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Best Things to Do & See during Yangon Tours

Come over Gilded Shwedagon Pagoda

The first place to look for the most when visiting in Yangon is the Shwedagon Golden Pagoda. The wonder pagoda is inlaid gold totally and decorated with thousands of gems, rubies, and diamonds sparkling. In Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda is considered the most sacred pagoda of Myanmar, which owns hundreds of magnificent and splendid towers and is completely gilded. Swedagon Pagoda yangon tours The most tourist time of the day is the afternoon, sunshine can definitely burn your feet when setting foot on the ceramic floor because you have to walk completely barefoot. In addition, the Golden Shwedagon in Yangon owns four priceless treasures of Buddhism: The staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa, and eight strands of hair from the head of Gautama. You will be absolutely overwhelmed by the elegance and splendor of Shwedagon Pagoda.

Botataung Pagoda - The Pagoda Lives with the Time

After arriving at the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda, another attraction in Yangon that you must go to is the Botataung Pagoda. On the side of the river bank, the pagoda was built up over 2.500 years ago with the name meaning of a general in the military, this pagoda has been classified as the highest pagoda of Yangon city. Like other pagodas in Myanmar, Botataung is gilded with gold perfectly, while the pagoda still preserves an invaluable treasure of Buddha which is the Buddha's hair. Whenever any temples or pagodas in Yangon, however, you need to remove your shoes or sandals outside and dress appropriately and seriously. This is to pay homage to Buddha. Botataung Pagoda yangon tours

Bogyoke Aung San Market – the Entertainment Center in Yangon

Mention to the famous places to shop in Myanmar, you cannot skip missing the shopping paradise for people is Bogyoke Aung San market. Lined on Bo Gyoke Road, this market was formerly known as the Scott Market, a relic of British imperialism in Yangon. Come here, besides admiring the architecture of the market, tourists can also buy a lot of beautiful handmade souvenirs such as jewelry, carpets, paintings, wood carvings ...from over 1.641 shops and stores. Bogyoke Aung San Market is taken place to the Thingyan Festival, which is a water festival, usually held on April 11 or 12 yearly. Bogyoke Aung San Market yangon tours

Wear Longyi Skirt of the Myanmar People

In Yangon or anywhere in Myanmar, you can easily see men and women wearing longyi and sandals. Longyi is the traditional and modern costume of the people here. Men are wrapped in large cloth and knotted in the front, while women are folded up and sewn on the side. Tourists can wear this unique dress and take some pictures of you. That would be a memorable tour in Yangon. Longyi Skirt yangon tours

Enjoy Must-Try Foods in Yangon Tours

The food of Myanmar people in Yangon is diverse and delicious. If this is your first experience in Yangon, do not miss Mohinga, the well-known dish considered as a national dish of Myanmar. Main ingredients of Mohinga are chickpea powder or crushed-dry rice, crushed garlic, crushed onion, lemongrass, ginger, fish sauce and catfish cooked in rich sauce and kept hot in tin-pot. Tip: You can find this one in many street vendors. And other interesting dishes you should try: E Kya Kway (a top choice for breakfast in Yangon), Roti, Nangyi thoke, Samosa Salad, Koh Pieh, Koh Puo,…etc. Moreover, to find out these dainties, you’d better go to some local markets or you can easily catch the best street foods from a lot of temporary carts set up by street vendors. Enjoy your meal! Mohinga yangon tours

Chinatown – the Famous Town in beautiful Yangon

Be one of the most popular destinations during the Yangon tour, every Chinatown in many parts of the world is full of a lot of interesting things. Within the Chinatown in Yangon, you would be amazed and delighted that this one is no less than a miniature China with thousands of clothing shops, household goods, food ... style of the Chinese people. Additionally, the best time to explore this place is in the evening, feeling the living space in the town and come to delicious food shops. yangon china town yangon tours

Behold the beauty of Yangon before Planning Yangon tours to Explore this Wonderful Land

Best Time To Visit Yangon

Yangon has a tropical monsoonal climate which makes it hot and humid all year round and is divided into three distinct seasons. Below is some information that can help you choose the best time to visit Yangon for a perfect trip.

‘Winter’ – November to February

Winter in Yangon is unique and different from other countries in the planet since the temperature ranges from 19 to 33°C (66 to 91°F), especially in December and January with the average temperature is 25°C (77°F) during the day. The weather is quite warm for a “normal” winter but it is cooler than the rest of the year in hot and humid Yangon as it is much drier and that is the reason why this is the busiest time to visit. Another thing which makes this period worth a visit is that Shwedagon Festival has taken place around February or March (based on the Full Moon). You can get the chance to enjoy the traditional dancing, drama and tasty food around the golden-colored Shwedagon Pagoda – the iconic landmark of Yangon. yangon in winter yangon tours

Dry Season - March to May

The dry season lasts from March to May and it is extremely hot and humid especially in April- the hottest month of the year when the temperature can reach up to 40°C (104°F). If you decide to travel to Yangon in this period, do not worry, Thingyan Water Festival can cool down your body. This festival celebrates Buddhist New Year, people rush into the streets to throw water at each other that is considered as a symbol of washing away bad luck from the previous year. You will forget the heat immediately and wallow in the funny, effervescent and laughter-filled atmosphere. yangon in dry season yangon tours

Rainy Season - June to October

Located in the south coast, that is why Yangon gets a lot of rainfall and the wettest months are July and August; as a result, the rainy season may not be the best time to explore and take part in the outdoor activities. However, the rainfall tends to occur in short showers, so it is quite easy to find a temporary shelter if it rains when you are outside. Moreover, if you want, you can still visit Yangon to sip a coffee or beer in a bar or walk around in a famous museum or construction while the rain is falling outside with the dripping sounds, it is a kind of romance. yangon in the rainy season yangon tours Though you travel to Yangon in any season, you will find this land peaceful and gorgeous, not only in its charming landscapes but also in the lifestyles of people and the traditional values, that is the reason why makes every season is the best time to visit Yangon. Once taking Yangon tours, you will not be disappointed since this place hides many secret things that are waiting for you to explore someday.

Yangon General Information

Former Capital of Myanmar
Age: 2500 years
Area: 576 km²
Population: over 4 million
Location: Southern Myanmar
Temperature: Min 16°C - Max 38°C

Formation of Yangon

Yangon is the largest and busiest city of Myanmar which is formed by 34 towns: Ahlone, Bahan, Botahtaung, Dala, Dagon, Dagon (Seikkan), Dawbon, East Dagon, Hlaing, Hlaing Tharyar, Insein, Kyeemyindaing, Kamaryut, Latha, Lanmadaw, Mingalardon, Mingalar Taung Nyunt, Mayangone, North Dagon, North Okkalapa, Pabedan, Pazundaung, Sanchaung, South Dagon, Seik Gyi Khanaung To, Seikkan, South Okkalapa, Shwe Pyi Thar, Thingangyun, Thaketa, Thanlyin, Tarmwe, Yankin

Yangon's People, City & Culture

People in Yangon

People are humble and rustic with friendly smiles on their faces all the time. Getting used to the invasion of tourists who come from all around the world, they are not strange to the multi-cultural environment. Therefore, feel free to ask them if you do not know the roads or need some help, they will wholeheartedly do you a favor without any conditions. yangon-people-yangon-tours

Yangon City

Nay Pyi Taw has been the new capital of Myanmar since 2005, however, Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is still considered as the cultural and commercial center of this country and almost all visitors admit that they often begin or end their journey to Myanmar in this city. Its irresistible charms will awaken the travel sense of anyone who once put their foot on this mysterious land. Yangon city yangon tours and day trips In the past, Yangon used to be the capital city since 1885 as the British invaded northern Myanmar and moved the head of government from Mandalay. The city served as a key trading post, as a result, it remains many amazing colonial buildings, presently, many of which are disintegrating and hidden down side streets. However, the biggest and most noticeable concentration is situated on the riverfront Strand Road and around the bottom of Pansodan Street and Sule Pagoda. The city also reflects the history of ethnic and religious diversity, especially presented through an out-standing monument – Shwedagon Pagoda, a golden Buddhist shrine that is considered as the most sacred and holiest place in the mind of Burmese. It holds a wide range of museums, art galleries, and markets which are characterized by cultural identities interspersed with the modernity of today world. yangon city yangon tours One of the highlights that makes Yangon more attractive is the superb cuisine ranging from the native dishes in the street stalls to the luxurious food showed up in the restaurants. The gastronomy is heavily influenced by some neighboring countries such as Thailand, China, and India which creates a various and flavor-filled cuisine. Although Yangon is assumed as one of the safest city in Asia since the robberies seldom occur, the lack of development leads to the low-quality of roads or pavements. When walking down the street, you may be faced with a rat or cockroach passing by and there is often no electricity; however, you will quickly forget these inconvenient things because whatever you do in Yangon, you will find this city friendly and convivial because of the rusticness and hospitality of local people.

Yangon's Culture

Myanmar in general and Yangon, in particular, is a land where is strongly influenced by Buddhism with the reserved and humble lifestyles. The indispensable parts of Burmese’s lives are traditional festivals, among which, Shwedagon Pagoda Festival is one of the biggest and most important local festivals of the year which is taken place in late February or early March. Besides, there are several festivals held in Yangon:
• Martyr’s Day, which honors sacrificed independence hero Aung San and his comrades (July 19th).
• The week-long festival at Kandawgyi Lake that follows Independence Day (starts on January 4th).
• The bright-colored and vivid Botataung Pagoda Festival is held at the beginning of January and there are market stalls, fairground rides with alarming human-powered Ferris wheels to attract visitors. yangon culture yangon tours

Useful Tips For Perfect Yangon Tours

Myanmar in general and Yangon, in particular, is a new land which has recently opened to the world, so it remains the practices and customs that people do not know about. It is necessary for tourists to be aware of the do’s and don’ts when taking Yangon tours to avoid the conveniences and have a perfect trip. Here are some tips for travelers to follow when being in Yangon tours. yangon travel guide yangon tours

Religions in Yangon

In the city of Yangon, there are some cultural rules which should be strictly followed by both locals and foreigners especially when visiting pagodas and communicating with monks.
• Remember to put off your shoes and socks before entering the religious sites
• When visiting any pagodas and temples, dress modestly and politely
• Do not have the disrespectful actions or behaviors with Buddhist images
• Avoid shouting, laughing or loudly talking
• Be polite and careful when taking photos or video
• Do not point your feet at a monk or Buddhist statues
• Do not play loud music as the monks are not allowed to listen to music and the religious sites need to remain the serenity and tranquility
• Do not put Buddha statues or images on the floor, or in an inappropriate place
• Show respect to monks, nuns, and novices
• Do not offer the hand-shakings with monks
• Take a seat in a lower position than monks and elders
• Do not offer food to a monk, nun, or novice after the noontime
• Women should not touch monks
• If there is no entrance fee to a pagoda or temple, you may leave a donation at a trunk

Yangon Customs

• When visiting a home of the locals, you should put off all the footwear
• Hand-shakings are not always necessary
• Public displays of affection are not accepted
• It would be impolite if touching an adult on the head
• Avoid stepping over any part of a person
• Receive and give things with your right hand or both hands

Yangon Travel Tips

• Most public bathrooms do not have toilet paper. Do not forget to bring tissue papers with you
• Do not leave expensive items in your room when you are going out. Put them in a safety box
• Drink only bottled water, or unopened drinks
• Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is suggested and should include emergency air evacuation and cover the activities that you will take part in.

Communication Services in Yangon

Internet Services

Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication (MPT) sells email accounts and Internet access.

Cyber Café

In the center of Yangon, there are several Internet Café where visitors can sip a cup of coffee or tea while surfing the Internet to entertain. The service charges may range from 650 Ks to 1000 Ks per hour, depending on different Cyber Café. cafe in yangon yangon tours

Express Money Order

Money Order service is offered in the capitals of each state in Myanmar, the maximum amount is 100,000 Ks per remittance.

Parcel Services

General Post Office situated in downtown of Yangon is the staple Parcel Service center in Yangon.

Fax Services

Yangon Telegraph Office provides customers with fax services to 88 overseas countries. The domestic fax lines are also widely used in Yangon.

Telephone Services

There are three main types of phone services in Yangon that are Conventional Phones or Land Phones, Mobile Phones and IP Star Phones. Abroad calls are available but quite expensive depending on the distance which the calls are made.

Transportation in Yangon

Transportation within Yangon

Taxi
You can easily catch taxis in Yangon as they are always available during the day and night. Do not forget to tell the driver the place you want to go and ask for the price before starting the journey.
Bus
Yangon has more than 250 bus lines with over 2.5 million commuters a day. Lately, a new fuel has been used to operate buses which are CNG (Compressed Natural Gas). The bus fares may range from 40 Ks to 120 Ks depending on the distance which the travelers take. yangon bus yangon tours
Train
There are 11 local trains which are always available for circular train services through 37 railway stations. The train fares are low-priced than the bus fares and Yangon Central Railways Station is the main one in Yangon.
Ferry Boat
If you want to depart from Dala and cross Yangon River, it takes about 10 minutes to travel by a ferry boat which steams between Pansodan Warf and Dala Warf.

Domestic Transport from Yangon

Express Bus
There are two highway bus terminals which are Dagon Ayeyar Highway Bus Terminal and Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Terminal. Dagon Ayeyar is reserved for the buses going to Ayeyarwaddy Division and Aung Mingalar is for the buses heading to the cities and towns over the country except for the Ayeyarwaddy Division.
Train
Myanmar Railways offer 40 train routes all over the country and the tickets are available at Yangon Central Railway Station.
Boat
Ayeyarwaddy Delta region is where boat services are available 24/7 and tickets are sold at Lan Thit Jetty in Seikkan Township.
Aircraft
Yangon International Airport provides travelers with both international and domestic flights accompanied with the best services and conveniences. There are 4 domestic airlines which are Myanmar Airways, Air Bagan, Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways with the same high-quality and economized fares.

Safety Travel in Yangon

Yangon is actually one of the safest cities in the world with almost no crimes against tourists. Most visitor, especially female travelers do not to be worried when taking Yangon tours. Even carrying a large sum of cash and walking down the dark and deserted streets at night, is not a problem; however, you had better be careful and take the precautions if you would carry valuable or expensive things like jewels or smartphones as there were some rare accidents happened before.

Gay Travel in Yangon

Homosexuality is illegal in Myanmar according to the law; however gay travelers do not have any special problems if they are polite and appropriately behave when taking Yangon tours. Public displays of affection are not accepted so it is necessary to be reserved and modest.