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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 11th 2005

Have spent 3 nights at the '3 Seasons Hotel' and Win Bo will arrange my flight north to Mandalay, probably for Wednesday. Have had meals in streets around the guesthouse, i.e. the Lashio Lay Shan Restaurant was quite good, i.e. 2 chicken servings/one masala and other spicy, plus a fried veg serving, plus rice, and large servings, plus a large Tiger beer, and all for 3900Kyat. For a splurge, one afternoon, walked down to the 50th Street Bar & Grill, at 9-13 50th Street, toward Merchant St end, for a quite good pizza plus 2 Tiger draughts, all for $12 (but converted to Kyat for me). Note: regarding meals, the breakfast at '3 Seasons' is huge, i.e. either an eggs/toast breakfast with 4 kinds of fruit and a honey-pancake, or a Burmese-style chicken/coconut milk soup breakfast, ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 9th 2005

Flew with Bangkok Airways from Bangkok to Yangon. $5 'fixed' taxi into city shared with young American lad, and went to 'The Haven Inn' at 216 Bo Myat Tun St but, guesthouse was full so owner took me to their second guesthouse, a couple blocks away. The 'Three Seasons Hotel' is at 83-85 52nd Street; a single (twin bed) air-con room (necessary!) with shower for $12 night. Very clean with spotless teak floors and surroundings. Win Lo is houseboy & very helpful, plus Ms. Hla Hla is manager and changes $US at 1100Kyat/$, a reasonable rate. 1st full day of Friday, caught taxi for 1500Kyat to the Shwedagon Paya to spend morning touring site. Entry cost 7500Kyat and the guide, Nay Lin Pxeng charged $5 for his extensive tour of pagoda; note well worth the $5 ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon November 21st 2005

Current capital of Myanmar, bustling port town on the flat plains alongside the Yangon River. The Myanmar regime was in the process of moving the capital to a secret alternative destination when I arrived, possibly the 5 mile column of army vehicles that were heading away from Yangon as our luxury bus made it's way towards the city was related to this move. Possibly. Or it could have been another inexplicable military movement, redeployment or reinforcement. This blog entry will be short. I spent an entire day in Yangon, problems with the travelblog server meant that I had to get back to Bangkok as quickly as possible. One day to change my ticket and visit Shwedagon Paya, one of the most holy sites in the entire Buddhist world. Shwedagon Paya is impressive, beautiful and gaudy, covered ... read more
Entrance to Shwedagon Paya
Stairs at Shwedagon Paya
Zedi at Shwedagon Paya

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon November 14th 2005

Myanmar has three happiest days in their life days in their lifetime. Wedding day, the last day of the monk hood and releasing from jail”. Of these occasions, today I would like to present you about the Myanmar wedding ceremony. First of all, my presentation will not cover the complete sample of all of our ethnic groups due to the time limitation. Anyway, I will try to express the common and prominent type of Myanmar wedding ceremony as much as I can. A Myanmar girl has three occasions of Mingalar , Auspiciousness, in her life as a baby when she is given a name, then in her puberty, having her ears bored so that she may adorn herself with family jewels. The last and most important is her wedding day and aptly enough a wedding is ... read more
Wedding ceremony
Myanmar Wedding ceremony

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon August 17th 2005

1. Enter on a schmick-looking Bangkok Airways flight carrying only 16 people. Look miffed given that one only has six rows to oneself. 2. Make disapproving tutt tutt noises at fellow travellers having visa issues and holding up the queue of two. 3. When accosted by touts and money changers, confound them by acting as an ambassador of goodwill, smiling and replying "yes, thank you, I've packed my white bikini". 4. In the process, fail to notice worried-looking Burmese driver holding up sign with one's name on it. 5. Walk daintily past sweating taxi drivers gesticulating in rusting Datsun taxis and step into waiting 4WD whilst one's (friend's) driver struggles with one's backpack and tripod. 6. Driven to friend's three story house where one is given a room the size of shipping container (complete with ensuite ... read more
Shwedagon
Rushing through Shwedagon
Government Service Workers

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 15th 2004

I was fortunate enough yesterday to go to Rangoon for work - quick stop at the office in the morning, followed by sightseeing - Shwedagon Pagoda and Bojok Market - then a delicious lunch with my Burmese colleagues before flying back to Bangers. I didn't really expect Rangoon to be depressing, from reports I'd heard from friends who've been there. But it was so totally normal and quiet, which I didn't expect either. The streets were ordered, there were big green parks, nature strips next to pavements - nothing like Bangkok or Phnom Penh. What was particularly striking was the lack of motorcycles - since a General killed a motorcyclist a few years, while he was driving his big car, no motorbikes are allowed in Rangoon (except for the police and military) - clearly, it was ... read more
View from entry to Shwedagon
Buddha
Statue

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 24th 1974

Missionary friends of ours living in Chiang Mai were planning to visit the churches in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar) over Christmas week. They asked if we wanted to come along. We thought that would be great to visit this closed country with someone who knew where to go. We both applied for visas, but theirs were denied, perhaps because of their occupation. They encouraged us to go, and we could take some things to the church that they were going to take. So we did. 24 December 1974 Tuesday. We flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and then from Bangkok to Rangoon, arriving about 8 pm. While waiting for our bags, we noted that all the shops and money exchangers were closed. There was a strict prohibition against using foreign currency in Burma, so we ... read more
We stayed at the Tamada Hotel
Judson Chapel where we went to the Christmas day service
Crumbling buildings from the British colonial era




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