Quick Facts

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.

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 photos are needed. Fee is approximately USD 30.

Visa Requirements from the Union of Myanmar Travel Association


Currency

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 most 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
0.0012 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.00077 Euro (EUR)
0.00061 British Pound (GBP)
0.0074 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
0.061 Indian Rupee (INR)
0.11 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.0012 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.0059 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.0012 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.00096 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 10% service charge and 5% government charge are applied 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 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, complimentary 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.


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 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).

Today

Partly Sunny

Partly sunny and pleasant

High: 32°C / 89°F
Low: 19°C / 66°F

Tomorrow

Intermittent Clouds

Sun and areas of high clouds

High: 32°C / 89°F
Low: 18°C / 64°F
Saturday:
Sunny High: 32°C / 89°F Low: 18°C / 64°F
Sunday:
Sunny High: 32°C / 89°F Low: 19°C / 66°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
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