Yangon is incredibly modern in comparison to the rest of Myanmar and if you start your trip in this city you will be surprised to witness how rural and green the rest of the country is. Yangon is a big city with large high rise buildings, markets and malls, western and asian restaurants, brand names, western fashion, bars and a lot of traffic.
The inhabitants of Yangon also dress differently to their fellow countrymen as the hemlines for ladies are much higher for skirts and shorter for sleeves, many women also wear makeup which was hardly present in other cities and towns in Myanmar. The men can also be seen to wear trousers and shirts instead of the usual Longyi, although longyi were spotted throughout my time in the city... Basically, its quite a modern city.
The people in Yangon are just as friendly as the rest of their country and this friendly and helpful attitude seems to be a running theme in the country.
Things to do in Yangon:
Shwedagon Pagoda (8,000 Kyat)
Circle train- A 3 hour train ride that takes you around Yangon and lets you see how the locals live, work and get about day to day. (200 Kyat)
Old an New Market- shopping fun
Ferry to Dala
I will always remember Yangon fondly as I was there during the New Year Water Festival. The streets had been kitted out with stages, large pales of water, hoses and everyone was armed with a bucket or water gun. Staying dry during my time in Yangon was difficult as the locals would soak everybody at every opportunity.