After Hpa-An we traveled by bus to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. The city is Myanmar’s former capital and its largest city. And according to Wikipedia this former British colonial capital has the highest number of colonial-era buildings in Southeast Asia.
As we walked trough the city, we noticed that many of the downtown’s historical buildings are somewhat neglected and are providing homes for local residents.
But how does Yangon feel like to us? Multifaceted is the first thing that comes to mind. It’s like multiple cities, or more like countries, within one city. And the mood might change totally by walking from block to block.
Just by going around for 15 minutes, you can see shopping centers just like in a modern western city, old colonial city vibes, the Chinatown, and poverty.
Excluding, the heat, the constant horn honking and car drivers disregarding the crosswalks, the city offers a good stay in Myanmar, and is certainly worth a visit. The shops offer a surprisingly wide selection of items at a competitive price, the local restaurants are unbelievably cheap and the hotels are reasonably priced.
Here are some of the pics we took during our stay at Yangon.