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As one spends two day in Yangon: Southeast Asia's new boom town
After all, it is only a few years since Aung San Suu Kyi's request to keep us away during the shadowy period of armed domination and home arrest. The Yangon is located on the eastern shore of the Yangon Sea, about 30 km from the Andaman Sea. Marvel at over 360 grades of pagodas and the wide, bay Yangon Riviera behind it.
The Yangonese are enthusiasts at the roadside stands all over the town. No one knows exactly how old it is, but it seems to have increased many times over from around 600 BC, with new strata and vaults added over the ages to accommodate holy remains. On Sip Strand Sours (Mandalay Roman with lemon soda, sugared sirup and Angostura bitter) on a ratan stool under slow turning ventilators and you will only follow Ki-pling and Somerset Maugham.
Stroll along the shore trail through luxuriant landscaped areas on the edge of the vast Lake Inya, an extensive dam in the town. Extend your feet along Kaba Aye Pagoda Road (12) and watch swarms of rippling wild birds. Aung San Suu Kyi was under detention at the so-called "Lady House" (13) on 54 University Avenue, the most popular of which was attended by tens of thousand people.
About Yangon (Rangoon)
There are many cash machines in Yangon, such as KBZ, BP and AGD banking outlets, a number of hypermarkets, retail centers and large hotel chains, Bogyoke (Scott) Markets and Yangon International Airports. The US dollar, euro and China's currency can be exchanged at most large commercial banking institutions and a variety of currency exchange services in the city centre - or at Yangon Aiport.
When you are in the town centre and want to exchange on weekends, there is also the Bogyoke Market (usually closed around 4 pm). For more information about the different areas of the town; to move; to come and go to Yangon; lodging; dining out and night life, click on the thumbnails below on this page.
Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) may have been the culture and commerce of Myanmar in 2005, and most people start and end their trip to the state. In Myanmar, Yangon is a vast town, by far the largest by far, and its run-down attractions merit at least a few day's dig.
It was only in 1885 that Yangon itself became the capitol when the Brits captured the north of Myanmar and relocated the Mandalay state. Since Yangon's was an important trade center for a long time, however, it has a beautiful series of old houses from theonial age. Many of them are now disintegrated and hid in side roads.
However, the greatest focus is on Strand Road on the riverbank, at the foot of Pansodan Street and Sule Pagoda Road. Yangon's architecture is also colourful and reflects the town' s rich ethnical and worship heritage, but no building is as outstanding as the Shwedagon Pagoda, the huge gold Buddha School that is holy to so many in Myanmar.
It also has a wide variety of musea, arts galeries and fairs where you can get to know Myanmar's cultural life and bargain to your heart's desire. Yangon's architectural fascination is also evident in its rich local cuisines, as well as some of the surrounding Myanmar lands - Thailand, China and India.
It is one of the most secure cities in Asia, and it' s rare for a foreigner to get mugged. However, whatever you do in Yangon, you will find a lively and stunningly welcoming town that is different from anyone else. Watch our YouTube movie from Mahabandoola Garden Park in central Yangon.
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