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The government announced plans to develop a huge hotel zone at Inle Lake as well as a new airport, Hanthawaddy International Airport, 80km away from Yangon and expected to be operational by December 2019 with a capacity of 12 million passengers annually.
Originally overseen by a consortium led by Incheon Airport the project later moved to a Singapore-led group with Changi Airport involvement.
Several are earmarked for development now as Yangon business hotels, office blocks and apartments.
As any Yangon guide will tell you, there is a more notable vigour in the city than there was 30 years ago. Their architects will not be mentioned in the same breath as IM Pei or Norman Foster, but there are dozens of tall construction cranes on Yangon’s very low skyline.
Send us your Feedback / Letter to the Editor The sea change in Yangon can be observed in ways both big and small. According to Gino Joseph, the entertaining Australian tour guide who founded Free Yangon Walks ( the informative – and gratis – walking tour through downtown Yangon, SIM cards in the city used to cost a whopping US,000 each. As of April 2015, a SIM card could be bought for US or .
With these political and socioeconomic ripples underfoot, some younger Burmese people who have lived or grown up abroad are returning home; while an increasing number of expats are coming to work and live in the country.
They complement each other and their particular surroundings.
More open relations with the West have followed along with closer ties with traditional partner Asean.
Catering to this growing demographic of foreign tastes, the city is now home to a burgeoning array of trendy new restaurants and bars that will delight even the most discerning of visitors.