Yangon is the largest city and one of the most important tourist destinations in Myanmar. The city and its outskirts are full of attractions and sights. If you are a solo traveler, it’s essential for you to have a map of Yangon to make your trip more favorable and easily. Here we suggest all of the useful tips to use the Yangon map effectively.
What type of Yangon map should you choose?
You can choose either a road map or a tourist (or both). The former is suitable for long road trip, especially going outside the city. It requires you good skills at the reading map. The latter is useful for city breaks. It generally shows the attractions and points of interest around the city of Yangon. It’s is usually available at local travel agencies or in lobbies of hotels and hostels.
Why you need a map of Yangon Myanmar?
The map will help you easily plan your Myanmar travel. For example, if you want to make a bicycle tour around the city of Yangon, you will determine on the map the factors such as what you want to visit, the distance among them, the most convenient roads to reach them and restaurants or footstalls you will stop at for relaxing or dining. Based on the information, you can work out the time and even expenses for your trip. In addition, the map will help you estimate taxi fare. Taxi price in Yangon is very flexible, depending on your itinerary and ability of negotiation. The routes to key attractions in the city such as Shwedagon Pagoda will cost more than others. Based on the Yangon map, you may know what route you should choose to have better taxi fare and the length of the route you will travel by taxi to negotiate for a reasonable price.
How to use the map of Yangon effectively
Understand the features of the map
Knowing the features is important to read the map. Listed below are important features of a common map of Yangon Myanmar and an explanation about them.
Legend: The legend gives a description and guide of the different features and markings on the map.
Title: The title of the map tells you what area the map is off.
Grid References: A map is broken up into grid boxes, with the first 2 (or 3, depending on accuracy) digits being the x-value, and the last 2 (or again, 3) digits being they-value. Each grid reference starts with the letter assigned to the map.
The North Arrow: This arrow tells you which way is north – it always points to the top of the map.
Scale: The scale will tell you what scale your map is – whether it’s 1:25,000 or 1:50,000.
(Sea a Yangon map sample at: http://www.magadotravel.com/map_pdf/Yangon.pdf)
Put the map of Yangon into practice
1. Point Your Map North
To point your map north, place your compass flat on your map, pointing towards the top, and rotate yourself until the compass’ needle points north.
2. Find your location on the map
Identifying your surroundings and relating them back to your map is the most important thing when trying to locate your position. You usually won’t know your exact grid reference starting out, so a good idea is to start at a grid reference that you do know. For example, you are standing in front of Sue Pagoda, on the Maha Bandoola road; you just determine the pagoda on the map of Yangon to know exactly where you are.
3. Find your destinations
Now it’s time to figure out where you want to go. If you just want to go from one place to another such as Sue Pagoda to Shwedagon Pagoda, all you need to do is to plot that single route out.
If there are several places you intend to go to, you may want to plan your route in such a way that you visit all the places in the shortest possible manner. You can do so by going to the nearest places first after which you will go to the further places.
4. Use the map’s index
Take note of the map’s scale so that you can estimate your travel time, and if you are taking longer then you expected, you can stop to recheck your map. Don’t forget to check the map’s legend so will know what you are looking at.
With the map of Yangon in your hand, you can travel around the city at ease, visiting the best attractions such as Shwedagon Pagoda, Sue Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, Chinatown, Bogyoke Aung San Market, etc. Do not forget to master your skills at reading the map so that you would have the easiest and most comfortable Burma tours.