Yangon (Rangoon)

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Yangon (formerly Rangoon), located on the I… delta, was the capital of Myanmar until it was superseded by the newly-created Naypyidaw in 2005.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 10 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 10 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 14 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 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Queen's Park Hotel

Queen's Park Hotel

Situated a 20-minute walk from Sule Pagoda and located in downtown Yangon, Queen's Park Hotel offers spacious rooms and free WiFi access. It is a 15-minute walk from Bogyoke and Scott Markets, while the Shwedagon Pagoda is a 15-minute drive away. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Orchid Hotel

Orchid Hotel

Situated in Yangon’s city centre, Orchid Hotel is 950 metres from Botabtaung Pagoda. It features a café and rooms with a TV. Free parking is provided. The air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel Orchid come equipped with a fridge. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30 - $130

$30-
Okkala Hotel

Okkala Hotel

Okkala Hotel is set in Yangon, 7 km from Shwedagon Pagoda and 9 km from Sule Pagoda. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Hotel Halpin

Hotel Halpin

Hotel Halpin is set in Yangon, right opposite of many business offices and embassies. It is just a 10 minute drive from the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Rooms are air conditioned and are fitted with minimal wooden furnishings. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Fame Hotel

Fame Hotel

Fame Hotel offers accommodation in Yangon. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$31

$31-
York Residence

York Residence

Located 900 metres from Sule Pagoda, York Residence offers air conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property features a 24-hour front desk and ticket service. The property is 1.9 km from Shwedagon Pagoda and 900 metres from Yangon City Hall. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$31

$31-
Hotel Windsor

Hotel Windsor

A 5-minute walk from Pann Hlaing Railway Station, Hotel Windsor offers comfortable rooms with air conditioning. Other facilities include on-site parking and a restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32

$32-
Eden Palace Hotel

Eden Palace Hotel

A 5-minute drive from the tranquil Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon, Eden Palace offers a bar and a restaurant with room service. The famous Shwedagon Pagoda is a 15-minute drive away. This hotel offers free WiFi access. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32

$32-
Mother's Home Motel

Mother's Home Motel

Located in Yangon, Mother's Home Motel offers comfortable rooms with air conditioning. Other facilities include a tour desk and a 24-hour front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32

$32-
Royal White Elephant Hotel

Royal White Elephant Hotel

Royal White Elephant Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Shwedagon Pagoda. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and free public parking. The hotel features a 24-hour front desk, shuttle service and laundry. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32

$32-
Yangon Regency Hotel

Yangon Regency Hotel

Yangon Regency Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Chinatown. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel features a 24-hour front desk and laundry service. Free public parking is available on site. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32

$32-
MGM Hotel

MGM Hotel

MGM Hotel is a 5-minute walk to National Museum of Myanmar. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel has a tour desk, 24-hour front desk and massage service. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32

$32-
Sky Hotel Chinatown

Sky Hotel Chinatown

Sky Hotel Chinatown is set in Yangon, 1 km from Sule Pagoda. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms include a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$33

$33-
Green Leaf Hotel

Green Leaf Hotel

Offering free Wi-Fi access in all areas, guests can enjoy their holidays with their pets at Green Leaf Hotel. There is free public parking available at a location nearby. Located 2. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$33

$33-
Royal King Hotel

Royal King Hotel

Located near the Asia World Port Terminal in Yangon, Royal King Hotel offers accommodation and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy drinks at the rooftop bar. The hotel is 4. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$33

$33-
Family Treasure Yangon

Family Treasure Yangon

A 5-minute walk from China Town and Junction Mawtin Shopping Centre, Family Treasure Yangon is located in Yangon. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a flat-screen cable TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Hotel 63

Hotel 63

Hotel 63 is located in Yangon, 2.2 km from Sule Pagoda. Featuring comfortable rooms, it has a restaurant and parking facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Yangon City Hall is 2.2 km from Hotel 63, while Shwedagon Pagoda is 4.4 km away. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-

Highlights:

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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.
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