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.
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.
Next destination Bagan!