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About Yangon

Myanmar’s largest and most vibrant city, Yangon — previously Rangoon — was the country’s capital until 2005. The natural starting point for almost all travellers to Myanmar, it’s also a fascinating destination — do take the time to spend a few days exploring its lively markets, roadside eateries and striking architectural marvels if you can. A small selection of excellent accommodation options await, catering to a range of tastes and budgets. Swish new city hotels have emerged in recent years, but many of the best places to stay in Yangon are the grand 19th and 20th-century stalwarts, still oozing classic charm.

An intriguing cultural melting pot, Yangon fuses elements of Burmese, Chinese, Indian and British design in its eclectic architecture. The imposing Shwedagon Pagoda, the city’s most famous landmark, is a glittering Buddhist temple topped with a gold leaf-clad dome. Join pilgrims in admiring the temple's sacred relics in the early morning, or spot the stupa glimmering from rooftop bars or hotel balconies at night. Chaukhtatgyi Paya and Ngahtatgyi Paya, both enormous carved Buddhas, are also impressive — as is the gilded Botataung Paya, home to hundreds of turtles. For a further insight into Myanmar's history, visit the National Musem or the Taukkyan War Cemetery.

The bustling Bogyoke Aung San Market, the largest in the city, is fantastic; pick up spun silk, paintings, spices and snacks at some of the 2000 stalls whilst you wander. Keen amblers will also appreciate the peaceful paths of Kandawgyi Lake and Yangon’s many beautiful parks. Return to one of the best places to stay in Yangon for indulgent afternoon teas, restful massages or refreshing pool swims before you head out for the evening.

The Best Places to Stay in Yangon

For Contemporary Cool

  • Wyndham Grand Yangon is a swish city hotel overlooking Kandawgyi Lake. White-on-white interiors feature bold modern art pieces, there's a dazzling rooftop pool and family-friendly rooms as well as a kids club. Event spaces make this a top spot for conferences or city weddings.
  • Melià Yangon spans 44 floors on the edge of Inya Lake near the heart of town. A contemporary city stay with fun family rooms and smarter, more grown-up premier options for couples or business travellers. Unwind at the Laguna Fitness Centre.

For Boutique Style

  • The Loft Hotel is a modern, great-value choice for couples, friends or families with just 32 guestrooms. Interiors feature exposed brick walls, black steel and floor-to-ceiling windows promising plenty of light. The Franco-Burmese fusion cuisine is a highlight. A friendly boutique city base.

For Classic Luxury

  • The Strand is an iconic five-star hotel in the heart of Yangon. The imposing white-painted colonnaded façade, built by the same brothers who founded Raffles in Singapore, reveals high-ceilinged rooms with polished teak floors, Burmese lacquerware and antiques. Expect fine dining, a small spa and plenty of character.
  • Belmond Governor's Residence is housed in a century-old teak mansion fringed by lotus ponds. Elegant rooms and suites feature wooden furnishings, big beds draped with mosquito nets and sink-into bathtubs. The pool is gorgeous and the food famously fabulous. A romantic & indulgent city hideaway.


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Travel Information

  • Fly to Yangon International Airport, just 10km from the city. Travel into the centre by taxi or bus. Alternatively, journey to the city by train from other destinations across Myanmar, such as Bagan or Mandalay.
  • It's brilliant to have the independence of your own transport if you're comfortable driving in Asia. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Temperatures hover around 28-35°C for much of the year, with the heaviest rainfall expected between June and September. Travel between November and January for slightly cooler temperatures.



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Best Hotels in Yangon

  • Wyndham Grand Yangon Yangon 241 rooms from £80

    City Style  -  Swish rooms and suites offer city and lake views, contemporary furnishings and modern art at this high-rise city hotel
    Great walks  -  Stroll to General Aung San Park, just across the lake from the hotel & a lovely oasis in the city
    Families  -  A fabulous family choice, with large suites, a kids club and a children's swimming pool
    Sights nearby  -  Join pilgims at golden-topped Shwedagon Pagoda, the city's most famous landmark
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    A swish city hotel with slick, white-on-white interiors featuring modern art pieces and views over Kandawgyi Lake & glittering Shwedagon Pagoda. The dazzling rooftop pool is fabulous for refreshing swims and sundowners. Smart, sophisticated and ideal for business trips or family holidays. See More

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  • Meliá Yangon Yangon (Bahan Township) 405 rooms from £86

    City Style  -  A smart city hotel with lake-facing rooms and suites, conference facilities, swimming pools and multiple dining options
    Business meetings  -  Over 2,000m² of space to host events and business meetings make this a top choice for a business trip to Yangon
    Great walks  -  Guided tours of old Yangon, complete with visits to Shwedagon Pagoda, are fantastic
    Restaurant  -  Three restaurants serves a range of Asian and Western fare
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    A glitzy oasis on the edge of Inya Lake in central Yangon, with panoramic views from rooms spread across 44 floors. Family rooms are bright, fun & inviting; more sophisticated premier rooms have white-and-cream interiors & polished wood. For a special treat book a room in the exclusive The Level. See More

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  • The Loft Hotel Yangon (Dagon Township) 32 rooms from £105

    Sights nearby  -  Shwedagon Pagoda, best seen at dawn, is an easy 30 min stroll and Yangon City Hall and the Sule pagoda are not far
    Great walks  -  Speak to the hotel about guided food & cultural walking tours - Yangon is a great city to explore on foot
    Value chic  -  A great value choice in a central location, perfect for discovering Yangon on holiday or business
    Local exploring  -  Yangon downtown is a great choice for travellers interested in street food, city walks & markets
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    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. See More

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  • Belmond Governor's Residence Yangon (Dragon Township) 49 rooms from £187

    Foodies  -  Foodies will adore the Mindon Lounge's afternoon teas, fine dining at the Mandalay & feasting at the Burmese Curry Table
    Romantic Break  -  A hugely romantic teak mansion with a swimming pool fringed by red parasols, perfect for relaxed couples
    Cooking classes  -  Superb, chef-led cooking classes offer a brilliant foray into Burmese cuisine — savour your creations for lunch
    Local markets  -  Sample local specialities at Bogyoke Aung San Market or pick up fine fabrics at Mingalar Market
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

    Housed in a striking, century-old teak mansion surrounded by lotus ponds, this beautiful hotel boasts 49 elegant rooms & suites fusing old-school glamour with modern luxuries for restful, romantic holidays. A characterful, indulgent property in the heart of Yangon — and a foodie favourite. See More

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  • The Strand Yangon 31 rooms from £365

    Landmark  -  Built by the same brothers who created Raffles in Singapore, The Strand has been a Yangon icon for more than a century
    Local markets  -  Ten minutes from the hotel, Bogyoke Aung San Market is a fantastic spot to pick up souvenirs or taste local delicacies
    Cycling  -  Take guided cycling tours through the city, discovering central Yangon on two wheels
    Local exploring  -  In the heart of Yangon, a city teeming with ancient beauty waiting to be discovered
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    An iconic five star hotel in the heart of Yangon, built by the same family as Raffles Singapore & remarkable for its grand colonial architecture. High-ceilinged rooms are furnished with teak floors & hand-carved wooden framed beds, alongside Burmese lacquerware & antiques. Fabulous old-school style. See More

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