Holidays to the Yangon

Yangon is Myanmar's largest city, fast-developing and seemingly torn between its new high-rise builds and sprawling market stalls. The main draw is its faded colonial charm and of course the impressive gilded Shwedagon Pagoda.

Yangon is often gridlocked with traffic and so is best explored on foot at a slower pace, giving you a chance to admire the old buildings and imagine how they would've been in their heyday.

Be sure to gawp at Shwedgon Pagoda and the once majestic colonial buildings of central Yangon, before jumping on the city's circle train to explore the outskirts of the city. The station is a time warp in itself and the train is rickety and rather slow, but it's all part of the charm as you navigate this journey alongside fruit vendors, monks and daily commuters. Hop off at the nearby township and wonder the fresh market stalls, criss-crossing with child monks collecting alms from the vendors.

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Yangon Circular Railway
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A City Train Ride

Ride the Yangon circular railway, one of the best ways of immersing yourself in the capital. Join the locals as they hop on and off this busy circuit looping through the bustling city centre and grassy suburbs. Sit amid the colourful cacophony of merchants selling bananas, eggs and green vegetables on board. You'll stop at street markets dolling out sizzling snacks and visit colourful holy shrines.

China Town in Yangon
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A Foodie Experience

Start at a traditional tea house and order Myanmar's signature sweet creamy tea. Then take a rickshaw ride around the city's elegant colonial buildings. Slurp up Shan noodles from a local haunt and ride past Little India's colourful Hindu temples. Zip through the streets to China town's food stalls where an array of barbecued snacks and grilled satay awaits, perfectly accompanied by ice cold local beer.

Sunset at Yangon River
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Yangon's Street Food

Discover the slower paced side of the Yangon River. A twenty-minute boat ride takes you to Kanaungto River Island, worlds away from the capital's humdrum. Arrive on the banks and swap to a rickshaw to explore this three-mile-long island, lush with banana trees and picturesque forest. Take the opportunity to chat with the friendly locals who reside in the rural villages and watch the sun melt over the rippling river.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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