The previous capital of Myanmar (Burma), Yangon is the largest city of the country. Founded in the 11th century, Yangon has a lot of history and culture. It was captured by the British in early 19th century during the first Anglo Burmese war. Now it is a commercial area with high rises and renovated buildings. Reserving cheap flights to Yangon could be a bit difficult due to the high volume of visitors to coming here.
Climate and Best Time to Visit:
Yangon has a tropical monsoon climate with a lengthy season full of rainfalls. It starts from May and stretches all the way to October, pretty much the whole summer. The best time to visit Yangon is from mid November to late February when the weather is cool and dry. During these months, flights may be hard to find due to the major number of travelers arriving, so book your cheap flight to Yangon in advance.
Major Attractions and Sights to See:
The former capital has a lot of cultural and amusing attractions including Pagodas, Temples and museums. Here are some attractions you may be interested in after landing off from your cheap flights to Yangon:
The Shwedagon Pagoda is considered the most sacred site of the country regarding Buddhism. Containing important religious relics including Buddha`s hair, the building is covered in gold leaf and looks amazing after sunset. The pagoda is 99 meters tall and the stupa is covered in around 4,500 diamonds. Located on the Singuttara Hill, it dominates the city`s skyline. The Sule Pagoda is another major attraction of Yangon. Legend believes it was built even before the Shwedagon Pagoda, which makes it over 2,000 years old. Located downtown, in the middle of a roundabout, it can be seen from a distance. Surrounded by shops, it has an unusual octagonal shape all the way to the bell.
Yangon is also home to the National Museum of Myanmar. Inside the museum is a 26 feet high jewel crusted Sihasana that belonged to the first ruler of Myanmar, King Thibaw Min. Then there are gold and silver rugs, ornate beds, ivory chairs and beautiful ritual dresses. The upper floors include a natural history section, a prehistoric history room and an art gallery. The Myanmar Gems Museum is also located here in the fourth story of a shopping plaza. It is dedicated to precious Burmese gems.
The Kandawgyi Park and Lake is a nice place for relaxing and walking around. The place is well maintained and the wooden bridges make it easy for roaming around the area giving you the essence of the place. Moreover, the gardens and lawns are also very green and colorful. The Yangon Zoological Gardens is the oldest zoo of Myanmar. Founded in 1882, it`s located near lake Kandawgyi, the zoo is home to over 1,300 species of animals. Also, there is an amusement park, an aquarium and a museum of natural history on site.
Sri Kali Temple is located at the end of Chinatown. The colorful Hindu temple is filled with sculptures. Surrounded by Chinese buildings, it really stands out and is totally admirable for its unique appearance.
Looking to experience some of Myanmar`s wildlife but don’t have much time? The Hlawga National Park is located 15 miles north of Yangon. Covering an area of 1540 acre, it is divided into 3 parts that include a mini zoo, a wildlife park and a buffer zone. You will find many animals in the wildlife park such as hog deer, barking deer, sambar deer, monkeys, pangolins and snakes. The Mini Zoo has birds, bears, crocodiles and tigers. It is a popular destination among locals and tourists. The Bogyoke Aung San Museum is dedicated to the founder of modern Myanmar who was assassinated in 1947. His resident was converted into the museum and the displays include pictures and scriptures highlighting his life story.
Hotels & Accommodation:
Yangon is a popular old city and there is no shortage of good comfortable accommodations for tourists and outsiders. Here are a few hotels you may want to add to your cheap flights to Yangon:
The Belmond Governor’s Residence has been the top hotel of Yangon for a long time. Amenities include a spa, pool, onsite restaurant, WIFI and so on. The hotel has received very positive feedback for its outstanding services. The Sule Shangri-La Yangon is one of the top hotels of the city. It features all the facilities you could ever possibly need. Customers have acknowledged the hotel`s theme and friendly staff.
The Rose Garden Hotel is located in a great location and the same could be said for the building. Moreover it has received praise for its services and hospitality to its guests. Amenities include pool, gym, WIFI, onsite restaurant ETC.
Yangon is among the oldest cities and carries with it some of the oldest cultures and traditions. So if you are into that kind of experience, it is recommended that you plan your trip and reserve your cheap flight to Yangon, as soon as possible.