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Exploring Yangon

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Yangon’s principal sights are mostly concentrated in the south of the city, between the river and the Shwedagon Pagoda. Apart from the colonial quarter and the stretch of Bogyoke Aung San Road from the Sule Pagoda to the market  area, both of which make for interesting walks, the down- town area is too congested and spread out to be easily  covered on foot. A quick taxi ride, however, will access the sights around the Shwedagon. It is best to leave the pagoda  itself until sunset, when it looks most spectacu lar. The walk- way around Kandawgyi Lake, whose waters reflect the great  gilded stupa, is good for an evening stroll. The Kyauk Htat Gyi and Nga Htat Gyi pagodas are midtown highlights, while toward the airport, the Kabe Aye Pagoda and Lawka Chantha Abhaya Labha Muni are worth visiting.

Getting Around

Taxis are inexpensive and only difficult to come by during rush hour. Trishaws are still com mon, though losing ground to motorcycle taxis. Buses  cover all of Yangon, but for non- Burmese speakers they are not an  easy option – there are no route maps; numbers and destinations are written in Burmese; and while cheap, services are usually very crowded. Given the heat, traffic, and dis tances, walking can be tiring, except in the markets and colonial district, which are best explored on foot.

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