Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar. The city, with a population of over 5 million, is lined by the Yangon River on the west and the Bago River on the south. Compared with other Asian cities of similar size, it gives the impression of being green and full of trees, above which shimmering stupas seem to float. The most famous and most revered monument in Yangon is the glittering Shwedagon (also known as the Golden) Pagoda, a must for every visit to Myanmar. More gold is said to have been used in building it than is possessed by the Bank of England. The centre of Yangon still retains many impressive old buildings from the British colonial period.

Further attractions for your days in Yangon are:

  • Sule Pagoda
  • Scotts Market
  • China Town
  • Circular train
  • Bike excursions to Dala (other side of the river)
  • U Thant house
  • Gem Museum