Two Novice Nuns Walking Past Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar


A city at the crossroads of modernisation

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon under British occupation, is the commercial centre of the country. A bustling city of over five million people, Yangon is at the cusp of change with a growing modern skyline and the opening of new restaurants, trendy cafes, and boutique shops.

Despite recent developments, Yangon still retains the largest number of intact colonial buildings in Asia making it an architectural gem worth discovering. Complementing this landscape are glistening temples and pagodas dotted throughout the city serving some of the most devout Buddhists in the world.


  • The commercial and creative hub of the country with an eclectic mix of boutique shops, contemporary art galleries, and international dining
  • A city of sensory overload with colourful street scenes and aromas of curries and barbecued meats
  • The magnificent Shwedagon, a 2,500-year-old golden pagoda, is one of the country's most important religious sites and a must-experience for all visitors
Within Easy Reach Of...
Mandalay 1hr 15min flight
Bagan 1hr 20min flight
Heho (Inle Lake) 1hr 10min flight
Ngapali 50min flight
Bangkok, Thailand 1hr 20min flight
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2hr 20min flight
Travel Tips
  • Take the Yangon Circular Train for a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, travelling in a 29mi/47km loop around the city with stops in the suburbs and markets
  • Spend a few hours at the Shwedagon Pagoda and observe how religion plays an all-important role in the everyday life of the people
  • Visit the Yangon Heritage Trust for an excellent overview of the heritage buildings throughout the city

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