ONCE UPON A NIGHT IN YANGON
You haven’t experienced downtown Yangon until you’ve done so in the evening. Start with a cold beer (or non-alcoholic beverage) at Lan Thit Jetty, before taking a rickshaw to the popular 19th Street. Packed with plastic chairs, tables and BBQ stalls, this is one of the best places to brush shoulders with locals whilst at the same time satisfying your hunger. To finish the night in style, take a taxi across downtown to bob your head to some live music at Yangon’s first ever jazz bar.
- Temporarily escape the heat with a cold beer and light river breeze at Lan Thit Jetty.
- Travel from A to B using a mixture of local transport.
- Soak in the local atmosphere whilst enjoying some BBQ food on 19th Street.
- Bob your head to the beat at Yangon’s first jazz bar.
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
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At 17:00, meet with your guide and transfer to Lan Thit Jetty, an area buzzing with local life and made all the more pleasurable thanks to an ever-present breeze from Yangon River. Surprisingly very few tourists make it to this area, so don’t be put off if you start to receive curious stares as you gulp down your first glass of beer (or non-alcoholic beverage).
After a short search for a rickshaw driver, you’ll then be pedalled a short distance to the Kheng Hock Keong Chinese temple. Originally built in 1863, this is the oldest and largest temple of its kind in the country. We feel this looks especially picturesque in the evening when it’s softly illuminated by hundreds of traditional paper lanterns.
We’ll then walk slowly up 18th Street, the road to the left of Kheng Hock Keong, to admire the tightly packed rows of colonial shuttered houses and shop fronts. This serves as a gentle introduction to what’s in store at 19th Street, a narrow alley that springs to life in the evening with brightly coloured plastic tables, chairs and BBQ vendors. Stop here to enjoy another cold beverage and your fill of grilled meat, seafood and vegetable dishes. Depending on the strength of your stomach, it’s probably best to pass up on the tempting selection of dipping sauces.
Leave the crowds behind and take another popular form of local transport, the taxi. Travelling via the busy Maha Bandula Road, we’ll pass Sule Pagoda and the imposing Secretariat Building en route before arriving at Yangon’s first ever jazz bar. Technically this become a blues bar on Fridays and Saturdays, but genre aside, this is one of the best places for listening to live music in the city.
Transfer back to your hotel (or a place of your choosing) in an air-conditioned vehicle – this will be available until 23:00, after which it will be necessary to use public transport.
- Transportation to/from hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Rickshaw ride
- Taxi journey
- English speaking tour guide (for other languages, please enquire)
- Drinking water and hand towel
- BBQ food (to avoid waste, we’d advise purchasing this locally)
- Drinks (to ensure the arrangements are cost effective, we’d advise purchasing these locally)
- From experience, dipping sauces served with BBQ dishes on 19th Street are best avoided.
- Jazz and Time, the jazz bar recommended, becomes a blues bar on Fridays and Saturdays.
- A supplementary fee may apply on certain days – Tour Mandalay will inform you of this beforehand.
- The guide, driver and vehicle are available until 23:00, after which it will be necessary to use public transport independently and at your own expense.