Luxury holidays in Yangon

Long the country’s cultural hub, Yangon is a place of convergence, where rushing motorbikes, gilded monuments and the remnants of British colonialism are tossed together in a heady mix of ancient, old and new. There are gilded relics from an ancient civilisation, such as the Sule Pagoda: no-one know exactly how long this stupa – with its ornamental spires and intricate detail – has been standing, but most locals will tell you it’s at least 2,000 years. Then there’s the mark left by the British, who made Yangon (then Rangoon) their capital, filling it with some of the finest colonial architecture of any city in Southeast Asia. At its height, Rangoon was said to have infrastructure on par with London, and though much of it has decayed in the ensuing years, there are plenty pockets of urban splendour to be sought out. More recently, it’s also been a place of new beginnings, with the energetic youth and foreign investment contributing to a wave of new business – much of it centered around the country’s burgeoning tourist industry.

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When to go

This part of the world has a tropical monsoon climate, making it hot year-round. The best time to visit Yangon is November to early March, when temperatures are cooler and the weather usually dry. Summer (March to May) is best avoided unless you’re partial to sweltering heat.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Yangon International Airport is the country’s largest airport. From Europe or the US, it’s usually best to fly to an international hub like Bangkok or Singapore, then catch a connecting flight to Yangon.
  • Automobiles

    Most visitors give driving a miss – the traffic is chaotic and many drivers have a gung-ho attitude towards the rules of the road.