An eclectic mix of grand religious buildings and British colonial infrastructure, Yangon is Myanmar’s biggest city and a new hub of Southeast Asia. A vibrant city that is both colourful and chaotic, Yangon is lined with open-air markets, glittering temples and impressive architecture.
Things to do in Yangon
No visit to Yangon is complete without a trip to the Shwedagon Pagoda, a 99-metre-tall golden stupa. The diamond encrusted pagoda is considered the most sacred Buddhist site in the country.
The best way to learn about Yangon’s rich history is a visit to the National Museum of Myanmar. Afterwards, bring yourself back to the present day by heading down to the River Gallery in downtown to view contemporary art pieces. While in the city centre, pay a visit to the Sakura Tower, Yangon’s tallest building offering 360 views.
Appreciate colonial-era buildings? Then you’re in for a treat, as Yangon boasts the largest number of these historic displays of architecture in the country, so be sure to spend a day meandering down the city's bustling streets to take in the sights.
When your feet have tired and there’s a rumble in your stomach, it’s time to hit the markets for a taste of local Yangon cuisine. Bogyoke Aung San Market is the city's most renowned market and sells an array of local cuisine, from Burmese bargains to freshly cooked fish noodle soup.
Getting around Yangon
A taxi from Yangon International Airport directly to downtown takes only 40 minutes. Once in the downtown district, walking is an option for those wanting to soak in the city’s culture up close. However, taxi’s and buses are the easiest way to explore. The city’s famous rickshaw’s are becoming a less popular mode of transport but make for an exhilarating ride that should be experienced at least once.