Yangon is a bustling waterfront city and the starting point for most visitors to Myanmar.
The past is ever present as traces of Myanmar’s colonial history sit next to more modern influences. Customs from different cultures including Shan, Mon, British and Indian meld to make Yangon a rich and special place.
Known as the ‘garden city of the East’, this city is resplendent with large shady parks, cooling lakes and mature tropical trees.
This towering temple is one of the most magnificent religious monuments in the world. Plated with more than 8,000 solid gold slabs, its tip is set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topazes. It is surrounded by more than 100 smaller stupas, pavilions and halls.
This sprawling 70-year-old market, sometimes known by its British name, Scott’s, is home to more than 2,000 shops under several roofs. Half a day could easily be spent browsing precious gems and local arts and crafts, including lacquerware, fabrics, puppets and traditional clothing items.
Said to enshrine Buddha’s hair, the golden chedi of Sule Pagoda dates back 2,000 years.
Morning, noon and night the townsfolk socialize; families and friends enjoy a snack over a cup of tea.
Highlights include the 26ft-high Sihasana (Lion Throne), which belonged to the last king of Myanmar; jewel encrusted beds; silver and gold rugs; and kitchen chairs made entirely out of ivory.
National Gem Emporium & Museum
Peruse an impressive display of gems such as rubies, jades, sapphires and pearls, all mined in Myanmar.
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Take the Circular Train, which travels round the outskirts of Yangon, to get a fascinating glimpse into authentic daily life.
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||Enjoy guided excursions to Pyay and Bagan on this seven-night cruise along Myanmar's iconic river, the Ayeyarwady. More »