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- Yangon Travel Guide

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Vibrant and dynamic, sweaty and steamy, grasping at the future but trapped in the past, Yangon is at the cutting edge of Burmese culture and a fascinating introduction to Myanmar. Despite being stripped of its capital-city status in 2005 (when the generals were spooked by an astrologer and decamped north to Nay Pyi Taw), Yangon remains the country's biggest city and economic hub. Now that the government’s attention is elsewhere, however, infrastructure is starting to creak.

Nonetheless, Yangon is a hive of underground intellectual debate and the gateway for most international visitors. The gleaming gold Shwedagon Paya is the centrepiece, visible from all over town. Closer to the waterfront, downtown Yangon's historic streets conceal some of the best British colonial-era architecture in the region.
n Yangon the most famous place virtually all tourists would visit is the Shwedagon pagoda built on a hill in the city center. Other popular pagodas include Botataung pagoda (zip-zap tunnel structure) near the Yangon river, Chauk Htat Gyi reclining Buddha image, Kaba aye (World peace) pagoda and Naga cave hall. There are restaurants serving international and local meals and drinks, art galleries, meditation centers, the Bogyoke market, gem center, national museum.


Outside the city Twante is a small town located on the southern bank of Twante canal. It can be reached by ferry boat. Twante produces earthern pots, fruits and vegetables. Thanlyin is on the southern bank of Bago river, which is linked to Yangon city by Thanlyin bridge. Old Portuguese cemetry, Kyaikkhauk pagoda and the mid water pagoda (Yele paya) in Kyauktan around 16 km south of Thanlyin are tourist spots. Let Khok Kone beach is at 50km south of Yangon. Cross the Yangon river by ferry boat to Dala township from where take the bus or arrange own transport to the beach on the shore of Andaman sea.


Most of the accommodations are located in and around the greater Yangon area. Budget to luxuary class hotels are available. Many of them have their own web sites and emails. Thanlyin and Let Khok Kone beach have a few guesthouses that could accept foreign visitors. Only some international hotels can accept credit card payment.