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)
Myanmar (Burma) - Yangon & Around (Chapter)
With vibrant streets lined with food vendors, colourful open-air markets and some of the most impressive colonial architecture you’ll find in Southeast Asia, there are many reasons to visit.
Lonely Planet interviews Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese opposition politician and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was recently released from a period of house arrest that began in 1989. Lonely Planet author Austin Bush had the chance to Skype with her on topics ranging from her country's name to what travellers can do to help the Burmese people...
Yangon (Rangoon) destination guides
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 Southeast Asia often feel like they’ve been placed here just for you.