Be Mesmerised with Every Step you Take
Mingalaba! The common greeting in Burmese is a useful word to know before landing in Yangon on Bangkok Airways. Travellers with a passion for art, culture and architecture can pay a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, explore palaces and museums, and experience daily life on a trip to the city imbued with the spirit of Buddhism and soundtracked by sound of temple bells.
Yangon, or Rangoon, is a former capital of Myanmar. It was King Alaungpaya (1752-1760) of the Kongbaung Dynasty who transformed this fishing village into an important port city. Yangon was under the British colonial rule from 1852 until Myanmar achieved independence in 1948, at which time it became the capital.
Today, the vestiges of Yangon’s colonial past can still be found in its architecture. The city’s music and food contain flavours from Myanmar’s neighbours - India, Thailand and China. In Yangon, you can always count on spicy soup, coconut milk-based curry, stuffed buns, rice noodles, and dim sum. As for Buddhist art, the city is home to some of the most beautiful spiritual imagery in the world.
Top Sites and Not-to-be-Missed Activities
Revered by the Myanma, this sacred site has watched over Yangon from Singuttara Hill for more than 2,500 years. Buddhists believe that the pagoda contains eight strands of hair of Buddha and the relics of two of his disciples, Mogallana and Sariputra. The spire of Shwedagon is encrusted with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies. The Tabuang Festival is held annually in March to celebrate the full moon of the night the Buddha’s hair was placed inside the Pagoda. Visitors can pay their respect by circling Shwedagon in the clockwise direction.
Pagodas of Protection
Apart from the Shwedagon, Myanmar is also home to other significant pagodas. The octagonal Sule Pagoda is another site in Yangon believed to contain relics of Buddha’s hair. Shwemawdaw Pagoda in Bago is the tallest pagoda in the country and is said to hold a tooth and hair relics of Buddha. Kaba Aye Pagoda was built in Yangon for the Sixth Buddhist Council..Botataung Pagoda is one of the famous pagodas in the country. It houses a beautiful golden Buddhastatue in the defying Mara pose, relics of the Buddha which are well kept in a glass cabinet, as well as Bo BoGyu Shrine, a guardian of Rohani who will protect you, give you good luck and grant your wish for whatever you desire.
Situated four hours by car from Yangon, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is the famous golden rock pagoda that perches miraculously on the edge of a cliff. The locals believe that if you have the chance to pay respect to the Pagoda three times, life will be full of prosperity. Thai travellers may be familiar with this pagoda as it figures prominently in the novel, Chao Chan PomHom, which tells the story of a woman journeying to the sacred site. The novel, by the great poet of Lanna, Mala Kamchan, stands out with its lyrical prose.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful palaces in Asia, this exquisite teak palace, built by King Mindon between 1857-1859, was reduced to ashes during World War Two. The Burmese government later constructed a replica. Not far from the palace stand several important and interesting religious sites. At Mahamuni Buddha Temple, one of the five most sacred treasures in Myanmar, you can find the golden Mahamuni Buddha sculpture. Kuthodaw Pagoda houses stone inscriptions of Tripitaka and was constructed as part of the mission of the Fifth Buddhist Council. The all-teak Shwenandaw Monastery stuns with its woodcarvings.
Markets and Traditional Dance
Serious shoppers should turn their attention to BogyokeAung San Market or Scott’s Market, which offers a plethora of goods including everything from jade, diamonds, and rubies to woven textiles, woodwork, artworks and Thanaka powder; which is tourist’s favourite souvenir.
For travellers interested in cultural shows, don’t miss the mask dance adapted from the Burmese court marionette performance.
The food in Myanmar is a medley of Thai, Indian and Chinese influences, among others. The flavour leans toward soulful and salty. Expect lots of flour and fried dishes. Influences from India and Bangladesh can be detected in the curries. Dim sum, stuffed buns, and noodle dishes have strong whiffs of Chinese cuisine. But beware: The Burmese love to put phong wan (MSG) in their food.
The Burmese usually start their day with mohinga (rice noodles in fish soup), which is usually available until noon. The star ingredients of this dish include banana stalk, banana blossom, catfish, turmeric, lemongrass, red onion, and garlic. It can be eaten with hard-boiled eggs, split chickpeas fritter and deep-fried gourd. Spice it with parsley, stir-fried
chillies and fried onions. The salad variation of the dish, mohinga thoke, is eaten without the broth.
Khao suey is another must-try noodles dish and can be eaten in a variety of ways - as stir-fry, soup or with a sauce poured on top. The dish is reminiscent of khao soi, a northern Thai delicacy, and usually comes with coconut milk and chicken, topped with onion, a squeeze of lime, and chillies. Stir-fried noodles with kalapaejaw (sugar-coated bar of fried grounded peanuts) is another famous Burmese fare.
Be sure not to miss see pyan (chicken curry), lahpet (tea leaves salad), deep-fried gourd, and an ordinary-sounding dish with extraordinary flavours: Charred shrimp with seafood sauce. This winner features fresh and plump shrimp eaten with an ultra spicy condiment.
The most popular drink among the Burmese is hot tea. Iced tea is uncommon as ice is expensive. The Burmese also believe that ice is unhealthy if consumed in large amounts. Travellers with a penchant for ice may have to bite the bullet when it comes to cold drinks.
Zip to your Destination with Bangkok Airways
Travellers with a love for ancient art and cultural heritage are guaranteed to be mesmerised by Myanmar. If you’re looking to spend time in a fun city with a spiritual touch, then Yangon is the destination for you. And Bangkok Airways is ready to take you there on a flight with warm service and comfort. We also provide you with food and drinks. You’ll be in the welcoming embrace of Yangon in no time.
Our world-class service has won us a Skytrax Award for six consecutive years. Bangkok Airways staffs are happy to take care of you from the moment you step into the Bangkok Airways Lounge at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, where you can enjoy tea, coffee, snacks, Thai sweets, pastries Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines.
Glide from one Destination to the Next
If you were enamoured with the culturally rich Yangon, why stop there? Hop on another Bangkok Airways flight to further enjoy the sights and sounds of Asia. From Mingaladon Airport in Yangon, Bangkok Airways flies to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Sukhothai in Thailand, as well as Bangkok.
|Route||One Way||Round Trip|
|Chiang Mai - Yangon||2,590 THB||3,590 THB|
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|Yangon - Chiang Mai||99 USD||100 USD|
|Route||One Way||Round Trip|
|Bangkok - Yangon||1,290 THB||2,190 THB|
|Route||One way||Round Trip|
|Yangon - Bangkok||55 USD||78 USD|
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Time zoneUTC +7
Tel code+66 2
JUN - NOVRainy season - wet and humid
30°C - 35°C
Prepare for rainy days
DEC - FEBCool season - breezy evenings and comfortable weather
26°C - 30°C
Great time for sightseeing
MAR - MAYHot season - sunny and blazing hot
30°C - 40°C
Bring plenty of water when out and about