Yangon is Myanmar’s largest city and one of the fastest growing cities in Southeast Asia. It is Myanmar’s main center for trade and handles more than 80 percent of the country’s foreign commerce. The city is also the center of national rail, river, road, and air transportation; an international airport is located at Mingaladon, north of Yangon. Since the country reopened to the world, Yangon; formerly the capital city of Myanmar, has changed so rapidly. Modern high-rise buildings are becoming increasingly common in Yangon. However, Shwedagon pagoda still remains the most notable building in Yangon.
Also, Yangon has the highest number of colonial era buildings in Southeast Asia. You can see hundreds of late 19th century structures remain on an area of several square miles in the downtown area.
Yangon is one of Southeast Asia’s most busy and exciting cities. It’s a city that’s full of characters, with so many interesting things to do, see, and eat. Shwedagon pagoda is one of the most important religious sites in town, and all of Myanmar; therefore, you really shouldn’t miss out on a visit. On top of that, visit a local fresh market in Yangon is another way to experience the local life.
How to Get to Yangon?
By air: There are international direct flights to Yangon 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. Yangon international airport; known as ‘Mingladon’, is located approximately 30 minutes north of the city center.
By train: There are several train lines that connect Yangon to the rest of Myanmar, and most of the trains leave early in the morning (02:00-03:00) and arrive late at night.
By bus: Most buses depart from the Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal; also known as Highway Bus Station, a bit out of the city and beyond the airport, on the Pyay Road.