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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon August 9th 2015

Sunday, 9th August 2015 Happy 50th Birthday, Singapore. Day three in Yangon. We were off to the Shwedagon Pagoda after breakfast this morning. Located about 2.5km north of the city centre, the temple was a short taxi ride from our hotel in downtown Yangon. Entry fees was a hefty 8,000 kyats for foreigners. We passed by a few of the souvenir shops at the south gate before making our way to the temple. Surprisingly, the only determined touts we encountered were the flower sellers rather than the temple guides (reminded me of those street vendors that I encountered at the Guanyin Temple in Singapore). It was a hot day when we visited but there were many sheltered spots for us to take cover from the sun. After paying my respects and taken the "been there, done ... read more
At the Strand Hotel, Yangon
An afternoon tea affair
Colonial settings

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon August 8th 2015

Saturday, 8th August 2015 We started our day at the 999 Shan Noodle Shop for this seemed to be a highly recommended place for breakfast. We found the place to be spotlessly clean and neat together with very welcoming wait-staffs. Our soup noodles was really delicious and flavourful even though it contained only a small portion of meat. With budget friendly prices, we made a pact to return every morning before starting our day in the city. During our time in Yangon, we tried our best in search of the best coffee at local joints. It turned out to be a rather futile attempt as we were not very satisfied with our finds. The local coffee was laiden with milk and it was too sweet for our liking. It didn't help that the coffee powder was ... read more
My breakfast
The high court building
Sule Pagoda by day

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon August 7th 2015

Friday, 7th August 2015 Myanmar became the 21st country I visited following our five-day vacation in Yangon, the former capital of the country. I flew off in the evening of 7th August from Singapore to meet H who had arrived at Yangon an hour earlier. Like a typical developing country, the streets along the city centre were dimly litted and there were a couple of rats running around along the side alleys from time to time. After settling down at our hotel at Clover City Centre, we decided to explore the immediate neighbourhood on foot. KFC had just opened its first restaurant at Yangon along the busy Bo Gyoke Road - some sort of the CBD where it was littered with skyscrapers like the Sakura Tower and the Shangri-La Hotel. We had Korean Fried Chicken for ... read more
My journey to Yangon

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon June 13th 2015

My last few days were spent in Yangon with an old high school friend. He's made a few appearances in my blog before, but usually because he's been visiting the city I'm in. Now, it's my turn! We're quite pleased that we've not only been friends for over 20 years, but that we've also managed to spend time together in four countries so far. It was great to see Yangon through his eyes, meeting his friends, seeing places he loves, getting an idea what it's really like to live there, rather than just travel through. He took me out and about, giving me a guided tour of historic sites, favorite restaurants, basic shops, and the bank. (As a former bank employee, I always find foreign banks interesting. And in this case, wonderfully air conditioned.) I'm already ... read more
Our Spread
Lunch
Coffee time

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon June 1st 2015

I arrived in Yangon after dark, exchanged money at the airport (not a bad rate, actually), and hopped in a cab. My taxi driver sat on the right and drove on the right, the first of many things that would baffle me in this new place. Along the way to my hostel, he pointed out a popular park, a university where someone he knows does something (he's a bit of a mumbler), and a few other sights. He helped me find my hostel since there was no sign, and I climbed a few stairs to wait for the elevator. Next to it a sign read: 4 people max. Either this was a very small elevator or I had better hold my breath and cross my fingers; I never did figure out which it was. My adventure ... read more
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
I made new friends

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon May 13th 2015

Lief Dagboek, ;) Alweer bijna een maand geleden dat ik uit Nederland ben vertrokken. Heel cliché maar het voelt als gisteren en als vorig jaar tegelijk. Wat heb ik al weer veel nieuwe plekken gezien, mensen ontmoet, me verbaasd en verwonderd, me gelukkig en eenzaam tegelijk gevoeld. Om mezelf te trakteren en een beetje te acclimatiseren heb ik na m’ n vertrek twee weken in Thailand rondgereisd. Dat was een groot feest bestaande uit een aaneenschakeling van pardijselijke stranden, strandfeesten, snorkeltours, jungletochten, meer strandfeesten, lekker eten, semi lekker bier, leuke mensen, chillheid! Ik had wel even nodig om te onthaasten en te ont moeten. Ik ben zo gewend om veel fijne mensen en informatie om me heen te hebben en constant wat te doen te hebben dat ik even weer moest leren om mezelf soms te ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon April 13th 2015

I'm going to be brief on this one for multiple reasons. One, I'm tired; sitting in the hot sun getting soaked by kids throwing water and goth/punk/hip-hop teens spraying you with hoses gets exhausting (more on it later). Two, I've been doing quite a few blogs. Three, there are rolling black outs so I'm not sure how much time I'll have before I lose the interwebs. So... When we first got to Yangon we actually had quite a lot of administrative stuff to take care of. As I've mentioned we had to fill out a lot of paper work for our residency applications and that was made significantly harder by the power outages that are a near daily occurance in Yangon. We did manage to sneak in a few nice pagodas and checked out the downtown ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 27th 2015

We landed in Yangon around 6pm after a quick flight from Bangkok. The city of Yangon was a lot bigger than we expected. Taking in our surroundings in our cab we commented on how modern/built up it was, it was pretty dark by that point so our views were quite limited. One thing we did notice however was that most of the men and boys wore traditional long wrapped bottoms (like skirts). We later found out these are called 'paso' for the men whilst the women wear 'longi'. Although similar in design the pattern for men was mainly simple chequed patterns while women wear far more intricately patterned bright and colourful designs. Our hostel was in a small street in chinatown. Most places close by 10pm and as we didn't know much about the surrounding area ... read more
Busy street in Yangon
In the walkway towards the Shwedagon temple
About to sample some local grub

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 19th 2015

TURPLANLEGGINGEN Vi startet i god tid og sjekket tilbud fra ulike reiseselskaper, men endte med et opplegg laget spesielt for oss to av Astri Hole Fredriksen, som bor i Myanmar og jobber i et reisebyrå i Yangon: Signatur Myanmar (signature.myanmar@gmail.com). Hun er også agent for store norske reisebyråer som har turopplegg til Myanmar. I forbindelse med planleggingen har hun vært utrolig hjelpsom. Hun har arrangert alt fra vi landet i Yangon og til vi reiser hjem. Opplegget er som følger: 2 netter i Yangon med bil, sjåfør og guide. 3 netter på/ved Inle Lake med egen båt, båtfører og guide. 4 netter i Bagan med bil, sjåfør og guide. 6 netter på en strandresort på Ngapali beach med bil og sjåfør til og fra flyplassen. /u... read more
Shwedagon Pagoden
Shwedagon Pagoden
Sykkeldrosje gjennom fattigområdene

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 11th 2015

Walked around the main center of the city where government buildings are located. Independence Hall, Sule Pagoda -- many buildings are from the colonial era under British rule. Scott Market where locals hang out and to the much revered Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, the huge reclining Buddha which is 236 feet long. For us, the most interesting part of the day was our visit to Dala Village. This is where the common people live (about 100,000) and is across the river from Yangon. To get to Dala we took the ferry boat across the river, interacting with the locals, especially the children who were selling bags of food for the sea gulls following the ferry and caught the pellets in mid-air. Once in Dala we took a tri-shaw ride (bike) through various parts of the village. Locals were ... read more
Dala Village
Dala
Water collection.




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