Yangon is the center of economic activity and it is the largest city in Myanmar formerly known as Rangoon. Yangon is located in Irrawaddy delta on the Gulf of Martaban, in the North Andaman Sea. The city has a famous landmark called Shwedagon Pagoda that was founded at least a thousand years ago by the Mon people. For those who love historical site visit, there are large numbers of landmarks from its long and rich history that are worth to visit. Yangon is not yet an urban and modern city where you can see Buddhist monks walk around the streets barefoot, the citizens wear traditional costume and superstition play an essential role in daily life.
1. Yangon International Airport
Yangon International Airport is located approximately 15km north of central Yangon. It is the primary and busiest international airport in Myanmar. It has separate floors for arriving and departing passengers to reduce congestion. It also has exclusive lounges for use by government officials and business people. The operating airlines are Yangon Airways, Thai Airways, AirAsia, Emirates and many more. The airport provides conference and meeting room, shop selling local souvenirs, handicrafts, jewelry and bookshops as well as duty-free outlets. It also provides self-service café in public area and VIP lounges, they offered more dining options. Public transport facilities include taxi, bus and train. The taxi fare is relatively cheap. It takes 30 minutes trip to Central Yangon depending on the traffic but be sure to use an authorized taxi and confirm the fare with the driver in advance.
2. Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Ninoy Aquino International Airport is an international airport and serve as one of the main airports for Philippines and city surrounding Manila. It is located 7 km away from the nearest town in southern Manila and southwest Makati. The operating airlines in this airport are Philippines Airasia, Cebu Pacific, Cebgo, PAL Express and Philippines Airlines. However, there is no direct flight from Philippine to Yangon. But you can have other airlines such as Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Vietnam Airways. All of these airlines will transit at their respected airport hub before flying to Yangon. There are many shops and eateries at the airport. While waiting for the flight, tourists can shop and dine in before starts a journey.
Yangon has three seasons, namely the dry season, the hot season and the wet season. The dry season, from November to February is the best time to visit Yangon when you can travel in mild weather. During this season, it provides an excellent atmosphere to have a relaxing, comfortable journey but be sure to plan your trip well as the peak season will bring tourist crowd.
1. Religious knowledge in pagodas - Culture of Myanmar is greatly influenced by the Buddhism. There are different kind of pagodas and other Buddhist architecture. You can visit Shwedagon Pagoda, Chaukhtathyi Temple and Sule Pagoda. Early morning and nightfall are the best time to visit those places.
2. Circular Train- You can enjoy Yangon city in a special way by riding a circular train that was built by the British during colonial times. It is a perfect way to relax and see Yangon city from a different perspective.
3. Bogyoke Market - This local market has a local history of almost 100 years and it is situated in the center of Yangon. Various kind of souvenirs and local food can be found here. Many local people shop in this market and you can observe the local people’s everyday lives.