Capital of Burma (or Myanmar), Rangoon has a population of just over 4 million. Founded in the 6th Century, the city was colonized by the British in the 19th Century and partly destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in the early 20th Century. Located in the south of the country, it has beautiful wooded parks, lakes, magnificent pagodas and many colonial vestiges. You will certainly notice the Shwedagon Pagoda, perched on a hill overlooking the city, with its golden stupa. But visitors will also find many other historical sites, museums, and markets to stroll through pleasantly. Do not miss the park and Bogyoke Aung San museum, the Botahtaung pagoda with its maze of mirrors, Buddha Chauk Htat Kyee and the Hlawgar zoo boasting 70 species of animals. Taking a trip on the circular train is also a great way to discover the daily life of the city and its surrounding villages. Regarding accommodation, a range of hotels, modest and luxurious, can be found around the city, as well as many restaurants where you can enjoy Burmese, Chinese, Korean or Thai cuisine. You can access Rangoon by air thanks to its international airport which links to a number of Asian countries.
- Learn Religious Knowledge in Different Pagodas. Buddhism has had a major impact on the culture of Myanmar. There are various pagodas and other Buddhist architecture in Yangon.
- Take a Walking Tour in Downtown Yangon. You can take a walking tour to see some landmarks such as the City Hall, Strand Hotel or High Court Building
- Relax at Various Lakes. Lakes are always good when doing outdoor activities, for avoiding the excesses of hot weather. You can enjoy the peaceful environment, fresh air, and cool breeze.
- The average temperature in Yangon is about 28°C (82°F). The hottest month is April, while the coolest months are July and August.
- From the beginning of March, temperatures increase steadily, reaching 40°C (104°F) by the end of the month. It is more humid in Yangon than in other places, as it is close to the beach.
- The rains start in May, and by June it is time for monsoon storms. As the wettest months, July and August have temperatures hovering around 30°C. It is not the best time to travel to Yangon, as its location on the south coast means it has more rainfall than other regions.
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The dry season is the best time to visit Myanmar, with the best conditions overall. Temperatures are comfortable with average highs of about 30°C. Nights during the dry season are chilly, normally around 15°C (59°F), so warmer clothes are required.
During this season, the beach at Ngapali provides an excellent tranquil atmosphere for relaxing, and river levels are high enough for boat-trips.
Since it is the peak tourist season, the price of air tickets and accommodation is higher than at other times. And when sightseeing, you can probably expect attractions to be crowded.