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Yangon, the former capital city of Myanmar, is so verdant and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes that it has earned itself the name of "The Garden City of the East". At the same time it also exudes the atmosphere of a typical bustling Asian city. As the main arrival point to the country by both sea and air it is very much Myanmar’s hub of both commercial and administrative. The city is home to an extraordinary mix of communities, cultures and religions. In many ways Yangon seems to be caught in a time warp. Despite the apparent rush to modernize, the atmosphere of antiqueness and the colonial ambience still lingers. While Yangon is best known for the Shwedagon pagoda the city has much more to offer from the now ageing colonial buildings to the myriad of glittering pagodas. Its bustling streets are crowded with vendors with all manner of goods while the skyline is dotted with places of worship – temples, churches, mosques and synagogues. A visit to Yangon is often merely the start of a journey into the wonders and mysteries of the astonishing country of Myanmar and can be used as a base to explore such riches as the delta towns of Twenty, the 17th century Portuguese colonial island of Thanlyin, Bago – at one time the capital of the Mons at another, the Golden Rock Pagoda, or the Myaing Hay Won elephant camp. All in all, Yangon is the gateway for your dream journey into the Golden Land - Myanmar.

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