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CampariO

Yangon – Myanmar: 5 days 4 nights

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Needed to do a visa run, so used the opportunity to visit Yangon together with Mrs. CampariO and her sister in law.
Applied for an E-visa which arrived 1 day after, the ladies can get a visa exempt at the immigration in Yangon. Booked Air Asia for 2200 Bt/person, drove by car to Don Muang.


Day 1: Flight from BKK to Yangon, Visit Shwedagon Pagoda and park


The terminal 2 is now open

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Between terminal 1 and 2 is a large food court with a good choice of eateries.


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Checked in online, there is a remark on top of the boarding pass to do the document check (checking the e-visa) which is done in BKK at the gate while in Yangon at the baggage drop.


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Since when do they have the flight info in Chinese?


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Immigration in Yangon was deserted, The 10 officers could handle the visitors easily. Out of the customs control there is a money exchange, got 1194 Kyat to the USD (have to pay 1190 Kyat for a USD). Read on the net that changing at the airport is the best option, saw money changer in the shopping areas but no rate advertised except at one place which gave 1190 a day later.

I will give prices in Baht so it might be easier to compare. The Baht is not generally accepted, one of the market places gave a much better price in Baht than in Kyat though.

Opposite to the money exchange is a taxi stand, paid 7000 Kyat = 205 Baht to the Hotel accord near the Shwedagon pagoda, a 30 minutes ride.

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They take your name, you get a ticket and a guy accompanies you to the taxi. You pay the taxi driver at the destination.

On the way back I paid 6500 Kyat, price was negotiated by the hotel employee.

The hotel was new, one of the reasons I selected it via Agoda. Paid 5500 for a twin room incl. breakfast and city view, was offered an upgrade for 500 Bt to a suite during the booking process. When checking in we got the executeive suite which had a kitchen corner, but the city view was rather a view to the wall of the next door building.

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The other room was downgraded to a single bed as the hotel was overbooked, the view was not much better:

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As we had taken the midday flight we had some time to explore the area which we did on foot as the traffic was horrible in Yangon. Motobikes are not allowed in the city.

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School’s out

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After a couple of minutes we arrived at one of the 4 entrances of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

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Before we entered we visited first the neighbouring garden/park.

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Free water for your refreshment along the way.

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The area stank of bird shit.

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You have to take of shoes and socks if you enter the pagodas and temples. The floor looked too dirty so we just took some pics from the distance.

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Some rats were looking curiously.

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Back to the Shwedagon pagoda.

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A couple of souvenir shops on the way up. Another entrance has an escalator.

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Entrance fee is 8000 Kyat = 235 Baht for foreigners.

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No idea what she was selling, maybe some gold leaves.

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Time for dinner at Sharkie’s, not far from our hotel. Unfortunately they didn’t sell any beer but the Chilli chicken 12000 Ks = 350 Bt and the burger for 14000 Ks = 410 Bt were excellent.

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The staff had a little problem to understand English:

“Do you have beer?”

“No.”

“Why?”

"You want wine?"

“No, why don’t you have beer?”

“You want the wine list?”

“No, thank you. Do you have rice?

“What?

“Rice”

“?????”

Typing “rice” into my phone and show it to the waiter.

“Ahhh, rice, no rice.”

 

View of the Shwedagon Pagoda from the roof top of our hotel.

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Day 2: Botataung Pagoda, river and jetty, Ministers Office, Sule Pagoda, Mahabandoola Garden, City Hall + Independence Monument, Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, China town and Bogyoke Market

We drove to the Botataung Pagoda by taxi, around 3500-4000 Ks = 100-120 Baht.

Entrance fee was 6000 Ks = 175 Bt.

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One can enter the stupa which is completely covered in gold paint.

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Buddhas hair relict can be seen through a glass window.

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The girls were rather excited about this guy here as he is very well known to bring good luck when he is touching with his finger your forehead.

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Putting some Kyats between the book sheets seems to be from advantage as well. Maybe makes you clever? No idea.

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Some trinkets of the finger pointer.

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There is a pier near the Pagoda.

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We then drove a short distance to the jetty. The most of the following sights of this day could be covered on foot.

Looks like they were living there.

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Street kids accommodation near the pier?

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Getting closer to China town

 (the 24th, 23rd, 22nd, 20th, 19th and 18th Streets and Bo Ywe, Latha and Sint Oh Dan Roads)

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The girls were getting tired and hungry so we took a cab to the Bogyoke Market.

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Some noodle soup

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A chicken dish with bell pepper that tasted nice, 4000 Ks = 120 Bt.

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Pocari sweat? WTF?

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A can of coke usually costs 500 Ks or 15 Bt. Had a Mango lassie for 2000 KS = 60 Bt.

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The market is a huge hall with some more buildings and small streets around.

Hey, a fire extinguisher. Do they have these in Thai markets as well?

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