Top Activities for a Couple’s Getaway in Yangon

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Top Activities for a Couple’s Getaway in Yangon

For couples considering a getaway in Yangon, the city has plenty to offer. Formerly known as Rangoon, Myanmar’s biggest city is home to gilded monuments, colonial architecture and rustic landscapes. The romantic old capital of Myanmar  is also known for its delicious street food, charming local markets, and laid-back drinking spots.

If you are looking to spend some quality couple time with your significant other, here are the top activities to do in Yangon.

Where to Stay for Your Couple Getaway in Yangon

Premier Suite at Pan Pacific Yangon Premier Suite at Pan Pacific Yangon


Fancy a touch of luxe for your Yangon couple holiday? Check into the Premier Room (30sqm) at PARKROYAL Yangon situated in the heart of the city, close to the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, major heritage sites and cultural attractions. Or go the whole way by pampering yourselves with a Premier Suite (68 sqm) at Pan Pacific Yangon, and soak in spectacular views of the Yangon River and the city through full-length windows. The spacious suite gives you and your partner ample space to relax after a fun-filled day of adventure.  


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Top Places to Take Photos on Your Yangon Getaway

Yangon Central Railway Station Yangon Central Railway Station


Ancient glimmering pagodas, tranquil lakes, and bustling daily life—Yangon’s eclectic mix of rusticity and modernity is a photographer’s dream come true. Start your couple’s trip by visiting the city’s foremost photography spots.

No visit to Yangon is complete without snapping photos at the Shwedagon Pagoda. The towering stupa soars to 99 metres high, dominating the Yangon skyline. A wide-angle lens is required to capture the magnificent pagoda in its entirety. Visit around sunset, where the dusk colours bring out the glittering gold of the Pagoda and stay till twilight for the night sky, which provides a stark contrast to the illuminated pagoda. 

To capture Yangon’s locals, head to the Yangon Central Railway Station, the largest railway station in Myanmar. Wait for the trains to pull in to photograph the Yangon locals going about their day as they get on and off the trains. The station, listed on the Yangon City Heritage List, is worth a few shots; the building, for instance, is a fine example of a structure built with traditional Burmese architectural design. 

Slow down your pace, and take a stroll along the Yangon River. Observe the bustling daily life that happens on the river, as goods and people are ferried to and from both sides of the river, forming a colourful tapestry and backdrop for your pictures. Do also visit the Wadan Jetty at sunset to capture stunning views of the riverscape. 

Craving for more photography spots? Check out this list of best places to shoot photos in Yangon.


Get directions to the Shwedagon Pagoda

Get directions to Yangon Central Railway Station

Get directions to the Wadan Jetty along Yangon River


Best Shopping Options for Your Yangon Holiday

 Colourful fabric sold at the Bogyoke Aung San Market  Colourful fabric sold at the Bogyoke Aung San Market


What’s a vacation without some shopping? While Yangon is not known as a modern shopping destination, what it does offer are unique Burmese textiles, precious gems, and antiques. 

The historic Bogyoke Aung San Market is a great place to shop if you are hunting for souvenirs. With over 2,000 stalls selling everything from handicrafts to diamond jewellery, do be prepared to spend a few hours perusing the wares on offer here. 

Have a penchant for ethnic designs and traditional textiles? Head to Yo Ya May, a textile gallery with woven products by the Karen and Kachin people. Here, you can find colourful shawls and blankets embroidered with depictions of village life. 

Art lovers may also find something to bring back home at the Pansodan Gallery, which offers a variety of contemporary Burmese artworks and antique art prints. 

For more shopping ideas, do check out our Destination Insights’ recommendations for the ultimate Yangon shopping experience.


Get directions to Bogyoke Aung San Market

Get directions to Yo Ya May Textile Gallery

Get directions to Pansodan Gallery


Best Restaurants to Try on a Yangon Getaway


If you love Myanmese food, Yangon has plenty of restaurants that suit both your pocket and your palate. One of the restaurants to try here is the Rangoon Tea House, a beloved culinary institution that adds a modern twist to traditional Burmese dishes. Tuck into dishes such as Mohinga, Myanmar’s national dish of fish stew, biryani (chicken or crab), and Burmese chicken curry.

Experience a taste of Mandalay at the Mandalay Tea Room. Anyar (Central Myanmar) cuisine is served at this restaurant, praised for its authentic taste by locals from Mandalay in Yangon. Comfort foods such as noodles and salads dominate the menu, as well as Mandalay-styled Mohinga. 

Pair food and art at the Pansuriya, where the traditional curries and salads are tantalizing, and the wall artworks are delightful. The Myanmar beef curry and the tea leaf salads are not to be missed.   

Craving for more dining options? Discover other top eats in Yangon


Get directions to the Rangoon Tea Room

Get directions to the Mandalay Tea Room

Get directions to the Pansuriya


Top Couple-friendly Drinking Spots in Yangon


Yangon offers lots of places for couples to chill over a few drinks after a hectic day of travel. From street bars to cocktail spots, the city’s entertainment spots bustle with nightlife. 

Start your drinking escapade at 19th street, where locals congregate to drink and decompress. The atmosphere is festive and vibrant, with an appealing casual vibe. 

Looking for somewhere fancier? Head to the ATLAS Rooftop Bar and Lounge and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city—including the Shwedagon Pagoda—while you sip on your favourite cocktail.

The Burbrit Taproom is a great place to hang out if you are thirsty for craft beer. With their own microbrewery, the bar specialises in handcrafted beers like the Nevada Indian Pale Ale (IPA), Red Ale and Coffee Stout. 

Thirsty for more watering holes? Check out these popular drinking spots in Yangon.


Get directions to 19th Street

Get directions to ATLAS Rooftop Bar and Lounge

Get directions to Burbrit Taproom



Need more Yangon recommendations? Check out our Destination Insights for more ideas for your couple’s getaway in Yangon, or get in touch with us. We look forward to hosting you soon.


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