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Important facts about the city

The economic hub and gateway to Myanmar, Yangon is green with lush tropical trees, shady parks and picturesque lakes.

The city was founded by King Alaungpaya in 1755. The name Yangon, which means "end of strife", was changed to Rangoon when the British annexed Burma (then Myanmar) in 1885.


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 photos are needed. Fee is approximately USD 30.

Visa Requirements from the Union of Myanmar Travel Association


The Myanmar kyat (MMK) is the official currency of the country. Though the kyat is subdivided into 100 pyas, coins are uncommon. Instead, notes of up to 1,000 kyat are commonly used.

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, recommends that cash shall 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
0.00093 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.0006 Euro (EUR)
0.00052 British Pound (GBP)
0.0055 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
0.053 Indian Rupee (INR)
0.078 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.001 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.0047 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.00095 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.00071 US Dollar (USD)


A 10% service charge and 5% government charge are applied in majority hotels and restaurants.


Majority 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 Burma if the traveller arrives within 9 days after leaving or transiting through areas where yellow fever is present. Vaccinations against cholera, hepatitis A and B, and malaria are also recommended.

Exercise caution when eating raw or uncooked food. Drink only bottled water. While tap water at Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, is suitable for drinking, bottled drinking water is also available in every hotel room.

International clinics, such as AEA, operate in Yangon. Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, will arrange for a doctor if necessary.


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.


Yangon has a mild climate ranging from somewhat warm during summer – 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F) – to pleasantly mild during winter months at 20°C to 24°C (68°F to 75°F).

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 33ºC 17ºC
Feb 35ºC 19ºC
Mar 36ºC 22ºC
Apr 37ºC 24ºC
May 33ºC 24ºC
Jun 30ºC 23ºC
Jul 30ºC 23ºC
Aug 30ºC 23ºC
Sep 31ºC 23ºC
Oct 32ºC 23ºC
Nov 33ºC 21ºC
Dec 32ºC 18ºC

5 million

Burmese; English is also widely spoken

Time Zone
GMT + 6.5 hours

Metric System

220 - 230 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / CDMA