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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 17th 2017

I am typing this whilst having supper. I didn't think I would want to eat after the great food on the flights but I am in the Clover Hotel café at the top of the building, 7th floor. Chicken and rice is going down a treat. With papaya and Sprite I really feel I am back in SE Asia. The flight was on time, immigration petty quick and bag on the carousel within 20 minutes. I was surprised to see a duty free shop in the baggage hall and bought my cigarettes on my card so I really am fully prepared now. Oh, take that back, I can't find as pen anywhere, what a daft thing not to pack. Chris, was at the exit to meet me. He helped me to change my US dollars into ... read more
First view of Shwedagon from Clover dining room
view of Shwedagon from Clover dining room

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 17th 2017

The Yangon drive from airport was more stop than go and took over an hour. Chris told me some history of the city, (didn't like to say I'd read it in preparation for traveling), explained how to agree a price for the ride before getting in a taxi and told me a bit about himself. He was in Singapore for 5 years after being a student in Yangon. He began guiding in 2010. Out of the window I saw little trucks with people lying on stuff in the back, expensive cars with closed windows for aircon, cheaper cars with open windows, small Hyundai buses full of commuters and all of them in crush to get along the streets and often switching lanes or turning left dodging the oncoming traffic. Many streets had small shack-like stalls reminding ... read more
Shwedagon from hotel café
Apartment block Win Gabar Street
Win Gabar Street

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 8th 2017

Jo John picked us up at the Hotel at 9am and we set off for the day sightseeing beautiful Yangon. Swedadagon Pagoda - Truly amazing and one of the wonders of Myanmar culture. We then had a coconut water and the inside of the coconut very nice on a hot day. Reclining Buddha in downtown Yangon 65 meters long and 16 meters high, housed in a big shed North of Kandawgyi Lake completed renovation in 1907 by the Buddhists and foreign tourist donations. National Museum located in Dagon of Burmese art, history and culture in Myanmar. Founded in 1952, the five-story museum has an extensive collection of ancient artifacts, ornaments, works of art inscriptions and historic memorabilia related to the history, culture and civilization of Burmese people. Kandawgyi Lake one of two major lakes in Yangon. ... read more
Entrance to the Temple
Beautiful Nuns and monks
Floating Restaurant on Kandawgyi LakeSC_0077

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon September 22nd 2017

As you may recall, Yangon was my first stop on my Myanmar journey, but I left after only one full day because Bagan beckoned. I'm now back in Yangon. What a journey this has been. Arriving Back At Yangon I flew from Mandalay to Yangon on Wednesday, September 20th. As this was my last stop in Myanmar, I decided to splurge a little on a three star hotel. I chose the Hotel Grand United on 21st Street. Since this was the low season, the room price wasn't too bad at US$40 per night. It started pouring the minute I landed at Yangon airport. The taxi ride into town was in heavy rain, and it persisted until the late afternoon. Thankfully, this hotel's wifi was quite decent, so I watched Netflix while waiting for the rain to ... read more
Cover Band at Park Royal
Yangon Circular Train
Yangon Circular Train

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon September 5th 2017

When I left off on my last entry, I was feeling fatigued and unsure if I could sustain this travel. After Australia, I went to Singapore for four days. Family, friends, and food helped lift my spirits. A painful but much needed massage helped relax my weary muscles and joints. And, I had an unexpected boost to my post-travel job prospects. With all this happening, I got my spring back and I felt ready to tackle Myanmar! First Impressions of Yangon I landed in Yangon mid-afternoon on Monday September 4th. After stepping into an airport taxi, I realized something didn't feel right. It took me about ten minutes before I figured out what was wrong: almost all the steering wheels I saw were on the right... and the cars drive on the right. I asked the ... read more
Downtown Yangon
Downtown Yangon
Sule Pagoda

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon March 20th 2017

It has been a rough couple of weeks. First there was the ordeal in the Himalayas and then more cold weather, squat toilets and bucket showers in Darjeeling. It's in times like these that you...really want your Mum. Not that I'm really a mama's boy but I haven't seen her in two years and after all this travelling and everything I've been through it would be so nice to see a familiar face again...and they don't come more familiar than that of your own mother! And I will be seeing her; she is currently living in Kuala Lumpur and had a week's holiday in March, so I invited her to come and meet me in Yangon (formerly Rangoon), since it isn't that far away from her and flights were cheap. She had said recently that she ... read more
Apartment Block
Chaukhtatgyi Paya
Old High Court

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon March 5th 2017

Today I was walking down the streets of Macau when suddenly I got stopped by someting so unseemingly familiar. Just a faint smell, hitting my nostrils and catapulting me back in time. I literally stopped on a pedestrian walk and tried to figure out what just happened. Fried onion I thought. Nothing special, I fry onion all the time. But on that pedestrian walk, on this sunny afternoon the faint smell of fried onion triggered something in my brain. Something that reminded me on my elementary school days. Something that reminded me of my grandmother. Me, barely 6-7 years old, helping my grandma to flatten out dough to make her special potato gnocchi. Of course I was of no help at all, but I am sure my grandma loved to see me try at least. I ... read more
Yangon
Yangon
Yangon

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 30th 2016

Shwedagon Pagoda, with its surfeit of gold, and plethora of Buddhas can be dizzying. Best to start small. The history Legend has it that two traders from Burma took 500 bullock carts full of goods to India. There they met Gautama Buddha as he was meditating under a bodhi tree. Even though Guatama had not yet been revealed as The Enlightened One, the brothers recognized him and gave him a gift of honey cake. Gautama was so thankful he pulled eight hairs from his head and gave them to the two brothers. They headed home, but on the way they were robbed, and four of the sacred hairs were taken from them. On their return, King Okkalapa honored them with a grand celebration. It had been decided that these relics would be housed in a shrine ... read more
young novice Shinbyu ceremony
Shwedagon2
an abundance of gold

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 26th 2016

Getting to Yangon was probably more difficult than getting into Yangon. First, a little background: Up until the elections held in Myanmar in December 2015, when the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, won in a landslide, the United States had placed sanctions on Myanmar for human rights violations. The US lifted the restrictions on certain financial transactions in May of 2016, and lifted all sanctions in October. I waited until The NLD took office in April 2016 before booking this trip, because, you know, human rights violations and sanctions. Pretty much everyone needs a visa to enter Myanmar, except citizens of ASEAN countries. (Curiously, Indonesia, though an ASEAN country, does not qualify for a visa waiver.) The good news is that you can get your visa online, and the ... read more
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View from my hotel

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 26th 2016

Another early start, this time for the taxi to HeHo Airport for our flight to Yangon. Apart from feeling incredibly sick and having to pay £3 for a small packet of mcvities choc digestives to settle my stomach, the flight was fine and we were soon in another taxi on our way to our hostel for the night. We chose the Yangon Hub as it was the nearest place we could find with fairly decent reviews to the airport as we read that the traffic was mental here. Luckily Howard had his google map thingy as he had to direct the taxi driver through the back streets to the hostel! We had booked the deluxe ensuite room so hopes were high, oh foolish me. Our room was a box next to reception, it did have a ... read more
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda




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