Yangon Expat City & Insurance Guide
Yangon was formerly known as the capital of Myanmar until it was moved by the government to Naypyidaw in 2006. This is the country’s largest city and is the commercial capital of Myanmar. It is a fascinating city for expatriates and boasts a number of important cultural and religious sites with numerous colonial-era buildings. The city is undergoing a large building boom as the infrastructure needs to be improved. Most expats in the country will reside in Yangon as that is where the jobs, schools and commercial districts reside.
Yangon has some of the best food in Asia. Expats and visitors alike will not want to miss the excellent street food that is offered by a wide assortment of vendors. Most expats will want to also visit the vibrant Chinatown or night market on Strand Road. Little India offers excellent curries and Maha Bandula Park is a great place for picnicking.
There is a wide assortment of high-end shops in Yangon, but most expatriates will want to check out the local markets and stores for textiles, silverware, and jewellery. The Yuzana Plaza or Bogyoke market is a great place for any shopper to start. The Blazon shopping centre has three floors of high-end stores that offer Western brands.
3. Healthcare in Yangon
The health system for expats in Yangon is less than ideal, but there are some private facilities in the city that are mostly up to Western standards. Most of the medical facilities in Yangon and the rest of Myanmar have suffered during the previous military rule and most expats will want to seek medical care abroad for any serious illnesses or injuries. With an increase in foreign investment, more modern medical practices and hospitals will eventually enter the country.
4. Insurance for Expatriates in Yangon
All expatriates will want to obtain international medical coverage if residing in Yangon. As noted above, any global health plan for an expat in the country should have medical evacuation and provide global medical treatment outside of Myanmar. You should also make sure that you have the necessary vaccinations that are recommended by the World Health Organization.
Here is a list of different types of insurance coverage you will want if you are planning to become an expatriate in Yangon: