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Overview Of The Port Of Yangon

About Yangon
Yangon (also known as Rangoon), is a former capital of Burma (Myanmar) and the capital of Yangon Region in south-east Asia.

Shwedagon Pagoda is a 2,500 year old shrine and the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar. The entire complex contains hundreds of temples, statues and smaller stupas, with untold numbers of Buddhas. (When visiting religious sites, modest dress (shoulders and knees covered) is required for both men and women. You will also have to remove your shoes and socks before entering).

Other quieter Buddhist sites include Botataung Pagoda, Sule, Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda and Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda.

Bogyoke Aung San Market (aka Scott Market), has more than 2,000 stalls and shops, selling a huge selection of handicrafts, textiles, jewellery, art and antiques. Lacquer ware, jewellery, sandalwood handicrafts and jade are popular souvenirs.

Note: There are very few ATM's or cash machines here and credit cards are rarely accepted, however there have been more ATM's added recently that accept credit and debit cards. You can exchange money at banks and official money-changers. In most instances, market vendors, taxis, restaurants etc will be happy to accept U.S. dollars, but any bills must be pristine, unmarked and uncreased.

Yangon has a large number of colonial buildings, most built around the turn of the last century. The greatest concentration can be found in the old area next to the river and include the Customs House, the beautifully restored Strand Hotel, City Hall, the High Court and Saint Mary's and Holy Trinity cathedrals.

The National Museum exhibits the treasures of the last king of Myanmar, including his 26ft high Lion Throne, ceremonial costumes and jewel-encrusted articles from his household.

To experience local life, take a ride on the Circular Railway, and rub shoulders with locals as you sit on wooden seats in crowded, non-air-conditioned cars. The entire round trip takes three hours, leaving from the main train station, though it's possible to get off along the way and return by taxi.

Street food is abundant though questionable hygiene makes it a risky choice. Traditional dishes include ‘mohinga’ (rice vermicelli, fish stock, onions, garlic, ginger and lemongrass, usually served with boiled eggs), ‘lahpet thohk’, (pickled tea leaf salad, with deep-fried peas, peanuts, garlic, tomatoes, ginger, dried shrimp, fish sauce and lime) and many types of curries.
Cruise Terminal
Depending on the size of your ship, you will be docked in one of two locations:

Ships up to 613.5ft can dock in the heart of Yangon, at Bo Aung Kyaw Jetty or Nanthida Jetty. From dockside, it's about 500ft before you reach the port gate. If you go out the gate on your own, be prepared to show your ship ID card to re-enter the port. There are no facilities or services at the port. Street vendors can be found at the port gate and taxis can be hailed from here also.

Thilawa Port is the docking location for larger ships up to 853ft. It is located 15 miles south of the city. Plans are underway to expand the port to handle ships up to 984ft. There are no facilities at the port but taxis are available.

(Note: docking and sailaway times must conform to the tides, tide tables are only released a month in advance, so schedules may vary a bit).
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