Yangon – The Modern and the Old

Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar and is the largest city in this. A stunning mix of British Colonial architecture and Buddhist pagodas sits among glistening modern high rises. Myanmar’s largest city, formerly known as Rangoon, is changing very quickly and becoming an exciting place to visit and stay as an expat. The country right now is seeing a resurgence after years of being closed off to the world. Asian and western investors are turning up in their droves to tap into this market. New shopping malls, modern high rise buildings and a host of new restaurants, hotels, and bars sit alongside the traditional shop houses, old colonial buildings, and Buddhist Pagodas.

The progress of Yangon and Myanmar as a whole can be seen as soon as you arrive at the airport. At the time of writing this, the new very modern terminal was being constructed, alongside the much older and dated building that had served this city for so long. As you drive through the city past vast parks and the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Paya golden Buddhist temple, you are tossed between the modern and the old at every turn. The influence of the British colonialists is still evident throughout the city in its architecture, especially at the train station and old town areas.

Getting around

The infrastructure outside of Yangon is still very much limited. The trains are old and not what you would call comfortable. The only way to get around Yangon itself is to use either the circle train, which runs around the city and is used by everyone to drop off goods from one side of the city to another. Or to take taxi’s, which are in abundance throughout the city. Therefore it is safe to say that having a private vehicle, should you becoming to Yangon for a lengthy stay, and should be considered.

The city does have plenty of traffic at peak times, but as yet does not suffer as bad with congestion as its neighbor Thailand. However, being close to the office will save you time in the morning and getting home in the evening. With that in mind, Yangon has some great places to live, should you find yourself requiring a short-term lease or a serviced apartment for 1-12 months.

Where to live in Yangon

Yangon is divided into 4 districts and each district is then divided into sub-districts called townships. Each area has its own unique style. For instance Botataung Township, which is in Yangon’s Eastern District.  It is more commercial and a lot of expats find themselves attracted to this area due to its cheaper rent prices and its favorite 50th Street Bars.

To the north is the Dagon Township. A much quieter township and much more leafy, and less built-up. The four towns in Dagon—North, South, East, and Seikkan—are becoming increasingly popular as expats and Myanmar professionals that are looking for an escape from the hectic downtown area. Improvements to the roads in this area are ongoing and should be taken into account. You should certainly speak with Flatmonthly’s head office should either of these areas be suitable for you. All available from 1 month to 12 months. So no matter your location, budget or size of the apartment, FlatMonthly will be able to help you out.

FlatMonthly Service

FlatMonthly provides a unique Concierge Service that will provide you with a service that is second to none. Giving you a home away from home. Your own Private Serviced Apartment, without the need for a lengthy 12-month contract and hefty initial deposit.

If you are looking for that special place, FlatMonthly’s range of Executive Monthly Rent Apartments should be at the top of your call list. Contact Us at the FlatMonthly Head office, or just browse through our Yangon property listings.