57 Below

57 Below is a restaurant company based in Yangon Myanmar. They currently operate three restaurants, Gekko, Union Bar, and Parami Pizza.


I use Airbnb almost every time I travel. This alternative to staying in a hotel is often less expensive than a hotel and for traveling families, you get more space and in prime locations. in addition to houses, apartments, and rooms, you can find some very unique places to stay on the site, everything from houseboats to tree houses and […]


The Ancient city of Bagan is home to thousands of unique temples stretched across an attractive plain. Well and truly established on the tourist trail in Myanmar, the towns around the temples can sometimes feel a little overrun with the usual tourist trappings, but once out onto the plains and exploring the temples for yourself, you will often find a […]


Bago is a great detour for a small day trip if time in Yangon allows. This is less touristy than other locations and it is home to two more large Reclining Buddha statues. The outdoor Buddha is free of flashing “Christmas” lights and viewing fees. Aside from the reclining statues, one can visit some of the less explored but beautiful […]

Balloon Crazy

“Balloon Crazy Wedding: Event & Floral Service” I put quotes around the name because their flier doesn’t really specify where their name stops and the flier begins. The four guys running this business are reliable and quick to help solve any late night balloon issues you might have. Their English is poor, plan accordingly.


The Bamar are Myanmar’s majority ethnic group. They have traditionally controlled much of the country through political means, particularly the fertile central plains and Ayeyarwady valley. Originally migrants from southern China, the Bamar (or “Burmans” as they were known in colonial times) were a wet-rice farming people, Theravada Buddhist by religion, whose tonal, Tibeto-Burman tongue – Burmese – has long […]

Bangkok Kitchen

UPDATE: 1 August 2018 Bangkok Kitchen has closed their doors and is moving to a new location.  Bangkok Kitchen is located on Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon. The food is amazing, but the restaurant does not have air conditioning. It is advisable to avoid during the hot season.

Bogoyoke Market

This historic market is often people’s first thought for shopping. It is an interesting large tourist market though it can be hot or overwhelming for visitors. Be aware that the market’s hours are approximately 10 am to 5:00 pm. The market is closed on Mondays, holidays and every full moon day. We recommend some of the following shops: Golden Myanmar […]

Botahtaung Pagoda

This pagoda is located just off of Strand road next to the Yangon River and very near the Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel. ‘Bo’ means “Military Leader” and “Tahtaung” means “one thousand”. The “Botahtaung” Pagoda was named after the thousand military leaders who escorted relics of the ‘Buddha’ brought from India over 2,000 years ago. It is possible to walk through […]


Brolly Sky Bar

The rooftop of a small hotel of the same name provides the relaxed setting for this bar, most notable for its excellent views over Mandalay Hill and the Shan Mountains. Decent cocktails, solid food choices and music make this a popular spot.

Buddha’s Replica Tooth Relic Pagoda

One Sacred Replica Tooth Relic was enshrined in the Buddha’s Replica Tooth Relic Pagoda on Dhammapala Hill in Mayangon Township. The pagoda was built with cash donations from the people of Myanmar and Buddhist donors around the world.

Chauk Htat Kyi

Chauk Htat Kyi is located on Shwegondaing Road. This colossal (70 meters long) Reclining Buddha statue is one of the largest images in Burma. The original image was built in 1907, but it suffered damage due to the damp climate over the years. In 1957, it was demolished and the current structure was rebuilt in 1966.  


Chillax Bistro

The Chillax bar in Nyaung Shwe is a tourist favorite. Both locals and visitors from abroad enjoy the cocktail menu and a variety of foods for almost any palate. With a menu that includes, pizza, burritos, sandwiches, and Myanmar cuisine you are sure to find something you like.


A small Rural community across the river on the southern side of Yangon. Reached via ferry for 4000 Kyat roundtrip. Ferries depart from Pansodan Jetty for Dala every 20 minutes and run from 5:30 am to 9 pm.


Domestic Help in Myanmar

Before you begin your search for domestic help (maid, cook, nanny, gardener, etc.), it is important to define your needs, understand your own management style, know the local pay scales and discover what constitutes competence within the confines of Myanmar culture. There are no laws issued by the government to protect domestic workers, no employee taxes to consider and no […]

Financial Transactions in Myanmar

Most major restaurants and shops will accept USD dollars but the exchange rate will be lower than that given by the money changers. Though financial transactions have become easier and closer to Western norms one may still run into some difficulties.  Most changers will now take USD in a variety of conditions.  However, it is still very common for bills […]



Trendy and stylishly decorated, Gekko is a delightful Japanese restaurant located on Merchant road just off of Pansodan street. They have a wide selection of food from soups and salads, yakitori, to sushi rolls and sashimi. The plating and food presentation are very well done. The yakitori and ramen are amazing. Takeaway and delivery are available. Operated by 57 Below.

Green Electronics Store

Green Electronics Store is a small shop that supplies an array of electronic components from resistors, to Arduino’s, to LED’s and 3D printers. They will deliver if your order exceeds 20000 Kyat. The owners do not speak English. https://www.greenelectronicstore.com/

Hard Rock Cafe Yangon

Hard Rock Cafe Yangon Standard HRC menu serving burgers and American classics. Live music venue on the weekends. Good service. Located at Myanmar Plaza Mall. Take the elevator closest to the west entrance to the 5th floor, then walk around the corner to your right.