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Once known as Rangoon during British colonial rule, Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar but it still retains much of its colonial character.

The grand buildings of the downtown area and the old mansions in the diplomatic quarter are clear testament to the former British presence. In contrast to this, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda is perhaps the most vivid demonstration of how seriously the Burmese take their Buddhist faith, with a stream of devotees bringing offerings to the various shrines within the temple complex.

Monks are provided with alms at the Shwedagon Pagoda, YangonNo visit to Myanmar is complete without at least a few hours spent at the Shwedagon. The city has an eclectic mix of cultures and religions, with the golden spires of many ancient pagodas glistening in the heat of the day alongside modern-day Hindu and Chinese temples, cathedrals and mosques.

The bustling streets and narrow alleys of downtown Yangon capture the diversity of this intriguing city: tea-houses are layered with the smoke of cheroots, the markets of Chinatown burst with an unfathomable array of goods and the aromas of freshly-milled spices and freshly-cooked snacks are carried on a breeze from the Indian Quarter.

Yangon is well-known for its shops and markets, the most famous of which is the Bogyoke Aung San Market (or Scott Market), as well as for a burgeoning and well-respected art scene. Galleries and antique shops have been established in various parts of the city, presenting the visitor with many tempting shopping opportunities.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Yangon

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Yangon, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Yangon

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Yangon. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Gardens at the Belmond Governor's Residence

      Belmond Governor's Residence

      First Class

      The Belmond Governor’s residence is a charming oasis among the otherwise busy streets of Yangon. The property oozes character and charm, providing guests with a relaxing base from which to explore the city.

    • Swimming Pool, Hotel M

      Hotel M

      Medium

      Located in a quiet residential area in the exclusive Golden Valley, the Hotel M is a good option for anyone looking to experience a more relaxed side of the city.

    • The Strand, Yangon

      The Strand

      First Class

      The Strand is well-located and has plenty of character, with a long and interesting history and colonial era features.

    • The swimming pool at the Savoy Hotel, Yangon

      Savoy Hotel

      First Class

      The Savoy Hotel has a good standard of accommodation with adequate facilities. It is also noted for its character and relaxed, informal atmosphere.

    • Deluxe Suite at Sule Shangri-La,Yangon (Rangoon)

      Sule Shangri La

      First Class

      Sule Shangri La is a hotel that is the ideal choice for guests wanting to be in the heart of Yangon, and have easy access to the main sights.

    • Classique Inn, Yangon

      Classique Inn

      Simple

      The Classique Inn is a charming, small hotel located in the quiet embassy district. The hotel features eight well appointed rooms in the main building and three rooms in the family house.

    • Chatrium Hotel, Yangon

      Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake

      First Class

      With a good range of facilities including a swimming pool and selection of restaurants, the Chatrium offers good value accommodation in the city and is within walking distance of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

    • IFC Pandaw II, Yangon

      Pandaw Cruises

      First Class

      The atmosphere on board one of the Pandaw vessels is relaxed and informal. All cabins are air-conditioned and contain a shower room with hot and cold water and windows that open whilst beds are traditional teak ships cots.

    Ideas for experiencing Yangon

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Yangon, and which use the best local guides.

    • Shwedagon Pagoda

      Shwedagon sunset & a local beer

      Yangon

      At around 4pm in the afternoon you'll be met by your driver and guide for a visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Visiting at this time affords a wonderful opportunity for people to watch as the city's residents come to pay their respects after finishing work or school.

    • Grand colonial buildings, Downtown Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)

      Walking tour of Yangon

      Yangon

      This morning you'll enjoy a flexible tour of Yangon with your driver and guide. The highlight of your tour will most certainly be a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the jewel in the city's crown.