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Ten magic things in Yangon you never knew existed.
Yangon - formerly known as Rangoon - is best experienced without the boring sight-seeing touring. Instead, indulge in the contagious power of the natives, wrapped in the rich tongues of the Myanmar vernacular as you discover an enrichening encounter of picturesque sanctuaries, colorful monuments and traveling sidewalkers.
While you may not be able to travel to every state and area of Myanmar, you can get an inestimable insight into the variety of the land in the National Races Village. Find out more about the mix of culture and life that the natives have. National Races Village has an admission charge of US$2.55 and is open from 9am to 6pm.
Thaketa, Yangon, Myanmar.
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48 Hours in Yangon - How I witnessed the best of Myanmar
There were several reason why I was enthusiastic about my first visit to Myanmar, not least because I spent some quality lazy days in the country's biggest town, Yangon. Yangon was that it would look like Bangkok 50 years ago. Imagine filthy open space, roads blocked with motorcycles and tuk-tuks and who knows what else.
Just think of my little wonder when I didn't see any of it on the way into town. In order to help you steer your journey through the town, I thought I would tell you how I spend my quality of life in this colourful town, a town I would like to visit and discover again. But also those who have not only proved themselves, but whose services and sophistication have become legendary.
Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, Raffles in Singapore and yes, The Strand Hotel in Yangon are all members of this prestigious group of top class properties. When I was in Yangon, I had the great joy of describing The Strand as my transient and luxury home, and it couldn't have been a better one.
Because of its great position, it was easier for me to walk to what I wanted to see and do, and of course the resort itself became a high point of my stay in the town. Admire stunning services, stunning suite and exquisite dining and a stay at The Strand is so much more than just supporting a resort, it's an adventure in itself.
As I knew my stay in the village was short, I signed up a leader and rider in order to get my bearings and show me the town' s highpoints. It cost less than $100 for 6 lessons for two persons, it was a great investments and helps me maximise my pleasure in the town.
I' d already thought about what I wanted to see and do, and the experience was as astonishing as I had been hoping. Not every travel stop has a means of transport that is also a touristic sight, but Yangon is not your town. The Yangon Circular Railway, initially constructed by the British in the British Empire, now has a 29-mile 39-station loopsystem linking almost all parts of the town as well as satellites.
It is by far the least expensive way to get around the cityscape ('20 per ride'), but for a first-time traveller it is also one of the best ways to get to know the reality of the cities. The low fare makes the trains very popular with all kinds of folk, so for a while I hope my guests can be a peeping Tom and hopefully find out more about the cities and the area.
In Myanmar during my stay, I learnt that the land is a land of shrines and shrines that all worship Buddha in many ways. There are many places of interest in Yangon, but the most important is of course the Shwedagon pit. Yangon's urban landscape is dominated by the panorama view of the town. Its story is inseparably linked to the town.
Shwedagon has also been at the heart of the life of the town and the countryside over the ages, making it not only one of the most famous but also one of the most important places in Myanmar. It is a very large temples group, so allow yourself a lot of exploration to do.
I' ve disproportionately invested a lot of my life all over the globe attending places of worship, from the European churches to the many Asian shrines and relicts. In Yangon one of them made a deep impression on me, the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha. Situated at 217 ft., this is one of the biggest Buddha images in the state.
" Mighty as the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha is, there are bigger ones, but if you are only in Yangon, then you should not miss a sight. When I am travelling I like to go to a market, but they are usually grocery stores or warehouses. Perhaps that's why I was enjoying my short trip to Bogyoke Market in downtown Yangon.
Here the unbelievably well situated Strand Hotel provided immense help. Much of the area around the old part of the village was an easier stroll, which wouldn't have come as a surprise, as the old part of the old part of the village was built around this monument. The Yangon is a strange mixture of humans, genres and epochs, all so mixed up that they seem a bit bewildering at first, but eventually make sence.
It' s also a much tidier town than I expected, motorbikes are not permitted in the centre, so there is not the same insanity and the same rush of cars as in towns like Bangkok. No. Yangon seemed more courteous, worthy and even simpler to explor. With the help of the counsel of The Strand's locals, my leader was able to get the best of Yangon in just a few short outings.
No wonder that one of the high points of my Yangon days was getting to know the city's gastronomy, where I got an entertaining crashworthy course on a Yangon Mealtours. As I was unable to eat my way through the town, I wanted to go on a dinner trip to immerse myself in Myanmar's gourmet world.
While I didn't find many possibilities, I did research and found Yangon-FoodTours. Having been in use for several month, this is a passionate store and I was thrilled not only to have a meal, but also to be supporting a truly indigenous start-up.
Yangon is a good mixture of stalls and dining that reflect the Yangon cuisine. I was amazed at how many places to dine and how many places to go in the whole towns. In order to truly grasp the real meaning of our cultures and our citizens, we must know what they consume and how they like it.
Yes, the Yangon Food Tour was the best way to get started in the kitchen of Yangon and Myanmar, but it did more than that. This was also the best way for me to get used to the town, to get rid of all the worries and anxieties I had in a new place and to get to know how to appreciate Yangon for everything that makes it so great.
This was one of the high points of my Myanmar period, costing $35 and a few of my years. Were you in Yangon? Which were your favourite adventures?