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About Yangon

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:

  • First there's 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.
  • Then there are the administrative buildings, in some cases now abandoned to crumble,
  • and the parks
  • and even a circa 1901 zoo.
  • The National Museum is also worth a visit.

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

For location

  • The Savoy Yangon is a charmingly 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 with a large pool and plenty of sun loungers.

For B&B

  • The Alamanda Inn is a ten room B&B is 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.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Yangon for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Yangon, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Yangon

  • Alamanda Inn 10 rooms from $110

    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.
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  • The Savoy Yangon 30 rooms from $230


    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.
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  • The Strand 31 rooms from $468


    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
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