Most Common Travel Scams in Hanoi You Should Know

In spite of being one of the safest cities in the world, you will be possibly related to some unexpected travel scams in Hanoi - Vietnam's capital city. If you are willing to raise your awareness of Hanoi travel scams, then Excursionvietnam would like to dedicate this post to you to prepare for a safe and fun trip to this charming city.

Shoes Scams

This seems to be an uncommon scam for most tourists to Vietnam because they must have never heard about it before. As a local youngster and a daily walker, I’ve seen a lot of shoes fixing scams in Hanoi, especially around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter, when foreign travelers really got into troubles. While walking along peaceful ancient streets in the Old Quarter, you will possibly see someone’s running into you or trying to take your shoes off without asking for your permission. When you don’t know what is going on, he will immediately put some special glue on your shoes or sandals and pretend to fix or sew it. When the shoes are returned, he will ask you to pay a ridiculous fixing fee of around US$40 or more. If you refuse to pay, then he will possibly threaten, say some bad words or let you walk on your barefoot.


All you need to do when walking around is to raise your awareness of these unreliable guys, especially the ones carrying sandals or shoe shining equipments on their hands. If you can't help doing anything, ask some policemen or security men around.


Photographs with Yokes

Every international tourist on their first visit to Hanoi will surely be impressed by the gorgeous images of local fruit sellers with Yokes, which is one of the most important object of Vietnamese women in the past, and not really common to see in both Asia and other regions in the world. As a result, many tourists want to take photographs carrying these yokes on their own shoulders. However, they do not know this is another travel scam that you will know. Just like shoe fixing guys, these women seller with yokes do not hesitate to ask you for a specific fee for letting you carry their yokes. It is mostly about $4-5 but sometimes they will ask for more. The simple way to avoid this is to not to touch the yokes. You can feel free to photograph them but before carry them for photographs, ask if they will charge you or not first.


Mysterious Fruit Sellers

It is understandable that you cannot keep your eyes off lovely baskets of fresh tropical fruit on bicycles or on sidewalk in Hanoi. However, you have to be really careful when buying fruits on your own due to the fact that the range of price for tropical fruits is up to the local seller. That means you can possibly get a ridiculously high price at anytime or anywhere. I know that $10 or $15 is not a problem for your budget, but, in comparison to the price for Vietnamese, you can totally be able to bargain them (at least half price) to get a package of tasty fruits.


Taxi Scams

This must be the most common scam in Hanoi that you should highly notice. Well, there is a wide range of taxi's brands in Hanoi including some private local taxi companies, offering you the access to different choices. Thus, it is never easy to catch the right cars in Hanoi Old Quarter. Once wrongly boarding scam-able cars, you can be transferred around and around instead of moving straight to your destinations so you can lose much more money than it ought to be. More seriously, you will have to pay some extra fees for the drivers as he blames on driving on traffic jams, heavy luggage etc. What will you have to do?
- Ask your hotel or nearest travel agents to arrange for you one of the most famous and reliable taxi companies in Hanoi such as Mai Linh, Taxi Group.
- Book Uber or Grab cars to avoid scams.
- Join Vietnam Motorcycle Tours to travel to off-the-beaten-track places in Hanoi and many provinces in Vietnam without concerning about those scams.


Overall, scams can be found everywhere in the world, especially in tourist areas. Thus, don't let them affect your expeditions. Our advices for you is:  Be Vigilant, Be Smart, Be Knowledgeable.
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Hoi An Ancient Town

Located in the downstream of the Thu Bon River, about 30 kilometers in the south of Da Nang City. Hoi An is famous for its ancient structure. When you come to Hoi An, you may have an opportunity to visit the ancient houses next to Thu Bon River that seems unchanged during the 20th century from now.

The climate in Hoi An is divided into two seasons rainy and dry. Each season has its own characteristics.


I went to Hoi An in March and this is the best time to travel in Hoi An because the weather is very warm. In general, everything is great. However, if you can not travel in March, you can also travel in February or April. However, it does not mean that other seasons should not go to Hoi An because Hoi An is always beautiful. If you visit in the rainy season, you will spend a lot of time in the hotel. The rainy season usually lasts from early August to mid-December and dry season lasts from January to the end of July every year. Besides, if you visit Hoi An in 14 lunar calendars monthly, you will have an opportunity to see the flower garlands and colored lanterns. On this day, the whole city of Hoi An will turn off electricity to protect the environment. You also listen to old songs, play folk games and enjoy the delicious food.

There is no airport in Hoi An, so you will fly from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or others to Danang Airport. You should take a plane to save time and money. From Da Nang to Hoi An is about 30 kilometers so you can call a taxi or rent a motorbike in Da Nang and then go to Hoi An.

The hotel and homestay services are very growing. However, you have to remember to book as soon as possible. Moreover, high-class and common hotels are always available for you to choose.

Hoi An Ancient Town is located in Minh An Ward, along the Thu Bon River. When you walk through the streets, you will see the ancient architecture of the houses here. It has the style of Japan and China. And in the town, you will find that most of the shops here sell long dresses and souvenirs. You can also stop at a roadside restaurant to enjoy the coffee and watch people passing. It is really interesting.

Moreover, there are many temples in the Old Quarter such as Kim An pagoda, Vien Giac pagoda or Bao Thang pagoda. Especially, the Nhat Ban bridge leading you to the old town is also very special. If you are into taking photos, this is a great place.

you can spend the time to visit Quan Thang ancient house, Tan Ky ancient house or Phung Hung ancient house. These are the most beautiful ancient houses in Hoi An and they do not change over 150 years.

Cu Lao Cham Island is also a worthy destination. This island is one of the most popular destinations for tourists to visit Hoi An. The wild and crystal-clear blue water is a great attraction for many visitors when coming here.

Moreover, you are impressed by the beauty of the sea as An Bang which is considered as one of the 50 most beautiful beaches on the planet. Cua Dai beach is one of the most beautiful and romantic beaches in Vietnam with white sand and coconut green rows. Even, you can visit Hoi An traditional villages such as Kim Bong Carpentry Village, Thanh Ha Pottery Village, and Tra Que Vegetable Village.

Participate in exciting water sports are extremely interesting. There are many sports such as canoes, rubber boats, kayaks, parasailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, fishing or kite-flying at Cua Dai Beach and Cu Lao Cham Island. You are able to experience some interesting activities such as walking in the Ancient Town at night, dropping flower lights, drinking coffee in Hoi An or buying a lantern as a souvenir.

Hoi An food also has its particular specialties. Cao Lau is a dish associated with Hoi An ancient town. And you only eat Cao Lau here, you will feel the good taste of Cao Lau's typical. Chicken rice is also a dish of Hoi An. With its unique flavor, Hoi An chicken rice is made from delicious rice that is carefully selected by chefs. Moreover, when walking along the streets, you will find trolleys selling delicious doughnuts. Each cake cost about $0.2. Sweet corn with coconut gruel is also worth trying. In the afternoon and evening, walking through the streets, you will see street vendors selling delicious sweet corn with coconut gruel.

Hoi An Ancient Town is definitely the place to enjoy breathtaking landscapes.

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Hu Tieu My Tho - A Century-Year-Old Dish in Vietnam

If you have a chance to visit Mekong Delta provinces, let’s try and feeling the taste of or My Tho rice noodle (also called Hu Tieu My Tho) which is renowned as the most typical dish of TienGiang. Having existed for a very long time, this kind of noodle soup has become a symbol of abundant cuisine in the Southern Vietnam. It was not only certified by Asia Records but also listed as one of the Top 100 Dishes of Asia.

Unlike a large number kinds of Hu Tieu such as Hu Tieu Nam Vang (Cambodia noodle soup), Hu Tieu Tau (Chinese noodle soup), Hu Tieu My Tho has its own recipe as well as taste which is completely distinct from the others. Originating as an age-old Chinese dish, this cuisine was flexibly changed to be appropriate for My Tho people’s taste and became a widely well-known dish in Vietnam.

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How to cook

To make standard Hu Tieu fibers, local people have a tendency for using the famous Go Cat rice which is celebrated as a popular rice growing area in My Phong commune, outskirt of My Tho, TienGiang. Interestingly, rice is ground in water to produce flour before spreading it into wet rice paper cakes. After that, those cakes will be dried and then cut into fibers to become noodles. As a rule,the rice paper cake is dried from the early morning to 2:00 pm.


Essential Ingredients

To create a wonderful bowl of Hu Tieu, the soup is often cooked with pig bones added with dried squid, shrimp and cooked with small fire. The foam of the soup is taken away continuously to have pure water of light yellow and sweet taste. Hu Tieu My Tho can be served with broth and topped with shrimp, pork (minced and sliced), pig innards (liver, heart, etc.) and quail eggs. 
However, diners can also order dry Hu Tieu, which does not contain broth and is added with sauce. Moreover, people can enjoy Hu Tieu with bean sprouts, lemon, chili and soya sauce instead of using lettuce, basil or other kinds of raw accompanying vegetables


Where to Try

Visiting My Tho, tourists can easily enjoy Hu Tieu as almost everywhere, from streets, small stalls, alleys to restaurants. Nowadays, there are nearly a hundred noodles stall in My Tho city. The restaurant is located near the old RachMieu ferry, which is always crowded with people looking to enjoy.
Besides a beautiful city with many attractive destinations, you certainly cannot ignore this fresh sweet dishes popular which reminds tourists of an affluent and friendly area if you have chance to tour TienGiang, stop in My Tho.
Moreover, Hu Tieu can be found easily in every floating markets when you are in your Mekong river cruises. It is the best to enjoy a hot bowl of Hu Tieu on boat, enjoy fresh air and observe the rustic daily activities of local people in Western region of Vietnam.


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Cai Rang Floating Market Travel Tips

While the Northern Vietnam is characterized by colorful fairs of mountainous people, Southern areas in Vietnam commonly possess fairs on rivers, known as floating markets with bustling and unique cultural spaces. Also located on this Vietnam’s Southern land,Cai Rang floating market is one of the most outstanding attractions in your Vietnam Tour Packages that deservesspending time to visit.

When to derive
Cai Rang Floating Market first appeared 100 years ago, becoming a destination for consumers of agricultural products in the Mekong Delta region.


Way to come
Cai Rang floating market is far from Can Tho city center just about 6 km and it takes 30 minutes to travel from NinhKieu harbor. At NinhKieu harbor, you will have to rent a cheap boat, about 20,000 VND/person to travel to the market.

Time to occur
This floating market leaves everyone a good expression with extremely lively and crowded trading atmosphere. From 4:30 AM – 5:00 AM before dawn and lasts until around 10:00 AM when the sun rises every day, hundreds of boats and canoes gather here.


Things to buy
In reality, not only boats but canoes are also packed with a lot of fruits, agricultural products of the Mekong Delta, and the neighboring provinces such as vegetables, coconut, banana, watermelon, grapefruit, dragon fruit and so on.

On the boats, products are hung on a pole at the bow of the boat (called cay beo) as a kind of advertising so tourists and locals can easily know which products are selling. To illustrate, if you want to buy a watermelon, you just need to catch which boat has watermelon on the pole in front of the boat. Apart from fresh fruits, you can also purchase garden tools or crafts or freely enjoy a Vietnamese breakfast dishes such as rice noodle “Pho” or “Hu Tieu”. In addition, other products such as medicine, mobile card, clothes, cosmetics, etc. are also available here, not different from what are sold in markets on land.


Things to enjoy
Coming here, you can enjoy the life in a miniature world on the water with cool wind, the sound of boat engines and locals persuading customers to buy their products.
Are you aware of an interesting fact that Cai Rang Bridge is a great spot for taking photos?Indeed, we highly recommend you to go earlier which means capturing the bustle of the market without being overcrowded with day-trippers.


For travelers, Cai Rang is not only something to admire but also a can-not-miss place in Vietnam holiday packages for youto seek and explore one of the most renowned and biggest floating markets in the Mekong Delta.
To visit Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho, you can join a tour on Mekong Princess Cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia.

5 Fun Things to Do in Yangon

If you are desiring to look for somewhere that meets the need of travelling, Yangon is high-evaluated candidate beacause of its varying things to enjoy. No one can deny the fact that from all the Buddhist temples to the architectures’ sheer beauty and even ordinary food stores along with their bustling sounds, all of them desevers being combined to set up tours in Yangon. They are also the warmest gift that this charming metropolis gives for you.

Exceeding out of your limitation, you can feel how wonderful your discovery is. Here is the list of 5 fun things to enjoy in Yangon that you should not skip at any moment.

1. Eating at 999 Shan Noodle

Instead of having a large space for dear customers, 999 Shan Noodle just squeezes into a tiny room. The sounds of slurp, nonetheless, still remains bustling than ever because of cheap and tasty noodles accompanied by the delicious Burmese dips and green vegetables which are served well. Even though there are no decorative items like bells and whistles in this store, the food’ quality and staffs’ funny style always meet the demand for the service of everyone.

2. Feeling your tininess at the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

Among Yangon tours, you chose one for yourself and Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple is a right destination in your tour selection. In fact, this temple has come into everyone’s mind as its uniqueness, which contains an incredible 217 ft reclining Buddha. In reality, not until did you directly contemplate statue, you could not imagine how tiny you are. Additionaly, just need to reach the Buddha’s foot, you surely come to appropriate how much details and efforts have gone into constructing this breathtaking statue.

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3. Strolling around Kandawgyi Park

Escaping entirely from state-of-the-art Yangon which is filled up with the hustle and bustle, Kandawgyi Park allows everyone who come there to enjoy peaceful moment, specifically catch a romantic Myanmar sunrise or sunset.

It is exciting to watch loc swing, admire the impressive dragon boat which resides on the lake and gaze in awe at the reflections of the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda.
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4. Experience the calmness of Shwedagon Pagoda at night

Whether you have a long holiday or not, visiting the 2500-years-old Shwedagon Pagoda which is an indispensable landscape of Myanmar tourism at night still shoud be listed in your trip schedule. Indeed, there is something special about the quiet calm in the dark of this sacred Buddhist Pagoda. 
Try and gain insight into this atmosphere. It is really fantstic!


5, Enjoying cocktails at the luxurious Strand Hotel

When it comes to The Strand Hotel, most of people care about it as a Myanmar due to the fact that it deserves being one of the finest hotels in Yangon. If you came there for the first time, you couldn’t resist taking a step back in another time to embrace Strand Hotel’s classical charm and British colonial elegance plus the wonderful cocktails.


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How Could It be More Incredible when Experiencing Top 4 Delicious Halong Bay Seafood

Whenever having a tendency to visit any tourist destination in any country in the world, the majority of travelers often spend a remarkable amount of time discovering the cuisines’ wild wonders there. Of course, Halong Bay’s visitors are no exception.
As a precious gift that Mother Nature dedicates to Vietnam, Halong is celebrated for its plenty of fresh and tasty seafood like crab, prawn, squid, lobster and so on. Certainly, it would be a shame for travelling to Halong Bay without experiencing the following TOP 4 most delicious dishes. Don’t miss any of these below dishes in your Vietnam excursions!

1, Cha Muc (Squid Sausage)
When eating Cha Muc which is proudly listed as one in top 50 Vietnam’s specialties, it will definitely bring you a sense of being attracted. To cook the high quality dish, however, the main ingredient of Cha Muc is nothing but squid exactly caught in Halong area. Interestingly, these beautiful pieces of culinary mastery which go perfectly with sticky rice or steamed rice cake is sold at numerous stores around the city and especially at Halong Market.



2, Sam (Horseshoe crab)
Unsurprisingly, delicious dishes made from Sam which is an arthropod crustacean will be a bit unfamiliar with many travelers. From standard Sam’s meat, a wide range of different recipes can be processed into like pudding crab, crab salad, sweet and sour crab legs, crab sauté with peppers and lemongrass, steamed crabs, fried crab, fried crab’s cartilage, stir-fried crab and glass noodle. It is worth noticing a difficult-to-explain feature that if you want to avoid having allergies, you need to eat a Sam pair of both masculine gender and feminine one.


3, Lobster
Among many kinds of prawn, white pearl shrimp, or tiger shrimp that Halong bay possesses, the most valuable and delicious seafood is lobster delicacy. Compared with breaded frying, steaming using additional ingredients like beer or tubers lemongrass to remove the fishy smell and still remain the natural taste is more preferable. Specifically, the best quality lobster cuisines are often available in luxury cruises in Halong Bay that let you freely enjoy every second.


4, Oyster
Just need to experience oyster, you surely eager for eating this well-known seafood in Halong Bay one more time. Thanks to this nutrition-rich seafood, your body will be effectively provided a plethora of energy.  The blood-like red bowel which is inside its hard shell plays an essential part when containing the most nutritious element of an oyster. Undoubtedly, its taste will be absolutely better if you combine with a lemon slice or grill with cheese.


Visiting Halong Bay - one of world heritage sites, experiencing delicious foods, meeting friendly people, and sharing memorable moments with your beloved relatives or friends, how could it be more incredible!! 
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Is One Day Enough for a Trip to Duong Lam Ancient Village?

After having faced up with a large indefinite number of bustling things existed in urban life, you tend to look for peaceful villages with the aim of relieving stress, don’t you?
Perhaps, you cannot imagine that there is a real village located on Hanoi’s suburban in which still contains red tile houses, spiritual pagodas along with old wells dating back up to 400 years. It is Duong Lam ancient village.

If you are considering Vietnam day tours, do not forget visiting this ancient village where your exhausting feelings cannot last anymore even only one day.


In the Morning

After leaving your hotel in Hanoi at 8:00am, you can flexibly find the way to get to Duong Lam ancient village by going along the highway 32 in the direction of Nhon – Son Tay with several familiar kinds of public transportation like bus, or taxi. Besides, if you are into the sense of adventure, then you can rent a motorbike to reach there in a quite near distance of about 50 kilometers.


Upon arrival, you can take a rest by just freely strolling along tiny ancient alleys. Additionally, chatting with locals when visiting their ancient houses is a great chance for you to learn more about their local lifestyle as well as gain an insight into Vietnamese countryside.
Renting a bike is another way to save your energy on the trip of visiting Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu hamlet whose original village entrance gate still remains intact.

Then, going on riding around the village to explore the daily life and farming working of Vietnamese peasants is an ideal plan.


Around noon

It will be your unique experience as you enjoy traditional Vietnamese lunch including plain dishes like boiled vegetables or stew meat prepared by the host. 

With a warm welcome to any visitors, the masters of house are also enthusiastic to introduce about local specialties such as soft green-lentil cake and rice cake filled with brown onion.

In the Afternoon

After having lunch and resting, you will continue your trip by visiting Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple which dedicated to two famous national heroes born there respectively Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung.

Off all ancient architectures, Mia Pagoda deserves being admired because of possessing 287 stunning Buddhist statues in all sizes will be your last spot before coming back your hotel in Hanoi to finish your Duong Lam village one day trip at 5:00 pm.


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Preparing for a Trip

When it comes to travel, there’s a lot on the table with this tried and true, time honored pastime. After all, there’s so much to see and so much to do in this great big beautiful world of ours, so there is literally something for everyone. You could pursue breath taking natural vistas, or you could expose yourself to one of the many cultures that populate the grand tapestry of human civilization. These are just a few of the endless possibilities of travel. So, it’s easy to see why we as a species are so in love with travel. What was once a necessity has become recreation, and there’s a good reason for that. We are compelled biologically to explore. Once, for survival, now for fun. However, before you give into wanderlust, be sure to properly prepare for your trip. Here are some tips to help you along.

Where packing is concerned, you’re going to want to make sure you get your essentials in order as soon as humanly possible. Since you will be using much of what you pack on a daily basis, it’s best to buy extras to be left in your bag in advance to save time as the trip draws near. As for what to pack, you’re going to need toiletries, of course, such as a tooth brush, tooth paste, and deodorant. You’re going to need enough clothing for the trip, probably about one outfit per day plus extras just in case. And, you’re going to need some ID. This can be your driver’s license, of course, but an international trip will require a passport. If you wear contacts, go ahead and order some spares from 1800Contacts so that you won’t be stranded with impaired vision during your trip. Likewise, make sure your phone, keys, and wallet are in your bag or on your person at all times leading up to your trip and during it.


Perhaps more importantly, you’ll need to make arrangements for the trip, itself, and like packing, you’ll want to do this as early as possible. The key difference here is that there’s little to nothing to stop you doing it right now if you please, so why not? You’ll want to arrange for a hotel or motel room, a flight, and a rental car, as needed, though these are subject to change.Once all of the arrangements are made, there is plenty of time to back out or make changes as need be, and you’ll be able to start your trip off right if you’re free from worrying about the details, because you’ve had the trip on lockdown for months.

One Day in Yangon and Things to Do (Part 2)

In the previous article of One day in Yangon and Things to Do part 1, we have finished half of the day discovering this city with many interesting attractions and activities. Now, we will continue on our Myanmar Private Holidays to explore Yangon by night and see what's special about this amazing city.

In the Evening

If you want to know more about the history and culture of Yangon, let’s take a look at some highlight monuments of this city. 

Downtown Yangon is where most of the colonial buildings locate which are still well – preserved and being in used such as the High Court building at Pansodan street, Yangon City Hall on Mahabandoola street and Strand Hotel.


Sule Pagoda is also a not –to –be- missed spot in Yangon. Lies in the busiest crossroad in the heart of the city, this pagoda is considered as one of the holiest sites in Yangon and Myanmar in general. 


From Sule pagoda, tourists can see the Mahabadoola Park in the opposite side. It was name after general Mahabandoola who played an important role in the first Anglo – Burmese war in 1824-1826. After Burma gained the independence in 1948, an independent monument was placed in the park replacing the statue of Queen Victoria.  This park is also a favorite place of many locals and foreigners.  


Continue to walk to the east, tourists will spot the Botaung Pagoda which is close to the Yangon river. The building is said to construct at the same time with Shwedagon pagoda and used to preserve the hair relic of the Buddha. You can also visit the Botahtaung harbor where many local to come to hang out and enjoy delicious barbeque, watching the ships go by. If you want to explore the city and its monument in a completely different way, join onboard of Burma river cruises.


If you still feel like to go more, Kyauk Taw Gyi pagoda is an interesting place to visit where locates a gigantic Buddha image made out of a single enormous marble stone. You can also have a chance to see the rare white elephants kept in the park nearby.  

Night out

Yangon becomes livelier than ever when the night falls. The city offers all kinds of entertainments for all groups such as beer stations, bars and traditional performances. You can find a great number of café and bars along Strand and Merchant road. Meanwhile, Yangon Chinatown is where you can find fresh cool cheap Burmese draught beer with a wide variety of food selections at a reasonable price. This is also a favorite place of both locals and foreigners in Yangon at night to hang out and enjoy some of the best BBQ in town.   


Myanmar offers so many things to see and do, not just temples and pagodas. The country also owns more than 2,000 km coastline along the Gulf of Bengal and Andaman Sea which some beaches are listed in the most beautiful stretches in Asia. Check out http://myanmarprivateholidays.com/tours/myanmar-beach-holidays/ for more details and tailor made holidays to these paradise on earth.

One Day in Yangon and Things to Do (Part1)

The city of Yangon is full of surprises and interesting things to discover. A day may not be enough to experience everything but with the tailor made Yangon Day Tours, tourists can definitely explore the best things of this city. 

In the Morning

When in Yangon, many tourists will choose Shwedagon Pagoda to be their first stop because of its holiness and unique appearance. This building is said to be the oldest and most prestigious in Myanmar which preserves the 4 precious items of 4 Buddhas. Visiting this magnificent construction will bring the peacefulness to your mind whether you are a believer or not. Furthermore, Shwedagon Pagoda is also the best spot to watch sunrise in Yangon and an ideal option for your Myanmar photography tour.

Feel the cool and fresh air of the early morning and watch the gilded stupa glitters in the sun lights of the golden land making one of the most inspiring moments in your trip to Burma.


Next, head to the Bahan 3rd street to have breakfast where you can taste the most typical dishes of Myanmar such as mohinga (noodles with fish soup), coconut noodles and nagyi thoke (dried noodles served with some side dishes) with a reasonable price.


Then you can visit the greenery Kandawgyi Park to enjoy the fresh air and tranquil atmosphere. The park features a large lake containing the boardwalk which you can stroll around and contemplate the beautiful scenery here. This is also where the gorgeous Karaweik Palace locates. 


Yangon Zoological Gardens or known as Victoria Memorial Park should be your next stop in your Yangon tour. This is the oldest and also the second largest zoo in Myanmar. There will be elephant and snake shows performed in the weekends.

At Noon

After having a busy morning, you can enjoy your lunch at the House of Memories restaurant. Located at No 290 U Wisara Road, Yangon, this restaurant lies in the old colonial villa which offers a wide selection of food from Burmese delicacies to Western dishes. You can also visit the office of the national hero – General Aung San on the upper floor.


Myanmar culture valley is also an ideal place for lunch in Yangon. The restaurant lies in the same area with the People’s Square and Park providing variety eating options from Eastern to Western cuisine. You can have fresh noodles at Happy Café and Noodles; fried stuffs, salads and Shan food at Cherry land. In addition, the valley also features a one stop shopping centre including numerous Burmese traditional products such as silk, lacquer ware and paintings.     

If you want to know what to do in Yangon complete your 1 day trip in this beautiful city, see more in One Day in Yangon and Things to Do Part 2.