If you are keen to take the road less travelled, have a knack for adventure, cultural curiosity and a little bit of patience the Burmese city of Yangon will surely capture your heart.

Yangon – Myanmar

The former capital is the most populous city in Myanmar and most widely well known for its golden Shwedagon Pagoda but it of course has much more to offer than its famous shrine.

Traveling to Yangon is like stepping back in time due to decades of diplomatic isolation but it is changing fast. The city has witnessed incredible change since Myanmar embarked on reforms in 2010. Things like Wi-Fi, Facebook, mobile phones, international banking and even Coca-Cola, were not accessible to the public a decade ago so they had a lot of catching up to do. Today Yangon is a heaving, thriving city that is quite safe in terms of personal security. Incidents of crime against foreigners are extremely low and Yangon is one of Asia’s safest large cities.

And the food? Whilst Myanmar and Thailand are neighbours there seems to be very little culinary overlap, with the two cuisines having little in common. Burmese food is not spicy sharing more characters with Indian cuisine.

Location Information

Adventure & Cultural Curiosity
Safe for solo travellers
Poor public transport
Cost of living per month inc. rent
Meal for two at mid-range restaurant $35-40.00
Lunch local restaurant $3.50
A beer for one $1.00
One-way Subway ticket .20 -30 c
Cinema Ticket $8
Monthly gym membership $40.00