Yangon, 300km upriver from the sea, is the former cosmopolitan capital city of Myanmar and the country’s largest city and main economic hub. Yangon International Airport, the main gateway for travel within the country is set 19km from the city centre. Though the architecture’s run down, Yangon still maintains its colonial charm with wide tree-lined avenues, ... More>tranquil lakes, and gracious turn of the century British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian buildings and elements. The magnificent 100m-high, gold-gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of Southeast Asia, dominates the city skyline, while at street level Yangon is a paradise for hunting out a variety of exotic arts and crafts. Flanked by the Yangon River to the south and west, at night the city streets come alive with flea markets but its most renowned shopping event takes place at the 70-year old Bogyoke Aung Market (Scott Market). With over 2000 shops, it is a little pricey with shop owners unwilling to negotiate, but it houses the largest collection of Burmese handicrafts such as wood carvings and lacquer ware. The city has gained a reputation for its Myanmar-mined precious stones, rubies, sapphires and jade, so if you are looking for shiny treasures you have come to the right place!