Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). A mix of colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline. Its famed Shwedagon Paya, a huge, shimmering pagoda complex, draws thousands of pilgrims annually. The city's other notable religious sites include the Botataung and Sule pagodas, both housing Buddhist relics.
Hotels: 3-star averaging $50, 5-star averaging $290. View hotels
Getting there: 55 min flight. View flights
Local time: Monday 11:47 AM
Weather: 95°F (35°C), Wind W at 7 mph (11 km/h), 47% Humidity
Population: 5.21 million (2014) UNdata