Yangon TourismTourism Yangon
Myanmar's former capitol, Yangon, is the country's biggest town. Walking through the Yangon roads will astound the mind - the smell of tasty Chinese, Thai and Indian foods and frankincense, the noise of beat-up busses and automobiles from the 50s and 60s, the warmth of the steaming rain and the sense of returning to the past.
Yangon's visitor highlight is the cold months from November to February and also Thingyan (New Year's Day) in April. A lot of cheap pensions, hostels, hotels as well as restaurant do not have AC to get away from the hot weather. The monsoon rain can make travelling from June to October a little more complicated, as the town is frequently hit by floods.
Though it is the most bustling and famous town in Burma, Yangon is not a place full of much contemporary evolution, but time changes apace. As a reaction to recent high levels of interest, hotel rates have risen and some service has improved, building has peaked as the town hastens to construct new centres, hotel, restaurants and offices to satisfy the needs of visitors.
Together with the whole building, the visitor will now be able to see utensils for retail throughout the town. Previously prohibited, this picture can now be bought on T-shirts, stickers and cards for local people and people. Visitor should be aware that there are no ATMs in Burma yet, so you should have more than enough strong currencies (crisp $ notes!) to make sure you can move without headaches.
Cartecards are only allowed in a few large Yangon guesthouses, but may not be used because of the high interestes. Myanmar's most important of all places of worship is in the center of Yangon. Shedagon Pagoda in all its gold splendour is situated at an imposing height of 99 metres on the top of Tsingottara Hill.
A gold-plated Stupa in the center of the building can be seen all over the town and shines brightly at noon. Website visitor can visit the pagoda between 6:30 and 22:00 and there is an entrance charge of $5. The other important places of worship in Yangon are: * Sule Pagoda - allegedly over 2000 years old and home to Buddha-relicts.
The Buddha is 70m tall and one of the biggest in Myanmar. Botatung Pagode - Impressive panorama view of the city. The Buddha remains intact and was reconstructed after its complete destruction by Alliance bomber planes in 1943. People visiting couples or places of worship should dress appropriately - under knee-high socks for girls, shoulder cover, no singles or short-shoulder.
Both formal and informal guidebooks can be found in most pages and can give the visitor a lot of information about the website. Bogyoke Market - over 2000 stands offering everything from household goods to gemstones and jewellery, crafts, silk, memorabilia, groceries, electronics, clothes and bags.
Nazionale Museo - This is the National Museo and contains an amazing array of important objects such as jewel seating, ceramic costumes, carved ivories, and artwork from former Burmese monarchs. Though not a contemporary one, it is an interesting place to spend a few time. Strand Hotel - The Strand Hotel is a unique touristic destination and a beautiful example of renovated and refurbished rural town.
Constructed in 1896, the hostel is considered the preferred destination for the wealthy and celebrities and was once intended solely for the colony's UK whites. You can get to all the sights from anywhere in the town by marking one of the many cabs for a few bucks - just think about negotiating the price before you leave.