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Yangon, legendary city of gleaming pagodas

Book flights to Yangon and discover an ancient capital full of architectural wonders and impressive history.

The largest city in Myanmar, Yangon is a vibrant, diverse city with both elegant colonial buildings, and the rich culture of traditional Burmese life.

view of pagodas and river yangon

From the gilded Shwedagon Paya, the city’s inspiration landmark, to the regal Karaweik Palace, the city’s sights catch the eye and demand exploration.

Bustling markets bring Yangon to life on a daily basis, while an impressive selection of exquisite parks, gardens and lakes offer a more tranquil alternative, and a space to relax.

Yangon is booming, with new restaurants, cafes and bars everywhere you look, and wonderful art and performance offering a mix of tradition and modernity.

Buy flight tickets to Yangon to get a taste of the complex and exciting country of Myanmar, and experience a city that effortlessly combines the best of the past, the present and the future.

What's the weather like in Yangon?

What's the weather like in Yangon?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

29°C

0cm

FEB

27°C

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MAR

27°C

0cm

APR

29°C

0cm

MAY

28°C

30cm

JUN

28°C

52cm

JUL

28°C

53cm

AUG

28°C

58cm

SEP

28°C

34cm

OCT

29°C

19cm

NOV

27°C

5cm

DEC

26°C

1cm

Yangon has a wonderful climate, sunny, warm and dry, with very little change in temperature throughout the year. Summer tends to be more humid.

February to April brings the best weather for outdoor exploring, with temperatures reaching the mid-30s and little rainfall.

Reasons to visit Yangon

buddha tooth temple yangon

The golden glory of Shwedagon Paya

When you fly to Yangon, you can’t miss the extraordinary sight of the Shwedagon Paya dominating the skyline. The stupa rises nearly 328 feet (100 metres) above the low-rise cityscape, covered in 27 metric tons of gold leaf, as well as diamonds and other jewels.

The Shwedagon Paya is one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites, and is believed to house strands of hair from the Buddha himself. As the sun sets, the temple comes alive as the crowds gather to watch the stupa seemingly catch fire in the light of the setting sun.

traditional dolls in yangon myanmar

Shop Bogyoke Aung San Market

More commonly known by its colonial British name of Scott Market, Bogyoke Aung San is one of the best places in the city to discover rich and varied traditional crafts from all across the country.

A huge covered market with more than 2,000 shops, you’ll be blown away by the scale and scope of this wonderful shopping experience. From lacquerware and silver to textiles, puppets and bags, it’s the perfect place to pick up souvenirs.

Don’t forget to try on a traditional and elegant longyi, a sarong worn by men and women in cotton or silk.

a busy street in yangon myanmar

Discover history and tradition with Yangon’s museums

Yangon is teeming with fascinating museums that explore the countries remarkable history and hold some of the most wonderful and eye-catching collections in the country.

The best example is the National Museum, which houses an absolute treasure trove of artefacts, most exhibiting the extraordinary excess that defined Myanmar’s royal eras.

Things to know before you fly to Yangon

plane Airport transfers

Etihad flights to Yangon arrive at Yangon International Airport, just under 10 miles north of the city.

The Yangon Bus Service runs a shuttle bus between the airport and Yangon Central Railway Station, or you can arrange an airport transfer in advance with Etihad.

meals Food

Rice, noodles and curry dishes form the basis of Burmese cuisine. Tea leaf salad is also hugely popular and can be found at most street corner sellers.

The national dish is mohinga, a hearty and fragrant fish broth with rice noodles.

bus Getting around

Yangon’s public transport system revolves around its bus network. The Bus Rapid Transit system is fast, clean and easy to use, and runs two routes.

currency Currency

The currency is the Burmese kyat (MMK). US dollars are also widely used and tend to be prefered at hotels and tourist attractions.

Flying to Yangon: FAQs

Where should I stay in Yangon?

When you fly to Yangon, there are plenty of great hotels to choose from to suit a range of budgets. The best place to base yourself is downtown, either close to the river or near People’s Park. It’s an area packed with great restaurants and you’ll also be close to the main attractions of the city.

How many days should I spend in Yangon?

If you’re just staying in Yangon itself, then five days should give you enough time to explore the main attractions and get a feel for the city. If you plan to explore the surrounding countryside, or visit another city or the beach, then plan to stay at least a week or longer.

What languages are spoken in Myanmar?

Burmese is the national language, though some locals will speak a little English, especially in hotels and at tourist landmarks.

Why we love Yangon

“Yangon is such an exciting city, bursting with life at every turn. There’s plenty of new places to eat and drink popping up all the time, but at the same time the city has kept its traditional feel intact, which creates a lovely atmosphere.”

Weather in Yangon

28 °C
Saturday30 May 2020
36 °C
Sunday31 May 2020
36 °C
Monday1 Jun 2020
34 °C
Tuesday2 Jun 2020
33 °C
Wednesday3 Jun 2020
31 °C
Thursday4 Jun 2020
31 °C
Friday5 Jun 2020
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