What is the best area to stay in Rangoon?
Rangoon (Yangon) , the former official capital of Myanmar (Burma), is the country’s largest city and is undoubtedly its commercial capital.It is chaotic, diverse, but well worth a visit for its historical charm, although it is anchored in the past with colonial buildings, shows some features of modernity, is a fusion of Burmese influence, British, Chinese and Indian.To visit Rangoon is to encounter its ancient temples, to stroll through the bustling Chinatown, to shop at BagyokeAung San Market, to walk on Lake Kandawgyi and to discover its many pagodas, including Sule Pagoda and the city’s important sacred icon, Shwedagon Pagoda.
The best area to stay in Rangoon is the city centre because the most interesting tourist sites are concentrated there, as well as many accommodation options.There are many majestic historical buildings, but if you only have time for one attraction, a visit to the Schwedagon Pagoda, one of the oldest in the world, is a must. From here, you can get lost in the streets, shop at the local market Bagyoke Aung San and find popular pagodas such as Pagoda Sule.
Downtown Rangoon, the best area to stay
Rangoon is located on the banks of the river of the same name, near the Gulf of Martaban.After the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852, the city was redesigned by British military engineers Alexander Fraser and Montgomerie. Although many buildings were devastated during World War II, there are numerous colonial buildings and historical monuments that remain intact.For this reason, the best area to stay in Yangon is the city centre.
The most attractive tourist spot in Yangon is the religious site of Shwedagon (Shewsignifca gold in Burmese and Dagon, the old name for Yangon), located on Singuttara hill, north of the old city.It is home to the Shwedagon Pagoda, a 100-meter-high, gold-plated architectural jewel that dates back more than 2,500 years and attracts pilgrims from all over the world. It is the most sacred pagoda for Buddhists because it contains some of the Buddha’s relics and eight hairs of Siddhartha Gautama.According to tradition, a Buddha’s hair is said to be preserved inside the pagoda, and next to it, you can also see the City Hall building, and walk to the riverbank and find the Botahtaung Pagoda. Rangoon’s past is evident throughout the Centre area, including the once popular Pegu Club, a relic of Myanmar’s colonial history. If you want to enjoy a panoramic view of the city, you should visit the Sakura Tower, one of the most modern and tall buildings in Rangoon, on the 20th floor there is a bar-restaurant to admire the city, a walk along the river is one of the highlights of Rangoon, you can make a trip by boat to the village of Dala, a small fishing village with an interesting local market.
Rangoon is also known for its production of textiles, handicrafts, precious stones and jewellery. If you are looking to buy some local pieces, get to know the essence of the locals and discover the culture of the country, we recommend you to visit the BagyokeAung San, the most famous local market in Rangoon with samples of typical Myanmar handicrafts.
Hotels in Downtown Yangon
Other areas to stay in Yangon
Bahan Municipality is located in the western district (downtown) in the north-central area of Yangon, on the shores of the artificial lake Kandawgyi.Home to Myanmar’s elite, including celebrities, business tycoons and wealthy people, it has earned the title of «Golden Valley».
Lake Kandawgyi was created during the British colonial era and is surrounded by Kandawgyi Nature Park, Rangoon Zoo and Bogyoke Park.On the shores of the lake, you can also discover the Karaweik Hall, a work of modern architecture in the form of a boat, designed by the Burmese architect U NgweHlaing.
On the other hand, Bahan is the municipality where the lovers of the cuisine can give a taste to their palate because they can find the best dishes of the local and international food, from classic street food establishments to first class restaurants, a wide variety of culinary proposals to suit all tastes.
Hotels in Bahan
Chinatown is an area of the city centre, which is located on the west side of the Sule Pagoda, and covers the area of 24th, 23rd, 22nd, 20th and 18th streets and Bo Ywe, Latha and Sint Oh Dan avenues.It is the most vibrant area of the city; we could also say the most chaotic and busy and is within walking distance of the main tourist attractions of the Centre, as well as having its own Chinese temples.
Guang Dong Kwan Yin Temple, located between the busy Latha Avenue and 20th Street, was built by the Chinese community at the end of the 19th century.Throughout the day and night, Chinatown is a maze of aromas thanks to its food stalls and numerous restaurants, jewelry shops and markets.
Hotels in Chinatown