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Yangon Travel Guide


1. Overview of Yangon

As the largest city of Myanmar, Yangon keeps the national economy, culture, and transportation center all the time and once served as the capital city of the country before 2005. Formerly known as Rangoon, this city is located only 35 km (22 mi) from the Andaman Sea, thus making it the largest port city in Myanmar. The downtown area is surrounded by water on three sides. The bustling city features many British-style building sites, such as Government Building, Central Bank, Yangon Train Station, and Post and Telecommunications Building. No wonder it is the city in all of Southeast Asia with the most well-preserved colonial architecture. Yangon not only shows the modern and fashionable side of Myanmar but also offers a glimpse of the country’s dominant religion, Buddhism. A group of Buddhism relics like the Shwedagon Pagoda and golden temples are waiting for your exploration.

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2. Top Things to Do in Yangon

Visit Sacred & Iconic Shwedagon Pagoda

As one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Yangon and even in Myanmar, the shimmering gold Shwedagon Pagoda is adorned with 27 tons of gold leaf. The pagoda is said to enshrine the relics of four Buddhas, including the hair of Shakyamuni Buddha. At the top of the pagoda, there are 1,065 gold bells and 420 silver bells. What’s more, the top is set with 4,531 gemstones, including a 72-carat diamond. The glamorous center pagoda is surrounded by four middle-sized pagodas and 64 smaller ones.

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Try the Yangon Circular Railway

Although there is no subway in Yangon, it does have an attractive and interesting circular railway. Taking the train from Yangon Central Station is one of the best experiences in the city and you can have a chance to get an authentic insight into local daily life. The trains keep running between 6:10 am and 5:10 pm every day with a whole distance of 45.9 km (28.5 mi) and there are 39 stations along the way. The railway just connects Yangon’s nearby satellite towns and its suburban areas. By costing MMK 200 a ticket, you can see a lively and exciting scene in which local vendors sell snacks and fruits on the train ride.

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Get Lost in the Streets of Downtown Yangon

Downtown Yangon is known for its various colonial heritage buildings and many of the streets are lined with gorgeous old British-style buildings. Take a stroll around these streets and get yourself lost in the heart of the city to take in the charm of old architecture. This is also an ideal way to explore the city and observe locals’ lives. Apart from grand buildings, you will experience the energy and character of the city by savoring the tiny details, from bustling streets, sorts of food stalls, and vibrant markets to red-robed monks.

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Stroll Around Kandawgyi Lake & Karaweik Royal Palace

Kandawgyi Lake is also known as Royal Lake. It is an artificial lake built by the British, located east of Shwedagon Pagoda. This is definitely a good place to stroll around after visiting the gorgeous Shwedagon Pagoda. The lake is about 8 km (5 mi) in circumference and needs about several hours to stroll. On the eastern side of the lake, there is a magnificent boat-shaped building. Though called Karaweik Royal Palace, it is in fact a fancy restaurant and you can enjoy a meal there.

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Go Shopping at Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market is the largest Scott market in Yangon. With over 2,000 stalls, this is the place where you can find almost everything, from beautiful gold jewelry, gems, and fresh fruits to traditional clothes, local art and classic antiques. The market was founded in 1926 and now it divides into 21 sections roughly according to various products. However, be cautioned that some jades are unlikely to be authentic. Apart from all sorts of products, the market is also a good place to take photos of some ancient buildings.

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Visit Sule Pagoda in the Heart of Yangon

Located in the very center of downtown Yangon, Sule Pagoda is said to build 2,600 years ago. Surrounded by busy and bustling streets and some colonial-era buildings like Yangon City Hall, the pagoda features its octagonal shape and golden dome. As the prominent landmark of the city, the pagoda measuring about 44 meters (144 ft.) high is a must-visit attraction for tourists. And it is recommended to visit in the early morning or during sunsets to avoid large crowds and search for better light for photos.

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3. Yangon Weather: Best Time to Visit Yangon

In general, the best time to visit Yangon is between October and February when the weather is most times sunny and pleasant. With a tropical monsoon climate, Yangon keeps an average annual temperature of 27℃ (81℉) and features two seasons: rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season starts from May to October while the dry season falls between November till April. During the rainy season, it usually pours, especially in July and August. And it is recommended to avoid this period to travel. In Yangon, the hottest time is from March to May and the average temperature reaches high to 30℃ (86℉) and even over 40℃ (104℉).

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4. Yangon Transportation: How to Reach and Get around

How to Reach Yangon

By Air

Yangon is Myanmar’s main air hub and there are a total of 34 flight routes to major cities across the country. Yangon International Airport, located in Mingaladon, is about 21 kilometers away from the city and there are direct flights connecting to Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Chiang Mai, Gayet, Calcutta, Kunming, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Taipei.

Generally, from the airport to the downtown area, the most convenient way is by Grab or taxi. A Grab may cost MMK 6,000-7,000 to the Sule Pagoda area in the city center. A taxi may cost more, about MMK 10,000-15,000. As there is usually no meter on the car, it is better to bargain with taxi drivers before boarding.

By Bus

There are two main bus terminals in the city: Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal and Hlaing Thar Yar Bus Terminal. The former has more buses to cities like Mandalay and Bagan. It takes around 13 hours to reach Bagan by bus.

How to Get around Yangon

By Grab or Taxi

Grab or taxi is the best way for you to visit the attractions within the city. However, most taxis in Yangon are not so perfect and some may not have an air conditioner. Generally, there is no meter on most taxis and you have to negotiate a price before boarding. It takes about MMK 2,000 from the city center to Shwedagon Pagoda and MMK 7,000 from the downtown area to the airport.

By bus

Local buses are cheap enough to take but there are no any English signs. A ticket costs about MMK 100 to 300.

By Tuk Tuk   

It is more common to take Tuk Tuk in suburban areas and a 10-minute ride needs about MMK 100 to 200. Sometimes tourists need to pay more. However, remember to bargain before riding.

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