Yangon(Rangoon) is the former capital city of Myanmar and gateway to Myanmar by sea and by air. There are many places to visit among which the following places many draw their interest:
(a) Cultural Museum where the regalia of the last Myanmar king and the imperial throne is placed.
(b) Gems Museum where priceless gems of Myanmar such as ruby, jade and pearl are isplayed among many interesting gems. There are many jewellery shops offering a wide range of Myanmar made jewellery to meet one's taste and budget.
(c) Defence Services Museum where many interesting displays of Myanmar's military might during the Myanmar kings was retraced up to the contemporary period.
(d) Zoological Gardens, which display a large variety of species, found in Myanmar and many from other habitat.
The Inya Lake, the scenic stretch of water is located near the University of Yangon campus, ideal for yachting and cross-the -lake swimming.
Yangon Division is located in the southernmost part of the central plain and borders Bago Division in the north and east, Gulf of Mottama in the south, and Ayeyawaddy Division in the west. Coco archipelago, which is part of Yangon Division, is situated in the Bay of Bengal. The total area of the division is 3,927.15 square miles.
The estimated population of the division in 1999 was 5,420,000.
Though the majority of the population is Bamar, various races live in the division. There are also many people of foreign descent, especially a large number of Chinese and Indians.
The majority of the inhabitants are Buddhists and there are a considerable number of Muslims and Christians.
Myanmar is the major language.
How to get there?
Yangon International Airport and Mandalay International Airport are the main gateways and there are regular daily flights to Yangon from Bangkok and Singapore. The domestic airlines, Myanmar Airways, Yangon Airways and Air Mandalay regularly connect Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan, Heho, Kyaing Tong, Tachilek, Thandwe, Kawthaung and other tourist destinations. Passengers on charter flights and cruise ships are granted Visa on Arrival status providing prior arrangements have been made.