Though no longer the capital, Yangon remains the cultural and commercial heart of Myanmar, thanks to the glorious Shwedagon Pagoda, while its wonderful array of colonial-era buildings hidden down side streets gives the downtown area a historical charm which other cities will never possess. It is impossible to miss the Sule Pagoda which holds great historical significance at the very heart of downtown Yangon. Other attractions including the shady shores of Kandawgyi Lake, the massive bazaar of Bogyoke Aung San Market, the chaotic and authentic Chinatown as well as the enormous marble Buddha at Kyauk Taw Gyi.
Climate: Yangon has a tropical monsoon climate. The city features a lengthy wet season from May through October where a substantial amount of rainfall is received; and a dry season from November through April, where little rainfall is seen.
Best time to visit: The months from November to February are the best time to visit Yangon. The climate is cool and dry at this time as compared to the otherwise hot and wet climate of Yangon.
Getting there: Yangon International Airport is located approximately 30 minutes north of city center. You can easily get to and from the airport to city center by taxi with reasonable price.
Myanmar has a tropical climate, with the southwest monsoon bringing rain from May to October. Roads can become impassable, particularly from July to September. The central plains, however, receive only a fraction of the rain seen on the coast and in the Ayeyarwady delta. From October onwards the rains subside; the best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February, when temperatures are relatively manageable. From March to May, the country becomes very hot, particularly the dry zone of the central plains where Bagan and Mandalay often see temperatures in excess of 40°C.
Almost traveler arrives in Myanmar at either Yangon or Mandalay airports. There is also an international airport in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, although few airlines use it at present. The international flag carrier, Myanmar Airways International, only serves destinations within Asia. The cheapest way to reach Myanmar from outside the region is usually to fly to a regional hub such as Bangkok or Singapore. Current routes within Asia include flights to Yangon from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok. Connections with Mandalay are limited to Dehong, Kunming and Bangkok.
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