Rangoon is a charming example of a 19th-century British colonial capital with its architecture and melting pot of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences.
Burma is a breathtaking country—golden temples, snow-capped mountains, emerald green rice fields, white sand beaches and, in Rangoon, the largest city, incredible architecture frozen in time. But the friendly, gentle, welcoming people have the tragic misfortune of being ruled by one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Rich in resources, the majority of the population is kept poor. Debate rages as to whether tourism to this country is appropriate, but responsible tourism is often met with appreciation by people who feel they’ve been abandoned in this isolated nation.
GREAT FOR: Beaches, Temples, Culture, Colonial architecture
WHEN TO GO: The best time to visit is from November to February. March to May is extremely hot throughout the country. Rains come in June and last until September, which offers cool respites.