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A Visit to Nay Pyi Taw: How to Travel Like a Local in Myanmar’s Capital

Travelling to Nay Pyi Taw? (Note: “Nay Pyi Taw” or “Naypyitaw” is the official spelling, but it is also commonly spelt, or misspelt, as “Naypyidaw.”)

Perhaps you’re wondering what to expect from Myanmar’s mysterious capital city, which has often been dubbed the “Ghost City.” You may be in for a surprise.

“I had the chance to visit Nay Pyi Taw for myself, but it was nothing like the city I was expecting,” says photographer Darmon Richter, who made a trip there in 2017. “The city is far from empty, and there are only certain parts of it that look even remotely like a ghost town.”

It might be better to characterise Nay Pyi Taw as the product of as-yet-unfulfilled dreams.

Some believe that the city is little more than a vanity project for Than Shwe, the former military leader of the country. Others have speculated that the relocation of Myanmar’s capital from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw (in 2005) was a defensive move to guard against foreign invasion by sea. The official reason then? That the administrative capital would function better in a city free of human and traffic congestion, and these are qualities that Nay Pyi Taw certainly offers.

A word of caution: Nay Pyi Taw was most recently in the news after a Frenchman was arrested in the city for flying a drone near its parliament building. Drones are prohibited in many parts of the capital, and anyone who flouts this regulation could face prison time. So leave your aerial video ambitions behind and stick with the good ol’ handheld to record your memories.

As for what you should do while in Nay Pyi Taw, take your cue from its residents, who know how to have a good time. Here’s how you can enjoy the city like a local, courtesy of the PARKROYAL Nay Pyi Taw team.

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Pyae Phyo Kyaw (taxi service)

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Uppatasanti Pagoda

Address: Yaza Htarni Road, Nay Pyi Taw

Opening hours: 4:00am to 10:00pm daily     

Transport options are limited in Nay Pyi Taw, and the recommendation is still to hire a taxi to get around. There are also tuk tuks (motorbike taxis) for hire. To book a ride for half a day, check with your hotel concierge for recommendations. You can also contact taxi driver Pyae Phyo Kyaw, who speaks English and has received favourable reviews online.

To plan your trip, refer to Nay Pyi Taw’s official website for a full list of cultural, outdoor, and shopping attractions that are open to the public, or consult our Destination Insights.

The top pick for first-time Nay Pyi Taw visitors is the Uppatasanti Pagoda, a replica of Yangon’s famed Shwedagon Pagoda—with two key differences. First, there are no crowds to contend with, and second, you can enter the stupa (dome-shaped structure) to gaze at carvings of the “Jakata Tales” along the walls. These ancient moral fables feature the many incarnations of the Buddha, who always manages to bring about a happy resolution.

Many visitors have also been astonished by the expanse of Nay Pyi Taw’s famed 20-lane highway. Rumour has it that the highway doubles up as a plane runway in case of national emergencies. As there is little (or no) oncoming traffic to worry about, this is a favourite spot for Nay Pyi Taw photos, but note that you may be approached by a police officer and asked to leave.

The Nay Pyi Taw highway leads to another attraction that has been open to the public since 2015—Myanmar’s sprawling parliament complex known as The Hluttaw (pronounced “lu taw”). It is made up of 31 buildings set on 800 acres of land (slightly smaller than New York’s Central Park), with the Presidential Palace nearby. The number 31 is significant in Buddhism, as it refers to the 31 “planes of existence” that one can be reborn into, depending on how one leads his or her present life.

One visitor describes being awed by the “30-foot ceilings, massive intricately carved teak doors, and polished marble floors.” To gain entry, you will need to ask a local contact (e.g. your hotel concierge or tour agent) to apply for a permit on your behalf, at least five days in advance.

To see more of the local way of life instead, take a 20-minute drive into Pyinmana, a busy town by Naypyidaw standards. Here, you can check out heritage buildings, people watch, and slurp up a delicious bowl of mohinga (rice noodles and fish soup) at a local stall.


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Eat and Shop alongside Myanmar Locals in Nay Pyi Taw


Maw Khan Nong

Address: Golden Hill, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Telephone number: +95 9 430 99876

Opening hours: 8:00am to 9:00pm daily


Taw Win Brasserie

Address: PARKROYAL Nay Pyi Taw, Jade Villa No. 13/14, Hotel Zone, Dekhina Thiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Telephone number: +95 067 810 6088       

Opening hours: 6:00am to 11:30pm daily


Myoma Market

Address: Zabu Thiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Telephone number: +95 067 420 087

Opening hours: 6:00am to 9:00pm  


To sample local food while avoiding tourist prices, head to Maw Khan Nong, a canteen-style establishment frequented by local government workers. Go for the set meal and you’ll get to pick out three side dishes—meats, seafoods, veggies, and curries—for each serving of rice. Some diners have called this the Burmese version of the TV dinner.

If you’re feeling indulgent and prefer to choose from an international spread, head to PARKROYAL Nay Pyi Taw’s Taw Win Brasserie. Look out for their BBQ Thursdays, touted as the “ultimate international barbecue buffet,” featuring imported meats, fresh seafood, and other goodies straight from the grill.

For the culturally adventurous, be sure to soak in the colours and fanfare at Myoma Market, which has hundreds of greengrocer stalls, street food stands, and much more—flowers, clothes, hardware, you name it, they’ve got it. While the main markets open daily from 6:00am to 6:00pm, the bustling night bazaar continues until about 9:00pm each evening.


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Experience the Nay Pyi Taw Nightlife


Breeze Bar

Address: No. 3214, Pan Ei Road, Paung Laung 2 Quarter, Pyinmana, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Telephone number+95 67 26 122 

Opening hours: 7:00am to 11:00pm  


Royal Maharsan Bar & Restaurant

Address: S/163 A Htoo Kwet, Chin Dwin Street, Thapyaygone Quarter, Zabu Thiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Telephone number+95 67 810 8383  

Opening hours: 12:00am to 12:00pm; 6:00pm to 12:00am daily


Mandalay Paradise Food Corner

Address: No.(S-305), Ayeyarwaddy Street, Shwe Kyar Pin Quarter, Zabu Thiri Township, Pyinmana, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Telephone number+95 945 045 9991

Opening hours: 6:00am to 10:30pm daily


“If you want to experience local bar culture, Breeze is your place,” says a Myanmore reviewer. Regulars like its Asian food options, the cocktails are reasonably priced, and a local “live” band adds to the chill vibe.

The Royal Maharsan Bar & Restaurant is distinctly more Western in terms of its food, decor, and music. But its laid-back ambience is also perfect for kicking back and relaxing with friends. This is where you go if you’re up for a game of darts or foosball.

For a Burmese supper, take a taxi ride out to Myoma Market (see above), which closes at about 9:00pm, or the Mandalay Paradise Food Corner, which closes later at 10:30pm. Locals celebrate special occasions at the Mandalay Paradise Food Corner, and tourists will receive a warm welcome too. Follow their Facebook page to find out about their chef’s specials and meal deals.


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Welcome to Nay Pyi Taw! Looking for a home away from home during your Nay Pyi Taw holidays? PARKROYAL Nay Pyi Taw is conveniently located in the heart of Myanmar’s administrative capital, and it is your connection to a world of new experiences. From the comfort of the hotel, venture out to discover ancient temples, delicious street food, bustling markets, and more interesting places in Nay Pyi Taw.


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