Top 10 Things To Do In Taunggyi, Myanmar

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Taunggyi, Myanmar, is the capital of Shan State, and it has one of the most diverse and rich ethnic communities. Situated on top of a mountain with an elevation of 4712 feet (1436 meters), you can expect panoramic views of the city. Some of the top attractions here include the floating gardens and various pagodas. In this article, we uncover other gems in Taunggyi, from amusement parks and cathedrals to shopping malls. With so many different things to do, there is definitely something for everyone here, regardless of where your interest lies! Scroll down to find out about our top things to do in Taunggyi, Myanmar, as you plan your upcoming vacation to this destination.

1. Check out the fascinating Floating Gardens

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The Floating Gardens is situated in Inle Lake, which is also one of the largest bodies of water in the country. What makes this lake special is that the farmers grow their crops on top of the lake, rather than around it. There is much manual labor involved in this as farmers need to bring weeds from the deeper areas of the lake and make them into floating beds of plants. Typically, the farmers harvest crops like beans and cucumbers, depending on the seasons. This is a sight to behold and we recommend that you make a trip down to check out how the farmers go about planting crops on the floating gardens.

Floating Gardens

Address: Nanpan, Inle Lake, Taunggyi Myanmar

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2. Admire the architecture of St. Joseph’s Cathedral

St. Josephs Cathedral Taunggyi
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Whether you’re religious or not, St. Joseph’s Cathedral is definitely worth a trip if you’re in the vicinity! This cathedral goes all the way back to 1873, but it was rebuilt in 1975. The church is generally not accessible to the public, but you can speak with the priest and request to have a look at the interior if you so wish.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral

Address: Taunggyi, Myanmar (Burma)

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (Daily)

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3. Explore the Maing Thouk Wooden Bridge

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The Maing Thouk Wooden Bridge is another popular tourist attraction in Taunggyi. It is situated in Inle Lake, which is where the floating gardens are situated as well! You can take an evening stroll along the bridge to catch the sunset or you can even take a boat ride at the lake. If you’re feeling peckish, there are also eateries nearby, which serve up some fresh seafood.

Maing Thouk Wooden Bridge

Address: Inle Lake, Taunggyi Myanmar

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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4. Get your adrenaline pumping at Eastern Amusement Park (Joyful Land)

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Posted by Eastern Amusement Park on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

If you’re an adrenaline junkie and you feel the need to get your heart pumping after experiencing the tranquility over at Inle Lake, Eastern Amusement Park (Joyful Land) is the place to be! At this amusement park, you’ll find the classic roller coasters, water theme parks, bumper cars and more. There are also food stalls for you to grab a bite after a whole day of fun!

Eastern Amusement Park (Joyful Land)

Address: Taunggyi, Myanmar (Burma)

Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)

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5. Grab a bite at Hill Bunny Coffee

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Posted by HILL BUNNY Coffee Shop.tgi on Monday, September 13, 2021

If you’re a foodie on the hunt for quaint and pretty cafes, Hill Bunny Coffee is the place to be. Their menu has a wide range of hot and cold drinks, as well as food like sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. What’s best is the outdoor area where you get to enjoy your meal while looking over the breathtaking views of your surroundings.

Hill Bunny Coffee

Address: No.123 W Circular Rd, Taunggyi, Myanmar (Burma)

Website: Hill Bunny Coffee

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 9pm (closed on Mon)

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6. Catch a movie at Mega Ace Cineplex

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Posted by Mega Ace Cineplex on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Mega Ace Cineplex is a cinema where you can catch some of the latest blockbuster movies. This is a perfect activity if you’re on a family vacation and would like to wind down after a long day of adventure in the city. There are several branches of theaters, with one on the fourth floor in the city square shopping center, making it convenient for you to catch a movie after you’re done with your shopping or while waiting for dinner time. You can check out their website for more information on show timings and ticket prices.

Mega Ace Cineplex

Address: City Square, Taunggyi, Myanmar (Burma)

Website: Mega Ace Cineplex

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7. Have a local dining experience at Inn Thar lay

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Posted by Inn Thar Lay Restaurant & Villa on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

If you’re not so much of a cafe person but you’re looking to eat like one of the locals, then you might want to visit Inn Thar lay. This is a popular restaurant standing on stilts above Inle Lake, where you’ll have a magnificent view of your surroundings. If you happen to already be at Inle Lake doing some sightseeing, then this will be your go-to restaurant! Popular food items include grilled fish, tomato cream soup and spicy chicken.

Inn Thar lay

Address: Near Phaung Daw Oo Paya, Taunggyi Myanmar

Opening hours: 8am - 3pm (daily)

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8. Sing your heart out at K Boss

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If you’re into singing karaoke with your friends, K Boss is the perfect activity for you! K Boss is equipped with great sound systems and a cozy atmosphere so you can be sure that you’ll be getting a bang for your buck. You can also order some drinks for the night as they do have promotions from time to time.

K Boss

Address: Thidar St, Taunggyi, Myanmar (Burma)

Website: K Boss

Opening hours: 8am - 9pm (daily)

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9. Enjoy drinks at City View Bar & Restaurant

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Posted by City View, Taunggyi on Friday, September 25, 2020

City View Bar & Restaurant is one of our top picks because not only do you get to fill your stomach with scrumptious food, you get to enjoy a spectacular view of the entire city while dining on the top deck. This is a great place to unwind after a long day out, with a few glasses of cocktails or some bottles of beer. We recommend that you dine in around the evening time as you’ll get to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets here!

City View Bar & Restaurant

Address: 14/12 Yan Gyi Aung Street, Yay Aye Kwin Quarter Taunggyi, 06011, Myanmar (Burma)

Website: City View Bar & Restaurant

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

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10. Shop till you drop at City Square Shopping Mall

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City Square Shopping Mall is the biggest mall you’ll find in this city. Here, you’ll find various retail shops, a cinema theatre, food courts and various eateries to refuel as you shop. There is also a supermarket for you to stock up on your snacks as well. If you’re looking to pamper yourself, there is also a beauty spa and saloon at this mall.

City Square Shopping Mall

Address: Taunggyi, Myanmar (Burma)

Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)

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A perfect getaway destination

If you’re looking for a simple no-frills kind of weekend getaway, Taunggyi, Myanmar is the place to be! It is also a good place for a relaxing holiday with a few sightseeing spots and great restaurants to explore. We definitely recommend this for a family holiday or a trip with your friends!

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