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.