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Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, is by far the most exciting place in the country to be right now, as former political exiles, Asian investors and foreign adventurers flock in. As Myanmar's commercial and artistic hub, it's Yangon that most reflects the changes that have occurred since the country reopened to the world. There's a rash of new restaurants, bars and shops. And there are building sites – and traffic jams – everywhere. But in many ways Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, has hardly changed at all. The city remains focused on Shwedagon Paya, an awe-inspiring golden Buddhist monument around which everything else revolves. Close to it are the parks and lakes that provide Yangonites with an escape from the surrounding chaos. Then there's downtown, its pavements one vast open-air market, which is home to some of the most impressive colonial architecture in all Southeast Asia.

Yangon Weather Overview

Being in Southeast Asia, the climate of Yangon is tropical. Average temperatures in Yangon vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 28th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Yangon, the hottest months are April, March, and then May. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid April where highs are regularly around 100.8°F (38.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 76°F (24.4°C) at night.

Check the below table to have the general idea of Yangon weather throughout the year.

Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 33°/ 18° 0 days
February 35°/ 18° 0 days
March 37°/ 19° 0 days
April 38°/ 22° 5 days
May 35°/ 26° 25 days
June 30°/ 25° 26 days
July 29°/ 24° 30 days
August 28°/ 24° 30 days
September 29°/ 23° 26 days
October 33°/ 24° 13 days
November 33°/ 23° 6 days
December 32°/ 18° 0 days

Best time to go to Yangon

The best time to visit Yangon is between November and March, with the best conditions overall. Temperatures are comfortable with average highs of about 30°C. Nights during the dry season are chilly, normally around 15°C (59°F), so warmer clothes are required.

Since it is the peak tourist season, the price of air tickets and accommodation is higher than at other times. And when sightseeing, you can probably expect attractions to be crowded.

Yangon Seasonal Weather Guide

Yangon experiences three seasons, namely the dry season, the hot season and the wet season.

Dry Season (November to February)

In the dry season, from November to February, the temperature of Yangon is around 20 °C, and the climate is pleasant. Even at the highest temperature at noon, it will not be very hot. That said, the dry season is the best season for visiting Yangon, and it is also the tourist season for Yangon.

The hotels that are in short supply in peacetime are more crowded at this time, and the price will rise accordingly. It is recommended to book accommodation arrangements one month in advance.

Hot Season (March to May)

From the beginning of March, temperatures increase steadily, reaching 40°C (104°F) by the end of the month. It is more humid in Yangon than in other places, as it is close to the beach.

As temperatures increase a lot, tourists should be aware of the uncomfortable outdoor environment. Lakes are generally cooler, so for example Inya Lake is a good option for relaxation.

If you can put up with the heat, you’ll find that travel and accommodation prices during the hot season are cheaper than at other times, and crowds are smaller. The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival and Thingyan Water Festival are two main hot-season events in Yangon, attracting many people every year.

Wet Season (June to October)

The rains start in May, and by June it is time for monsoon storms. As the wettest months, July and August have temperatures hovering around 30°C. It is not the best time to travel to Yangon, as its location on the south coast means it has more rainfall than other regions.

However, the rain usually comes in short bursts, so rainfall should not have a huge negative impact on your overall experience. Most beach resorts are closed at this time, so it is not a good time for the beaches.

The good news is that the price of air tickets and accommodation during this season should be lowest, and you can expect fewer crowds, especially when you visit the popular destinations. Thadingyut Festival is the largest festival, held either in September or October. It attracts many people every year.

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Yangon is the former capital city of Myanmar and this is also the largest city in the country. The city is famous for having a mix of gorgeous colonial architecture which is located alongside traditional pagodas covered in gold leaf and studded with jewels. As you wander around the city, you can also enjoy delicious street food bites or you can also visit some of the more modern parts of the city to have a rooftop cocktail as you take in the glittering monuments and limpid lakes for which Yangon is so famous.

If you don’t have much time to visit Myanmar then this is also a good chose as Yangon is close to other spots that make an easy day trip such as Hpa-an and the Golden Rock.

Here are the best things to do in Yangon:

1. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in the world and is simply stunning.

This is the main attraction that you have to see when you are in Yangon and the pagoda is also one of the most sacred sites to the Buddhist community in Myanmar.

The pagoda is made up of a central structure which is covered in gold leaf and studded with precious stones like diamonds and rubies.

You will also find other amazing objects here such as diamond crowns and if possible try to come here at sunset when you can take in the gorgeous skies across Yangon.

It is said that the pagoda has been in situ since the 6th century AD when lotus blossoms bloomed here and a sacred hair of the Buddha was housed in the building.

2. Eat at 999 Shan Noodle

Many visitors to Myanmar don’t realize that the food is simply delicious, as Burmese cuisine has failed to catch on as much as other Asian foodstuffs worldwide.

That said, Yangon has an amazing food scene and when you are in town you need to try one of the most famous dishes in Myanmar which is Shan noodles that originated in Shan State.

The best place to eat them in the city is in 999 Shan Noodle and this small shop serves up bowls of steaming noodles which are accompanied by vegetables, herbs, and a range of sauces to customize your dish.

999 Shan Noodle is a humble eatery in the city so don’t expect anything fancy but the line of locals eating here proves just how delicious the toothsome delicacy served here really is.

3. Walk through Chinatown

Yangon has a sizeable Chinese population and as you would imagine it also has its own Chinatown.

This is one of the best places to visit in the city if you are looking for local markets as well as a whole plethora or barbecue and street food options.

Chinatown is located around 19th street in Yangon and this is also one of the best places to not only shop and eat but also take in the pretty architecture in this part of town which is quite different from other locations.

4. Visit the Sule Pagoda

Sule Pagoda was built some 2,500 years ago and is one of the most famous temples in the city.

What makes this pagoda so unique is that it is located in the middle of a rather modern part of town which serves to highlight its historical importance.

The Sule Pagoda, also known as Sule Paya is made up of a 46 meter stupa that is shaped like an octagon.

You can now walk around the pagoda and check out all the architectural motifs inside the main building and the walkways are an oasis of calm in the middle of the bustling city.

5. Tour the Martyrs’ Mausoleum

The Martyrs’ Mausoleum is located near to Shwedagon Pagoda and is a memorial which was built to honor the Major General and ‘founding father of modern Myanmar’ Aung San and six of his cabinet members who were assassinated.

It also contains the tomb of Queen Suphayalat who was the wife of the last king of Myanmar as well as others such as former Un Secretary General U Thant and writer Thakin Kodaw.

From the mausoleum you can also check out panoramic vistas over the rest of Yangon although bear in mind that it is only open on the 19th of July every year as this is a public holiday to remember the assassination of Aung San.

6. Walk through Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple is known for having a statue of a reclining Buddha which is 217 foot long and is one of the largest in Myanmar.

This is one of the most beautiful Buddha statues in this part of the world and the attention to detail that was put into this monument is amazing.

The face was worked on several times as it was said to look too severe when it was first made, and you can now enjoy all the intricate details and design touches up close.

You can even take in the long eyelashes of the Buddha as well as inscribed feet which make this well worth the trip as the temple lies outside of downtown Yangon.

7. Feed the catfish at Yangon Lake

If you want to try a favorite local activity in Yangon then you can go down to Yangon Lake (also called Kandawgyi Lake) and feed the resident catfish.

This may sound strange but when you get down to the water you will find vendors who sell hunks of bread which you can then throw to the amazing catfish.

Be warned that the fish are rather large and if you throw bread to them this will result in a spirited feeding frenzy, but it is also one of the quirkiest activities you can enjoy in the city.

8. Have a bowl of Mohinga

If Myanmar has a national dish then it is definitely Mohinga.

Usually eaten for breakfast, this dish is made of rice noodles which are cooked in a fish based broth.

The whole dish also has a curried flavor to it as it is packed full of spices and aromatics and this is usually eaten for breakfast so make sure not to miss trying a steaming bowl when you are in town.

9. Explore Botataung Pagoda

Botataung Pagoda is also known as ‘1,000 soldiers’ and it was built to honor 1,000 military leaders in Myanmar who made of guard of honor and paid their respects to the relics of eight strands of hair that were said to have belonged to the Buddha and which were brought over from India some 2,000 years ago.

The hair is still preserved in the pagoda although it is not on show to the public, but this is still one of the most important religious monuments in Yangon.

10. Walk through Kandawgyi Park

Kandawgyi Park is one of the best places to visit in Yangon if you want to get out of the center of the bustling city.

The lake here is a top spot to watch the sunrise or sunset across the city and you can watch local families visiting the park at all times of the day.

From the park you can look out across the lake and see sights such as a massive golden dragon boat which sits on the water and also look across to the brilliant Shwedagon Pagoda.

11. Visit Bahadur Shah Zafar Grave

Bahadur Shah Zafar Grave is located on Zi Wa Ka Street and is known for being the final resting place of the last Mughal emperor of India.

Bahadur Shah Zafar was also the last ruler of the Timurid Dynasty and after the Indian Rebellion in 1857 he was exiled to Yangon.

Nowadays you can visit the tomb and there are guides here who will take you around the modest complex and tell you all about the history of the emperor who is now also considered to be a Sufi saint.

12. Have a cocktail at the Strand Hotel

The Strand Hotel is a Yangon institution and is known for being the grandest hotel in the city.

The Strand Hotel was built in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers and it was renovated in the 1990s to its former glory.

This is one of the most famous colonial buildings in Myanmar and you can come here for a cocktail or have a traditional English afternoon tea.

13. Stroll around Kaba Aye Pagoda

Kaba Aye Pagoda is one of the prettiest pagodas in Yangon and you will find a peaceful courtyard here that seems a world away from the busy streets of the city.

The main reason to come to the Kaba Aye Pagoda is to take in the Buddha centerpiece which is made of silver.

Make sure to note that you can’t wear your shoes in the pagoda so you will need to bring a bag with you or leave these outside, which is true of all sacred spots in Myanmar.

Also make sure you try to visit in the morning or late afternoon as the sun can make for rather a hot visit.

14. Visit the National Museum

If you want to walk through some of the history in Yangon then you need to head to the National Museum.

Here you will find a whole range of Burmese artifacts as well as galleries filled with antiques and other regalia that date back to the Konbaung Dynasty.

The museum has one of the best collections of antiques in Southeast Asia and this is the ideal place to come for anyone interested in Burmese craftsmanship and heritage items.

15. Visit the Maha Wizaya Pagoda

The Maha Wizaya Pagoda is one of the more modern temples in Yangon and is located on top of a small scenic hill.

The pagoda is notable as it is topped with a picturesque blue domed ceiling that is covered in motifs and you can also see turtles crawling around the monument and swimming in the lakes on the lush grounds.

Another reason to come here is to take in the amazing views over Yangon from the top of the hill.

16. Take a ride on the Yangon Circular Train

Myanmar is known for epic railway journeys and many of the train lines here were built during the British colonial period.

If you don’t have time to get outside the city however, then you can go for a short jaunt on the Yangon Circular Train which offers you the chance to take a three hour trip into the outskirts of the city.

As you ride on the railway you can take in the emerald green rice paddies and other sights like rustic villages that dot the railway line.

17. Enjoy the views at the Thiripyitsaya Sky Bistro

The Thiripyitsaya Sky Bistro is the best place to come in Yangon if you want to get a drink with a view.

The bistro is located on the 20th floor and looks out over the city with panoramic vistas over the downtown area which stretches to the Shwedagon Pagoda.

The best time to come here is in the late afternoon when you can watch the sunset with a bottle of ice cold local beer.

18. Check out Kandawgyi Lake

Kandawgyi Lake used to be known as Victoria Lakes and although it is not the largest body of water in the city it is definitely the most famous.

The lake is located on Bogyoke Aung San Park and is known for its boardwalk which wraps around the water and is the best place to go for a stroll in the evening.

Depending on when you visit you can also find musical performances held in the park.

19. Shop at Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market is also sometimes referred to by its former name which is Scott Market.

This market was built in 1926 during the British colonial period and surrounding the building you will find a number of cobbled streets that look like they wouldn’t be out of place in an English city.

There is also a large indoor section of the market where you can get a good range of Burmese souvenirs such as textiles, handicrafts and paintings, so if you are shopping for gifts and mementos of your trip then this is the ideal place to come.

20. Ride on the Dallah Ferry

If you want to briefly get out of the city then consider a trip on the Dallah Ferry.

Dallah is a small village which lies across the river from Yangon but the main reason to come here is for the chance to ride on the ferry.

This is a local ferry so you will get the chance to take to the water with the locals and the ferry is usually used to transport local produce across the river such as fruits, vegetables and tea.

It is also free if you choose to sit on the upper deck.

21. Check out the Swe Taw Myat Pagoda

The Swe Taw Myat Pagoda is one of the nicest in Myanmar and is made of gold leaf and white stucco which glows in the afternoon sun.

The pagoda is also covered in eye catching motifs in different colors and there are a number of entrances which mean that you can spend time exploring the different alleyways through the pagoda.

This is also a famous religious spot in Buddhism as it is said to house a tooth of the Buddha.

22. Walk around Inya Lake

Inya Lake is the largest lake in Yangon and has recently been renovated so that you can now easily walk along its pretty shores.

The lake also backs on to lush gardens and the area is known for its scenic villas which are owned by many of Yangon’s elite.

This makes a top choice to go for a walk in the evening and you can also stop off for a drink at the Inya Lake Hotel and watch the views across the water that way if you prefer.

23. Admire the colonial architecture

Myanmar used to be a former British colony and it is still covered in traditional architecture.

In recent years the government has made efforts to preserve the former colonial buildings and you can now go for a walk through the city and see some of the most beautiful spots.

Some of the best to look out for include the Strand Hotel as well as the old Yangon Railway Station.

24. Visit Aung San’s House

Aung San was a famous Major General and some consider him to have been the ‘founding father’ of Myanmar before he was assassinated.

As such, he was an extremely important political figure in the country and you can now go and visit his home and learn more about his role in the founding of modern Myanmar.

On a visit to his home you will be able to take in a range of memorabilia including his old car, his suits and his library.

25. Try the street food

Myanmar has a delicious street food scene and what makes it so amazing is that it is made up of a range of influences including Indian, Chinese and Thai flavors.

As you wander the streets of Yangon therefore, make sure not to miss out on local bites such as grilled meats on skewers or delicious fried samosas.

If you want to stop off in a simple cafe then you can also try one of the most unusual dishes in the country which is a kind of salad which is made of tea leaves which have been pickled.

Yangon’s thriving food scene offers something for every type of palate and budget. Traditional flavors from all over Myanmar mixed with international fusion and fare waft through the streets. Here are some of the tastiest restaurants you need to try when visiting Myanmar’s foodie capital.

Rangoon Tea House

Rangoon Tea House takes Burmese food to new heights. It’s delicious, reasonably priced, and the design is classy chic. This newly renovated and expanded restaurant has a trendy, bright downstairs and a speakeasy-style upstairs with cushy seating and cocktail bar.
Rangoon Tea House is a huge favorite for its authentic Burmese food with a modern twist. Sink into a beautiful bowl of mohinga, Myanmar’s national dish, or the chicken biryani, and get ready to be impressed with the number of traditional tea concoctions available on the menu as well.

Address: Ground Floor, 77-79 Pansodan Rd, Kyauktada Yangon, Myanmar, +95 9979 078 681

Sharky's

The Sharky’s concept is farm to table. Nearly all of the food served at Sharky’s two restaurants in Yangon and newest one in Bagan comes from their own farms with little to no waste in the process. This popular establishment is founded upon more than two decades of passion about locally sourced produce.

Sharky’s on Pansodan Street in Yangon focuses on perfect steaks, as well as grilled and rotisserie meats. The original branch located on Dhammazedi Road has a large deli on the ground floor featuring hundreds of made-in-Myanmar goods, including many hard to come by artisan products such as cheese, hummus and sausages. Definitely go for one of Sharky’s stunningly fresh salads, a steak or the charcuterie platter.

Address: 81 Upper Pansodan Rd Township, Yangon, Myanmar, +95 9264 589 515

999 Shan Noodle Shop

Arguably the best Shan noodles outside of Shan State, 999 Shan Noodle Shop is a favored Yangon joint for quick, tasty and cheap noodles. There are now three 999 Shan Noodle Shops in the city giving residents and tourists even more access to highly sought-after Shan cuisine. The main shop is on 34th Street.

999 Shan Noodle Shop is also known for more its fried tofu, tofu salad, dumplings, rice dishes, as well as all sorts of other noodle soups. Whether on the run or tucking into a few small dishes with friends, this place is a staple for simple traditional Burmese food.

Address: 130b 34th Street, Kyauktada Yangon, Myanmar, +95 138 9363

Green Gallery

Amid the expensive hotels, chaotic traffic, and rowdy tea shops, finding a quiet and well-established restaurant in Yangon can be very difficult at times. Thankfully, there’s Green Gallery – a relatively small space often filled to the brim with Thai food enthusiasts.

Serving up inexpensive, tantalizing curries and salads, Green Gallery hits the spot every time. One of Green Gallery’s specialties is hosting events. If a private all-you-can-eat-and-drink party is desired, contact this cozy corner of Yangon for a celebration to remember.

Address: 58 52nd Street (Lower Block), Yangon, 11160, Myanmar, +95 931 315 131

Pansuriya

Looking to pair an evening at an art gallery and space for poetry slams, lecture series and documentary screenings with genuine bites of Myanmar? Pansuriya has found its spot on Yangon’s plate as a curator of artistic events that draw crowds who keep coming back to savor unique gatherings alongside mouthwatering Burmese curries, traditional salads like tea leaf and tomato, and various juices and desserts.

Address: 100 Bogalay Zay Street, Botahtaung Yangon, Myanmar, +95 977 894 9170

50th Street Bar and Grill

A well-known location with a sports-pub vibe, 50th Street Bar and Grill brings people together. Not many places in Yangon cater to the foreigner crowd quite like this bar, with large screens, frequent comedy nights and team trivia.

Choose from 50th Street’s updated menu featuring flavorful freshness such as grilled mushroom and kale quesadillas, hand-cut Australian sirloin steak tartare, saliva-inducing burgers and other classic international favorites. It’s always a good time at 50th Street.

Address: 9-13 50th Street, Yangon, Myanmar, +95 139 7060

Feel Myanmar Food

Feel is a large chain around Myanmar providing familiar Burmese street food in a more comfortable restaurant setting. The menu at each Feel location includes a large assortment of Myanmar’s fave national dishes, as well as flavors from other countries such as Thailand, Korea and China.

Visit Feel in Dagon Township, Yangon (Restaurant 8), to enjoy a large smattering of Myanmar food with all the fixings in one place. Lunchtime tends to be very crowded.

Address: 124 Pyi Htaung Su Yeikthar Street,, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar, +95 973 208 132

Root

Root has definitely planted some appetizing ethnic roots in Yangon. Opened just over a year ago by two sisters from Myanmar’s Wa State special region in Northern Shan State, this cafe and bar is the only spot dedicated to fresh Wa food and drinks in Yangon. Root also hosts house music on select nights. Stop by to see, hear and taste what the hype is all about.

Address: Bo Myat Htun Street, Bo Myat Htun Tower, Botahtaung Yangon, 11162, Myanmar, +95 945 669 6695

Win Star

Found in the heart of the up-and-coming Sanchaung neighborhood, Win Star restaurant and beer station provides the same bustling local atmosphere as 19th Street near Chinatown in downtown Yangon does – only Win Star has a roof.

The grilled potatoes, quail eggs, corn, fish and many other types of meat and vegetables are a must. Basically, just barbecue and eat everything. And wash it all down with a glass of crisp Myanmar beer, of course.

Address: Sanchaung Street, San Chaung Yangon, Myanmar, +95 151 0734

Like most large cities, Yangon can be divided into several areas, each with their own personality and feel. From Yangon’s increasingly bustling downtown to the fascinating temples found further north, Yangon’s neighbourhoods each offer a very different experience.

For the most part, you’ll want to stay in Downtown Yangon or Northern Yangon for your first visit to the city. Inya Lake, which is located further north, is also a popular tourism area, with a variety of hotels to choose from.

Below, we’ve listed the three best areas to stay in while visiting Yangon, with a brief description and hotel recommendations for each area. 

Downtown Yangon

Luxury Hotels in Downtown Yangon

1. The Strand Hotel, Yangon

One of Myanmar’s most famous hotels, the Strand Hotel is an iconic luxury hotel open since the early years of the 20th century with an excellent location on Downtown Yangon’s Strand Road.

2. PARKROYAL Yangon

A more modern luxury accommodation option, the PARKROYAL Yangon is located in the heart of Downtown Yangon, with stylish rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and more.

Mid Range Hotels in Downtown Yangon

1. Best Western Chinatown Hotel

Modern and comfortable, the Best Western Chinatown Hotel has a great location on Anawrahta Road, close to the centre of Downtown Yangon, with a variety of well decorated guestrooms.

2. Taw Win Garden Hotel

Located just north of Downtown Yangon, Taw Win Garden Hotel offers spacious rooms and a great location between Downtown Yangon and attractions like the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Budget Hotels in Downtown Yangon

1. Sule Sapphire Inn

Cheap and simple, Sule Sapphire Inn is a clean and comfortable two star hotel located minutes from the Sule Pagoda in the centre of Downtown Yangon.

2. 15th Street @ Downtown Yangon

Another good budget accommodation option, 15th Street @ Downtown Yangon offers clean and cosy rooms with modern furniture at very affordable prices.

Northern Yangon

Luxury Hotels in Northern Yangon

1. Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel Yangon is a boutique luxury hotel with a 19th century colonial feel. The rooms here are beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable, while the outdoor pool and courtyard is ideal for relaxing after a day of exploring Yangon.

2. Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon

Located close to Kandawgyi Lake, Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon is a modern luxury hotel with a great variety of rooms and suites, plus a spa, swimming pool and fitness centre.

Mid Range Hotels in Northern Yangon

1. Summit Parkview Yangon

Located less than five minutes from the Shwedagon Pagoda by taxi, Summit Parkview Yangon is a popular albeit slightly dated four star hotel with clean, comfortable rooms.

2. Merchant Art Boutique Hotel

Another conveniently located hotel close to the Shwedagon Pagoda, Merchant Art Boutique Hotel is a modern four star boutique hotel with artistic, stylishly decorated rooms.

Budget Hotels in Northern Yangon

1. Pickled Tea Hostel

Just 1.3km from the Shwedagon Pagoda, Pickled Tea Hostel is a modern hostel with clean and comfortable private rooms and dormitory beds at good prices for Yangon.

2. Hundred Moon

Another budget option close to the Shwedagon Pagoda, Hundred Moon is a simple, comfortable two star hotel with spacious, clean and well decorated rooms.

Inya Lake

Luxury Hotels Near Inya Lake

1. Melia Yangon

Melia Yangon is a large, modern luxury hotel located right on the banks of Inya Lake. The rooms here are spacious and luxurious, with great views of the lake and access to the hotel’s excellent swimming pool, spa and fitness centre.

2. Lotte Hotels & Resorts Yangon

Another large five star hotel on the lakefront, Lotte Hotels & Resort Yangon has a huge selection of spacious rooms and suites, an indoor pool, spa, fitness centre and several restaurants.

Mid Range Hotels Near Inya Lake

1. Bike World Myanmar Bed, Breakfast and Bike

Bike World Myanmar is an affordable bed and breakfast located close to Inya Lake with a variety of rooms, a charming on-site restaurant and bike rentals for guests that want to explore the area around the lake.

2. The Link Yangon Boutique Hotel

Located just a few blocks away from Inya Lake, The Link Yangon is a small boutique hotel with a selection of clean, modern and affordable rooms managed by friendly, helpful staff.

Budget Hotels Near Inya Lake

1. Majesty Residence

Located on the northern side of Inya Lake, Majesty Residence offers cheap and simple rooms just six kilometres from the Shwedagon Pagoda and eight kilometres from Downtown Yangon.

2. Yangon Hub

Yangon Hub is a cheap, clean and comfortable backpacker’s hostel in a quiet neighbourhood to the west of Inya Lake. Twin and double rooms are available here, as well as inexpensive beds in mixed dorms.
 

By flight

Yangon International Airport (Mingladon) (IATA: RGN) is located approximately 30 minutes north of the city centre. Having undergone from a major upgrade and renovation of existing facilities circa 2015, it contains both international and domestic terminals. 

There are international direct flights to RGN from Dubai, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore, Gaya, Kolkata, Kunming, Guangzhou, Nanning, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul, Doha, Taipei, and Tokyo . International Airlines servicing RGN include Nok Air (To Bangkok), Thai Airways, Bangkok Air, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Cathay Dragon, Korean Airlines, Silk Air, Vietnam Airlines, Air India, and All Nippon Airways.

Coffee, tea and very basic snacks (packaged biscuits and single serving cakes) are available inside the security area.

A new international terminal (T1) opened in March 2016 and the old international terminal has been designated as T2. Some airlines are in the process of relocating, so check with your airline for which terminal your flights will operate from.

By boat

A hundred and fifty years ago, boats were the way to get to places from Yangon and IWT (Inland Water Transport) passenger ferries still ply the major rivers.

Yangon to Mandalay takes 5 days with a change at Pyay (3 days) and the return trip (downriver) takes three days.

A luxury ferry (the Delta Queen) recalls the colonial era on the Yangon-Pathein route (about 20 hours, US$170/person).

The IWT ferry to Pathein takes 15 hours for the over-night trip (US$35/10). On October 2015 the IWT ferry to Pathein was suspended.

By bus

Most buses (for destinations as Bagan, Kalaw, Mandalay, Taunggyi for Inle Lake, Bago, Hpa-An, Mwlamyiane, Pyay, Lashio) depart from the Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal (also known as Highway Bus Station, MYK5000 taxi from airport, MYK2000 for a motortaxi to airport), a bit out of the city and beyond the airport, on the Pyay Road.

There is heavy competition on the Mandalay route with air conditioned fares ranging from 10,500 (Mandalar Minn, E lite) to MYK18,000 for a 3 seat across VIP bus (E lite). E lite has an all new fleet with several departures early morning and evening.

The new highway has dramatically reduced travel times north with the Mandalay trip taking just over 8 hours with a good bus. Buses to Bagan are at 15,000 kyat for the 9 hour journey no bargaining seems to be possible, buses depart around 9am and from 6pm to 9pm.

There are ticket offices representing all companies outside stadium opposite the main train station. Many offer ferry services to the Highway Bus Station in a pickup for 1000 kyat a taxi will cost around 6000 kyat.

Buses for the Irrawaddy delta region (Pathein, Chaungtha Beach, Ngwe Saung Beach),depart from the Hlaing Thar Yar Bus Terminal across the Bayintnaung Bridge. Buses to Sittwe and Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) are also available but the road is bad and the journey long.

Thanks to the new bridge and upgraded road, buses to Pathein take less than 4 hours and the journey is comfortable. Add 45 minutes by taxi to get to the Hlaing Thar Yar Bus Terminal though. 6000 kyats.

Big bus companies serving the main tourist destinations (Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal) have sales offices across Yangon train station (can also buy "shuttle ticket" to Bus Terminal for 1000 Kyat here).

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Take a whirlwind trip to Myanmar’s highlights. Gaze upon ancient pagodas in Bagan and explore Inle Lake’s scenic waters.  Delve into Myanmar’s spiritual traditions in Mandala... More

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Myanmar Beauties
Must-see / 19 days / fr. $2,754

Discover a land of cultural richness and physical beauty. Travel from Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan to Inle Lake stopping to explore the hidden gems in between. Get a comprehensive look at Myanmar&rsqu... More

Multi-sport Adventure in Myanmar Multi-sport Adventure in Myanmar

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Multi-sport Adventure in Myanmar
Unseen / 10 days / fr. $1,125

Get active in Myanmar for a fun-filled adventure holiday. See iconic sites and famous cities, then add a dose of adventure for a closer look at Myanmar’s wonders. Bike, trek and kayak through... More

Wild Myanmar Adventure Wild Myanmar Adventure

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Wild Myanmar Adventure
Unseen / 21 days / fr. $2,449

Go beyond the culture and communities of the Golden Land to discover its stunning nature and biodiversity. Check out slow-moving tortoises and elephants before trying to spot much faster birds and... More

Irrawaddy River Cruise Irrawaddy River Cruise

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Irrawaddy River Cruise
Cruise / 14 days / fr. $2,250

This 14 day- trip offers you an original and unforgettable approach to Burma. Apart from Burma, many minorities, warm and welcoming, continue to maintain original traditions that translate into a d... More

Cycling Myanmar Highlights Cycling Myanmar Highlights

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Cycling Myanmar Highlights
Cycling / 10 days / fr. $1,450

Enjoy the awe-inspiring sights of this country by pedaling to cover an array of destinations in 10 days. Observe a vast number of religious edifices of Myanmar, diverse tribes and magnificent archi... More

Burmese Road Adventure Burmese Road Adventure

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Burmese Road Adventure
Must-see / 28 days / fr. $3,780

This road trip is quite unlike any other: travel from Yangon to Mandalay and every place in-between. Discover a treasure trove of glittering pagodas, vibrant landscapes, charming villages and dynam... More

Cycling Yangon and Southern Myanmar Cycling Yangon and Southern Myanmar

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Cycling Yangon and Southern Myanmar
Cycling / 10 days / fr. $1,320

Take an unforgettable cycling adventure through rural Myanmar. Delve deep into the culture with a pilgrimage to the sacred Golden Rock. Experience local lifestyles with a ride around charming Bilu... More

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Hill Tribes Myanmar
Unseen / 7 days / fr. $910

Explore Loikaw, a charming and small place in Myanmar’s Shan State that’s filled with authentic culture and beautiful natural scenery. Interact with various ethnic tribes and take this... More

Myanmar Highlights Exploration Myanmar Highlights Exploration

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Myanmar Highlights Exploration
Luxury / 8 days / fr. $1,040

See some of the most beautiful spots in rural Myanmar including the Shwedagon Pagoda, Inle Lake, and the Bagan temples. In between visits to these attractions are great opportunities for catching a... More

Myanmar Culture & Culinary Exploration Myanmar Culture & Culinary Exploration

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Myanmar Culture & Culinary Exploration
Family / 9 days / fr. $1,170

This 9-day tour will introduce you to the cultural highlights and most famous destinations in Myanmar. Not just sightseeing, you will have a chance to learn how to cook authentic Burmese dishes. Fr... More

Family Holiday in Myanmar Family Holiday in Myanmar

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Family Holiday in Myanmar
Family / 12 days / fr. $1,560

Bring the family on a world wind trip in Myanmar! Covering the big four - Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake, there are activities like fun puzzles to solve, cultural experiences and hands on wo... More

Myanmar Family Adventure Myanmar Family Adventure

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Myanmar Family Adventure
Family / 19 days / fr. $2,580

From Mandalay to Yangon, travel the iconic and lesser-known sites of Myanmar while leaving a positive impact to local communities and the environment. Leave the lightest carbon footprints with eco-... More

Shan Pleateau Trek Shan Pleateau Trek

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Shan Pleateau Trek
Trek & Hike / 10 days / fr. $1,360

This trek throughout the Shan Plateau is a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover remote ethnic tribes, nature and historical monuments of Shan State. Covering the loop of the beautiful Inle La... More

Meeting Tribes in Myanmar Meeting Tribes in Myanmar

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Meeting Tribes in Myanmar
Trek & Hike / 19 days / fr. $2,470

This 19 day- trip offers you an original and unforgettable approach to Burma between treks, navigation, cultural discovery, meeting minorities. Apart from Burma, many minorities, warm and welc... More

Hidden Myanmar Hidden Myanmar

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Hidden Myanmar
Trek & Hike / 30 days / fr. $3,900

Take a challenging trek to Nagaland that lies on the border of India and Myanmar. Explore the ancient hunting trails of Naga Warriors who are known for their now-defunct practice of headhunting. Ex... More

Romantic Honeymoon in Myanmar Romantic Honeymoon in Myanmar

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Romantic Honeymoon in Myanmar
Honeymoon / 14 days / fr. $2,100

Get captured in the spirit of your honeymoon dream in Myanmar! Perfect for the active and adventurous honeymooners, who want to experience culture, exquisite cuisine and natural beauty. Enjoy an ex... More

Memorial Honeymoon in Myanmar Memorial Honeymoon in Myanmar

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Memorial Honeymoon in Myanmar
Honeymoon / 7 days / fr. $1,220

Start the transition into a new chapter in life with a romantic trip to Myanmar. The first few days cover the must-sees such as Yangon’s colonial buildings, the temples of Bagan, and Inle Lak... More

Myanmar Golden Rock & Mergui Paradise Myanmar Golden Rock & Mergui Paradise

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Myanmar Golden Rock & Mergui Paradise
Wellness & Leisure / 9 days / fr. $1,450

The combination between the must-see sacred temple of Kyaiktiyo and the amazing Mergui Archipelago. Experience five days of pure paradise by going around the Mergui Islands snorkeling, swimming or... More

Vietnam & Myanmar Contrasts Vietnam & Myanmar Contrasts

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Vietnam & Myanmar Contrasts
Luxury / 16 days / fr. $3,519

Discover the kaleidoscope of cultures and histories that define Myanmar and Vietnam. Encounter incredible traditional cultures, admire picture-perfect landscapes and explore ancient heritage sites.... More

Myanmar Must-see & Mergui Archipelago Cruise Myanmar Must-see & Mergui Archipelago Cruise

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Myanmar Must-see & Mergui Archipelago Cruise
Cruise / 20 days / fr. $3,790

The combination of the big four - Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake, and the magnificent Mergui Archipelago. There are activities like fun puzzles to solve, cultural experiences and hands on wo... More

Southern Myanmar & Andaman Sea Adventure Southern Myanmar & Andaman Sea Adventure

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Southern Myanmar & Andaman Sea Adventure
Honeymoon / 20 days / fr. $5,980

Discover the pearls of southern Myanmar and hidden gems on this overland journey from Yangon to Kawthaung. Explore mile after mile of tropical paradise while cruising Myanmar’s Myeik Archipel... More

Central Burma Cycling Adventure Central Burma Cycling Adventure

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Central Burma Cycling Adventure
Cycling / 14 days / fr. $2,170

With plenty of flat picturesque landscapes mixed among the low hills and one or two tough slopes we’ll ride; the route is a nice mix for both experienced and novice cyclists. Journey off-road... More

Trekking Tribes & Tradition of Myanmar Trekking Tribes & Tradition of Myanmar

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Trekking Tribes & Tradition of Myanmar
Trek & Hike / 20 days / fr. $2,655

Explore Myanmar’s melange of traditional villages, ethnic groups and rich culture. Encounter a diverse mix of hill tribes in remote Kengtung, come face-to-face with Asian elephants in Kalaw a... More

Spiritual Myanmar Spiritual Myanmar

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Spiritual Myanmar
Must-see / 10 days / fr. $1,490

Be captivated by the inherent spirituality that makes Myanmar so special. Take a pilgrimage trip to the sacred Golden Rock and meditate with monks at a famous monastery. Explore the mystical world... More

A Restorative Journey Through Myanmar A Restorative Journey Through Myanmar

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A Restorative Journey Through Myanmar
Wellness & Leisure / 15 days / fr. $1,960

Embark on a restorative journey through the heart of Myanmar’s most idyllic destinations. Meditation practice in Yangon, mesmerizing temple visits in Bagan, yoga, and elephant encounters in K... More

Thailand & Myanmar Overland Thailand & Myanmar Overland

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Thailand & Myanmar Overland
Unseen / 14 days / fr. $1,960

From Thailand’s capital Bangkok to Myanmar’s Yangon city, travel overland and explore the undiscovered northwest provinces of Thailand before crossing the land border to Myanmar’s... More

The Best of Cambodia & Myanmar The Best of Cambodia & Myanmar

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The Best of Cambodia & Myanmar
Must-see / 20 days / fr. $2,760

Get a look at two of Asia’s most complex but beloved countries. In Cambodia and Myanmar explore sites that echo of glorious former kingdoms and of tragic recent events. Experience pristine sw... More

Southeast Asia Spiritual Path Southeast Asia Spiritual Path

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Southeast Asia Spiritual Path
Must-see / 29 days / fr. $3,480

Discover a land that is inherently spiritual and deeply traditional. Visit Southeast Asia’s religious centres, from Chiang Mai to Yangon, Luang Prabang to Siem Reap. Participate in time-honou... More

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Thanaka or  thanakha is a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark. It is a distinctive feature of the culture of Myanmar, seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of women and girls, and is used to a lesser extent also by men and boys. The use of thanaka has also spread to neighboring countries including Thailand.

Within this article, we will learn everything about Thanaka and the benefits of its powder in making a secret beauty ingredient of Burmese women.

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Burmese Longyi, along with the country’s longtime history, art, and heritage sites has contributed to the richness of the local culture that will grasp your attention whenever you find yourself in strolling around the streets of Myanmar. With just a piece of fabric grasping on the lower part of the body through time, the longyi has made it become an incredible pattern of Myanmar traditional costume for both men and women. In this article, we are going to find out the secret of Myanmar quintessence through Longyi, about why it has been worn for centuries by the Burmese people.

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Kachin Manaw Festival is an annual traditional dance festival celebrated by Kachin people. Mostly held at Myitkyina, Kachin State also known as Manaw Land in Myanmar and also celebrated by Kachin people around the world. Manaw is the largest festival in Myitkyina, held at the beginning of January. Manaw Festival is the most significant event for Kachin People. Tribes of Kachin gather together in Manaw ground and dance around the erected Manaw poles. The Manau dance is performed at Manau festivals, which originated as part of the ‘Nat’ or spirit worship of the past.

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If your idea of fun involves a blurry riot of colour and explosions, look no further than the Taunngyi Fire Balloon Festival, which takes place in the culturally diverse capital of Shan State over several days every November. This celebration is held around the Full Moon of Tazaungmon, a Myanmar national holiday that marks the end of rainy season and is also known as the Tazaungdaing Festival of Lights.

Traditionally, it is a festival to pay homage to the Sulamani Pagoda by sending up decorated hot air balloons, and lately it also became as a Hot Air Balloon Competition Festival and the festival is divided into two parts; daytime competition and nighttime competition. In the daytime, hot air balloons are sent up with the shapes of various animals and mythical creatures, and hot air balloons with firework & fire-cracker (known as Nya Mee Gyi) and lot of lanterns are hanging in the hot air balloons (known as Seinnaban) are sent up in the nighttime.

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All year round, visitors to Myanmar can experience the country’s warm and rich culture. However, one particularly special and unique time to visit is during the Naga New Year Festival, which will be held in Lahe around mid-January every year.

This special time allows visitors the chance to experience the traditions and customs of Myanmar’s Naga people. For the Naga, Lahe (New Year) is a significant time when people share their wishes and hopes for the future, and families are reunited.

It is a time of great celebration; where lively dances are performed in traditional dress, to the beat and sounds of traditional instruments.

Few tourists are lucky enough to share in the joy and festivities of the Naga New Year, but those who do are richly rewarded with an incredible cultural experience.

Overall, for those who seek genuine cultural exchange and the opportunity to take some truly stunning photographs, the Naga New Year is an amazing and unique festival to attend.

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The full moon of the Thadingyut month is when Buddhists believe the Buddha descended back to earth after three months of preaching in the spiritual realm above. While the rest of Myanmar celebrates it by lighting the Buddha's way home, the town of Kyaukse near Mandalay commemorates it a little differently: with a Elephant Dance Festival, populated not by real elephants, but by pairs of dancers in gigantic elephant costumes.

Hmm... What is it? What makes it so special? and how to join the festival? You will have all the answers below.

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