Myanmar Journals

To go or Not to go

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An October 2002 trip to Myanmar by romaunt

Quote: It was a journey into an unknown land. The locals are kind Buddhist souls who perserve this quiet Asian land. The problem is that the current government controls the people under a strict military rule. Read up on Myanmar before entering this enchanted land.

To go or Not to go

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Overview

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The highlight of my three-week tour of Burma was the people. Every street that I walked down, every teahouse that I entered, every hotel that I stayed, and even most strangers offered me kindness and openness to your culture. I attended a cultural dance in the capital, sat eating dinner with families, and celebrated the full moon with them. The land has not been touched by western hands so you will not come upon a 7-11 on the corner or see a giant billboard for Pepsi. Tourists are rare and my white skin and blonde hair seperated me from the locals. The hard decision for me was whether or not to visit this country. I feel blessed by the people that I met and the travels that I have seen, but I carry my...Read More

Garden Guest House

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Hotel

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These rooms were cheap with a very friendly staff and awesome view. The view is not from your room, but you can wake up in the morning to their complimentary white bread with instant coffee and see the beautiful pagoda and city sprawled out. I paid for a private room with my own bath and air-conditioning. It is hot and the evenings are hot. It was nice to have the air-conditioning and it wasn't that much more. By reading my journal, you know that I travel on a budget and am not staying in luxury hotels. This is the right place for the backpacker who wants a bed to sleep in and a staff that will help you wander the street. I like the guest house because it was in a prime local and I could wake up in th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2003

Garden Guest House
No. 441-445 Mahabandoola Rd.
Yangon, Myanmar

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This restaurant is basic for the food is fast, cheap, and good. But don't expect a fancy dining experience because I am a traveler on a budget. Plus part of the joys of traveling is eating with the locals. My problem is that my choice of cuisine is slightly limited because I am a vegetarian. Therefore I tried some of the local dishes of Myanmar but found that many of them contain meat. The local food is similar to Thai with many curries and many chilies. (They like their food HOT!) As I walked along the streets, I would be curious about many dishes and would try some as along as I could see them make it and see what goes into the dish. Eating on the streets is questionable because you really don't kno...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 17, 2003

Shwedagon Pagoda

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Attraction

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Part of the beauty of Myanmar is that its many historical sites are preserved. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a must see on any travel agenda. Now I was traveling on a budget and therefore wanted to arrive at the Pagoda the same way all the locals do. The problem was that I learned the first day of arrival was that I stuck out like a sore thumb. Everywhere that I went people would call out greetings or stare or try to talk to you, etc. I consulted the managers at the inn that I was staying at and was told where to go and what bus to take. I wanted the bus number three but I have to tell you that their 3's are not 3's and they look much like 6's but with a little line going to opposite direction. (I know that...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2003

Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda Road
Yangon, Myanmar

Full Moon Festival

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Attraction

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Seeing the local celebration of the Full Moon was a highlight of my trip. It also brought a large challenge to my trip. I had made plane reservations for my journey through Southeast Asia, but I figured that I had a guide book and would find places to stay. The problem was that I arrived in Yangon a couple of days before the Full Moon celebration and didn't even think about the fact that it was the locals vacation time when they went home to see their families. The buses were full, the trains were full, and all that was open was an expensive tourist boat to Mandalay. So, my decision was made for me and a spent a little under a week in Yangon. Good things come to those who wait. So I wai...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2003