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by Kara Bui | Mar 30, 2020

Traveling to Yangon

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is the former capital city of Myanmar and is definitely among the most beautiful cities in South East Asia.

With golden pagodas, diverse food and countless tourist attractions, Yangon is now witnessing an influx of tourists seeking exotic places in the Indochina trail. It is a perfect city to walk around on foot to discover different ethnicity, a well-preserved British colonial old town center, and some gorgeous pagodas. Let’s find out what a perfect Yangon itinerary looks like in this post!

Shwedagon Pagoda

Your journey should be started in the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda. Know as the Golden Pagoda, the Shwedagon Pagoda is a jewel of the city and one of the most prominent buildings in the skyline. The golden stupa is 99m tall and it’s not just a single pagoda but surrounded by other smaller temples, shrines and statues which seem like they are cropped out of a fairy tale. There are four gates built in the traditional clockwise direction path and both leads to the Pagoda.

As the Golden Pagoda is a place of worship, it’s important to ampere up the clothing coverage to your wrists and ankles. You can reread the previous posts that we talked about the attention in dress code when traveling to Buddhist Temples and Pagodas.

Pansodan Street (Downtown Yangon)

The buildings in Yangon were heavily influenced by British architecture and they are the symbols of the British colonial period. Colorful and chaotic, electric wires and street stores, the whole area is a kaleidoscope of old buildings. Yangon is really a feast for the senses. There are no better ways to look around than to walk, you will never get bored of the sights you will encounter. The building's in disrepair with moss and shrubs growing out of every nook and cranny, the vibrant life that spills out of people’s homes and onto the streets… Don’t forget to take many photos when you are in Downtown Yangon!

Kandawgyi Lake

Not too far from the Shwedagon Pagoda is a former British reservoir, with a circumference of 8 km - the Kandawgyi Lake. This lake is a popular respite from the chaos in the city where you can do your morning walk and exercises together with the sunrise. This lake was a supply of fresh water for Yangon built by British and totally artificial.

From a distance, you can see the Karaweik Hall appearing like a huge golden boat. However, when you get closer, you will be impressed by this massive concrete building with two enormous golden birds and an ornate roof.

The best time to travel to Yangon

The average temperature here is around 33 degrees Celsius and in general, it's quite high year-round. However, there 2 seasons that you must pay attention before planning your trip: the dry season and the rainy season. The rainy season falls in the months June, July and August, and the weather in this time is quite unpredictable, but the advantage of visiting Yangon during the rainy season is that there are almost no tourists around. The decision depends on you!