Day 54, Asia, January – March, 2015
Day 1, Yangon, Myanmar (aka Burma)
Hello family, friends and Budget Globe Trekker subscribers.
Happy belated 2015. Apologies for a very long….hiatus. It’s been a long while! I am writing to you from Yangon, the former capital of the “Golden land” Myanmar (aka Burma). For some reason, I preferred to call Myanmar as Burma. Perhaps it is easier to say comparing to the tongue twisting Myanmar.
It is hot….and very hot….and humid in Yangon at the moment. It is currently 93°F (34°C) today and the heat keep rising.
I think I am in love with Myanmar. It has a mixture of the tropical culture and a touch of colonial life style as remnant of a former British colony.
Myanmar is fairly new to the tourism industry (just open up around 2-3 years at the time of my visit in 2015) after a long period of trade embargo with the West. Therefore, the backpacking scene nor infrastructure is not yet as abundance as let’s say Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam. I’m talking about $10 USD hostel bed here hehehehe. However, for the few days that we’ve been in Yangon, we found Burmese people to have been very nice, kind and in some case, go out of their way to guide us to our place of choice when we got lost. The taxi driver do literally drop you in front of the door of the attraction, no matter how crowded it is (ie. Shwe Da Gon Paya/pagoda on full moon day – a national holiday).
It does remind me of the old Saigon of Vietnam in the early 80’s – 90’s. Coincidentally, I just left Vietnam after some 50 plus days and I’m looking forward to my new destinations.
Stay tune for more updates as I trek the mystic land of Myanmar and beautiful pictures of its attractions and landscape.