Yangon International Airport is Burma’s main airport. The airport has old and new terminals, with the former serving domestic flights and the latter serving international flights. As tourism booms in Myanmar, this airport is undergoing expansion plans to broaden its host of facilities and services.
How to get around
The easiest way to get to the city centre is via taxi and it costs around USD10 per trip. There is no public transportation available from the airport to the city. For a cheaper option, you may wish to take a bus, you need to get to Pyay Road, a 10-15 minutes walk from the airport and take bus 51. The name of the bus stop is called “Mile 10”. This bus brings you to Sule Paya downtown.
Buses, however are not an easy mode of transport because most locals do not comprehend English and texts of bus-stop names are in Burmese. You can also pre-arrange for transport with the tour group you signed up with or the hotel you will reside in.
There are a few ways to travel around Yangon, with taxis being the fastest and most convenient. Note that genuine taxis have red license plates, with the taxi-driver’s identification card placed on the dashboard. Fares are negotiable with taxi drivers and depend on the distance travelled. You can also discover the crowded streets of Yangon by foot. Do bring along a torchlight if you are walking at night. Bicycles, cars and motorbikes are available for rent as well.
What to see and do
Many know Yangon as Myanmar’s former capital. With a population of over five million, it is the largest city in Myanmar. Today, it has become an important commercial hub and a popular tourist destination.
Most places of attractions are located 20-30 minutes away from the airport. These sights make it easy for visitors to discover Yangon, even if they are only in transit.
A must-visit place is the Shwedagon Pagoda. This Buddhist shrine is more than 2000 years old. Marvel at the sprawling complex of pagodas, with the main pagoda decked in gold and covered with gemstones. To enter this famous worship site, you need to pay an entrance fee of USD8. Sule Pagoda is another place of worship not to be missed.
To understand more about the Burmese culture, drop by at Htwe Oo Myanmar, a family-run traditional Burmese puppet show. Watch how puppeteers manipulate the movements of male and female puppet roles. It costs around USD5 for children from five to12 years old and USD10 for adults.
Drop by at Karaweik Lake. Every November, boat races are held there. Atop the lake stands Karaweik Hall, a floating restaurant at the lake. Dine and soak in the ambience. If you are heading to the city from the airport, you may request for the driver to drive past Aung San Suu Kyi’s house when she was placed under house arrest.
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