1 Thing to Keep in Mind If You Visit Yangon Myanmar

  January 12, 2022 travel posts 🕑 4 minutes read

yangon nightlife


For all intents and purposes, I basically live a I Am Legend lifestyle while circling the globe.


I hustle inside swiftly once the sun drops. But – spoiler alert – killer zombies do not scare me to death.


Kelli and I are not party types.


We are not night owls.


We last sipped liquor during Prohibition.


Kelli and I party with the frequency of when Haley’s Comet blows through.


Yangon Nightlife


Knowing this, the thing to keep in mind when visiting Yangon Myanmar did not affect us at all. Water under the bridge. Or water off of a duck’s back. But many party types may have a serious issue with Yangon or hell, even those who enjoy getting soused here and there…or hell, those who enjoy getting blitzed on a nightly basis.


Yangon, Myanmar.


Whether you are a beer-guzzling backpacker or  foodie type who enjoys late-night feasts while traipsing around the city ya gotta understand this:


Virtually everything in Myanmar shuts down by 9 PM.


Not a Night Life City


We are reverse vampires. Of course, we do stuff during the day. We settle in at night to enjoy Netflix, or perhaps some online work awaits us.


Most travelers chill throughout the day and barring a day trip or activity here and there, become super active at night. Not necessarily running around until 5 AM, but when the sun lowers in hot, tropical, humid areas particularly, folks tend to be out and about, almost like globe trotting Golums, wandering from their lairs to enjoy spots.


We did our homework beforehand but few travel bloggers stressed the fact that all shuts down at 9 PM. I am not kidding. Virtually every spot, every restaurant, all of it, shuts down completely.


Yangon, Myanmar


This blanket shut down is to the point where it is not super safe to wander around certain regions of the city past say, 9:30 PM or by 10′ ish because some folks chilling on the streets may be up to no good. Why would you hang out on the streets if every place of business is closed? Minus escaping the sweltering heat of your home – somewhat valid excuse – the outside crowd in more sketchy neighborhoods likely is not as sweet as snips and snails and puppy dog tails.


Hey; Yangon seemed like a super duper safe city. I never felt unsafe. Even as we wandered around well after 9ish on our first night out and about, coming to the realization that everything shuts down in this most major or Burmese cities after 9 o’clock.


How this Affects You


If you are not a night life type, this will not affect you at all.


Kelli and I had few issues with the early close time.


Let’s be honest though; many travelers are not in this category.  The average traveler likes to head out for a leisurely evening of eating and drinking here and there. Or at least craves some nightlife past, say, 9 PM.


I fully understand travelers do not book Yangon expecting Southeast Asia’s version of Las Vegas or New York City. Folks get this city does sleep, but I wanted to share how the city sleep occurs for quite an extended period.


Yangon Rocks


Yangon rocks.


Even though many travelers simply pass through over 1-2 days on their way to Bagan or Inle, or perhaps on the way out to Bangkok, spending at least a week in this charming, fascinating city not jaded by mass tourism is well worth the visit.


I saw what Southeast Asian major cities were like 20 or maybe 50 years ago while making my way through Yangon with Kelli. Friendly people unaffected by tourists, inviting us out to dinner than….gasp….picking up the check! Impressive. Heart-centered too.


We sensed how the people were both incredibly proud of their city and country plus super humbled and grateful at our visit. No not just us; about the waves of tourists in general gradually making their way to Yangon.


Travelers sometimes enjoy a frosty mug of grog from time to time. Others crave a glass of wine. Yet others prefer to down a shot of Jack Daniels. Do you find yourself in this imbibing crowd? Expect to drink at your apartment, hotel or hostel. Rats and roaches boast a more vibrant night life than a Yangon tourist.


The Verdict


Visit the city.


Enjoy Yangon.


Just understand; this town is not for the night life travel crowd.


Know what to expect and you will enjoy your visit so much more.


Your Turn


Have you visited Yangon?


Have you visited Myanmar?


How did you deal with the lack of nightlife?


Or do you hunker down once the sun goes down?

  1. Donna Merrill says:
    at 1:38 pm

    Hey Ryan,
    Although I never have been there, whenever I travel I always think of the saying: “When in Rome…” So I can adapt quickly to my environment. Any time I’ve travelled, I wandered from the American hotels and took a bus ride with the people. For me what’s the point of traveling if you don’t want to jump right into the culture.

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