Yangon Tourism

A withdrawn capital of the country, Yangon is to Myanmar what NYC is to USA. A charming, bubbling, bustling city; Yangon entices with its amalgamation of the old and the new. The impressive skyline of the downtown, the sanity-filled Buddhist temples and the plethora of 5 million residents make it an interesting place to visit.

If you walk on the streets of the city, there’s one thing you will be overwhelmed with- the blend of the cultures that have influenced the city. The Indian, British, Chinese and Burmese cultures have imparted their respective shades to Yangon making it a multi-hued city.

The modern-day city is believed to be originated from the time of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Originally called as ‘Dagon’ that is recorded to be in existence since 6th century, it is said to be renamed to ‘Yangon’ meaning ‘end of strife’ by Shwebo based King Alaungpaya after capturing it from Mongols in the 18th century. Gaining importance during the Second Burmese War in the mid-nineteenth century, the British named the city ‘Rangoon’ and the city saw a consistent growth since then.

Although fading today, the city’s architecture is a classic example of British Colonial era. The city has had a traumatic past with multiple invasions right from Mongols, British colonization, Japanese incursion and this is reflected in the secluded, Longyi-clad locals that are warm but not very friendly in their first acquaintance. But once you befriend them, you’ll be welcomed with their simplicity and kind behaviour.

Exploring Yangon begins with walking around its cobbled streets, experiencing the sanity of its Pagodas and treating yourself to the local cuisine bursting with flavours from fresh ingredients! Plan a trip to Yangon, marvel at its culture and heritage and get lost in its rustic, earthy and exotic appeal; because the more you do, the more in love with the city you’ll be!

Essential travel information and Yangon tips for your visit

General Info

  • Time Zone: UGC+ 06.30
  • Currency: Burmese kyat
  • Electricity and Internet: 220 250 V, WiFi internet is available in hotels.
  • Languages: Burmese, Karen, Kachin, Chin and Chinese, English is rarely understood.
  • Tipping: Tipping is not expected but appreciated
  • Tourist Traps: Beware of the unauthorized taxis. Hires one only with a red licensed plate. Always negotiate the fare for trishaws and taxis.

Security

  • Police Emergency Number: 199
  • Fire Emergency Number: 191
  • Ambulance: 192
  • Police (Tourist Safety Unit): 376166, 642742 or 549209, Area code: 01
  • Tourist Information: 371910, 374281, Area Code: 01

Tips

  • Tap water if not safe for drinking, always drink bottled water.
  • Toilet papers are not provided in the toilets.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Yangon

  • Know the pollution level of Yangon before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 82.05 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 77.14 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 87.14 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 73.03 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 94.29 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 74.36 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 72.97 (High)
  • How safe is Yangon for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Yangon.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 33.7 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.09 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 79.35 (High)
    • Car Stealing 34.78 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 35.23 (Low)
    • Attacks 35.87 (Low)
    • Drug offense 53.26 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 76.14 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.59 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 32.61 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 35.87 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Yangon is 71.64 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 56.66 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 57.78 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 91.57 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 52 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 55.17 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 43.35 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.09 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 13.41 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Yangon

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.9 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 109.73 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 31.66 USD

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