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Holidays to Yangon

Few places capture the imagination quite like Yangon. Burma's largest city attracts nature lovers from all over the world with its stunning lakes, shady parks, and tropical trees; it is easy to see why this city is dubbed 'the garden city of the East'. Yangon has much more to offer than just impressive scenery, however, and is a melting pot of religions, cultures, and communities that is largely down to settlement. Yangon is also the country's centre of commerce due to its location as the main entrance and seaport. It is little wonder that Asian cruise holidays invariably include a trip to this magical city.

Literally translated as 'end of strife', Yangon was named as such in 1885 by King Alaungpaya after dominating the southern part of Burma (Myanmar) prior to being anglicised. The city balances tradition, culture, and modernity extremely well and is the perfect place to visit if you want to see a different side of Asia. The places of interest vary from lush parks and gardens to museums showcasing Yangon's rich history and places of a spiritual nature.

The freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi is well known as the leader of the National League of Democracy, and as laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, and her house has become one of the most sought-after places to visit for both visitors and nationals alike. No longer a place of house arrest, the mansion is now surrounded by a high wall covered with NLD posters and is no longer visible from the street. However, many tourists still like to drive down to the area to feel her presence and maybe even catch a glimpse. Meanwhile, Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda houses an impressive reclining statue of Buddha that is some 65 metres long and 16 metres high. The Buddha is famous for its red painted nails and meticulously made-up face adorned with eye shadow and lipstick. Just across the street lies a striking sitting Buddha statue with an elaborate armour-like golden gown.

For those who wish to experience Burma's beauty and relax in idyllic surroundings, the Karaweik Hall on Kandawgyi Lake is definitely worth a visit; you can take a stroll in the glorious tropical woods that surround the royal lake, or dine at the hall itself which is in fact a floating restaurant. The area is a photographer's dream and everywhere you look there is a view to be admired. Animal lovers will enjoy Yangon Zoological Gardens where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and take a leisurely walk around the cheetah’s enclosure or meet an orangutan face to face. The city's museums range from natural history to the history of Yangon and all that it has gone through and triumphed over during an extremely turbulent past.

Yangon's places of worship are awe-inspiring and great in number; the palaces are gold-lined spectacles and the scenery simply has to be seen to be believed. Whatever interests you have, Yangon will cater to them as you explore the wonders of this ancient city.


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