08:00 01/05/2014 In recent years, Myanmar or known as Burma, gains a hype in the traveling sphere. It was the result of relaxing it’s visa policy and opening it’s door for tourism. A country shared boundaries with Thailand and Laos on the east, China on the north and Bangladesh on the west. It’s famous for century old temples, golden pagoda and stupas, scenic landscape and rich culture. We’d been sold and vow to visit this country even before hearing those words. Just the Shwedagon was an enough reason. Over a year ago, in time for a long weekend, we packed our bag and fly to the last frontier of Asia.
We foresee a ramp to be in place after deplaning but surprisingly exiting on a tube. Okay, that was unexpected. Then we walk towards to arrival hall and got a shock of our life. Whoa!
We took a cab from airport going to the bus terminal, to secure our tickets for Bagan. Along the journey, we glimpse the daily lives of Burmese people. Life was simple, clear absence of sophistication. Most of them look preoccupied while others shows good temperament. Visiting Yangon is a good immersion for spoiled brats. Bit overwhelmed on what we saw.
We’re kinda surprised seeing men wearing some long skirts, called longyi. We may not know the rationale of wearing it but it’s intriguing. Younger woman had jasmine flowers laced on their hair while majority of females have thanaka on their faces. It’s quite amusing, and had tried these customs when we’re at Bagan.
|Friendly Burmese kids outside Shwedagon Pagoda|
We reached to our destination via public transport from Aung Mingalar bus terminal. We walk a bit and ascended to the famous landmark in Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Details on a separate post.