Introducing the city

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About Yangon

Pagodas, high-rises and British colonial architecture make up the stunning Yangon skyline, but there's more to this city than first meets the eye.

Perhaps the most famous landmark in Yangon is the Shwedagon Pagoda. Golden in colour and one of the most sacred religious sites in Myanmar, the Pagoda is visible throughout most of the city and draws in thousands of visitors per year.

However, there is more on offer in Yangon than impressive architecture, with an array of cultures and communities bringing in a variety of cuisine and a rich history. Nature lovers will feel right at home here, with beautiful lakes and parks helping to give Yangon its name, the 'Garden City of the East'.

Newfound political freedom has helped give Yangon a sudden surge of tourism, and this Burmese City is well worth a visit.

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When should you visit?

November to April is the best time to visit Yangon, with average temperatures between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius and little rainfall.

Whilst the temperature in Yangon is pretty steady throughout the year, May to October is the rainy season, only seeing a handful of sunny days each year. The hottest month is April with average temperatures of 31 degrees Celsius, and the coolest months are January and December, with average temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius. The wettest month is July.

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Travioor top tips

clothing
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street food

Insider Info

  • Traditional dress is commonplace in Yangon, with men wearing the longyi, and women the htamein, both of which are like long skirts or sarongs. Locals rarely have their knees or shoulders on show, and visitors are encouraged to follow suit.
  • Taxis are cheap and reliable, which puts them streets ahead of buses in the area.
  • Some street food stalls do not necessarily have the best hygiene, so use your initiative when looking for somewhere to eat. If stalls are busy with customers and the food looks fresh, then it's probably worth the wait.

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Food and drink

Main Course £2.38

3-Course Meal £12.89

Cappuccino £1.89

Beer £0.87

The Scene

Yangon's cuisine takes its roots from its surrounding neighbours; India, Thailand and China. This influence is prevalent from the noodles to the steamed buns and beyond. Street food is a massive part of the culture in Yangon, so grab yourself a plastic stool and get stuck in. Burmese Curry is a flavour experience, and completely different to any curry you'll find elsewhere.

Drink-wise, tea is one of the most popular beverages in Yangon, serving as a reminder of the British Colonial Era. Shwe Yi is a local favourite tea shop, selling an array of traditional Burmese food as well as tea and coffee.

For a rooftop bar with a view try Vista Bar, or for delicious cocktails alongside Vietnamese and Korean cuisine try Gekkõ. Yangon’s clubbing scene is pretty limited, with entrance fees and drinks being quite expensive, but there is still a good night to be had.

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History

Yangon’s Story

Founded in 1755 by King Alaungpaya, Yangon's history is one rife with political influence.

Yangon was seized by the British in the Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1852, and became the commercial and political hub of British Burma. When the country regained independence from the British Empire in 1948, Yangon became the capital. In 1989, the military junta changed the city's English name to Yangon, which has not been accepted by many Burmese citizens as well as foreign nations including the United Kingdom and United States.

Whilst Yangon remains Myanmar's largest city and most important commercial centre, in 2005 the military government designated Naypyidaw as the capital. Yangon has been at the centre of major anti-government protests, and in particular the 1988 People Power Uprising resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Burmese citizens.

In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis hit Yangon, damaging three quarters of Yangon's industrial infrastructure, or destroying it altogether. The estimated cost was around $800million.

Language

မဂႆလာပၝ (min-ga-la-ba) | Hello
ေက်းဇူးတန္ပါတယ္။ (cè-zù tin-ba-deh) | Thank you

Burmese

The official language of Yangon is Burmese, with over 100 dialects spoken throughout the country. English is spoken more widely in Yangon than in other parts of Myanmar, but do not assume that everyone that you encounter will be able to speak English or understand you.

  • Excuse me - ခင္ဗဵာ? (ka mya?)
  • Yes - အင်း၊ (aainn)
  • How are you? - ခင္ဗ်ားေနေကာင္းလား(k'amyà ne-kaùn-là?)
  • Do you speak English? - သင် အင်္ဂလိပ်လို ပြောသလား? (shin aaingaliutlo pyaw lar?)

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Need to know

+ 95 International dialling code
199 | 192 Police | Ambulance

Get The Low-Down

  • Pedestrians do not have right of way in Yangon, so be careful when crossing main roads.
  • The nearest airport to Yangon is Yangon International Airport, which serves few countries. Most flights will make a stop in either Bangkok or Dubai.
  • Some parts of the country are closed to tourists because of ongoing conflicts. These tend to be on the borders between China and Thailand, and away from tourist areas, but check before you travel.

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Myanmar here

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Travioor Recommends

1. 26th Street

A local fresh market graces 26th street, selling street food and other fresh ingredients. Visit in the morning to beat the lunch-time rush and grab yourself a tasty breakfast.

2. Chinatown

Chinatown spans a large portion of downtown Yangon, with 18th-32nd street offering the best variety. We've heard great things about the ready-to-eat barbecue skewers.

3. Kandawgyi Lake

Meaning 'Royal Lake', Kandawgyi is an artificial lake created to provide a clean water supply to the city. It is surrounded by a nature park which boasts stunning views.

4. Shwedagon

The Shwedagon Pagoda is 2,500 years old, gold-plated and encrusted with diamonds. Visit around sunset for cooler temperatures and views of the Pagoda glowing in the low light.

5. National Museum

Whilst you can learn about the history of Myanmar just by walking round cities like Yangon, the National Museum of Myanmar offers insight into Burmese history and culture.


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