Yangon Guide & Tours

Yangon, former capital of Myanmar, and also often plays as the starting/ending points of almost Myanmar tours
Yangon is also called Rangoon, was capital of independent Myanmar (Burma) from 1948 to 2006, when the government officially proclaimed the new city of Nay Pyi Taw (Naypyidaw). This former capital of the country is the main point of entry to the country. Located in southern Myanmar, the important port city of Yangon boasts many spectacular pagodas, lakes, shady parks and fine examples of colonial period architecture. Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and the industrial and commercial centre of the country. 

1.Yangon weather

The climate of Myanmar is tropical and characterised by three seasons. 
Cool Season – October through February with average temperatures 20-24 C
Hot Season – March through May with average temperatures 30-35 C
Green Season – June through September with average temperatures 25-30 C
 

2. How to get in Yangon

Get in by plane - There are some international terminal from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hongkong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Gaya, Kolkata, Kunming, Guangzhou, Nanning, Hanoi, Hochiminh city, Seoul, Doha and Taipei flight directly to Yangon international airport (RGN). 
International Airlines servicing RGN include Thai Airways, Bangkok Air, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Dragonair, Korean Airlines, Silk Air, Vietnam Airlines and Air India. 
 
Get in by trainSeveral trains daily connect Yangon to Mandalay via Bago with connections to Bagan. Most trains leave early in the morning (2, 3AM) and arrive late at night.
 
Get in by Boat - Yangon to Mandalay takes 5 days, to Pyay 3 days and the return trip takes three days. There is a luxury ferry (the Delta Queen) from Yangon to Pathein (about 20 hours, US$170/person). 
The IWT ferry to Pathein takes 15 hours for the over-night trip (US$35/10).
 
Get in by busThere are two highway bus terminals, Dagon Ayeyar Highway Bus Terminalm in Hlaing Tharyar Township, buses from there will be going to the Ayeyarwaddy Division. 
The other terminal is Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Terminal, all of buses to the cities and towns of the whole country, except the AyeyarwaddyDivision. 
 

3. Getting Around Yangon

Bus
There are more than 250 bus lines running around Yangon. There are over 2.5 million commuters a day. The bus fares starts from Ks 40 to Ks 120, depending on the distance.
 
Train
Circular Train service is available and can be very fantastic experience a real local life. There are 11 local trains for ciruclar services through 37 railway stations. The train fares are cheaper than the bus fares. Yangon Central Railways Station is the main station in Yangon. 
 
City Taxi
Taxis are numorous in Yangon. You can get any taxi easily anywhere in Yangon. The minimum cost is about Ks 1000 for a 10 minutes ride. The taxis do not have meters, so bargaining before taking the ride is the most suitable option. 
 
Ferry Boat
For the commuters from Dala, to cross the Yangon River, takes about 10 minutes. 
 

4. Top Places to visit in Yangon

When coming to Yangon, one of the most famous and interesting place to visit is Shwedagon Pgoda. Then the others are:
  • Sule Pagoda lies in the center of Yangon and can be easily visited.
  • Museums such as National Museum, Bogyoke Museum, Gems Museum displaying historical events of Myanmar
  • Scott markets
  • Brishtish colonial streets.

 5. Some useful tips for your enjoyable travel

- Credit card - VISA and other cards are still not accepted in the country. Update 2014: credits are now starting to accept in major hotels and landmarks.
- Currency - US Dollars are widely accepted throughout Myanmar and are easily exchangeable for the local Kyat currency. Still no torn, folded, too old notes are not accepted. We recommend new US$ notes with series from 2003 onwards.
- Traveller cheques - Traveller Cheques are not accepted at present.
- Language - The majority of the people speak Myanmar (Burmese) and English is widely used.
- Mobilephone - A pre-paid sim card (USD 20 with the prevailing market rate) is currently available for purchase at Yangon International Airport and other places in the city. Please note that this sim card is for one use only and can not top up. When it is finished, buy another sim card and it will be a different number. You can bring your own GSM handset to Myanmar or rent one at Yangon Airport with deposit and rental fees. Subject to availability. For your information, iPhones, Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, etc, cannot be used with this sim card. Satellite phones are not allowed to use in Myanmar.
- What to wear - Shorts, short skirts or revealing clothing are not appropriate especially when visiting temples or any religious site. Myanmar is a conservative Buddhist culture and improper dress can be offensive. Sandals, thongs or flip-flops (available locally) are very convenient footwear.

Refer our tour programs to Yangon:
- Myanmar Classic Tours: features the best highlights of the country with must-done excursions to Yangon
- Myanmar Adventure Tours: features the best places of exotic experience of Myanmar travel
- Yangon Countryside tour: feature the best place of interests in Yangon and exploring surroundings

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