Yangon, Mahar Bandhula Rd with the Sule Pagoda at the end. Photo by Maung Maung San.
What can you see and do in Yangon?
Not a lot is the short answer though you can’t avoid Yangon as it’s the gateway to the brilliant interior of the country. However, street life is moderately interesting even if the streets are unpleasantly heavy with traffic, cables and very tired buildings.
Souvenir shopping is pretty good, the National Museum houses two thousand year’s worth of treasuresand Myanmar’s premier pagoda complex – the great gold Shwedagon – is fantastic and well worth a few hours.
Note that Yangon, previously known as Rangoon, is Burma’s largest city but NOT the capital which was officially relocated to Naypyidaw in 2006. Naypyidaw is north of Yangon, halfway to Bagan and a long way from the sea and risk of invasion (!)