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Oct 30, 2016 - Yangon(Rangoon)

Wake up call was at 4:45 this morning so we could have some breakfast at 5:30 and catch the bus to the airport at 6:00. The hotel put on a fabulous breakfast. We are finding that flying in this part of the world is much nicer than flying in the States, with nice, clean planes and even on our 1 hour flight to Burma, we were served breakfast. An OATS (Overseas Adventure Travel) guide was waiting for us at the Myanmar airport with a bus to take us on a tour before going to our hotel, to start us on our adventure. The first thing that we...

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Feb 14, 2016 - Yangoon

We awakened to a beautiful sunny day or so we thought. In the roof top restaurant it was so smoggy we could not see the Shwedagon Pagoda! Something we should have been able to see. We met Aung Linn and after a short drive,we walked through the markets--vegetables and meats and fruit. He pointed out different things naming them and leading us into the buildings to see the spices and herbs used. From here we went to Sule Pagoda which was wreathed in bamboo. What a shame. It is huge but does need repainting--in gold leaf paint. Sule Pagoda is...

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Nov 3, 2015 - Return to Yangon

The advantage of this type of group is the number of medics. Very kindly I have been given anti-vomiting drugs by Thomas (a Swiss psychologist). Andrea, a GP came to check on me and took my pulse and has kept an eye on me during the day. We are doing the long return coach journey to Yangon. Emma has given me her pillow for the journey and everyone has been very sympathetic. We pass a Government Party Rally, much smaller and less enthusiastic than the opposition. Sidney tells us those in the rally would have been given 5000 Kyats and free...

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Oct 31, 2015 - Around Yangon (or Rangoon)

Sidney, our Burmese guide, arrives to take us on a tour of Yangon. I managed a walk after breakfast along part of the amazing walkway over the lake outside the hotel. In the distance is a massive disused Royal Barge, gilded and just very slightly OTT! One area of the city has many colonial buildings, but many are sadly falling into disrepair due to lack of money to maintain or refurbish them. The once stunning art-deco facades are fading and windows rotting. It is rare that so many such buildings are grouped together within a city. It was...

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Oct 30, 2015 - To Yangon (Rangoon), Burma!

A leisurely start before we return to Bangkok Airport for our short flight to Yangon. Incredibly smooth, albeit several stages of security, and we are off! Watches altered as we gain a half hour, always a good way to go in time! Amazingly we are through immigration, including the Visa being authorised, and suitcases are on the carousel within half an hour!! Our driver is waiting and we discover that Yangon traffic is worse than in Bangkok!!! Buddhist monks and nuns abound on the streets and all men (apart from building site workers) are...

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Oct 31, 2013 - Yangon Day 2

Day 2 in Rangoon started out much nicer than day 1. We did not have to be on the road until 8:30. This gave us time to catch up on some sleep and have a leisurely breakfast. The Emerald Laurel Hotel did themselves proud. Their breakfast (brunch)was Asian, European, and American, and much more. We were determined not to over eat and eat only healthy foods, but one has to taste this and that. One thing we passed up was the pickled squib. The first journey of the day was exploring old down town Yangoon. Burma was under British rule until 1946...

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Jan 8, 2013 - Off to Rangoon

So, on Tuesday, 1/6, it was a taxi to Don Muang airport The regional Bangkok flights go from a different airport than the long-haul international flights (BKK). The approach into Rangoon was really neat, as there are golden temples visible from both sides of the plane. On the flight, my seatmate gave me some ideas on guest houses, since I had been unable to connect online with a place to stay. After we landed, he and I shared a taxi with him into the City. Traveling, at last! The guesthouse he had suggested and they were full, but they...

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Aug 13, 2007 - Burma Yangoon

The flight to Yangon Burma was a quick on 50 minutes. Once we arrived in Burma Brian and I had no idea what to expect. We were pleased to find lush tropical vegetation similar to a Cuban landscape. The landscape was not the only thing that bore resemblance to Cuba, the once grand British Colonial architecture was crumbling under the weight of the oppressive government. The brightly colored paint they used to try and conceal this was didn't hide the poor economy. For example, the government levies a 300% tax on foreign cars. Of course, no...

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Jul 1, 2005 - Yangon (Myanmar)

Caught an early flight to Yangon and we were greated with rain, I guess seeing as it is monsoon weather we should not have been surprised. We managed to get a taxi into town. Yangon like most big cities is not the nicest of places and because we were staying in the old part of town it was fairly run down. After being in the country for less than 3 hours we were already breaking the law!! We exchanged our money on the black market and I have to say it was all very dodgy, however, we got a very good exchange rate of $1 = 1,000 Kyat as apposed...

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