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Travel guide for Yangon - Wiki travel guide
Myanmar's capitol until 2005, Yangon is still one of the most important centres of the land and will probably be your starting point when you plan a journey to Myanmar. The town boasts some of the most genuine UK architectural colonies in the area, and the town has a distinctive flair when combined with newer high-rise buildings.
Shoredagon Paya (A cab from the center of the town is 2.500-3.000 MMK. Capture them on the Shwe Dagon Rd opposite the pubic restrooms when you pass the overbridge. It opens at 5:00 am, but from a technical point of view it is not open to visitors until 6:30 am. Shwedagon or Paya is the most important place of worship in all of Myanmar.
Situated on the top of Singuttara Hill, it has been holy since the beginning of our world's creation. Gautama, the Buddha as we know him, is the forth of these five (Maitreya, the fifth, will announce the end of the earth with his appearance) and according to tradition, two brethren bring eight Buddha's hair to be anchored in this holy place by dedicating the Shwedagonagoda.
No matter what the true story is, the traceable story documents a holocaust in this place since the sixth world war. Constructed and reconstructed, gold-plated and newly gold-plated, almost nothing is old in the coupé except what is deeply concealed in the stupa. The top half of the top of the peak of the pagoda and many other structures were damaged by an 18. cent. earthquake.
It is an interesting place for visitors. SWEDAGON catches the quintessence of both casual natures and the deep bonds that the Burmese have with their Buddhism. There' s no other place in the whole wide globe like the Shwedagon is.
The Yangon has a warm and moist climat. The temperature from mid-March to May can rise to 40°C, which makes a visit to the town extremely inconvenient. The Yangon International Airport (RGN) is where most travelers begin their journey in Myanmar. There are good regional links, but no North American or Australian airlines, but some European airlines from Milan.
Burma Airways is Myanmar Airways International, Myanmar's global carrier, which operates services to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Further major carriers serving this area are Air India, Air Bagan, Air China, Air Mandalay, Bangkok Airways, China Airways, China Southern Airways, China Southern Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways, Singapore Airways and Vietnam Airways. Domestic Air Bagan, Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways operate services between Yangon and Mandalay, Bagain and Heho (for Inle Lake) and to more distant destinations such as Sittwe on the western shore, Kawthoung in the South ( for further travel to and from Thailand) and Kengtung (also for further travel to and from Thailand).
Yangon is connected to the remainder of Burma by several railway routes. There are several overnight services connecting Yangon with Mandalay via Bago with Bagan and Inle Lake in Thazi. Yangon Mandalay rates for one person are USD35-50, for one place USD30-40 in the first grade and USD10-15 in the second grade.
There' s also a line between Yangon and Bagan (USD 35), but it takes almost 24 hours for a rough trip and the exchange in Thazi is better. Burma's oldest line is the Yangon-Pyay line, showing its time. On the Mandalay circuit there is strong rivalry with air-conditioned rates from MMK10,500 (Mandalar Minn, Elite ) to MMK18,000 for a 3-seater V.I.P. coach (Elite).
This new motorway has drastically shortened the travel time to the northern part of the country, whereby the Mandalay journey with a good coach takes just over 8 hours. Taxis are about 6,000 MMK. One hundred and fifty years ago, yangon was reached by boat, and inland waterway ferry (IWT) still operates in the big canals.
From Yangon to Mandalay lasts 5 day with a transfer at Pyay (3 days) and the way back (downstream) lasts 3 also. There is a luxurious boat (the Delta Queen) to commemorate the Yangon-Pathein period (about 20 hours, 170 USD/person). Yangon is the town where Toyotas spend the remainder of their lives.
Real cabs have real name tags in scarlet, wear a laminate leaflet and a large format cab drivers badge on the instrument panel of the vehicle, but all cabs are dependable. Cabs are always available outside the larger hotel, at Sule Pagoda Rd, outside Cafe Aroma and in front of the southern entry to Shwedagon Pagoda during the daytime.
Outside the town center, for example near the cheap Pazundaung Municipality hostels, you may have to make a reservation before a cab shows up and it may be simpler to ask your property to call one for you. When you travel in the early morning e.g. to reach a 4:00am plane or rail, make an appointment with your accommodation the night before.
There is always a cab in front of the Central Hotel on Bogoyoke Aung San Rd. Downtown to Kandawgyi International Airports, MMK6,000-8,000; Downtown to Shwedagon Pagoda, MMK2,500-3,000; Downtown to Pazundaung Municipality, MMK2,500; Downtown to Aung San Suu Kyi Household, MMK3,000; Downtown to Kandawgyi Lake District, MMK3,000; Downtown to Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal, MMK5,000-6,000; Downtown to Aung Thar Yar Bus Terminal, MMK
Taxi services take you anywhere and you can theoretically stop a taxi and arrange a journey to Pathein or Bago or other places at a much cheaper rate than through a travelagent. Trishaw's are in short supply in the center (and not before 10:00 am), but are more readily available in the nearby townships. 3.
Yangon has, as expected, an extended and chaotic congested network of buses. The majority of the itineraries start and end on the eastern side of the Sule Pagoda, so drive there if you are looking for a coach to the airfield or the Shwedagon Pagoda. Motorcycles and bikes are not allowed in Yangon (although they are allowed elsewhere in the country).
In the last ten years Yangon has experienced an explosion hosted by a number of diners and almost every kind of cosy cosmopolitan food - icectic West, Italic, Japaneese, Thai and Korean - is available. There is a multiethnic character to the town and the countryside. A speciality is Buryani, a meal of raw rices and meats rooted in the Mughal Empire, and there are many Buryani restuarants (dan-PAO-sain in Burmese) in the center of the town, especially along the Anawratha Rd.
Yangon Street's atmosphere is not suitable for outdoor dining, but Anawratha Rd and Mahabandoola Rd are littered with caterers. Dining and cafés in hotel and at the airports are charged at the usual rates in the West, but at a roadside stand you can eat a full menu for MMK500-2,000.
Night life in Yangon is rather restricted by the West and can be difficult to find. The majority of the upper class club are located in luxurious resorts. The Music Club (at the Park Royal Park Royal and Paddy O'Malley's (Sedona Entrance 5 USD, incl. one drink) are among the overnight parties in our group. The BME1 and BME2 in the northern part of the town and Pioneer in the eastern part of the town-center.
Accommodations in Yangon are much more pricey than in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia or Laos and have a much lower price level (poorly taxed prices). The rooms are plentiful, except in high seasons (Dec-Jan), and then only in the beloved backpackers hostels. More and more people are accepting payment via bank card in their hotel.
Budgeted Holidays (under $20) are usually outside the town. This has the advantage that the accommodations are calmer, the center of the town can be quite loud and you get a little more space for your own cash. You' re gonna need a cab to get to the major attraction, the Shwedagon Pagoda, anyway. Disadvantage is that most places are in the center of the town, a long stroll or a cab journey away and the selection outside the center is restricted, with the only possibility being a place to eat that is connected to the motel and has an incurious kitchen that can be shut down if the shop is running slowly.
The Pazundaung and Botataung Townships seem to have the highest concentrations of budgeted accommodation. A few rooms, which are cheap, have no window at all in many cheap hotel and if you are claustrophobic, make sure you don't end up in one of them! Some low-cost centrally located properties are quite shoddy except for a few.
Medium-price US20-50 rated properties are spread across the town, with one rate focusing on the few boulders around the Sule Pagoda and a second rate just south of the Shwedagon Pagoda. There are luxury lodgings around Lake Kandawgyi or in the center of the town. The prices for accomodation are usually indicated as single/double rooms. At a cheap guesthouse you will find a handful of bananas, an eggs, some bred and a cup of mixed coffees (a prepackaged mixture of ground coffees, powdered dairy products and plenty of sugar).
Power is often cut off all over the town. Medium-price establishments usually have their own generator, while budgeted establishments are either not or only partially supplied: lighting works until 11 p.m., ventilators work or not, climate control systems do not work, even if they are installed in the room, unless state power is available.
In Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan, the web is now widely and inexpensively available, but more infrequently. Prices are 300 kyat/hour in Yangon and 1,000-3,000 kyat/hour elsewhere. Though seldom, some of them allow free use of the web. You can arrange your call at the Central Telephone & Telegraph Office on the Ponsodan and Mahabandoola Streets in Yangon.
Direct dialing is also possible from most hotel and many government telephone booths (often a telephone in a store), but it is costly, e.g. a call to the US will cost USD6-7 per minute. Unfortunately, MPT only has a number of low-cost operator contracts with providers in a restricted number of jurisdictions.
Since October 2014, two multinational corporations, Telenor and Ooredoo, have been on the scene. However, the connection can remain restricted to the city centers, especially Yangon and Mandalay. Myanmar is reported to be quite effective, despite what some banks might tell you.