Colonial Style HotelsIf it is your first time to Yangon and you are purelyvisiting the city for leisure, colonial style hotels are agood choice. Besides offering high service standards,these hotels provide a nostalgic window to the oldentimes gone by in the former British colonial city. Oneof our top favorites, the Strand Hotel is Yangon’s land-mark heritage hotel with an opulent décor reflectingthe 1920s and 1930s epoch. Its central location makesit a good choice for both the leisure or business trav-To complement the modern travelers’ love affair withthe unusual and experiential travel, Exotissimo offers arange of new and interesting tours in Burma that takeyou off the well worn tourist trails and focus on thewonders of Burmese culture. First time visitors shouldnot miss the Shwedagon Pagoda, a magnificent gold-crusted pagoda that has come to be the country’s icon.Other temple sites not to be missed are the Sule Payawith an octagonal-shaped dome, the Botataung Pagodawith the sacred hair of Lord Buddha enshrined, and theChaukhtetgyi Pagoda with a 70-metres reclining Buddhastatue. Finally, there is the Kaba Aye Pagoda withinwhich is the Buddhist Art Museum and Maha PasanaCave. For aspiring yogis and meditation devotees, it isworthwhile to check out Mahasi Meditation Centre andInternational Meditation Centre, both of which offerfull-time meditation amenities.To seek out intriguing shopping finds, Bogyoke AungSan Market is an excellent choice. Constructed in 1926,the market is best known for its colonial architecture,inner cobblestone streets and wide selection of souve-
Where to stay in Yangon?What to see in Yangon?
The former capital city of Myanmar, founded byKing Alaungpaya in 1755, spreads over 350 sqkm in area with a population of about 5 million.Yangon is also known as the “Garden City of theEast”, owing to the tree-lined streets, shadedparks and two lakes Kandawgyi (Royal Lake) andInya Lake that fill the city. Considered one of themost picturesque cities in the Orient, Yangonis exceptionally laid out with perfectly straightstreets and roads that intersect at right angles. Setin a tropical woodland, Yangon exudes a charmall of its own.
nirs. Head to Yangon’s Chinatown, a series of colorfulstreets filled with roadside stalls, market vendors andjewelry stores. Named after the sacred mythologicalbird, the Karaweik Hall is an imposing royal barge float-ing in the Kandawgyi Royal Lake. It makes a good spotto catch traditional Burmese arts performances as wellas a beautiful view of the Shwedagon Pagoda.Situated at the confluence of the Pazundaung Creek andBago River, the Yangon River is an interesting spot toseize out the local lifestyles. At the Yangon NanthidaJetty, one can enjoy the panoramic scenery and mag-nificent sunset over the river. If you have time to spare,we highly recommend crossing the river to Dhala on theopposite bank for a glimpse into countryside lives inMyanmar, or Kyimyindaing where stone Buddha sculp-tures and the dyeing of monks’ yellow robes can beobserved.For history and culture buffs, the National Museum ofMyanmar has an extensive collection of ancient arti-facts, art works and historic memorabilia on display in14 halls in a splendid five-storey building. A visit tothe National Races Village is a tour of Myanmar in anutshell, where visitors can stroll through and view the8 villages of Kachin, Kayah, Karen, Chin, Mon, Myanmar,Rakhine and Shan across the 117-acres compound. Un-known even to most Yangon natives, the Yangon WarCemetery is nestled deep in the city. A burial groundeler. Another recommendation will be the Governor’sResidence Hotel, an elegant boutique hotel housed inan imposing teak mansion. It is also a short walk awayfrom the embassies and the spectacular ShwedagonPagoda.City HotelsIn town, the Traders Hotel tops our list. An outstand-ing business hotel located right in the city centre, itfeatures modern facilities and comforts. As one of thetallest hotels in Yangon, it affords splendid panoramasof the city.