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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 19th 2017

The local life tour was billed as energetic but I can't say that I was. My guide was Si-tu, his nickname from when he worked in Dubai and he arrived in his car. We took a taxi past the University to near the Kyeemyindaing railway station to see craftsmen working on artefacts for pagodas. Mainly they were inscriptions in plastic, creating plaques with a machine similar to an electric die cut machine and metal, nailing and hammering the entrance signs over the gates for monasteries. Shops there also made umbrellas in metal for the stupas. On the walk to a station on the circular route I was able to photograph a roadside tyre change outfit. A car with a flat pulled right next to us. The driver had been a merchant seaman so spoke some English, ... read more
Heat embossed plaque
On the circular train
The train yards at Yangon Central

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 19th 2017

I was checked into the Clover Hotel, Win Gaba Street by Chris, my guide for Yangon. As soon as our taxi pulled up the staff came out to collect my suitcase and I was ushered to a seat in the lobby. I am not used to this kind of travel. We were given glasses of orange juice whilst we completed the check in form. Chris produced a wallet with my printed itinerary, flight schedules and hotel vouchers as well as local maps and information leaflets. It was cool in the lobby but in the rooms air con only works whilst a keycard is in the slot. The room is huge, could fit our lounge and dining rooms into it! Breakfast Starts at 7 but I was there 15 minutes before and they were ready. A line ... read more
Door staff
Huge room
Breakfast

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 19th 2017

At 2.44 am according to my clock I woke after just a couple of hours sleep. I wondered whether the jetlag was affecting me as an hour later I was still awake. I looked out of the window and thought clouds were forming over Shwedagon and heard emergency vehicles. I went downstairs to smoke and as I stepped out a family arrived in a taxi. Their hotel was on fire! They got out with a small bag but were clearly in shock. Staff suggested that I go up to the second floor as it was the Kandagyi Palace across the lake in the park, less than a mile. I took my camera and was amazed to see flames showing above trees and to realized the clouds over Shwedagon was the smoke drifting across. As I did ... read more
Kandawgyi Palace hotel fire
Smoke around Shwedagon
Morning smoke

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 18th 2017

After the guided tour in which I felt too hot and bothered to wait for my fortune to be to be told, we left Shwedagon Pagoda by the north gate. It was a downhill walk to the restaurant, Aung Thuka. I was surprised to find that although part of the guided tour was to taste Myanmar food, Chris did not eat. He said he'd had breakfast and it was too early for lunch. I guess it was at 10.30 am but I was happy to try. A range of side dishes were served and I could choose a curry. The mildest was goat with either chickpeas or potato, I chose the latter. I still needed a fair amount of rice and the vegetables to make it cool enough for my ‘cat's tongue’, as they call it ... read more
Elephant sculpture
Statue of people in the park
Garden Centre

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 18th 2017

Thursday eve 19th Oct As I had a couple of hours before I need to sleep I thought I would walk the 10 minutes up the road to the large seated Buddha and maybe on to the reclining one. In half hour I am back. According to the map I reached the steps up to it so took my flip flops off and rustled in my bag for the camera. Dogs came to see if something was for them but did not come too close. As I climbed the steps other dogs began barking and coming down towards me - a man shooed them away but as I reached the top more came and seemed quite aggressive. I could not see what was in the buildings but to the right may have been the Buddha. That ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 18th 2017

Entering the Pagoda can be through any of the gates, North, South, East or West. By each there is a lift but we began at the East removing our flip flops (and putting into plastic bags as they were soaked), kind of guards watch to ensure no footwear, not even socks. Signs are in English with clear pictures, like road signs, banning inappropriate dress. After paying the entrance fee for foreigners, K8000 Chris took a selfie of the 2 of us and we began our walk around the stupa clockwise as is the tradition. It was not as crowded as he had expected being a national holiday and at no point did it feel a crush. Due to the rain the marble surface was extremely slippery and mats had been laid but I found they hurt ... read more
Green mats to walk on
One of the surrounding temples
A pavilion of Buddhas

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 18th 2017

This morning was my first tour with Mr Chris and he was waiting in the lobby when I went down at 7.30. A bit early but had the weather been fine it was best to walk in the cool. Torrential rain began about midnight and combined with jetlag it kept me awake until past 2, then was still heavy when I got up at 6. The benefit is that the temperature is only in the low 20s and walking in the rain most of the morning I even felt chilly! Who'd have thought. We walked down the street to the main road passing a couple of monasteries, apparently there are more than 80 in this part of Yangon surrounding the Shwedagon Pagoda. The intention was to see the many shops catering supplies for temples and monks ... read more
Old Yay Tar Shay Street
Old Yay Tar Shay Street Mohinga shop
Buyers choose their ingredients Mohinga shop

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 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

Europe » United Kingdom October 16th 2017

On my way at last! I took the local bus to Heathrow arriving just before 7 and Emirates check in was quick and efficient even making sure I have the visa letter for Myanmar. I'd printed my boarding passes but they issued them at the bag drop off anyhow. I made a couple of phone calls before heading to security. It was slow due to people like me whose bags were slid off to the side by machines. The security guy had to empty out absolutely everything, swab it all and try to identify what had triggered the search. The lady in front of me had the same issue. In her case she had a little bottle of liqueur which she had to drink and in mine it was a 19 ml toothpaste not in the ... read more
Prawn noodles for lunch
Inside Emirates economy




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