.

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4. Hlawga Wildlife Park

Deers and Monkeys Freely Roaming in Hlawga Park Yangon
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Yangon’s heat can quite be unbearable at times but only an hour away lies a shaded and cool haven for anyone and everyone. Hlawga Wildlife Park is a national park, north of Yangon. In 1982, the park was established as an environmental education centre and is now home to a number of animals. The park also includes a safari park where visitors can observe free-roaming monkeys and elephants. Hlawga Wildlife Park is not only for animal lovers as visitors can also enjoy picnics in the park and strolls along the lakeshore. Unlike most city parks, Hlawaga is not overtly manmade and provides an authentic and natural experience for everyone.

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5. Seikgyikanaungto

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Seikgyikanaungto is a small town across the river from Yangon. This little town is one of the least-visited regions in the area, due to the lack of accessibility from the main city. Tourists would have to go through great lengths and through several other towns to reach Seikgyikanaungto, but it’s definitely worth it. The town offers one of the most unique experiences you’ll ever get in the country. Serving as the truest insight into rural Myanmar, this is a perfect getaway from the metropolitan. Visitors can expect to see scenic views of the river along the western end of the island. While it’s definitely a journey to get there, Seikgyikanaungto is a must-visit for anyone travelling to Myanmar.

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6. Ale-ywa Beach

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If you thought Yangon couldn’t get any better, then Ale-ywa Beach should definitely be your next destination. This small but memorable beach lies only 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) from the main city and offers some of the most delicious and freshest seafood you’ll ever have. All of the seafood is caught locally and cooked right there and then, guaranteeing an incomparable culinary experience.

A true hidden gem, Ale-ywa Beach is the perfect destination for a short day trip near Yangon. The beach is completely natural and is personally being taken care of by the village, offering a one-of-a-kind experience for anyone visiting.

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7. Meinmahla Kyun

If there is any trip you must take from Yangon, it has to be to Meinmahla Kyun. Meinmahla Kyun is an island mostly made up of mudflats, located southwest of the main city. In 2008, the small island was hit by a cyclone and since then has been converted to a mangrove sanctuary, and is also home to the country’s largest population of saltwater crocodiles. Meinmahla Kyun also serves as a frequent location for bird-watchers, as over 110 bird species have been recorded in the region. Most recommend staying for at least a night, to fully experience what Meinmahla Kyun has to offer.

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8. Taukkyan War Cemetery (from USD 85.0)

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Taukkyan War Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the whole of Myanmar, situated in the Burmese township of Mingaladon, in the northernmost region of Yangon. The cemetery holds Commonwealth soldiers who died on Burmese soil during the Second World War, as well as a memorial for 27,000 soldiers with no known graves. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the cemetery serves as a solace place to commemorate and honour those who have greatly sacrificed for the Commonwealth. Visitors leave Taukkyan War Cemetery not only learning the history of this tragedy but also gaining a new appreciation for those who have fallen.

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Bago Private Tour from Yangon with Taukkyan War Cemetery

9. Twante (from USD 68.0)

Known mainly for their pottery industry, Twante is a small provincial town southwest of Yangon. Traditional pottery has been apparent in Twante for as long as anyone can remember. Even today, Twante’s pottery and ceramics still remain widely popular, with their pots being sold and used all throughout Myanmar. Visitors can attend pottery studios and workshops to fully immerse themselves in the town’s vibrant culture. Beyond this, Twante is also home to some of the most unique pagodas in the country, including Kan Paw Aye pagoda or widely known as the ‘Snake Pagoda’. Abundant with culture and history and only a short trip from Yangon, Twante should definitely be next on your itinerary.

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Rural Myanmar and Pottery Tour from Yangon

Duration: 5 hours

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10. Bago (from USD 105.0)


Located northeast of Yangon, Bago is one of Myanmar’s most architecturally rich cities. Riddled with religious sites and beautifully intricate structures, Bago has a great history that entices visitors from all over the world. Formerly known as ‘Pegu’, this Burmese city was once the most powerful city in Myanmar boasting a successful trade network across the Indian Ocean and beyond. The city was founded by the Mon Kingdom between the 6th and 10th century, and soon became the heart of the Mon empire in which its most famous attractions were built such as Shwemawdaw Pagoda and Shwethalyaung Buddha. Make sure to visit Bago and experience their immersive culture and history for yourself.

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Yangon-Bago-Yangon Day Return Sightseeing with English Speaking Tour Guide

11. Bogyoke Aungsan Market


Bogyoke Aungsan Market, also known as Scott Market, is a bustling and vibrant market that offers many products, including traditional clothing, textiles, handicrafts, jewelry, and souvenirs. Visitors can explore the maze-like alleys and stalls, bargaining with the friendly vendors and immersing themselves in the colorful and lively atmosphere.

In addition to shopping, the market is also a great place to sample some of Myanmar’s delicious street food. The food stalls offer a variety of local delicacies, including noodles, curries, and snacks.

For those interested in Myanmar’s rich history and culture, the market also houses several shops selling traditional art and antiques and a small museum showcasing ancient artifacts and historical objects.

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Explore the beauty outside of Yangon

There is so much that lies outside of the bustling city of Yangon, some of which are bound to give you an unforgettable experience. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore Myanmar as you’ve never before. Experience everything from exotic wildlife to spiritual awakenings with any of these easy day trips near Yangon. See you out there!

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Frequently asked questions about the day trips from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

  • What are some of the best day trip destinations from Yangon?

    To fully enjoy Myanmar, be sure to visit: i) Thanlyin which boasts architecturally magnificent sites, ii) Kyauktan where beautiful and important pagodas are famous, ii) Ale-ywa Beach to taste delicious and fresh seafood, and iv) Twante if you want to get your hands dirty in traditional pottery.

  • What are some day trip activities from Yangon that are good for avoiding crowds?

    If your speed is non-touristy things to do, you can try: i) exploring Seikgyikanaungto, one of the least visited regions in Myanmar that showcase scenic river views, ii) meeting friendly animals at Hlawga Wildlife Park, a national park home to abundant wildlife and a lake, and iii) enjoying the countryside of Maubin, a hidden gem featuring a treasure trove of leafy landscapes and glorious waterscapes

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