You might still know it as Rangoon, the Burmese capital until 2005, but in spite of being 'deposed', Yangon is still the country's largest, and arguably most commercially important city. Despite the population, and Yangon's many visitors, there's a charming creakiness to this city with its strange collection of British, Chinese, Indian and Burmese design and architecture, its majestic, but sometimes crumbling monuments and its locals in traditional dress. Some of the best places to stay in Yangon are still the old colonial stalwarts, but you can find ultra-modern hotels if that's where your tastes lie.
The Shwedagon Paya is one of the wonders of Yangon, a huge Buddhist temple over 300 feet high covered in tonnes of gold leaf and decorated with diamonds and other precious stones. This is one of Buddhism's most sacred sites, built to house several important relics.
Another of Yangon's Buddhist treasures is Chaukhtatgyi Paya, which is a 65metre reclining Buddha. Just across from there at the Ngahtatgyi Paya, is a 46foot tall seated Buddha. Botataung Paya, which is much quieter and close to the river, is another impressively gilded stupa. At 131 feet tall this is still an impressive sight, and don't miss the pool inside which is home to hundreds of turtles.
Though beautiful, there's a lot more to Yangon than its religious monuments:
Our pick of the best places to say in Yangon feature a charming B&B and a boutique property close to the main sights.
Yangon (Bahan Township)
A tastefully decorated, French-owned B&B in a quiet, upmarket area of Yangon. Great value and good for families.
Antique-filled rooms and corridors, a lovely pool and a central location near the Shwedagon Pagoda; this is, undoubtedly, one of the best places to stay in Yangon.
Iconic five star hotel in the heart of Yangon. Remarkable for its grand colonial architecture, rooms are high ceilinged and furnished with teak floors and hand carved wooden framed beds, alongside Burmese lacquerware and antiques. Fine dining in the Strand Grill and a small spa.