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Yangon, formerly Rangoon, is Burma’s largest and most populous city and the entry point for most people travelling to Burma. This is where you'll find the grand colonial buildings built during British rule in contrast with the growing number of modern structures.

There is much to see and do in Yangon. Not to be missed is a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, which sits on top of a hill dominating the city’s skyline. It’s the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in the country, containing relics of four past Buddhas. It is visited by thousands of devotees each year and its importance is clear from the amount of gold leaf, diamonds and rubies adorning it. Explore the complex here and sit down and people watch!

Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) is well worth taking the time to wander around. This sprawling covered market has over 2000 shops and is a great place to find handicrafts from lacquerware and Shan shoulder bags to jewellery.

Head downtown to visit Sule Pagoda, the city’s second most important pagoda, or Botataung Pagoda next to the river, which is less crowded. If you have a morning or afternoon free, taking the circular railway around Yangon from the central train station is a fantastic experience, watching locals going about their daily business and observing the city’s rural surroundings.

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Time: GMT + 6hrs 30mins

Flight time:

There are no direct flights from the UK to Yangon (Rangoon). The flight time is at least 14 hours.

Language: The official language is Myanmar (Burmese). English is widely spoken in major tourist destinations.


At least 6 months from the end of your trip, and with plenty of room for entry and exit stamps. A visa is required for British travellers and most nationalities.


Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory. Recommended vaccinations include diptheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, tetanus, cholera & typhoid. Malaria prophylactics recommended for some parts of Burma.



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