Fly To Yangon, Myanmar
Once known as Rangoon, the city of Yangon in Myanmar (also Burma) represents the dawn of a new era in a country recently marred by political turmoil, protests and natural disasters.
Coasted by the Andaman Sea, Myanmar is the second largest country in South-East Asia and has a blend of colonial, Chinese and Indian influences forming the face of its rich culture.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Yangon do require a Visa to enter Myanmar. A Visa for Myanmar costs R250 (price is subject to change), and you can apply through the Embassy in Pretoria.
- The closest South African Embassy to Myanmar is situated in Bangkok, Thailand. Address: Floor 12 A, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pratumwan, 10330 Bangkok. Phone: +66 2 659 2900. Website: saembbangkok.com.
See and do
Burmese culture is every bit as exotic and fascinating as you would expect from a Southeast Asian destination that has seen many changes throughout history, and the former capital of Myanmar certainly proves this. In Yangon, some of the top sights to take in include Shwedagon Paya on Singuttara Hill (a sacred spot that is believed to have been there since the beginning of time), the beautiful Zoological Gardens that was opened in 1906 (on public holidays, you may even get to see the Snake Dance and Elephant Circus), the rose gardens in Mahabandoola (including the Independence Monument) and the National Museum (huge range of Burmese artefacts dating back to the Konbaung Dynasty and even further).
Aside from the abundance of things to see, there are many things to do in Yangon too. Try taking a trip on the ferry to Dallah, which is a tiny village that lies on the other side of the river. You should also try and see a cultural show if you can – Karaweik Palace offers shows and dinners. Other activities include tours at Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp, guided walking tours and indulgent spa treatments at places such as Inya or Thaya day spas.
Yangon shopping ranges from Chinatown and markets where Burmese crafts can be purchased, to the beautiful shops in the entrance to Shwedagon Paya and malls such as Dagon Centre and FMI. Things to look out for include lacquered items, wooden statues, curios and plenty of Buddha trinkets.
One thing for visitors to note when travelling to Yangon and Myanmar in general is that tourists are not allowed to rent cars or self-drive in the country. Don’t worry about how you will get around though – there are plenty of cabs that are cheap, reliable and safe. There are also buses, but these can be somewhat confusing as signs are in Burmese. You can even hire a bicycle for a fun way to explore.
Yangon Airport (Mingaladon) – RGN
Food and beverage: Coffee Corner and Airport Garden (arrivals); Espace Café, Royal Jade and Sky Smile (departures).
Currency Exchange: AGD Bank does currency exchange, and there are also ATMs found throughout the airport.
Airport Hotels: The closest hotels to Yangon Airport are Inya Lake Hotel, Sedona Hotel and MiCasa Hotel Apartments.
Airport Hub: Yangan Airport (code RGN) is a hub for Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Asian Wings Airways, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Myanma Airways, Myanmar Airways International and Yangon Airways.