Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is Myanmar’s largest city, and by far the most exciting place in the country to be as former political exiles, Asian investors and foreign adventurers flock there together.
No matter where you start your journey through Myanmar, you will surely have to make a stop in Yangon. The easiest way to the town is by taxi; you won’t miss them as they are all white and have a sign on their roof top. Taking buses is a bigger challenge since the city is particularly large. Another alternative for shorter distances is Trishaws but be sure to know your rough price.
Yangon offers visitors many things to do and see, from its streets full of life and character to the incredible. 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, reputed for its impressive size, its hundreds gold – plated stupas, temples, and statues. You can explore Downtown Yangon by foot, or rest in the tranquil oasis of Kandawgyi Lake. The Yangon Circular Train should take you around the city in about 3 hours.
With Myanmar being influenced by all its neighbors India, China and Thailand, the flavors and dishes of its cuisine is very diverse and adventurous. The national dish called Mohinga, a bowl of rice noodles tasting like a mild curry, is cooked almost everywhere on your way and should be on your list of must-try dishes. Another special dish is tea – leaf salad. Hygiene, especially within the street stalls, may not always be the best, thus just be aware and look for popular places where food is freshly made and thoroughly cooked.