Yangon (Rangoon)

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Yangon (Rangoon), photo by Thomas Schoch
Yangon (Rangoon) (photo by Thomas Schoch)
 

Yangon (formerly Rangoon), located on the I… delta, was the capital of Myanmar until it was superseded by the newly-created Naypyidaw in 2005.

Today, with a population of over 5 million people, it remains the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar.

The city is an amalgamation of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences.

It is also known for both its gilded pagodas and its (decaying) colonial architecture, which remains a distinctive example of a 19th-century British colonial capital.

Today’s Yangon retains many traditions — longyi-wearing, betel nut chewing, wandering monks, street vendors, and pungent smells. Many travelers consider it the most exotic of all Southeast Asian cities.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
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Novotel Yangon Max

Offering a spa centre and fitness centre, Novotel Yangon Max is located in Yangon, 3 km from Shwedagon Pagoda. The hotel has an outdoor pool, year-round outdoor pool and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$144

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Aung Tha Pyay Hotel 3

Aung Tha Pyay Hotel 3 is located in Yangon and a 3-minute walk from City Mark. Free WiFi access is available. Rooms at this hotel provide satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

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Aung Tha Pyay Hotel

Conveniently located in Yangon, Aung Tha Pyay Hotel is 500 metres from the Sule Pagoda and offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi access. All rooms at this hotel provide guests with a minibar, an electric kettle and a seating area. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$36

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PARKROYAL Yangon

Centrally located in downtown Yangon, a 5-minute drive from Yangon City Hall, PARKROYAL Yangon offers accommodation with a complete range of necessities and facilities. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$151 - $1149

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Ocean Pearl Inn - 1

Ocean Pearl Inn – 1 is a 5-minute walk from Botataung Pagoda. It offers air conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property features a 24-hour front desk and laundry service. The property is a 10-minute walk to the city centre. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

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See all hotels in Yangon (Rangoon).
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
New Aye Yar Hotel - Yangon

New Aye Yar Hotel - Yangon

New Aye Yar Hotel is 700 metres from Sule Pagoda. It offers air conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, tour desk and meeting facilities. Free parking is possible at a nearby location. The hotel is 3. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Winner Inn

Winner Inn

Located in Yangon, Winner Inn offers a bar and restaurant with room service. Featuring free WiFi access, rooms are air-conditioned and come with cable TV. The inn is 1.6 km from Shwedagon Pagoda and 4.5 km from Sule Pagoda. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Green Paradise Hotel

Green Paradise Hotel

Set in the Tamwe Township district in Yangon, 4.1 km from Shwedagon Pagoda, Green Paradise Hotel features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Sky View Hotel

Sky View Hotel

Located 1.2 km from Shwedagon Pagoda, Sky View Hotel offers air conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The hotel features shuttle and laundry services. The hotel is 4 km from Sule Pagoda and Yangon City Hall. Yangon International Airport is 10 km away. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Holiday Hotel

Holiday Hotel

Featuring a restaurant, Holiday Hotel is located in Yangon. For convenience, it offers a 24-hour front desk and on-site parking. Free WiFi is available throughout. Holiday Hotel is 2.4 km from Shwedagon Pagoda, 3.5 km from Sule Pagoda and 3. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Aung Tha Pyay Hotel 3

Aung Tha Pyay Hotel 3

Aung Tha Pyay Hotel 3 is located in Yangon and a 3-minute walk from City Mark. Free WiFi access is available. Rooms at this hotel provide satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Hotel Shwe Gone Daing

Hotel Shwe Gone Daing

Located in Bahan, 1.6 km from Shwedagon Pagoda and 3.9 km from Sule Pagoda, Hotel Shew Gone Daing offers comfy accommodation with free WiFi throughout. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Hotel @ Yangon Heritage

Hotel @ Yangon Heritage

Hotel @ Yangon Heritage is located in the Yangon downtown district in Yangon, 300 metres from Sule Pagoda and 2.6 km from Shwedagon Pagoda. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Rooms come with a private bathroom. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$51

$51-
Olympic Hotel Yangon

Olympic Hotel Yangon

Offering a restaurant, Olympic Hotel Yangon is a 5-minute drive from Shwe Da Gon Pagoda. At this property you will find a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi access, which is available throughout. Olympic Hotel Yangon is 1.2 km from Sule Pagoda and... Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$51

$51-
Panorama Hotel

Panorama Hotel

Panorama Hotel offers accommodation with free Wi-Fi access in all areas. Convenient with an on-site restaurant, guests enjoy Asian food at the property. Free private parking is also available on the property location. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$52

$52-
Queen Shin Saw Pu Hotel

Queen Shin Saw Pu Hotel

Situated in Sanchaung, Queen Shin Saw Pu Hotel offers accommodation in a peaceful residential area. Shops, restaurants and shopping malls are reachable within a walking distance. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$52

$52-
Grand Palace Hotel

Grand Palace Hotel

Offering a restaurant on site, Grand Palace Hotel offers rooms in Yangon. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout. All air-conditioned rooms include a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each has an electric kettle and fridge. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$54

$54-
Hotel Platinum

Hotel Platinum

Set in the Tamwe Township district in Yangon, 4 km from Shwedagon Pagoda, Hotel Platinum features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room has a flat-screen TV. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

$55-
Yuzana Garden Hotel

Yuzana Garden Hotel

Situated in Yangon, Yuzana Garden Hotel welcomes guests with comfortable air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi throughout. It is approximately 1.5 km from both Yangon City Hall and Sule Pagoda. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

$55-
Elegant Hotel Pyi Thar Yar

Elegant Hotel Pyi Thar Yar

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Elegant Hotel Pyi Thar Yar offers accommodation in Yangon, 3.9 km from Shwedagon Pagoda. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

$55-
Hotel Glory

Hotel Glory

Situated only 1.2 km away from Asia World Port Terminal in Yangon, Hotel Glory offers air-conditioned guestrooms with free WiFi. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

$55-
Royal Crown Hotel

Royal Crown Hotel

Located in the Bahan district in Yangon, 2.1 km from Shwedagon Pagoda, Royal Crown Hotel features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Each room has a private bathroom. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

$55-

Highlighted Interests:

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Yangon is known for its colonial architecture left over from when it was a 19th-century British colonial capital. Many of the buildings are decaying, but still give some feeling for the colonial period.
Temples

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda is the single most important religious site in all of Myanmar. The pagoda stands on the top of Singuttara Hill. History shows that there has been a pagoda at the site since the 6th Century CE. Built and rebuilt, guilded and reguilded, almost nothing in the pagoda is likely to be old, except whatever is hidden deep inside the stupa.

Unlike other religious sites, it has at once a spiritual as well as a secular feel about it. Children run up and down singing songs, monks sit on the steps chatting, people stand around gossiping, all while others are deep in prayer in front of whatever shrine has significance for them. The Shwedagon captures the essence of both the informal nature as well as the strong ties that signify the relationship that the Burmese have with their Buddhism.
Other Interests:
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Scenic Railways
Scenic Local Market

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