Where is the best place to stay in Yangon?
Yangon, formerly Rangoon and previous capital of Myanmar (Burma), is the capital of the Yangon Province. Chaotic, diverse and intoxicating, this dynamic metropolis does not fall easily into one category. A fusion of Burmese, British, Chinese and Indian influences, it is a repository of ancient temples, splendid colonial buildings, faded edifices and modern high-rises. Straddling the river Yangon (Hlaing River), the city skyline is illustrated by spectacular sights, Buddha temples, pagodas and age-old colonial buildings, all of which are presided by the shimmering “winking wonder” Shwedagon Pagoda.
With all Yangon’s main highlights located in the centre of the city, the best area to stay in Yangon is Downtown Yangon. There is an endless choice of majestic historical buildings and important landmarks to visit, but if you only have time for one attraction, make sure it the glittering Schwedagon Pagoda. Embark on an aimless wonder and you will find pagodas and antiquated colonial buildings hiding around every corner. At the end of the day, Yangon’s riverfront is a gracious spot for a sunset stroll or riverside cruise.