Yangon! We flew into Yangon and caught a taxi to our hotel. We drove past the famous Shwedagon pagoda temple before reaching our hotel. Rachael and I had already seen the Shwendagon pagoda from our night here prior to leaving for Bagan. So we decided to take this day to rest up and recover. I’ve been feeling sick for a bit now with a cold that isn’t getting any better. All of this flying and recycled air is hard on my body and hard on my lungs. I can’t seem to shake this cough and stuffy nose!
Once we reached our hotel we just laid down and relaxed for a bit. Now that the rest of the trip is just the two of us (Rachael’s aunt and cousin continued onto Inle Lake from Bagan instead) we took some time to review our itinerary and make sure everything was set in stone for out trip ahead.
We got to this point of starvation and need to get outside so we googled top restaurants in Yangon and decided on this thai place. We got there and the place looked sketch as ever so we picked our second option which turned out to be a very nice cafe. The restaurant was called the Rangoon Tea House. It was a cute quirky cafe you would find in New York. The food sucked though. But the thing is I would recommend it to anyone going to Yangon because the food sucks everywhere and atleast this is your best option over street food that will make you sick. Plus their mint lemon refresher was good.
There was a cute store next door that we checked out. It is owned by this German family now living in Myanmar. Everything in the store was made from recycled material and by people who struggle with mental disabilities. The organization is HALA DAY and it helps individuals who have these struggles find a sense of fulfillment by helping provide jobs and a normal lifestyle. It was really cool and the owner was so fun to talk to and chat with about how she started her business while abroad!
We caught a taxi home because at this point it was dark and raining and our phones were dead and we were too chicken to walk home without a GPS. The taxi driver was weird though so at one point we started thinking maybe walking would have been better. He kept ranting to us about how foreigners need to use local currency and then started playing “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits turning up the bass and subs in the back of his car. It was so loud! And he kept asking us for directions to the hotel as if we knew our way around town!
We finally made it back to our hotel safely and we were very grateful.
Thoughts about Myanmar. I loved seeing the pagoda temples in Bagan, I guess Inle Lake is phenomenal but as far as Yangon – one night is enough. Next up is south Thailand and we are excited for our vacation time here!
P.S. It is so funny walking around the streets of Myanmar. Because it just officially opened up to tourism just 6 years ago the Myanmarese people are very unfamiliar with caucasians. People were shocked by Rachael’s blonde hair and shocked with how tall I was! The stares and photos we got walking down the street, it made us chuckle! Also because it just opened up to tourism the culture is still very rich here – we really loved that aspect of Myanmar!