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Home >> Burma Destinations >> Yangon

Yangon

Despite the fact that since 2006, Yangon is no longer officially the country’s capital city, it is Burma’s largest & most internationally famous metropolis. It possesses one of the most exotic urban landscapes on the continent with many lush, leafy parks interspersed with narrow rivers, large clean lakes, decaying Neo-Classic British Colonial streets, dusty concrete downtown blocks & traditional wooden architecture. Mopeds have been banned from the city centre which has helped ease the traffic congestion, popularly associated with so many Asian city centres. In almost tours to Burma, Yangon is usually the first stop.

The most famous icon of the city is the magnificent Shwedagon, whose golden stupa dominates the skyline of Yangon. This 2,000 year old temple is truly magical place, intimately, informally spiritual with none of the haughty chill that can deter secular folk from Western churches. For formal etiquette, you will need to remove your shoes & cover up, at least further than your elbows & knees, although you can borrow longyi – traditional Burmese wraps – from the ticket booth.

If your time allows, the Shwedagon is surely not the only attraction, here. The two Anglican cathedrals left behind by the British have stunning interiors, the parks & zoological gardens offer many lovely leisurely walks, & the market shopping at Bogyoke (Scott’s) market is great fun, especially for souvenirs. Yangon’s main sights & colonial old city are lovely located within a fairly small area which is easily explored on foot, providing you pace yourself & don’t stuff yourself with too many noodles en route.

YANGON ATTRACTIONS:

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon

Sule Pagoda

Sule Pagoda

Yangon City Hall

Yangon City Hall

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

Chauk Htat Gyi

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda

Nga Htat Gyi

Botataung Pagoda

Botataung

Karaweik Palace Barge

Karaweik Barge

Hlawgar Park

Hlawgar Park

Maha Bandula Garden

Maha Bandula

Kandawgyi Lake

Kandawgyi Lake

Bogyoke Scott Market

Scott Market

Kaba Aye Pagoda

Kaba Aye Pagoda

YANGON HOTEL SUGGESTIONS:

  • 5 star: Governor’s Residence, Park Royal, Sedona, Savoy, The Strand
  • 4 star: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, The Chatrium, Traders Hotel, Inya Lake Hotel, Summit Park View Hotel
  • 3 star: Green Hill Hotel, Clover Hotel, Panda Hotel, Alfa Hotel, East Hotel
  • 2 star: Hotel 63, Aung Tha Pyay, Thamada Hotel, Hotel 7 Miles
  • 1 star: Tai Pan Motel, MGM Hotel, Golden Valley Inn

 

WHERE TO EAT:

  1. Acacia Tea Salon
  2. Le Planteur
  3. Shwe Sa Bwe
  4. Feel Myanmar Food
  5. Kosan Café
  1. House of Memories
  2. 999 Shan Noodle House
  3. The Green Elephant Restaurant
  4. Sharky’s
  5. Monsoon Restaurant

Other Information About Yangon

DIRECT FLIGHTS TO YANGON:
  • From Bangkok: Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Thai Airways
  • From Doha: Qatar Airlines
  • From Frankfurt: Condor Airways
  • From Guangzhou: China Southern Airlines, Myanmar Airways International
  • From Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City: Vietnam Airlines
  • From Hong Kong: Dragon Air
  • From Kolkata, Gaya: Air India
  • From Kuala Lumpur: Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Myanmar Airways International
  • From Kuming: Air China, China Eastern Airlines
  • From Seoul: Asiana Airlines, Korean Air
  • From Singapore: Jetstar Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines
  • From Taipei: China Airlines, EVA Airlines
  • From Tokyo: All Nippon Airways