Just because it’s Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t mean you have to go bankrupt to impress your date. Here are 10 activities to do with your loved one in Yangon for 10,000Ks and under that will still ensure you have a special day.
1. Pick a lake-side spot to watch sunset
An oldie but a goodie. Countless relationships have been cemented with a few stolen kisses on the grassy banks of Yangon’s biggest lake. For a few extra brownie points, bring a blanket to sit on and a guitar to strum out some Ed Sheeran ballads.
2. Go for early morning waffles
Hejohejo in Myanmar Plaza have a steal of a deal waiting for early morning risers. For 1,600Ks you could enjoy a Singapore pandan waffle made with chocolate, strawberry or honey as well as a cup of tea, available in five flavours.
Price: 3,200Ks for two.
3. Paint portraits of each other
Head to the supermarket and buy some paints and paper so you and your loved one can attempt to capture each other in artistic expression. Word to the wise, there’s no such thing as a portrait that’s too flattering. Price: 5,000Ks.
4. Get a couples foot rub
In a city where there’s a foot massage parlour on every street corner, why not book you and your partner in for a relaxing foot rub together? Surely the most fun you can have without taking all your clothes off, this PG13 activity will give you both the chance to spend some time together in harmonious silence, breathing in the sweet scent of tiger balm. Price: 8,000Ks.
5. Dazzle your date with your general knowledge
Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Thursday, which is happily the day when 50th Street hosts their weekly Pub Quiz. Spend the days before swotting up on your collective nouns, flags of the world and notable Oscar winners to prove that geek really is chic. Price: Free.
6. Give a private karaoke concert
What better way to prove your love than belting it at full volume in a karaoke bar? From Whitney to Mariah, channel the greats to make your love heard. Head to the newly opened Diamond Entertainment on U Wisara Road where the small room is usually priced at 20,000Ks but, thanks to their special 50% discount promotion, you can take to the mic in style for one hour. Price: 10,000Ks.
7. Go to the movies
Watching films together at the cinema is a must-do date, especially on Valentine’s Day. Choose a movie, book tickets for two and grab some popcorn. JCGV cinemas can be booked through their messenger chat bot and you can select your seats and pay online too. Price: 8,000Ks.
8. Stargaze from the bonnet of your car
Not a fan of indoor activities? Why not park a car outside the parking lot in front of Mya Kyun Thar by Inya Lake, opposite to Sedona Hotel Yangon. Here you can act out every rom-com-lovers fantasy and lay on the bonnet while stargazing. Price: 500Ks.
9. Play with puppies and kittens
Yangon’s famous cat-filled Freedom Café has recently welcomed a new puppy section for canine fans. As well as the four- legged friends, the café is known for its sandwiches and coffee making it the perfect place to show your softer side on Valentine’s Day. Price: 10,000Ks.
10. Go for drinks in the Melia’s Garbo Bar
Treat your date to a cocktail at one of the smartest hotels in Yangon. From 5pm-7pm each evening, the Garbo Bar at the Melia hotel has a buy-one-get-one-free cocktail promotion. Price: 10,000Ks.