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Wander Through ‘The Garden City of the East’

Fly to Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) with Qatar Airways from London or Manchester and experience a delightful step back in time.  Acknowledged as ‘The Garden City of the East’, Yangon is rich in luscious greenery, with tropical flowers, trees and stunning lakes.  It is a city with cultural influences of the British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian traditions where today you can still see people wearing the longyi, a piece of clothing similar to a sarong.  Yangon is also known for its old style colonial buildings that date back to a time of British occupation.

The former capital, Yangon is situated in the south of Myanmar (Burma) at the convergence of the Yangon and Bago rivers.  Although no longer the capital, Yangon remains the business, cultural and economic hub of Myanmar.

The centrepiece of the city is the striking and spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha, according to legend.  It is the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar which enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics. Across the country, Myanmar is famed for its Buddhist temples and monasteries which dominate the land.

Yangon also offers tourists a variety of open-air markets, where bartering is expected. There is a two mile stretch of food stalls for food on the go or alternatively visitors can choose from a wide range of restaurants serving international cuisines.

In many ways, time has stood still in Yangon and because of this it is a relatively inexpensive place to visit. There are no ATMs, the US dollar is an accepted currency for exchange at the banks, foreign SIM cards do not work and most hotels have to be booked by phone as they do not have email.

Yangon is a vibrant, dynamic city and one of the most distinctive and exotic places to visit in Southeast Asia.

Fly to Yangon with Qatar Airways and experience award-winning service with the World's Best Airline.


Flight Offers to Yangon

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Economy Class from £770 from £780
Book by 2nd November 2012.  For terms and conditions, see special offers page. 

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Did you know?

-Yangon was the capital of Myanmar until Nov 2005 when it was superseded by Naypidaw
-Yangon is an excellent place to have a tailored shirt made with a traditional Burmese collar (mandarin collar)
-Motorbikes are banned in Yangon
-Time is an oddity. Usually countries set their time in one-hour increments from GMT however Myanmar set it in 30-minute increment difference.
-Street vendors in the centre are not allowed to open shop until 18:00, by government mandate.
-Qatar Airways flies 3 times a week from London and Manchester to Yangon via Doha

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Currency: Myanmar Kyat (MMK)

Voltage: 230V, 50Hz

Plugs: C or D or F or G

Language:  Burmese, English

Time zone: GMT +6.30

International dialling code: +0095-1

Flight Time from Doha: 6 hrs, 5 minutes