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Yangon Guide

What’s on in Yangon?

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival

Thousands of religious pilgrims visit Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda each year to celebrate this major event. The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival lasts about a week and coincides with the last full moon of the Buddhist lunar calendar. Candles surround the pagoda during the festival, and monks dressed in traditional red robes lead crowds in a series of chants and rituals. The exact dates of the Shwedagon Pagoda Festival change each year, so you may want to consult the calendar before booking airfare to Yangon. The festival is typically held in March but sometimes falls in February.

Yangon Art and Heritage Festival

Learn about Myanmar’s fascinating culture by booking tickets to Yangon for the Art and Heritage Festival. The event takes place every other year and lasts about three weeks. Artists from around the country showcase their work in different areas of the arts, including public art installations, cultural performances, and theatre. A common theme among the events and installations is that it all relates to Burmese heritage and everyday life. Have a look at cheap flights to Yangon in March of odd-numbered years to attend the Yangon Art and Heritage Festival.

Thingyan Water Festival

The Thingyan Water Festival celebrates the start of the Burmese New Year and is one of the most exciting times to travel on flights to Yangon. The festival lasts four or five days and includes an exciting calendar of events. There are cultural and religious ceremonies, colourful parades, and water fights in the city streets. Locals believe getting soaked in water washes off last year’s sins, so they can start the year with a clean slate. Have a look at flights into Yangon International Airport (RGN) in mid-April if you’re hoping to attend Thingyan Water Festival.


What are the best things to do in Yangon?

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda is the largest and most famous of the pagodas you can visit in between return flights to Yangon. Legend has it that the pagoda was founded more than 2,500 years ago when two brothers met Buddha and were given strands of his hair. The strands were enshrined in the place where the Shwedagon Pagoda now stands. The pagoda stands about 110 metres (361 feet) tall and is covered in shiny gold plating and diamonds. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda while holidaying on flights to Yangon to take in its impressive design and learn about Myanmar’s spiritual side.

Chaukhtatgyi Temple

Yangon’s Chaukhtatgyi Temple houses the famous Reclining Buddha statue. It’s one of the largest Buddha statues in Myanmar at an impressive 65 metres (213 feet) long and 16 metres (53 feet) tall. Buddhists visit the temple to pay their respects by lighting incense and praying. The Chaukhtatgyi Temple is also a popular attraction for non-Buddhists who are visiting Myanmar on return flights to Yangon. See the statue, then pop into the various shrines and monasteries that surround the temple.

National Museum

Visit the National Museum while holidaying on flights to Yangon to learn all about the history and culture of Myanmar. Exhibits are spread across five levels and display an impressive collection of artefacts that tell the story of the Burmese people. Browse Burmese art, natural history of the region, ancient calligraphy, traditional clothing, and artefacts related to Burmese royalty, including the Lion Throne. 


What is the cost of visiting Yangon?

Start planning your trip with Webjet’s great deals on airfare to Yangon and hotels. A hotel room in the city centre typically costs between $75 and $100 NZD per night. Are you hoping to stick to a budget while holidaying on cheap flights to Yangon? You can also find accommodation deals for as low as $15 NZD.

An airport shuttle operates between Yangon International Airport (RGN) and the city. This is the most affordable way to reach your hotel after arriving on flights to Yangon with tickets costing 500 kyats (55 cents NZD). Public transport is the most affordable way to get from one attraction to the next around Yangon. Transport fare around the centre costs 200 kyats (22 cents NZD). Taxis are also widely available to visitors holidaying on return flights to Yangon. Plan to spend 1,500 to 2,000 kyats ($1.70 to $2.25 NZD) for a ride within the city.

There are countless attractions to add to your list of things to do after booking tickets to Yangon. A visit to Shwedagon Pagoda costs 10,000 kyats ($11.15 NZD), and entrance to the smaller Sule Pagoda costs 3,000 kyats ($3.35 NZD). The National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens is another exciting attraction and costs 2,000 kyats ($2.25 NZD) to visit. Lastly, plan a trip to the National Museum while holidaying on cheap flights to Yangon where entrance costs 5,000 kyats ($5.60 NZD).