To see Yangon skyline from Sakura Tower at sunset, you have to be at Yangon Yangon Bistro. It is on the building’s top floor – and with an open concept bar, the views are magnificent.
A friend and I arrived here 30 minutes before sunset. We were the first customers so we had the floor all to ourselves.
It was kind of hard to choose where we should sit, but we settled on a table facing the Shwedagon Pagoda. We wanted to see it glistening at night while we were sitting on a couch.
Though the sunset was a bit let down because it hid behind another building, the views at night didn’t disappoint us.
It was a clear night, too! So we were able to see as far as our eyes could see. Golden temples shine bright through the night along with the traffic lights.
Also noticeable are the construction projects that were going on everywhere. Yangon, compared to other Asian cities, is still pretty lagged behind.
However, the city is developing fast and sooner or later, it will become one of Asia’s most-desired city to visit.
It may not be on everyone’s radar to travel for now, but it will soon be.
From above, the Shwedagon Pagoda sits visibly on a hill afar.
Closer to the Sakura Tower is the famed Sule Pagoda that breaks the traffic in all directions.
In addition, you will find the old city of Yangon on one side and the modern on the other.
The old quarter looks chaotic while the modern side shows construction sites and tall buildings.
Many of the colonial structures you will find below are built when the British ruled the city.
If you walked around, many of these colonial buildings are almost in a state of decay. The local government doesn’t make renovation a priority at the moment.
Cheap Hotel in Old Yangon
Yangon is still pretty cheap for a backpacker. I treated myself by staying in a cheap hotel with basic necessities. I stayed at Yangon Urban Hotel which is smacked right at the center of the old downtown. The room was spacious and they clean it daily. The staff members are nice and they will try to help and answer your questions. There are many restaurants and grocery shops nearby. Breakfast was nice, too. From here, Sule Pagoda is just 7 minutes walk and 28 minutes to Botataung Pagoda/Paya. They also offer an airport pick-up with a reasonable fee. You can book it via Booking, , HostelWorld, and Expedia.