Date Night In Yangon, Your Next Romantic Getaway
When the majority of couples think of doing a vacation together, certain things come to mind, like fancy wine, the Eiffel Tower, or maybe a sandy beach on the equator. Certain less romantic things that also come to mind, however, are huge bills, long lines, and tourist traps. Finding a hidden vacation spot for a honeymoon or other romantic getaway for less than the cost of an arm and a leg is a tough task, but one place that should jump to the top of your list is Yangon, otherwise known as Rangoon, Myanmar. Here's how to have an indulgent, romantic date night when traveling to Myanmar.
A Walk by Kandawgyi Lake
Kandawgyi Lake literally translates as "Great Royal Lake," and one can easily see why when one first looks at it. Huge fountains and glass calm water surrounded by the Kandawgyi National Park make for a romantic getaway, even for a simple walk and chat. However, what steals the show at the lake is the massive Karaweik, which is a monument and a tribute to the ancient Burmese royal palace of centuries ago. Walking by this huge relic is one of the more romantic experiences in this part of the world, and is sure to set the tone for a great evening with your significant other.
After a good stroll, you'll doubtlessly be hungry for some famous Burmese cuisine, and the wonderful food will surely amaze you. Some of the quintessential dishes you should look out for include danbauk (a complex, spicy and meaty rice dish) as well as many of your favorite Chinese and Indian dishes. Myanmar falls smack in the middle of these two culinary powerhouses, so don't be afraid to go with something you've never tried before, or stick with your old favorites if you're feeling less daring.
There's no shortage of great nightlife and entertainment in Yangon, and the city is unique in offering both traditional Burmese cultural exposure for tourists as well as more typical nightlife. Hotels typically function as bars and nightclubs in the city, so you won't have to travel far to find a party. However, if you can plan your trip just right, then you might just be able to catch one of the famous pagoda festivals, like the Shwedagon festivals, which occupy the largest pagoda in Yangon for a few nights several times a year. While these festivals are typically religiously-oriented, they are still great chances to see how the nation celebrates important holidays with prayer, parades, lights, and lots of beautiful Burmese clothes and delicious food.