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10 reasons to visit Yangon – A mystical city like none you've ever seen

Myanmar's capital Yangon is a cultural hub that attracts people from all walks of life to witness its incremental development while retaining its rich and colourful cultural identity.

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Architecture

British architecture plays a large part in sculpting the landscape of Yangon. While most buildings aren't as magnificent as when they were built they now act as part of the stunning scenery of Yangon that tourist can admire and capture as photographic memories. Sofaer's Building, Yangon City Hall and High Court Building are some of the best examples of the city's colonial architecture.

2

Street food

Myanmar's cuisine is highly by Influenced by its neighbouring countries: India, Thailand and China. Food is prepared using spices, herbs and sauces hence tend to have a sour taste. Popular street food delicacies include samosa salads, meat skewers, noodle soup and deep-fried breadsticks (e kya kway).

3

Local markets

Visiting the local market can give you an idea of the lifestyle of the locals in Yangon. Vendors will sell products such as spices, fresh vegetables, all types of meats and even clothing. Bogyoke Market is a popular bazaar in Yangon that sells souvenirs, food and jewellery which used to be a black market for people wanting to exchange currency.

4

The Pagodas

Yangon is home some the most stunning and oldest Pagodas in the world. Visitors from all over the world flock to Myanmar's capital Yangon to witness and admire these well-maintained architectural wonders that were built centuries ago. The Sule Pagoda, which is about 2,000 years old and The Shwedagon Pagoda, which is said to be more than 2,500 years old are 2 most famous pagoda's in Yangon that attracts the greatest number of visitors.

5

The friendly locals

The locals in Yangon are genuinely friendly and are always willing to lend a helping hand. Whether you're at the edge of the city or at the centre of it, whenever a tourist looks remotely lost they'll approach offering a helping hand. Some might even simply approach you to practice their English, they aren't trying to pull a fast one on you, they genuinely just want to talk.

6

The weather

Compared to its warmer neighbouring countries like India and Bangladesh, Myanmar has cool and chilly weather most of the time. The country doesn't experience much rain and isn't hot and humid. October-March would be the best time to visit.

7

Beaches

While Myanmar isn't known for its beaches, beaches similar to Chaung Tha Beach, Ngapali Beach and Ngwe Saung Beach provide scenic views are worth including in your itinerary.

8

Kandawgyi Lake

Created during the British reign of the Myanmar, Kandawgyi Lake is an artificially created river built to bring in clean water to Yangon. Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon an uber chic Yangon hotel offers a great view Kandawgyi Lake which is one of two main rivers in Myanmar.

9

Saint Mary's Cathedral

Built-in 1899 with the aid of a loan granted by the Indian government, the Saint Mary's Cathedral is the largest of its kind in Myanmar. The exterior of this magnificent cathedral is constructed using red bricks, consists of two spires that extend towards the sky and a bell tower.

10

It's affordable

Compared to some of the other tourist destinations in the South East Asian region, visiting Myanmar won't cost you an arm and a leg. From food to lodging to transport everything in Myanmar is affordable. It's a great place to visit if you're on a budget and there is plenty to see and do!