Monday 28th of february, we are just arrived in Rangoon (Yangon). The former capital is still the main point of entrance to Myanmar and one of the most visited city in the country.
We spent two days in Yangon mainly ridding a bike (rented for 1$ per day). We explore downtown Yangon and it main attraction such as Shwedagon Paya and Kandawgyi Lake.
Coming back to the guest house ridding the bike without light added a bit of chilly to the challenge that ridding a bike in busy Yangon already is. Since the government lowered the car taxes there is more and more cars in the street creating traffic jam at peak hours.
But we were so glad to be able to see the pagoda by night and during sunset.Bike is probably one of the easiest and cheap way to visit the city.
After our first day in Yangon, we decided to extend our stay by one more day before taking transport to go the south-east. Booking hotel in Myanmar is not an easy thing due mainly to the lack of offer. Which means that room available are really expensive in comparison to the poor standard thy offer but as well it is usually fully booked.
Our first impressions on Yangoon are quite positive. As soon as you go out of the airport (quite modern), you can feel that people are not too stressed and noisy behind their wheels
We quickly leaving Yangon the next day to go to the south-east. This will be another post.
On the 4th of february, when we come back from the Moon state (south east of Myanmar) we going back to Yangon by night bus. We met there a Canadian, Matt, with who we will spend part of the day in Yangon.
We go visiting the market. A lot of tiny streets, stalls everywhere. Some selling flip-flop, other local food, gems or fine art.
We had a nice suprise to find out some painting galleries, but understood how big the gems trade is big overthere.
On the evening of the 4th we picked up Isabelle and Andre from the airport after a long travel from France: Milan – Abu Dhabi – Bombay – Bangkok and finally Yangon.
But the good thing was that they brought back a lot of fresh product from France such as pate, foies gras and saucisson along with good ham. We were so happy of eating some good food after 4 months of travel.
The second part of our travel will start as soon as we have defined our itinerary. We will go roughly thtough Inle lac, then north east of Myanmar in Hispaw, Pyin oo Lwin, then Mandalay and finish it by Bagan.
voila, the program for the next two weeks. We will be in charge of discovering a new culture just opening to the world after 60 years of military dictatorship.
I finish this post with a gallery of pictures of Yangon.
A tres bientot, Caro et Jacques