Yangon is the largest commercial city and main gateway to Myanmar. As with many Asian capital cities, Yangon at first sight is a nondescript, hot & chaotic city, but if you scratch below the surface and take the time to dive into this surprising city, it has a lot to offer. The name Yangon means “End of Strife” which was anglicized to Rangoon after the British annexed Myanmar in 1885. A mix of colonial architecture, modern high-rises and glided Buddhist pagodas define its skyline. 

The main tourist spots in Yangon are Shwedagon Pagoda, the country’s holiest Buddhist shrine where many locals come to worship, Chauk Htet Gyi Buddha Image, noted for its huge image of reclining Buddha dating back to 1907, the National Museum, a great collection of priceless ancient artifacts and historical reports, Myanmar Gems Museum, and the bustling downtown area which hosts Bogyoke Market, the most popular shopping place for artwork, traditional handiworks and souvenirs. 

A reservoir constructed during colonial times, Kandawgyi Lake is surrounded by a green, tree-filled park and hosts the imposing Karaweik, a replica of a royal barge located on the eastern side of the lake.

   October to February is warm to hot during the day and the air is relatively dry.