Yangon is the perfect starting point for your journey through Myanmar. Look past the hectic, traffic-clogged streets and you will discover a dazzling metropolis scattered with glittering stupas and incredible colonial architecture.

Despite losing its title as the capital of Myanmar, Yangon continues to lure travellers with its character and cultural treasures. Here you will find an exciting fusion of different traditions and religions, with ancient Buddhist monasteries standing beside modern-day Chinese temples and grand cathedrals.

Yangon’s busy streets are best explored on foot, and you can easily spend a day getting lost in the bustling markets, sipping sweet tea in quaint tea houses or simply wandering along the cool, tree-lined avenues. Spend some time exploring the winding streets of the downtown area to discover beautifully preserved buildings from British colonial rule.

No visit would be complete without seeing the Shwedagon Pagoda, a 2,500 year old gilded temple situated at the heart of the city. Visible from most parts of Yangon, this spectacular golden monument is considered the holiest and most important religious site in all of Myanmar.

The city has plenty of shopping opportunities, but the Bogyoke Aung San Market (or Scott Market) is particularly famous where you can pick up an array of Burmese handicrafts.For a bespoke, luxury itinerary to Yangon, get in touch with one of our Asia experts. 

  • Alison was more than helpful and practical. Nice people travelled in Royal style.

    MC, Seychelles, 2014