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About Yangon

You may 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 also find ultra-modern hotels if that's where your tastes lie.

What Not To Miss

  • 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.
  • There's also the markets, Bogyoke Aung San, being the largest, with about 2000 stalls undercover.
  • Then there are the wonderful colonial constructions, like the Royal Lake, now called Kandawgyi Lake, which is a place of peaceful views and wide paths.
  • 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.
  • Visitors can take a stroll around one of the city's many beautifully maintained parks for a tranquil experience.

Our pick of the best places to say in Yangon feature a charming B&B and a boutique property close to the main sights.

The best places to stay in Yangon

For location

  • The Savoy Yangon is a charming, antique filled hotel just ten minutes walk from the Shwedagon Paya. The decor is colonial with the 30 rooms and six suites arranged around a central courtyard. There is a large pool and plenty of sun loungers - perfect after a busy day seeing the sights!

For B&B

  • The Alamanda Inn is a ten room B&B in a quiet, upmarket residential area. Owned by a French couple, the decor is colourful but tasteful, with plenty of traditional handicrafts and it has one of the city's best French restaurants.

For luxury

  • The Strand is an iconic five star hotel in the heart of Yangon and is 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 there is a small spa.

For an apartment

  • If you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a great range of properties ideal for exploring the city's top sights.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Yangon International Airport located only 10.5km (6.5 miles) from the city. The airport serves a wide range of both domestic and International destinations
  • Alternatively, visitors can catch a train to Yangon with rail links across the country to destinations including Mandalay and Bagan.
  • If you want to rent a car, for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit - although relatively warm throughout the year, visiting Yangon between November to January typically provides cooler temperatures and lower rainfall.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Yangon

  • Alamanda Inn 10 rooms from £84

    Yangon (Bahan Township)

    A tastefully decorated, French-owned B&B in a quiet, upmarket area of Yangon. Great value and good for families.

    Sights nearby  -  A stone's throw from the Shwedagon Pagoda and other Yangon highlights.
    Traditional
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  • The Loft Hotel 32 rooms from £104

    Yangon (Dagon Township)

    An industrial-chic style boutique hotel featuring a fantastic restaurant with Franco-Burmese fusion cuisine. Interiors are elegant and contemporary with natural building materials sitting besides plenty of glass. Ideally positioned in the heart of Yangon with many of the sights just a stroll away.

    Local exploring  -  Yangon downtown is a great choice for travellers interested in street food, city walks and street markets
    Sights nearby  -  Shwedagon Pagoda, best seen in the cool of dawn, is an easy 30 mins stroll and Yangon City Hall and the Sule pagoda are not far
    Local markets  -  Very close by is the renowned Bogyoke Market and the handicraft heaven that is Scott’s Market is just 15 minutes by foot
    Great walks  -  A great city to explore by foot, walking tours can be arranged through the hotel
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  • Yangon Excelsior 74 rooms from £140

    Yangon (Padeban Township)

    A former steel company building, now elegant hotel, in the busy heart of Yangon. Spacious rooms perfectly mix modern style with the building's original features. With a fully serviced spa and two exemplary restaurants, it is a relaxing and sophisticated base from which to explore the the city.

    Business meetings  -  Well equipped business facilities, as well as meeting, banquet and conference facilities
    Local exploring  -  A chic property in the heart of the ancient city, ideal for exploring by foot
    Sights nearby  -  Popular points of interest nearby the hotel include Yangon City Hall and the Shwedagon Pagoda
    Local markets  -  Downtown Yangon is ideal for those interested in markets and street food
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • The Savoy Yangon 30 rooms from £177

    Yangon

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  10 minute walk from the Shwedagon Pagoda
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Spa
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  • The Strand 31 rooms from £359

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Renowned Buddhist sites such as Shwedagon and Sule Pagodas, and the nearby ancient city of Bagan
    Local exploring  -  In the heart of Yangon, a city teeming with ancient beauty waiting to be discovered
    Landmark  -  Staying in this hotel means staying in a living landmark
    Colonial
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