Yan Paing entered the international scene after scoring the second goal against Singapore in a group match of the 2001 South-East Asian Games football tournament. His goal sent Myanmar to the semi-finals. After losing to Malaysia 0-1 in the semis, Myanmar defeated Indonesia 1-0 for the bronze medal and Yan Paing was the scorer of the lone goal of the game.
In 2002, Yan Paing was featured in Myanmar National Team for the Tiger Cup tournament. In Myanmar's first group match against Indonesia, he was a constant threat for the Indonesian defence and had a shot at goal hit the bar. The match ended a 0-0 draw but Yan Paing cemented his place in the National Team. He was injured for the rest of the group games in the tournament.
Injuries and red cards prevented Yan Paing from making his mark in Tiger Cup 2004.
Yan Paing had played for Myanmar at the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup.
Yan Paing was joint top goalscorer in 2007 Merdeka Cup.
He was top goalscorer in the inaugural Myanmar National League Cup 2009 with 7 goals in 8 games, including a goal scored in the penalty shoot-out for the Final between Yadanabon FC and Yangon United. Yan Paing was also included in SoccerMyanmar.com's Best 11 players list for MNL Cup 2009.
Yan Paing was linked to a move to Thailand Premier League Club Muang Thong United in mid-July 2009 but he remained with Yadanarbon eventually.
In January 2010, Yadanabon became champions of the first ever Myanmar National League season, and Yan Paing was crowned Best Player for his role in helping Yadanabon to both the MNL Cup and MNL League titles.