Introducing Yangon (Rangoon)
In late 2007 Yangon was the centre of huge nationwide fuel protests, which were led by Buddhist monks. The protests quickly escalated into antigovernment demonstrations, which resulted in the deaths of many protestors and worldwide condemnation.
In May 2008 the worst natural disaster in Myanmar’s recent history hit the south of the country. Yangon was declared a disaster area by Myanmar’s government. Many of the city’s pagodas, temples, shops and hotels had minor to serious damage from falling trees, lampposts and fences. However, when reconstruction work began, it was found that most of the city had escaped major structural damage. By mid-June 2008 electricity and telecommunications were back to normal, and shops and restaurants had reopened with brand-new corrugated-tin roofs.
Best places to stay in Yangon (Rangoon)
Food memories: a taste of home in Myanmar
It was my husband’s first trip to Myanmar, and I was eager to show Chris my country of birth and the much-loved food of my childhood. One dish I particularly wanted to share was let thoke, which can be translated as ‘hand-mixed’.
Yangon (Rangoon) destination guides
A first-timer's guide to Myanmar
Things are changing rapidly in Myanmar (Burma), politically and for tourists, so it's an exciting time to visit. But information can be difficult to access once inside the country, so it really pays to research beforehand.
Best of Burma (Myanmar)
Travel to Burma and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquillity of Inle Lake, Burma will excite, impress and intrigue you.
Classic Burma Adventure
As a relative newcomer to adventure travel, exploring the mysterious nation of Burma (also known as Myanmar) often feels like setting foot on a foreign, untouched planet. With few other travellers to contend with, the natural and man-made wonders of this underexplored part of South East Asia often feel like they’ve been placed here just for you.
Travel literature review: Golden Earth
Golden Earth by Norman Lewis Rating 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Mark Broadhead Missing the (metaphorical) boat is a common fear among travellers. It was the impetus for the trip recounted by Norman Lewis' Golden Earth.