Several budget airlines, including Air Asia, Tiger Air, and Jetstar, also offer flights to and from the Burmese city; as does Myanmar Airways International (MAI, a part government, part privately-owned operation that runs services into Yangon from Bangkok, Singapore, Guangzhou and Kuala Lumpur.For domestic air travel, Air Bagan ( operates an intricate domestic network, flying to Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung-U (Bagan) and several other cities.To be fair, the name Yangon (meaning “end of strife”) was given to the city (then a small settlement called Dagon) by founder King Alaungpaya back in 1755. The city slipped modestly down the bureaucratic ladder in 2006 when the junta moved the capital to somewhat isolated Naypyidaw, now completely built ground up, about 300km north.Slide Show E-mail Page Print Hotel Contacts After nearly half a century of military rule, Myanmar has had a whiff of democracy and the attendant tumult and student protests.On 1 June, 2012, the government reinstated the visa-on-arrival programme for business travellers for US.You, however, will need a fair number of documents and passport photographs.Send us your Feedback / Letter to the Editor The sea change in Yangon can be observed in ways both big and small. According to Gino Joseph, the entertaining Australian tour guide who founded Free Yangon Walks ( the informative – and gratis – walking tour through downtown Yangon, SIM cards in the city used to cost a whopping US,000 each. As of April 2015, a SIM card could be bought for US or .
Other than the snap-a-minute colonial architecture, the aforementioned Shwedagon Pagoda, and the pretty Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon is not awash with sights on anyone’s to-do list.
Visa restrictions and pinched air capacity mean that arrivals have not quite boomed but they are set to grow rapidly.