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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon November 20th 2016

We have had a couple of truck days taking us down to Yangon (Rangoon). I knew from reading the guide books that Yangon was a poor city, but it was sad to see the gap between rich and poor increasing as we drove through the suburbs. And once we got into the city the poverty became even more evident with families living along the waterside and the railway tracks. The hotel was average, with very intermittent wifi, and occasional hot water. However I went out exploring and spent some time on one of the bridges watching all of the to-ing and fro-ing on the river. Boats being mended and rowing boats being used to ferry people and goods across the river. On the second evening there a group of us went to the Karaweik Palace for ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon November 17th 2016

David here... As Suzanne has mentioned, we left KL feeling a little sad. KL is one of our favourite cities - easy to get around and to find things you want. But it is mainly due to the abundance of options you have in terms of food and drink, there really is everything you could want. It helped that our hotel was nice and in a good location for us, it did feel the sort of city you could relocate to very easily. I was feeling apprehensive as we were moving on to the first unknown quantity of the trip in Myanmar, or Burma if you like. We'd done Thailand and Malaysia before so knew what to expect. We knew Bali was going to be easy as it is a big tourist destination. But Myanmar? Under ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon September 8th 2016

Een kleine geschiedenisles is nodig om te begrijpen waar Myanmar nu staat. Na drie oorlogen werd Birma in 1885 een Britse kolonie. Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog werden de Britten verdreven door de Japanners, samen met hun Thaise bondgenoten. Deze bezetting duurde tot 1945, waarna het nog drie jaar duurde voordat de Britten Birma eindelijk opgaven. Belangrijk in de strijd voor onafhankelijkheid was Aung San, die na onafhankelijkheid ook leider van het land had moeten worden. Dit mocht echter niet zo zijn, in 1947 werd hij vermoord in het parlement door naar verluidt aanhangers van de militairen. Had deze moord niet plaatsgevonden, dan zou de geschiedenis van Birma er heel anders hebben uitgezien. Na jaren van onrust werd in 1962 een coup gepleegd en een socialistische staat opgericht, geleid door het leger. In 1964 werd het land ... read more
Kandawgy Lake
Koloniale gebouwen rond Sule Pagoda
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon August 30th 2016

Time to continue on with my Asian tales write ups, although I've been a bit slow at getting around to them, I'll get them done evenutally. After leaving HK I flew to Bangkok for a few days to meet up with a friend for some more travels. I’d been to Bangkok many years ago and was left undecided about the place, so I thought a second chance was in order and also I would be spending some time with someone who once lived there, which would hopefully give me a different perspective. However, I can’t say that after a second visit the city grew on me anymore, there is just something about Bangkok I am not too keen on. Ah well, it’s just not the city for me, I know many people love it there. The ... read more
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Yangon night market
Promenading on the Kandawgyi Lake

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon June 3rd 2016

First impressions of Myanmar...the people are SO! Nice. The nicest people I've come across so far, or at least on a par with the mountain people in Nepal. Such a change from India to see strangers smiling...and they actually laugh when you make a joke (not that my jokes are bad, but that Indians barely smile). Given that Myanmar only opened it's borders to foreigners five years ago I expected the development level to be similar to India or worse. How wrong I was, it's clean, they have garbage disposal, there's a “fashion”. The thing that's impressed me so far is the plug sockets! You could literally put any plug into them. We were off the plane and through the airport in less than an hour. I think these are the only immigration officers in the ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon March 8th 2016

Tata ! Bon avant toute chose nous sommes désolés du retard qu'on a pris sur le blog mais Internet au Myanmar c'est aussi fiable qu'une prostituée thaïlandaise et aussi lent qu'un éléphant sous opium... xD Donc pour résumer nous sommes partis de Kawthang avec un vieux bus sur des routes un peu flippantes (chemins de montagnes et petits ponts en bois) pour arriver à Myeik après 10 longues heures de trajet... Nous sommes restés un jour dans cette ville le temps de louer une petite moto et de visiter un temple, un centre commercial et une plage bien vaseuse. Ce fut une journée très agréable et le lendemain nous avons repris un bus direction Dawei. La nous sommes restés un peu plus longtemps (3 jours). Nous avons encore loué une petite moto semi-automatique et avons été ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon March 1st 2016

I work online so I need a good strong Internet connection. I have been in Thailand for about a month and so I needed to do a Visa run so I could get a new 30 day Visa to Thailand. So I thought I would sneak up to Myanmar for my Visa run and see how bad the Internet was. I had heard the Wifi sucks but you can tether your computer to your 3G cell phone and that the signal would be strong enough to do Skype audio only calls. Not so much. So I could only stay about 6 days, because the Internet infrastructure is just not there yet. So I spent 1 day in Yangon, 3 days in Bagan, and 2 days in Inle Lake ... and then back to civilization ... Bangkok. ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 23rd 2016

I awoke this morning feeling liberated with all the space in our room and the 15 foot ceiling. Breakfast was the full-meal deal and all you can eat. After stocking up for the day we headed out in search of the circular commuter train. Circular in the sense that it does a big loop around the city. We couldn't find anywhere to pay so just hopped on figuring someone would eventually come by. People are very friendly and were able to indicate to us where to get off. Our first objective was to find the night train to Mandalay ticket office. The smell of garbage and raw sewage, the noise of traffic and beeping horns, the assault of bright colours, abject poverty and the need to watch the uneven sidewalk and dance to avoid oncoming foot ... read more
Temple

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 22nd 2016

Found another cheap restaurant for breakfast in the same area as all the seafood joints that we somehow never managed to eat at. We seem to spend a lot of time going around in circles looking for places. We did however find a cheap and efficient way to the airport by taking the subway to the fast train. It cost a little more than the express bus but I didn't have to lug my knapsack as far. Public transport is half price for seniors so Claudette would flash her passport (not really necessary) and the agent would just assume that I was older than her and give me the same deal. So in all, it cost a total of $26 as compared to the $47 taxi ride in from the airport. All in all it is ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 15th 2016

There are many types of human chaos, but two seem to present themselves more often than others. The order of the day is the glaringly mechanical - planned, systematic, convenient and commercial, predictable, pre-packaged and microwavable, calculatingly manufactured for the optimization of human life; and then there is that lesser known chaos - the organic mass of humanity, flowing in no predictable order - a pattern that, try as you might you may, fails to establish. At times there is something to be said for chaos, and of the two, it has become the second that draws me in for more, pulls me around the next corner - and so it is with Yangon. It is scarcely imaginable that 5-million people make their home in a city where downtown is home to three-story buildings engulfed in ... read more
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