Rangoon (now called Yangon) is the largest city in Myanmar, and was the country's capital until 2005. With a history dating back to the 11th century, it is one of Southeast Asia's most fascinating places to visit. Some of its British colonial buildings retain the 19th century feel of a colonial capital, as it was the largest city in what was then called Burma (now Myanmar). Without doubt, the most important and impressive sight in the city is the Shwedagon Pagoda (also known as Paya), the significant religious site in the country. A visit to the Buddhist temple will make for a remarkable and unforgettable experience: it's lit by thousands of lights, and has spectacular wood carvings all over it. While visiting the temple, you can see the pagoda, the eight shrines, statues, pavilions and the Maha Ganda Bell. Other interesting religious sites are the Sule Pagoda, which allegedly preserves on a strand of Buddha's hair, the city's two Cathedrals and the Botataung Pagoda. The city's airport connects Rangoon to many domestic and international destinations, including Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Mandalay, Naypyitaw and Seoul. If you're looking for a cheap flight leaving from Manchester, or any other city, you can use our online flight comparison tool to find and compare different flight options. Unfortunately, there is currently no direct flight from London to Yangon at the moment but a flight to Bangkok from London is very easy and then there is a good selection of onward flight connections to Yangon from there.
There are two ways of getting to the airport, by bus and by taxi. The city's tourism board provides plenty of useful information to tourists planning to visit Rangoon, starting from their website http://www.myanmar-tourism.com/des_yangon.html. There are two houses in the city which have great historical relevance. The first one is Aung San's House: you can visit the house of the legendary Burmese revolutionary who brought about independence from British rule after the Second World War, with many items on display. The second is Aung San Suu Kyi's House, famous throughout the West for being the place in which the famous leader of the opposition lived in very limited freedom until February 2013, when the country opened towards democracy. There are great parks in the city, and the most majestic place to stroll about is Kandawgyi Lake (known as Victoria Lakes), with great views. While in Rangoon, you can visit the cities of Mandalay and the capital Naypyidaw to get a feel of the country.