Rangoon, or Burmese Yangon, is actually not a particularly old city, although an initial settlement in the same place dates back about 2,500 years. But, even though the town itself is not old, it creates, more than any other Southeast Asian capital that I know,an impression of a town from the past. The reason: within the past 30 years, little has changed.
The city itself features few highrises and practically no traffic congestion. What moves in the streets, fringed by buildings in various states of dilapidation, are pedestrians and bicyclists.