Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar and the capital of Yangon Region, is a charming city with old colonial buildings, tree-lined streets, bustling markets, restful parks and tranquil lakes.
The magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda – the spiritual heart of the nation –graces the top of Singuttara Hill and dominates the city skyline.
Other attractions in Yangon include Bogyoke Aung San Market (formerly known as Scott Market), which is busy with shops carrying an enormous variety of products, including outlets selling the rubies, sapphires and jade for which Myanmar is famous.
At night time, bustling Chinatown comes alive with stalls selling delicious street food and consumer products.
For those who seek refuge in the tranquility of Buddhism, Yangon has many retreats famous for teaching vipassana meditation.
Glimpses into the country's rich history and culture are available at the many museums in the city.
Yangon has retained the charm and beauty of its colonial heritage as it continues to provide the infrastructure of an emerging