Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon) is Burma’s largest city and was founded in the 11th century by the Mon people and was a small community built around the amazing Shwedagon Pagoda. It was conquered by King Aluangpaya in 1755 who was reunifying Burma from his base in Ava, near present day Mandalay. It didn’t take long for the East India Company to look towards their eastern neighbour, and after an initial war from 1824-26 when they took Arakan in western Burma, they fought another in 1852 and took the city of Yangon for good. They constructed a new city on a grid layout to the south of the Schwedagon Pagoda along the Yangon River. In 1885, they fought a third decisive war, and took all of Upper Burma including Mandalay and now the renamed Rangoon became the capital of British Burma. Known as the ‘garden city of the East’, Rangoon thrived as a trading hub, exporting huge quantities of teak and rice. The centre of Yangon retains much of its colonial architecture, although much of it is decaying at an alarming rate. Although there is another international airport in Mandalay, Yangon usually acts as the starting point and end of a tour to Bhutan. The Shwedagon and Sule Pagodas are outstanding, and a walking tour through Old Rangoon is hugely interesting.

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Yangon (Rangoon) Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

Classic Burma and the Mergui

Mandalay - Bagan - Inle Lake - Yangon - Mergui Archipelago  

Explore the untouched islands of the Mergui Archipelago in southern Burma with the classics highlights of this amazing destination.

15 days from £4725 p. p.

The Road to Mandalay: Cruising the Irrawaddy

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy Cruise - Bagan - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Nothing quite compares to a gentle cruise along the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan. You’ll see the major sights of Burma, but also see the traditional villages and rural charm along the banks of the river.

12 days from £3795 p. p.

Burma in Depth

Bago - Hpa An - Golden Rock - Yangon - Bagan - Yandabo - Mandalay - Maymyo - Hsipaw - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali  

If you want to leave no stone unturned in Burma, then we can offer longer private journeys which get further off-the-beaten track to see more of this amazing country.

24 days from £4630 p. p.

Family Adventure to Burma

Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Burma makes for such a wonderful family holiday, packed with amazing experiences that the children will love, such as seeing lively markets, meeting elephants, cycling through Bagan and ending on the Indian Ocean.

14 days from £2570 p. p.

Luxury Burma in Style

Yangon - Bagan - Irrawaddy Cruise - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

With the introduction of a selection of new luxury hotels in recent years, Burma is fast becoming the destination to explore in style on a luxurious tour packed with authentic and amazing experiences.

15 days from £7140 p. p.

Remote Burma: Cruising the Chindwin

Mandalay - Chindwin River - Yangon  

The further you get off-the-beaten track in Burma, the more remarkable the destination becomes. Ideal for a second-time trip, this tour explores the hidden Chindwin on the luxury Belmond Orcaella.

17 days from £6150 p. p.

Classic Burma: The Golden Land

Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Explore Burma on a luxury private tour seeing all the major sights, plus a visit to Kalaw and ending with some well deserved time on the beach in Ngapali to end.

14 days from £2685 p. p.

Burma in a Nutshell

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy - Bagan - Inle Lake  

This shorter private tour of Burma combines all the main highlights of this amazing destination, exploring Yangon, visiting Mandalay, cruising the Irrawaddy, the temples and pagodas of Bagan and Inle Lake.

11 days from £2360 p. p.

Yangon (Rangoon) Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Han Thar Gardens, Bago | Millis Potter Travel

Han Thar Gardens

$ $ $ $ $ Yangon (Rangoon)  

Han Thar Gardens is located in Bago, about an hour away from Yangon, and offers a glimpse into rural Burmese culture.

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The Strand

$ $ $ $ $ Yangon (Rangoon)  

The Strand is a classic boutique colonial hotel located on the waterfront in downtown Yangon in Burma offering just 30 suites.

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Governor's Residence, Yangon, Burma

Governor’s Residence

$ $ $ $ $ Yangon (Rangoon)  

Considered by many as the best address in town, the Belmond Governor’s Residence is a charming boutique colonial hotel located in Yangon in Burma.

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Sule Shangri-La

$ $ $ $ $ Yangon (Rangoon)  

The Sule Shangri-La is located opposite Scott’s Market in downtown Yangon in Burma and is a classic modern international hotel.

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Savoy Hotel, Burma, Yangon - Luxury Holidays and Tours to Burma

The Savoy

$ $ $ $ $ Yangon (Rangoon)  

The Savoy is a lovely boutique colonial style hotel located close to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon in Burma, offering just 30 well-appointed rooms.

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Yangon (Rangoon) Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.