Naypyidaw Ghost TownGnome town of Naypyidaw
But a beautiful city in a ghost town - a look back at PARKROYAL Nay Pyi Taw, Naypyidaw, Myanmar
Of course, the disadvantage was the morning tea and the break during the meeting. Even though the latest Nescafé coffeemaker was placed over the morning snack bars, the coffeemaker turned out to be bland. It was only the coffe, which costs me $5 a mug at the coffeebar, that was really sweet.
So I have chosen to take my own cup of tea and butt if I have to spend more than a few nights in Nay Pyi Daw. It was also a great place to chill out, as it was almost always abandoned and the swimming pools and gymnasium were great too.
Naypyidaw - the most cool ghost town of all time
I have ever been to. Naypyitaw is one of the most cool places in the game. NPT - Naypyidaw a. k.a. Nay Pyi Taw (this is not a typing error - T is the offical spelling) or NPT for a little bit is Burma's new city. The Myanmar military regime secretly established it in the early 2000s and declared it the country's new capitol in November 2005.
Ten years later, all but one of the messages are still in Rangoon. There are almost 1 million official residents in the town. Town seems empty. Blank by humans and empty by automobiles. This is how it got its nickname'The Ghost Town of Myanmar'. I was on my way when I learned the Naypyidaw tale.
To leave Rangoon proved quite a work. The JJ Express VIP shuttle terminal (highly recommended) was close to the airfield, so it took me almost two hour to get there and was more than the price of the coach tick. $10 for a cab to the Yangon central and $7 from Rangoon to Naypyidaw.
Busstation wasn't anything I've ever seen. More like a lively town or even a small town. Scandia has several hundred busses (many from Scandia), minibuses, delivery trucks and cabs that take you to the train stations. For a full-sized sofa, the help of three persons was needed to take her out of the ward on a walk.
The visit to the coach terminal was an adventure in itself. Dumping passengers at their destinations is usual in Burma, provided your destinations are on the coach lane (this is not a cab service). Naypyidaw visitors will definitely find their destinations on the way, as all accommodation is beautifully arranged on the road to the school.
Yusef Palace Room? Yes, Naypyidaw is a very organised and tidy town. is at least 10 kilometres long. If you plan to have a drinks with your neighbour, you will have to take a cab. I couldn't see my motel from the streets (only a few are) and I was concerned `What is that, did the coach just ditch me in the midst of the city?
These beautiful and well-maintained properties on Hotelstrasse are all bare. Only a few of the few tourists who come to the city are businessmen from Rangoon. As soon as you have checked in, you are completely dependent on what the resort has to show. There' s two shopping centers on your way to the city. Uh, next door.
There was one of them right across the street from my motel. I knew in advance which hotels to stay in, although I didn't know how important it was to have a shopping centre across the street back then before...). And while we were on the topic, even on the coach, at the coach terminal and at midday, where about 500 travellers had their lunches.
Nesypyidaw is a ghost town. It' not a Buu-Buu ghost. No matter what it is, I kind of like him (or is it her?). Not humans. Each target is too far away and there is nothing to see. Cycling is possible, but it can take two or more hrs, according to where you are on the road to the Uppatasanti Pagoda, for example, and then 2 more.
Driving on the roads of Naypyidaw is otherwise completely magic. There are no words to describe it, just 11 or 14 lanes and not a trace of a vehicle. Except on empty roads there is not so much to do or to see in Naypyidaw, except for the two (un)famous sights. Both sights are the Myanmar House of Representatives and the Uppatasanti Pagoda, a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda of Rangoon.
Like everything else in the city, these two monuments are constructed on endless, oversized plots of ground. There' s also a more conservative fair next to the coach terminal. However, the Naypyidaw fair, which is said to be the most genuine in Naypyidaw, was (not that I didn't mind) too neat for Asiatic conditions and too tidy to be genuine - and so were the stands in the pagoda.
And there were not nearly as many as in other cities, and there were even folks in the Junction Mall. Only a few were in the pagoda. They were the only ones I met in the NPT. The crowd at the Shwedagon Pagoda and how hard it was to film.
Humans everywhere. Empty, never-ending soils of the Uppatasanti Pagoda felt like a'gift from heaven' at first.... until I realised how beautiful it can be to have someone there.... as a citation. However liberating and thrilling the drive on an empty multi-lane street is, no matter how uncommon it is to see the skyline in the centre of the city, no matter how intriguing a 360 degree panorama is, the general sentiment is that N.P.T. may not be the heaven it should be.
Maybe there's a ghost in the cupboard somewhere after all. I' ve been to town "just for fun", but I could feel the tougher laws and instructions that there were. I felt like the city was more under control. They were more courteous, more insecure and more reserved.
Earlier, the assembly of more than five persons was forbidden by the regime for fear of an insurrection. Maybe the whole point of constructing this city the way it was built was to keep the humans apart. 360-degree images may have been required to make observation easy for humans and to ensure the safety of army and federal officers.
Nowadays N.P.T. is not only a ghost town, but the safest and safest city in the whole wide globe, which seems to have anything but a smile.