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Modern Yangon is many visitors' introduction to Myanmar, and its welcoming people, glittering pagodas and fading colonial architecture make it a microcosm of the country's appeal.

Yangon Map

“With sun-warmed marble tiles beneath your bare feet, surrounded by all sides of Myanmar's sacred and human life, the Shwedagon, in the heart of Yangon, is as exotic and intoxicating today as it was in Kipling's day.”

Tom Weston, Sales Director

Yangon is one of Asia's greenest and most engaging cities, and with the great golden Shwedagon Pagoda at its heart and more colonial buildings than anywhere else in Southeast Asia, there is no better place to begin your Myanmar adventure.

The city now known as Yangon was founded as Dagon in the 11th century by the Mon people, who lived across southern Myanmar at that time. Even as early as this, an early form of Shwedagon Pagoda formed the heart of the settlement - which at that time was nothing more than a small fishing village. In 1755 Dagon was conquered by King Alaungpaya and renamed Yangon, which would develop to become a significant trading port for many years.

In 1852, following the second Anglo-Burmese war, the British moved their colonial capital to Yangon from the southern city of Moulmein (now Mawlamyine), introducing the name Rangoon. The city was to remain the nation's capital through the transition to independence until 2005, when the military government moved the capital and all functions of the civil service to the newly constructed town of Naypyidaw (AKA Nay Pyi Taw).

Though it may now have lost the nominal title of capital, Yangon remains the economic and diplomatic centre of Myanmar, and a key destination for international visitors. Shwedagon Pagoda, the one constant to have survived throughout this chequered history, provides the city's crowning glory - the "winking wonder" described by Rudyard Kipling on his brief visit to the country in 1889.

Recommended Accommodation in Yangon

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Burmese-style inns of Yangon.

Weather in Yangon

The Climate Guide for Yangon is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 32 35 36 37 33 30 30 30 30 32 32 31
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 18 19 22 24 25 24 24 24 24 24 22 19
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 9 10 10 9 6 4 4 4 5 6 7 9
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Heat and Humidity Discomfort High Very High Very High Extreme Very High Very High High High Very High Very High Very High High
Days with some Rainfall 0 1 1 2 17 28 31 30 24 12 4 1
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 5 2 6 17 307 567 577 624 381 206 62 7
UV Index (Maximum) 9 11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11 9 8