Yangon streetlife and Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda 4

After spending two months in Chiang Mai, we were ready for another trip. This time too the beautiful golden country, Myanmar. When we arrived at the airport it all felt a bit strange, Police walking with AK-47’s and as usual to many taxi drivers trying to get you in a cab. We quickly walked away from the taxi drivers and tried to order a Grab. After a while, the Grab showed up and we shared it with a Danish girl. It took us quite long to go from Yangon airport to the city center. During our time in Chiang Mai, we became pro-Uber and Grab users because you can’t get ripped off by the driver and the driver can see exactly where to drop you off.

One of the first things we noticed was that they drive on the right side of the road with right hand steering cars. Myanmar was a British colony until 1948. The cars had right hand steering and drove on the left side of the road. In 1970 all traffic was moved to the right. The General Ne Win called the shots and traffic was directed to move sides overnight.

That night we slept at “Once in Yangon Hostel” and the beds were just amazing! Thick mattresses and blankets and TWO PILLOWS! Best beds ever, haha.

The first few days we spent time exploring the city and just strolling around the streets full of old colonial buildings.

 

Yangon Love
Our first impression at the airport didn’t hold up for long, after walking a couple of streets we found a lot of friendly smiling Burmese people.

 

Yangon Street 2

 

Yangon streetbike 3
Old bike taxi driver reading his newspaper and enjoying a cigar

 

Yangon Appartment

 

Yangon Pigeon

 

Yangon Motherland

 

Yangon flowers

 

Yangon Police
School’s out! Traffic Police is stopping the cars so the children can cross safely

 

Yangon Sewing

 

Yangon fabric

 

Exploring Yangon

 

Yagon streetshop2
Betel nut stand – Chewing betel nut is one of the most popular traditions in Myanmar. Betel is a mildly narcotic nut (seed) that comes from the betel palm (Areca catechu). The betel nut chew consists of a few small pieces of betel, put in a medium sized green leaf, along with lime and mint paste, and a very small pinch of tobacco, spices. The leaf is then wrapped up like a little burrito and popped into the mouth. Do not chew on it, simply position it in your cheek towards the lower lip and suck on it. After seeing so many betel nut stands we just had to try it because its a big part of Burmese culture. It’s not a good flavor, the taste was intensely bitter and just plain awful.

 

Yangon streetbike 1

 

Yangon streetbike 2

 

SHWEDAGON PAGODA

The Shwedagon Pagoda is Yangon’s most famous landmark. The massive 99 meter high gold plated pagoda with the diamond studded spire. This elegant pagoda is set on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon and is visible from much of the city. After dark there is a mystical atmosphere with the pagoda lit up by spotlights. We visited the pagoda at sunrise when it was still calm and a nice temperature.

 

Shwedagon Pagoda 2

 

Shwedagon Pagoda 6
Shwedagon Pagoda just before sunrise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shwedagon Pagoda 1

 

Shwedagon Pagoda 3

Next destination Bagan!

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