Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon is not difficult to navigate on foot, as most of downtown is laid out on a grid and the area where tourists explore is quite compact. Addresses are easily recognizable, and it's simple to ask for directions. The area of Yangon that's the easiest to navigate is that which surrounds the Bogyoke Market, from Bogyoke Aung San Road south to The Strand, and from Aung Yadana Street east to May Yu Road. Be careful walking around at night. Crime is not the issue—Myanmar is extremely safe—but many streets have large holes in the sidewalks and no street lamps.

The farther-flung areas can be reached without hassle by taxi or rickshaw. A fast-paced traveler could cover the best of Yangon in two days.

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  • 1. Shwedagon Pagoda

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 325-foot-tall gilded pagoda is Yangon's top tourist attraction and, at 2,500 years old, the world's oldest pagoda. It is simply stunning...Read More

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  • 2. Dallah and Twante

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just across the river from Yangon is the small village of Dallah, reached by ferry from the city's jetty. It's a 10-minute ride where you'll...Read More

  • 3. Inya Gallery of Art

    Museum/Gallery

    Yangon native and self-taught artist Aung Myint opened this gallery in 1989. Aung was the first Burmese artist to win an ASEAN Art Award, and...Read More

  • 4. Inya Lake

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The British created this artificial lake in 1883, and it's said to look much the same today as it did then. About 10 km (6 miles) north of downtown...Read More

  • 5. Lokanat Galleries

    Museum/Gallery

    The motto of this gallery, which opened in 1971 and claims to be Myanmar's longest-running gallery, is "Truth, Beauty, Love." The nonprofit...Read More

  • 6. New Treasure Art Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    Halfway between the Shwedagon Pagoda and Inya Lake is this gallery, which is owned in part by Min Wae Aung, Burma's best-selling artist, most...Read More

  • 7. Strand Road and Southern Yangon

    Historic District/Site

    This meandering walk through southern Yangon gives a good overview of the city's streets, leading you to the Strand Hotel on Yangon's southernmost...Read More

  • 8. Yangon Circular Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    There's no better bang for your buck in Yangon than a ride on the city's circle line. The three-hour tour covers 46 km (29 miles) and 39 stations...Read More

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