Top 5 nightlife activities in Yangon, Myanmar

Top 5 nightlife activities in Yangon, Myanmar


Top 5 nightlife activities in Yangon take you to explore Yangon – the old capital city of Myanmar – Land of pagodas and enjoy the local life when the sun does down. Thanks to the political reform in 2006, the country in general and Yangon in particular now is more open to tourism giving way for more nightlife activity choices for tourists. That is why, now tourists can see plenty of stores, shops open after 9 pm. Check out our Top 5 nightlife activities in Yangon, Myanmar suggested by GoAsiaDayTrip.


  1. Head to Shwedagon Pagoda to view sunset and admire its sparkling views at night:

Known as the land of pagodas, this is the reason why you should grasp the chance to admire the beauty of its most famous Shwedagon Pagoda when in Yangon. The pagoda offers not only the scenic scenery for tourists to admire the unique architecture of Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and also the great place for tourists to wander around at night. There are many things in Shwedagon Pagoda that surprise any tourist when in here. The pagoda is 110 meters height, and is covered with hundreds of gold plates. The top of the stupa is coated with 4,531 diamonds and the largest of which is a 72-carat diamond. The pagoda is still in well-preserved condition symbolizing for Myanmar architecture, arts, sculpture, dated back to 2,500 years ago. It is said that, Shwedagon Pagoda is preserving eight hairs of Gautama Buddha as well as relics of three former Buddhas.

Shwedagon Pagoda - Top 5 nightlife activities in Yangon
Shwedagon Pagoda

If you wish to admire the beauty of Shwedagon Pagoda at night, head to the nearby area of the pagoda at around 4:30 pm to choose a better seat. Then all you have to do is just relax and immerse into the peaceful atmosphere of the sacred pagoda while listening to the bells from the pagoda.

Shwedagon Pagoda is open from 4:00 – 22:00 daily. On special days (the Waxing Day of Tabaung – around March, and Waxing Day of Wakhaung – around June), the pagoda is open for 24 hours.


         2. Go shopping at local markets:

Going shopping is a not-bad option for a nightlife activity in Yangon. One thing you may need to notice about the opening hours of stores and shops here. Most malls in Yangon have winds down at 9:00 pm. If you still wish to sneak some extra hours of shopping and have leisure activities, head to City Mall St. John at No.6, Corner of Pyay Road and Min Ye Kyaw Zwa Road, Yangon. The mall opens until 10:00 pm at weekends and on public holidays.

City Mall St. John - Top 5 nightlife activities in Yangon
City Mall St. John

Another suggestion for you if you wish to find a more traditional shopping experience, head to night markets in Yangon such as Anawrahta Road Night Market or Thiri Mingalar Market to see how the locals shop for their daily stuff and products.


           3. Eat and drink after dark:

Thanks to the political reform since 2006, Yangon is now more vibrant at night than a few years ago. Now, there are many stores and shops opening until very late at night. In the past, it was rather hard for tourists to find a bar in the city. Now, the city has more to offer to tourists who seek for social places with music, a bit strong drinks and to meeting new people.

Let jot down some popular places fitting with different nightlife experience of yours.

19th Street in Yangon’s Chinatown - Top 5 nightlife actitivies in Yangon
19th Street in Yangon’s Chinatown

The popular 19th Street in Yangon’s Chinatown is long time well-known among tourists thanks to great offering of local eateries, mid-range to high-end restaurants and watering holes.


For Western-style restaurants, you can refer to Union Bar and Grill, The Penthouse, Rangoon Tea House (open until 10:00 pm), or pamper yourself with a supper at Pan Pacific Yangon’s Saan Restaurant.

Rangoon Tea House - Top 5 nightlife activities in Yangon
Rangoon Tea House

To enjoy cocktails and pleasant atmosphere, head to the popular Kosan Café. Or if you wish to mingle with locals, the bustling Sanchaung Street is an ideal place for night drinks.


           4. Enjoy the night at Inya Lake, Yangon:

Inya Lake - Top 5 nightlife activities in Yangon
Inya Lake

Known as the largest lake in Yangon, Inya Lake nests a number of restaurants and activities. Located quite far to the north of Myanmar, it is highly suggested that, you arrive at the place at around 4:00 – 4:30 pm and walk around before spending night exploring the beauty of the lake at night. Making the marvelous view for the lake at night is thousands of candles and incense sticks. After that, head to some of the beer corners to spend rest of the night refreshing your mind.


           5. Pamper yourself with a private tour to discover Yangon:

We complete our list of Top 5 nightlife activities in Yangon by suggesting you to take a tailor-made tour on your own. Meaning, you will book a private tour with local guides and discover Yangon according to your own availability and preferences. For more information, you can refer to Tours by Locals and Showaround.

If you wish to have more suggestions for daytime activities in Yangon city, refer to this Things to do in Yangon for hand-on advices.

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