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 lies scenic views like you’ve never seen before. There are several towns and districts outside of Yangon that are absolutely beautiful and unlike any other experience you’ll ever have. Not quite sure where to start? We’ve got you covered! 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 to chance to explore Myanmar in its truest form. Check out our list of the top day trips from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).
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, the region still stands as one of the most architecturally beautiful places in the country. Boasting high-rise pagodas and historic colonial buildings, Thanlyin is definitely worth a visit whilst in Myanmar.
Thanlyin & Yangon Fullday Tour with Burmese Traditional Lunch
Duration: 10 hours
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.
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
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.
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.
6. Ale-ywa Beach
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 kilometres (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 quick getaway from the city. 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.
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.
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.
Bago Private Tour from Yangon with Taukkyan War Cemetery
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.
Rural Myanmar and Pottery Tour from Yangon
Duration: 5 hours
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.
Yangon-Bago-Yangon Day Return Sightseeing with English Speaking Tour Guide
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 like you’ve never before. Experience everything from exotic wildlife to spiritual awakenings with any of these easy day trips. See you out there!