Yangon, or sometimes is called as Rangoon, is the capital of Yangon Region and the biggest city of Myanmar. The city is the commercial center and the main gateway to explore Myanmar. In recent years, Yangon has become a desired destination to the travellers around the world.

The city is a great blended of the old and new, European and Asian features, the legacies from colonial days and traditional values of a developing Buddhist country. Buddhism seems to be the soul of Yangon and Myanmar. The first highlight of the city maybe its breathtaking enormous golden pagodas. You can discover the priceless beauty of its good old days by visiting The Shwedagon Pagodas, Sule Pagoda or Chaukhtatgyi Paya.

Shwedagon Pagoda looked from above

Shwedagon Pagoda - the most popular attraction and the icon of Yangon.

Besides the Buddhist landscapes, you can have a lot of exciting experience there. To take a view around Yangon, just take a seat on Yangon Circular Train, it is one of the best ways to get closer to the locals’ casual life.

For the food hunters, don’t miss the chance to taste the Burmese original cuisine. In Yangon, tourist can come to Shan 999 Noodle house for a delicious Burmese meal. Don’t forget to try Myanmar’s national dish - the mohinga.

Climate, best time to visit Yangon

Yangon is in monsoon area, can be divided into 3 seasons: a rainy season from June to October, a cooler and drier "winter" from November to February, and a hot dry season from March to May. The average temperature is about 28°C.

From November to February seems to be the best time to visit Yangon since the weather is quite comfortable and chilly. There isn’t a lot of rain at that time so it would be nice for stunning photoshoots.

One of the biggest festivals in Myanmar is Thingyan water Festival, which usually celebrated in the early of April.

a male tourist is splashed water in Thingyan water festival

Thingyan Water Festival

Getting in and out

Yangon is the commercial center of Myanmar, so of course the transportation there is diverse and widely connective.

Yangon International Airport (Mingladon) is located approximately 30 minutes to the north of the city center. There are international flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan, Seoul. From Yangon airport, you can fly to Mandalay, Nyaung U, Inle Lake, Dawei or Bagan for further.

The city is also connected to other parts of the country by roads and railways.

To explore the city, you can hire bicycles or private cars to wander around conveniently.

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