Thursday, 07 January 2016 06:47

We Love Insein

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Famous for its jail and an hour drive away from downtown Yangon, Insein Township is a significant hub for Yangon’s economy and education. First named by the Mon people, Insein means a precious lake in definition. It is also a cultural melting pot of ethnicities, religion and languages where one can find many Karen and Mon people living harmoniously among native Burmese. Blended into former capitol with the city expansion act in 1990s, small and medium-sized industries are now thriving in ever-changing Yangon. And Yangon International Airport is just fifteen minutes away from central Insein by car.


Wai Wai’s Noodle

It offers one the best Shan noodles you can find in the town. It is located in a quiet and neighbourly environment. This must-try restaurant also caters to vegetarians and will substitute meat for tofu. The servings are generous, and the fruit juices are also freshly prepared. You won’t go wrong with the price either. The only downside is that WaiWai offers very few options to choose from.

8am to 10pm

No 30, Pearl Street, 09 421 150 524

Shwe Yon lay

This Chinese restaurant offers delicious meals such as Kyay Oh, Shan Rice and fried Kailan with oyster sauce. Barbequed and grilled meat is a must-try at this restaurant. For deserts, local favourites such as fruit juices, milkshakes and yogurts are on the menu. The price is usually less than 5000 kyats, and the service is not too bad. And the bonus is that it has its own car park.

6am to 8:30pm

No 7, Yangon-Insein Road,

Gyoh Gone (East) Ward, 09 730 215 49

Ice Land Restaurant and BBQ

This newly opened restaurant sits next to Iceland Supermarket along Pyay Road. The menu offers cuisines ranging from Chinese to Western styles. Private rooms can be arranged upon request. It also has a smoking corner and a parking area. The prices are competitive.

7am to 11pm

No 123/124, Pyay Road, 10 miles,

01 661 434, 09 431 611 82

Mahuyar Korea BBQ

This Korean-style BBQ place is a perfect fit for meat lovers. For those who want to stay late after dinner, Mahuyar opens till very late and serves beers and other alcoholic beverages. Smoking is allowed and private parking is available for its customers.

9am to 11pm

Min Gyi Street, Nant Thar Gone Ward

01 641 994, 09 730 219 94

Honey Restaurant

Honey Restaurant is located near Insein Park and football playground. This restaurant serves Kyay Oh with pork and Shan Noodle. The food is very delicious and not expensive.

Baho Road, Construction Compound,

Nant Thar Gone Ward

09 731 090 24, 09 517 4995, 09 518 5490


Insein Market

This bustling bazaar along Hlaing River Road buys and sells almost everything from Groceries to jewellery and clothes. The marketplace is always crowded with lane-sellers on the platforms. The location plays an integral part as Insein railway station is located just a few minutes’ walk away from the market. Not a well-known fact about Insein market is that it’s considered the hub for commercial hair sales in Yangon.

Hlaing River Road

09 310 73170

Things to Do

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (Lawkachantha Abaya Labamuni Pagoda)

Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda is one of the biggest marble Buddha Images in Myanmar with a height of 37 ft and a weight of over 600 tons. The historical name of this Image is Lawkachantha Abaya Labamuni, meaning World Peace and Prosperity. This sitting Buddha is curved from a single marble stone from Sakyin region in Mandalay. The sculpture was carried through the Ayeyarwaddy River down to Yangon. The final sculpting and the enshrining was completed in 2008.

Within walking distance from Minn Dhamma Hill where Kyauktawgyi Pagoda is situated, there is an elephant house where three sacred white elephants are kept. White elephants are regarded as a supreme royal ornament.

Gyoe Gone (East)

Circular Train at Insein Railway Station

Insein Station is also one of the worthy places to take a look and visit. From that station, you could take a loop on the circle train as well. Starting from Yangon Central Railway Station, the circular train will drop you to Insein Station after around 45 minutes. You will sometimes see a few odd foreigners taking the circle train - sightseeing everyday lives of rural places laid out at the side of the railroad.


Places to Stay

Palm Spring Resort

It is a perfect luxurious retreat for a holiday hideout in Insein. This splendid residence offers quality time for families and friends with the most modern comforts. The resort symbolizes the beauty of the superb landscaping and healthy living which comprises of the gym, sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool and a Golf putting course.

No. 7F, Nant Thar Gone Quarter,

01 646 467, 01 646 468

City Golf Resort Hotel

This resort is a premier holiday destination in Yangon. It was independently built on the vast ground near the City Golf Course. The resort is situated on the hill and is exclusive. Being the nearest resort to Yangon city, it is just of Pyay road. There are so many experiences to have from a vacation at City Golf Resort Hotel with modern facilities featuring KTV Lounge, meeting room, restaurant and spa.

Thirimingalar Street, 10Miles

01 641 763

Yaewaddy Motel

This affordable motel is located in the heart of Insein. It offers a 24-hour front desk and a free Wi- Fi. Guests can dine at the hotel’s restaurant serving Thai and international style meals. Free parking is also available at the hotel.

No. 144, Thirimingalar Street

01 642 740

Maha Myaing (Excellent Creation Co., Ltd.)

No.3, Thiri Street , Zay Gone ( West ) Ward

01 640 003


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