Getting to Yangon

Arrival to Yangon

The best way to get around in this traffic-calmed city is by taxi. Yangon is often best explored on foot. It is quite easy to come here, although the guesthouse is not on the main tourist route. Direct buses from Bagan, Yangon, Inle, Tangy and Mandalay. It can be a problematic scenario, especially for those who live in Yangon for a long time.

Getting to Yangon

You can use the quick links below to skip to the required section about transportation in and around Yangon. Rangoon is to Burma (Myanmar) like Bangkok to Thailand: it's solid and vast, it's the commercial center, it's messy and it's nothing like the rest ofthe state. Yangon Roundtrip is of little use to travelers as it concentrates on getting to the "suburbs" of Yangon and does not drive too near a favourite attraction, but it is a great way to enjoy the flavor of being there.

Busses The busses in Yangon are overcrowded. They' re racing through the roads like stomping rhinoceroses, but they're also the least expensive way to get around and get in touch with the people. Anticipate spending 200-300k yat to get you almost anywhere in the town. The most important coach stations are the section of Sule Pagoda Road, just off Sule Pagoda; all along Mahabandoola Street in the center of the town; Shwedagon Pagoda, Dagon Center and Kabar Aye Pagoda.

In recent years, Yangon has seen taxicabs take to the roads like an algal blossom in an algae-friendly sea. There are so many that the waiting for you takes on a few minute on board - for almost anywhere in the town. That makes cabs the most comfortable and most used means of transportation, but they're getting tough; cabbies experiment with how much they can bill a non-national.

We were asked to settle 8.000kyats for a 2.000yat trip.) Here is a short overview of the prices: 1,500 kyats is usually the absolute minimal you have to afford for a trip and can take you from one unit to a few kilometers away - the distances depend on the rider, your ability and your willpower.

2,000 to 3,500 kyats are the mean costs between the banks of the city centre and the top of Lake Inya. 6,000 to 8,000 kyats is the fare to get from the city centre to the city centre and to the city' s airports or coaches. If you arrive in Yangon by airplanes, an electronical sign in front of the entrance of the internat. shows the fare for the arrival by cab.

Don't be fooled by the cab riders at the airports and say that it will be more for the road - just ask for the fare on the boar. When you know how to say'hello' and'thank you' in Myanmar (and if you know your Myanmar numbers - see John Okell's Myanmar by Ear), cabs will usually give you a rate that is nearer the city' rate.

Remember also that if you carry a large amount of baggage, it is usual for them to add 500 to 1,000 kyats, but they will normally ship and drop it off for you. The Trishaws are Yangon's razors. Since two-wheelers are legal in Yangon, the three-wheeler is the fast local transport alternative.

Usually they can be found at the corner of the city centre and can be very useful if you are only a few steps away after a short stroll. Anticipate paying 1,000 to 3,000k yat, which may seem like a multitude that cabs could only boot 1,500, but it will help contributing to the landlord's community and let's face it, probably never type home about a cab ride. Surely this is the case.

Wonderful things about Yangon city centre. There is a lattice pattern of major streets and smaller streets crossing each other, similar to going through the corridors of a huge DIY megastore. A road will be devoted to papers and print; a road is the place where all the important businesses are located; a road will be home to businesses that sell lighting and electronic goods and so on.

Roads and paths have greatly changed in recent years, and although you still have to avoid road sellers and accidental poles, it can be a great adventure - and it's low! If you are going to other parts of Yangon, there is usually no way to walk.

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