Yangon Travel Guide

Explore Yangon for a few days and you too will see why it’s such a unique destination that no traveler to Myanmar should miss. From getting lost in its bustling streets to sharing meals with locals or being awed by the diverse architecture and sacred structures, a trip to Yangon will be an incredible journey into local life of Burmese that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Yangon (also known as Rangoon, literally: "End of Strife") is a former capital of Myanmar (Burma) and the capital of Yangon Region. Yangon is the country's largest city with a population of over five million, and is the most important commercial center, although the military government officially relocated the capital to Naypyidaw in March 2006. The city is located in Lower Burma at the convergence of the Yangon and Bago Rivers about 30 km away from the Gulf of Ma

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Yangon was founded as Dagon in the early 11th century (1028–1043) by the Mon, who dominated Lower Burma at that time. Dagon was a small fishing village centered about the Shwedagon Pagoda. In 1755, King Alaungpaya conquered Dagon, renamed it "Yangon", and added settlements around Dagon. The British captured Yangon during the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824–26), and returned it to Burmese administration after the war. The name was Anglicized as Rangoon.

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A hundred years ago, Yangon was one of the leading trade cities of Asia, home to people from across the globe. Myanmar has been called The Land of Gold, and that is not surprising at all when you consider just how beautifully this city sparkles.

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Yangon is a mix of old, crumbling British colonial buildings and much newer, modern buildings. Following the country’s emergence from isolation under military dictatorship and new foreign investment opportunities, a rush of development now imperils Yangon’s unique landscape. There is new construction everywhere, as funds from foreign countries pour in.  The people here, the younger generations in particular, are embracing Western cultures. 

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The dynamic between this rich built environment and the diverse population of the city has created a unique cultural melting pot. Yangon is also a place of greenery enriched by huge trees, placid lakes, and significant parkland areas composed of wide streets and tree-lined boulevards. Beyond neglected grandeur, and unlike the major cities of neighboring countries, Yangon is still a spacious, low-rise city that retains features essential to its future as a burgeoning metropolis.

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Yangon International Airport, located 12 miles (19 km) from downtown, is the country's main gateway for domestic and international air travel. It has direct flights to regional cities in Asia – mainly, Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Guangzhou, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming and Singapore. Although domestic airlines offer service to about twenty domestic locations, most flights are to tourist destinations such as Bagan, Mandalay, Heho and Ngapali, and to the capital Naypyidaw.

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Myanmar Highlights & Beach Vacation 15 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Accommodation in twin OR double sharing room
  • One purified drinking water and one refreshment tissue per day per pax
  • Daily Breakfast at hotel
  • Meals : Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant (Except from day 11 to day 14)
  • Domestic flight fare as per program
  • Entrance fees as per programs (Except Museum)
  • Transfer and Transportation with private air-coned coach as per program
  • Inle & Indein sightseeing boat fees
  • Domestic Airport Tax
  • Porter fees at the airport
  • Hill Truck fees for Kyaikhtiyo
  • Yasargyi Trekking fees
  • Experience and Fluent English Throughout guide fees (Except Ngapali trip)
  • Myanmar Traditional gift per pax
  • International Airfare & Tax
  • Travel Insurance
  • Christmas Eve
  • New Year Eve
  • Balloon Over Bagan
  • Visa on Arrival fees
  • Extra tours not mentioned in the program
  • Tipping to guide and coach driver
  • Personal Expenses such as drinks, tips, camera fees, Laundry service, Phone charges, etc…………..
Myanmar Off Beaten Track 10 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Hotel rooms based on twin/ double sharing
  • All domestic, regional flights
  • Boat ride where indicated
  • Train ticket as in programs
  • Private transfer by A/C verhicles
  • English speaking guide (Other language guide, please request)
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Entrance fees where applied
  • Water and tissues
  • Service charges and taxes
  • Visa arrangement (now with Evisa)
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks not mentioned
  • Tips & Gratitues
Highlight of Myanmar 9 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Hotel accommodation based on half twin sharing rooms with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as per itinerary.
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
  • All zone fee and admission fee as per itinerary
  • Domestic air fare as per itinerary
  • Boat fare in Inle Lake & Indein
  • English station guide service (One city one guide ) except transfer day
  • Government tax & service charges
  • Visa arrangement and visa stamp fee
  • International air fare (from/to Yangon)
  • International departure airport tax (USD 10 per person at present)
  • Drinks, laundry , tips and other expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Surcharges if any (upon booking and increasing of fuel charges and admission fee with prior notice)
Amazing Mix of Myanmar Transportation 11 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Hotel rooms based on twin/ double sharing
  • All domestic, regional flights
  • Train tickets as in the program
  • Boat cruise as in the program
  • Private transfer by A/C verhicles
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Entrance fees where applied
  • Water and tissues
  • Service charges and taxes
  • Visa arrangement
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks not mentioned
  • Tips & Gratitues
Bird's eye view Myanmar 7 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Accommodation share in twin/double with daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights: Yangon - Bagan; Bagan - Heho; Heho - Yangon
  • Private transfer by A/C vehicles
  • Local English speaking guide (Other language guide, please request)
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Entrance fees
  • Water and tissues
  • Service charge and taxes
  • EARLY Check in & LATE Check out at hotel
  • Myanmar Visa
  • Balloon rides in Bagan value 310$/person
  • Balloon ride in Inle lake value 360$/person
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation.
  • International flights & departures taxes
  • Beverage
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services are not mentioned above
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