Yangon Trip : An Overview

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.

Our flight touch down at Yangon International Airport, Myanmar’s busiest hub. We’re gladly welcomed by a thick fog and a palace? No, it’s actually their domestic terminal building (shame on  NAIA)  We looked dumbfounded seeing it on a close distance. Architecture and design was stunning.

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 pictured out of an old, cramped and much like to NAIA 1 airport. Facepalm! forgive our ignorance. We stepped on to once best and modern airport in Southeast Asia. Aside from the vast space and clean terminal building, we noticed the organize flow of their immigration. The friendly airport staff together with their efficient immigration officers makes the foreign tourist at ease. Something our country Philippines should emulate.

We came to Myanmar just in time when the country lifted the visa requirement for Filipinos. We queued to Visa on arrival, filled some forms, got a chopped and was allowed to stay for 14 Days. Welcome to the Golden Land!

We brought some crisp dollars and change Ringgits to their local currency Kyat, pronounce as “Chat”. We’d been told that airport is the safest to do currency exchange. So we buy bundle of Kyat, enough to cover our three days stay.

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.

Also we visit the spectacular reclining buddha of Chauk Htat Gyi  in Yangon. Then we roam around the city center, before we head back to Aung Mingalar bus terminal for a night bus travel to Bagan.

We didn’t explored much of Yangon due to a hectic schedule. It surely deserves a revisit and that’s what we planned for our future travel.

City Wanderers,

Sky and Summer

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0 Replies to “Yangon Trip : An Overview”

  1. Majestic temple. I hope my kids will enjoy the temple when we visit Indonesia

  2. Dianne Salonga says: Reply

    I love the photos here! Looks like one of the cool place to travel in Asia.

  3. A history relic with such a marvelous insight deep within this structure. Peace with people who visited this place and really great.

  4. Rochkirstin Santos says: Reply

    Whoa, I wonder how those intricate designs were made in the past. The stones looked great as they are uniformly carved while standing the test of time.

  5. Wow, that surely looks majestic and tranquil to me. 1200 years old, just awesome. I hope to visit Borobudur next year.

  6. Wow! I wanna go to that place sometime. It looks so different from what I am used to. It surely looks like a nice place for meditation, but also for an #OOTD post. 😉

  7. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com says: Reply

    Wow, now, that's what an airport should look like! I wish NAIA would also have some character like that! I've never been to Myanmar. I heard the internet there is worse than the Philippines.

  8. I love the place, thanks so much for sharing this to us. The information, telling us why at the top of Arupadhatu, is a guide to all travelers that needs to have full meditation and enlightenment at the same time.

  9. I have blogged about this place but still nasa bucket list ko pa. Perhaps next year, I'll visit na this magical place.

  10. exlinkevents says: Reply

    This is included in my bucket list. I will go here next year 🙂 Thank you for whetting my appetite further.

  11. Enjoy your trip next year.

  12. Agreed on that OOTD post. But surely you'll be out of composure upon ascending the steep stairs going to the top.

  13. Welcome 🙂 It's really nice place for meditation.

  14. Borobudur is really an architectural wonder, building this massive temple is no feat.

  15. Visit na Papaleng, nakapag SG ka na nga. 🙂

  16. I can't agree more, it's calming presence creates peace of mind.

  17. Thanks Dianne. Borobudur draws million visitors in Indonesia, this is the most visited actually.

  18. Sure they will, by visiting this grandiose temple they will appreciate more about history and religion.

  19. Welcome Sir Orly. It's one of spectacular place we'd visited so far.

  20. Internet was so backward, Digital Nomads would surely scratching their heads. If you recall Dial Up then you know what I mean.

  21. All I can say is wow… It's such a nice historical site. What cause the abandonment of this place daw? I would love to hear a brief background story about this temple. ~Summer

  22. This hits two birds in one stone. You were able to visit a heritage attraction and you were able to achieve calmness and a meditative state.

  23. Thanks Mark. This is realy a must visit place in Indonesia.

  24. Indeed! a great place to di meditation.

  25. Hi Terry it was abandoned earlier as most people in Java embrace Islam and forget about buddhism. Only when Sir Raffles rediscovered it.

  26. Such a great place! I would love to visit this heritage in Indonesia. BTW you shot very well. Keep it up.!

  27. This is an architectural wonder indeed, always good to read about interesting places like this.

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