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Quick Facts

Important facts about the city

The economic hub and gateway to Myanmar, Yangon is mild and green with lush tropical trees, shady parks and picturesque lakes. Yangon, founded as Dagon in the early 11th century, was a small fishing village centred around the Shwedagon Pagoda. King Alaungpaya renamed it Yangon after conquering the city in 1755. The name Yangon, which means “end of strife”, was changed to Rangoon during British colonial rule. In 1989, the city’s name reverted to Yangon.

Visas

Visitors to Myanmar must have a valid passport and obtain a 28-day tourist visa from a Myanmar Embassy or diplomatic mission abroad.

Two application forms and 3 passport-size photographs are needed. The visa fee is approximately USD 30.

Visa Requirements from the Union of Myanmar Travel Association


Currency

The Myanmar kyat (MMK) is the official currency. Notes of up to 1,000 kyat are most commonly used, and crisp, clean US dollar bills are widely accepted. We recommend that cash and travellers cheques be exchanged in licensed exchange offices and international hotels.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

MMK 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.00059 British Pound (GBP)
1 Myanmar Kyat (MMK)
0.0011 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.00075 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 10% service charge is applicable in most hotels and restaurants.


Tipping

Most hotels and restaurants apply a 10% service charge. Tipping is at the discretion of travellers.


Business Hours

Bank Hours 
9am - 4pm, Monday through Friday (the Exchange House closes at 1pm)

Office Hours
Military: 8am - 3pm, Monday through Friday
Government: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday through Friday
Business: 9am - 5.30pm, Monday through Friday /until 1pm on Saturday

Shop Hours
9.30am - 8pm daily


Public Health

Yellow fever certification is required for entry into Myanmar if travellers arrive within nine days of leaving or transiting through areas where yellow fever is present. Vaccinations against cholera, hepatitis A and B, as well as malaria are recommended.

Exercise caution when eating raw and uncooked food. Drink only bottled water. 

International clinics such as SOS International operate in Yangon. Shangri-La Residences, Yangon will arrange for an on-call doctor when necessary.


Dress

Generally, light casual clothing is appropriate year-round in Yangon. A light sweater is useful between October and February, especially when visiting upper Myanmar. It is useful to carry an umbrella. Sandals or slip-on shoes are convenient, as all footwear must be removed when entering pagodas and monasteries.

Note that visitors to pagodas and monasteries should be properly attired in long pants or long skirts.


Weather

Yangon has a temperate climate ranging from warm during summer (25°C to 35°C or 77°F to 95°F), to pleasantly mild during winter months (20°C to 24°C or 68°F to 75°F).

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Jan N/A N/A
Feb 35ºC 19ºC
Mar 36ºC 22ºC
Apr 37ºC 24ºC
May 33ºC NA
Jun 30ºC 23ºC
Jul 30ºC 23ºC
Aug 30ºC 23ºC
Sep 31ºC 23ºC
Oct 32ºC 23ºC
Nov 33ºC 21ºC
Dec 32ºC N/A
Facts

Population
5 million

Language
Burmese; English is also widely spoken

Time Zone
GMT + 6.5 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 - 230 volts

Plug Type
  

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / CDMA