Yangon is a river city and the capital of Myanmar. A country surrounded by India, China, Laos and Thailand with a fascinating melee of tribes and cultures plus a tranquil harmony of churches, pagodas, Hindu temples and mosques. Here, contrast is all and that makes Yangon unique!
The Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, the 'Reclining Buddah', contains one of the largest prone Buddha statues in the world. Its length makes up for its lack of artistry, as it is seventy meters long. More than 600 monks live in the adjoining monastery that was founded in 1907 for the study of Buddhist scripts that are known as 'Palikanums'.
Three seasons determine the climate of this subtropical country: the cool of winter, the heat of summer and the monsoons when it rains for most of the afternoon and entire regions are flooded. But then follows the lush green sight of endless paddy fields.
In Yangon, the early morning is the best time to travel to the nearby city of Bago, which was once the capital of the Second Burmese Realm. It was thought by Europeans to be the most magnificent city in the East, a fact highlighted by its many splendid monuments.
The city of Yangon is like traveling back in time to the colonial days of British Rangoon and hopefully, this fascinating city will continue to be a golden fairy tale behind a tantalising bamboo curtain!