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While you should be sure to have plenty of open space on your memory card for all the photos you’ll be snapping of Yangon’s spectacular sites, there actually aren’t too many attractions in the city so you should be able to see the major ones in just one day.
Our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggestion getting an early start to your day, when the sun is still low and before the temperature precipitously rises, with a walking tour through Yangon’s winding streets, where you’ll pass crumbling architecture and get a feel for the deeply religious nature of the locals. If you want to do it yourself without the assistance of a guide, mine the Yangon City Heritage List for suggested spots to seek out, including government offices, the old railway station and various pagodas. Stop for some traditional Burmese food at Feel Myanmar Food or Happy Café and Noodles, then hail a taxi and head to Chaukhtatgyi Paya to see the massive indoor reclining Buddha – ask your driver to wait for you since taxis are often few and far between in this area.
Afterwards have your driver drop you off at Bogyoke Aung San Market, where you can browse pearls, rubies, silks and much more – this is one of our favorite shopping experiences in Yangon. Give yourself enough time to wrap up your afternoon watching the sun set behind the truly stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, considered by Buddhists as the holiest place in the country. Linger as long as you’d like, then finish the day in style with a gourmet dinner and glass of wine at upscale Le Plenteur.