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Formerly known as Rangoon, Yangon is the largest city and by far the most exciting places to visit in Myanmar. It is the capital of the Yangon region and the commercial capital of Myanmar also known as Burma. The city is decked with some of the most impressive buildings from the British Colonial rule along with ornate glittering temples and happening Asian markets which all make it a thriving and exciting place to visit. It is the commercial and artistic hub of the country which reflects the changes that have occurred here since the country reopened to the world and one can see new restaurants, bars, shops and skyscrapers everywhere in the city. So if you want to visit a city which represents a beautiful amalgamation of old and new then Yangon is surely one of them. So fly to Yangon and enjoy a great holiday trip.
The heady mix of golden pagodas, colonial architecture, delicious food and new rise buildings instantly capture your imagination and make it a city which is worth visit. Among its top attractions, it is said that you haven’t really been to Yangon unless you visit the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Built more than 2600 years ago it is among the most famous attractions of Myanmar and one of the Buddhist’s most sacred sites to visit especially during the sunrise when the golden pagoda glistens in the morning sunrise. If you love shopping and street food then the bustling and vibrant China Town is a great place for you which is full of market stalls, street food and barbecue stands that gives you a fascinating glimpse into the life of locals. You surely feel tiny when you visit the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple which houses an incredible 217 foot reclining Buddha which is among the largest in the country. If you feel exhausted then do visit Kandawgyi Park which offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of life. The beautiful lake is the perfect spot to capture the glimpses of sunrise and sunset. There are many colonial buildings in downtown that evoke the city’s past and to learn more about them stroll around by yourself or take a tour offered by the Yangon Heritage Trust with a guide to explain the history of these buildings.
Yangon has a tropical monsoon climate which means it is hot and humid throughout the year like other Southeast Asian countries. It has mainly three seasons hot, dry and rainy. Among all of them, dry season from February to March is the best time to visit it. Temperatures are comfortable and you can even participate in Shwedagon Festival which is held in the month of February.
You can book your flights to Yangon from the United Kingdom through several airlines such as Cathy Pacific, China Southern, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, China Eastern, Turkish Airlines, Vietnam Airlines etc. Emirates, Cathy Pacific and Qatar Airways are the highest rated carriers on this route. For London to Yangon flights, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly whereas Wednesday is the most expensive day.
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