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Burma’s largest and most exciting city, Rangoon may no longer be the capital, but it is still at the heart of the country. In the early 1900s, the city was a key trading hub of the British Empire – the downtown area, full of decaying but majestic buildings of this grand past still dominate the tree-lined boulevards, offering a glimpse of Rangoon’s golden age. After years of turbulence and stagnation, it is a city on the rise, growing rapidly as it becomes Burma’s commercial hub once more. Scattered with glittering temples and pagodas, Rangoon’s cityscape is dominated by the golden pinnacle of Shwedagon, Burma’s most sacred Buddhist monument – it is here that you can really soak up the soul of the city, especially at sunset when the atmosphere is electric.

Rangoon at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Rangoon:

GMT +6.5
time difference
14 Hours
flight time
5 Million
famous landmark
local food
best time to visit

Popular Holidays to Rangoon

Rangoon offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?

Burma Explorer Tour

11 days from £2,690pp
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Mandalay Hill
  • Temples of Bagan
  • U Bein Bridge
  • Inle Lake
Hidden Treasures of Burma Tour Tour

17 days from £3,290pp
  • Central Market of Prome
  • Irrawaddy River Cruise
  • Temples of Bagan
Burma and the Irrawaddy Tour

14 days from £3,590pp
  • 2 night Irrawaddy Cruise
  • Rangoon
  • Mandalay
  • Bagan

Things To See In Rangoon

No trip to Rangoon would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.