Yangon is home to over 5 million people. Formerly it was called Rangoon and is the economic hub of the country.
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An iconic symbol of Burma and considered by many to be the single-most important religious site in Myanmar. In this regions there has been many earthquakes over the centuries and the Stupa has been rebuilt many times as damage has been caused Today it is still a working temple and visited regularly as part of normal daily life. Many people come here expecting to spend a short time and find they want to spend hours.
Climb to the top of the hill near the Shwedagon Pagoda. Here you can get a good view over the city. The mausoleum itself is only open one day a year.
A good way to get a feel for the city and outliers is to take the circular train. However some consider it a slow and crowded experience and you need to sit in a specific carriage. Buy your tickets at platform 7 at the Colonial railway station, USD1 and you will need your passport. The entire circuit takes about 3 hours. This video gives a good over-view of the process. http://wn.com/Yangon_Central_Railway_Station
Yangon is renown for it’s colonial architecture. These remnants of a colonial past hint at better times, but this heritage is in danger of being lost. An article in the Australian newspaper Burma’s-colonial-architecture-crumbles details the deterioration that is happening to the older buildings.
Ferry to Dallah
The ferry leaves from a jetty across from the Strand Hotel. Tickets costs $1 at a foreigners window. A 20 minute ride across the river gives you a small taste of daily life. Have a look around the village and consider going on to Twante.
From Dallah bargain a ride on one of the pickups, jeeps (about 500 kyat) or taxis (2000-3000) that regularly make the 30 minute drive. There is also a canal boat option from Rangoon to Twante that takes 2 hours and you could consider going one way by ferry and returning by canal boat. But double check boats are running.
In Twante pottery is a major industry and visiting the pottery sheds about a minute walk from the jetty is an interesting excursion.
A sprawling and bustling market that was once known as the Scott market. It is a good place to find Burmese hand crafts, clothing, textiles and lacquer wares. Open 08:00 – 18:00, closed Mondays.
Na-Gar Glass Factory
15 minutes from the centre of town by taxi. This is a good place to visit to see unique hand blown glass products. According to the Lonely Planet the downtown taxi drives don’t know the factory, but if you tell them it is in the area of Hlaing (pronounce lie-eng) you’ll get there. Near Hlaing post office 152 Yawgi Kyuang st, Hlaing township, 09:30-11:00 12:30-15:30