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Shwedagon Pagoda, Circular Train & Thingyan Water Festival in Yangon, Myanmar

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Dragon boat on Kandawgi Lake. Photo by Mg Cthu on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Jessica Mudditt, author of “Our Home in Myanmar” about Yangon, Myanmar. Jessica’s tips for the best things to do in Yangon are awesome because she is a journalist from Australia that lived in Yangon for more than four years. She loved that it was a city that seemed frozen in time but underwent a major transformation during her time there.

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Shwedagon Pagoda. Photo by Ko Ko Myoe on Unsplash.

Yangon, Myanmar

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Tourism in Myanmar, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.


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A trishaw driver in Yangon.

Getting around Yangon

The local airport is Yangon International Airport (RGN), which is about a 20-minute drive to the city. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Jessica recommends taking taxis wherever you need to go. Public transportation is primarily for the poorest citizens, so tourists should rely on other options to get around. Trishaws are a fun experience for short distances. Jessica doesn’t recommend renting a car. However, if you decide to rent one, use these links for the best rental car offers – Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

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Sherpa enjoying Myanmar Beer.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Jessica Mudditt about Yangon, Myanmar. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Yangon, Myanmar
  • Green dots = best things to do in Yangon, Myanmar
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Yangon, Myanmar

Who is Jessica Mudditt?

Jessica Mudditt was born in Melbourne, Australia, and currently lives in Sydney. She spent ten years working as a journalist in London, Bangladesh, and Myanmar before returning home in 2016. Her articles have been published by Forbes, BBC, The Economist Intelligence Unit, GQ, and Marie Claire, among others.

Our Home in Myanmar” is her first book. She is currently working on a second book. It is a coming-of-age memoir about the year she spent backpacking from Cambodia to Pakistan.

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Here are some samples of Jessica’s writing:

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