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

Our Final Entry!!! Day 24-Wednesday-February 3 Inle Lake-Yangon We had a 5:45 wake-up call and got the bags out in time. After breakfast, we boarded the buses at 7:00 for the ride to Heho Airport for our 9:30 flight to Yangon and back to the Sule Shangri-La Hotel after another long and traffic-congested ride. Traffic is bad here almost any time of day. We got checked into the hotel and split an order of fish & chips. Doug went down to the Concierge and got the stuff that we stored there while in Inle Lake. We then rested for the afternoon. Doug worked on the blog. Later on we decided to order room service. Annette wanted that great grilled salmon that she had during our last stay. Doug had French onion soup and a big chicken ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon January 31st 2016

Day 21-Sunday-January 31 This morning we checked out of the Sule Shangri-La and got on the bus for the airport at 8:30 to catch our flight at 11:00 to Inle Lake. Inle Lake is located in the heart of the Shan Plateau. It is a beautiful highland lake, 2,950 feet above sea level. The lake is 13.7 miles long and 6.2 miles across, and inhabited by many different ethnic nationals of the area. The Intha people are the lake dwellers who are unique for their leg rowing. Leg rowed traditional boats are the main ceremonial attractions of Inle Lake. The Intha people are hard-working. Cigar-rolling and weaving are the women's work. One tradition says that the Intha people living on Lake Inle are the descendants of those who fled from Dawei, about 500 miles to the ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon January 30th 2016

Day 20-Saturday-January 30 This morning we woke up early to get our bags in the hallway. After breakfast, we boarded 2 buses for our 7 hours ride to Yangon. We made a stop for lunch at an interesting place and had a small package lunch that was prepared by the ship. Upon reaching Yangon, we got involved with the usual traffic congestion. We drove by a lot of present and former military compounds and the driver took us past Aung San Suu Kyi’s home that showed the NLD (National League for Democracy) party signage. We finally arrived at the Sule Shangri La around 3:00. After checking in, Duli gave us a briefing about the different departure information as a number of folks were going different places. We relaxed a bit and decided to have room service ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon January 25th 2016

Monday 25th January 2016 To get from Laos to Myanmar we opted to travel by air, which on research seemed to be the best way to go, to be followed by a network of bus trips to get us through the country. After packing up our backpacks, our first flight of the day was mid morning and would take us as far as Bangkok on a 55 minute flight. We were travelling with Bangkok Airways, which has been our favourite airline so far providing a free lounge with free food, drink, wifi and comfy seating. Bonus! Especially important when you have time to spare on a stopover. After a 4hr wait in Bangkok airport we boarded our 2nd plane for another short 1 hour flight to Yangon. Although both flights together only equated to 2 hours ... read more
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