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CampariO

Yangon – Myanmar: 5 days 4 nights

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Back to the hotel for a shower and rest.

For dinner we went to the only German restaurant called “Mahlzeit” which had opened recently.

4 draft beer with 3 mains (salmon, roast pork, braised beef) came to almost 50.000 KS = 1460 Bt.

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Braised beef was 18.000 Ks = 530 Bt. 

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We took some drinks at the roof to bar called Cocoon.

The pineapple juize was 2000 Ks = 60 Bt, the Long island ice tea 5000 KS = 145 Bt, the Zombie 7000 Ks = 205 Bt.

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Not much to see from the roof other than some illuminated pagodas in the distance.

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Day 3: Bogyoke Park/Kandawgyi Lake, Karaweik Palace, Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and circular train ride

The Karaweik Palace is inside the Bogyoke Park at the Kandawgyi Lake. Entrance fee to the park was 300 Ks per person = 10 Bt and a camera fee of 500 Ks = 15 Bt.

The palace cannot be entered in the daytime but you can book a dinner show for 35000 KS = 1000 Bt.

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A wooden walkway leads a bit along the lake.

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A couple of school kids admiring the wall paintings

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The teacher was ringing the bell.

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Asked her where I could pick up my free drink now.

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She didn’t reply but the others wanted me to take their photo.

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Ever wondered about the yellowish power in the girls faces? It comes from the barks of this wood:

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Ground and mixed with a bit of water

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Little girl cleaning the bark with a brush.

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Time for the train ride: the circular train of Yangon.

It takes 3 hours to complete the round but you can get off at any station and either go back the other direction or by taxi.

The railway station

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Ticket counter for the other trains

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Waiting hall

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The train usually leaves from platform 7 where the tickets are sold.

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The route:

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The train can be taken ever 40 minutes.

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The circular train entering the station.

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Slow, not comfortable, no air condition, the fans are not working, no toilets. 

 

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Sales people enter the train at different stations to sell their goods.

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The sight along the track are not so nice, but it is the train ride itself and the people watching on the train that makes this a memorable event.

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We got out after a couple of stations.

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It started pissing down and the metal window covers were lowered.

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Choice of food for tonights dinner was Thai in the Mai Thai restaurant.

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Day 4: Ngahtatgyi Pagoda

This day was for the remaining sites. Not much was left, we didn’t fancy the national museum, Taukkyan War Cemetery or boat ride on the river, so decided to take a taxi to the Meilamu Paya (Paya = Pagoda), the Disneyland of pagodas and stupas.

Well, we found it a bit disappointing.

Took over 30 minutes for the 11 km taxi ride, the taxi had no AC and during the traffic jams the sweat was running down my back.

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Nice hair! You can see many women with long hair, hers reaching about her knees.

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The remainder of the day we spend exploring some streets and shopping.

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KFC girl

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Sugar cane

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You can sit in front of this pot and eat some meat on sticks.

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Some pizza at the Yangon Pizza Factory near our hotel.

Pizza was 12000 Ks = 350 Bt, the larke Myanmar beer 1500 KS = 45 Bt, the Rum sour 3500 Bt = 100 Bt.

 

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A sugar cane stick for stirring. Tasted nice to chew on it: the sweetness mixed perfectly with the lemon and rum.

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I enjoyed sitting there and watching the people walking by. A bit different to walking street.

 

The lottery seller. In Thailand this shop would be surrounded by Thais.

He was waiting there maybe an hour before he moved on, had not one single customer.

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Day 5: Return to Bangkok

The Yangon immigration was again deserted. The terminal 1 is under renovation, there was only a temporary duty free shop selling some alcohol and cigarettes.

Three restaurants: Burger King, Thai food and Japanese food.

Some snaps during take-off.

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Back in Thailand at Don Muangs immigration, there were 10 immigration officers checking the passports in the foreigner section.

There was a queue of 30 people for each officer, had to wait 50 minutes. The Chinese had their own queues.

 

Some maps for better orientation:

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This was the plan for the second day, but we visited Shwedagon and the park on the first day already and the rest on day 3, left out the Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda.

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This was day 2:

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