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Yangon Holidays

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Yangon Holidays

Yangon is Myanmar's largest and most interesting city, and its economic and diplomatic centre despite the 2005 creation of remote Naypyidaw as the official capital.

The city was occupied by the British in 1852 when it became the centre of the Burmese Raj. The resulting influx of traders, diplomats and wealth transformed the city into a glorious regional hub. The legacy of this time is evident in the decaying though stately colonial buildings found along the Rangoon River and toward the centre of town. The city has myriad tourist attractions, most notably the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, which justifies a visit to the city all by itself and is the country's most beloved landmark. There are also markets to explore, and Yangon is a glorious city to trawl for jewels.

Yangon is hot and humid, especially at midday when most of the population take refuge indoors or in the shade of a temple or banyan tree. It is a noisy and chaotic place too, with congested traffic, orange-robed monks, neon signs and golden temple spires clashing in a visual landscape of uniquely Asian contradictions.

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Top 5 Things to do in Yangon

Shwedagon Pagoda - The most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, the Shwedagon Pagoda or the Golden Pagoda is a millennia-old pagoda made from bricks covered with gold plates.
Sule Pagoda - An important location in the history of Yangon, the Sule Pagoda sits in the heart of downtown Yangon. It is said to house strands of hair from Buddha himself.
Botataung Pagoda - A famous Pagoda in downtown Yangon. According to tradition, it was built on the ground that 1000 military officers of the king had stood to make a guard of honour.
Bogyoke Market - A major bazaar located in Yangon. Known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, the market is a major tourist destination, dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing stores.
Kandawgyi Park - A tranquil green park located in central Yangon. Not only is the park itself a great place to rest and relax, it also has the benefit of being close to some of Yangon's most famous attractions.

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  • Currency The currency used in Yangon is the Burmese kyat.
  • Flying time from the UK The average flight time from London to Yangon is 13h 15min.
  • Primary Language The official language of Yangon is Burmese.
  • Passport & Visas British citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their arrival in Myanmar. A visa is required.