Top Unusual Yangon Travel Experiences

14-Jan-2019

For first timer, a visit to Shwedagon pagoda is a must, same as Yangon downtown. However, for those who expect something different from classic sightseeing, Yangon has something to seduce you. 

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These unique experiences are hardly mentioned in any Yangon Travel Guide or suggestion for Yangon and you should try at least one of them :

1. Experience the Hot Balloon Ride 

Embark in to a hot balloon and enjoy the aerial view of former capital city of Myanmar. Famous for pagodas, parks and historical landmarks; this is the best way to explore the city with a bird’s eye view. Panoramic views of the Shwedagon Pagoda from top will leave any sane person speechless. 

Through a flight duration of 15 – 20 mins, one can immerse in the beauty of the historic city at a height of 400 ft. To further enjoy the scenic beauty of the nature, sunset is the best time to ride these balloons. 

This balloon ride is not only unique but also exciting, at nearly USD 27 one can get the best of Yangon from the top. 

2. Visit the Gitameit Music Centre 

This non-profit music school and community centre for children and adults in Yangon is a must visit to have a unique experience in Myanmar. Located at Thu Kha Lane, this centre established in 2003 is devoted to music teaching and nurturing, performing, offering exchange possibilities for Burmese students to study abroad and inviting international artists to perform and teach in Yangon. 
Learning local music can be a wonderful way to entertain and explore the culture of the visiting country. 

If you want more idea for a cultural day, check our guide for Yangon visiting 

3. Visit a Palm Reader at Sule Pagoda 

This Burmese stupa located in the heart of downtown Yangon is not only a religious and historic landmark, but also known for palm readers and numerologists. As per locals, serious decisions are never taken without consulting either a palm reader or a numerologist. Believe it or not, the government decision to move the capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw was also based on a palm reader’s advice. 

Just with birth details, one can head to a palmist at Sule Pagoda to know how the future looks like. This unique opportunity shouldn’t be missed in Yangon. 

4. Take a Bando lesson 

This defensive unarmed martial art form is quiet popular in Myanmar. It emphasises defence as the best offense by leaving the initiative to the opponent and relying heavily on counter moves. The offensive forms in Bando are based on animal movements, such as boar, bull, cobra, monkey, leopard, tiger, viper etc. 

Taking a Bando class for self-defence can be truly exhilarating and unique. 

5. Try playing the traditional Chinlone 

Also known as “caneball” – this traditional Burmese sport is almost 1500 years old and was created as a means of entertaining Burmese royalty. This non-competitive game is typically played with six players playing together as a team. And similar to hacky-sack, it is played by individuals passing the ball between each other within a circle, without using their hands. 

Watching the game itself is a unique experience one shouldn’t miss. With some key technical inputs from a Chinlone master, one can try this game with the locals. Influenced by traditional Burmese martial arts and dance, right technique is necessary to master this game.

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