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Myanmar Time Warp

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A September 2006 trip to Myanmar by jabela

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Quote: My business trip to Myanmar with half a day sightseeing around the capital.

Myanmar Time Warp

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Overview

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Going to Yangon is rather like stepping back in time, a time before the hustle and bustle of Asian Metropolises, when there was space for cars on the roads, people had time to go about their business and the buildings were less than 20 storeys high. The most interesting aspect of Yangon is the style of architecture, which represents the way that buildings were made in Colonial times. There are some wonderful Art Deco buildings still around and plenty of Colonial style houses to be seen. The other thing you notice coming from other parts of Southeast Asia is that the Government have left the trees in-tact. The number one attraction is definitely the Shwedagon Pagoda is a Pagoda gil...Read More
View from Hotel Photo, Myanmar, Asia
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Okay, with a name like Traders Hotel I really thought I'd be in for some terrible 1 star hotel. I couldn't have been more wrong... This is a 5 star hotel by Shangri-La and right in the middle of the city. There are some nice touches, for example the complimentary jogging route map which hangs around your neck and the foldable city map.They also have the usual facilities, although this being a business trip I didn't get chance to use anything but the breakfast bar and the real bar! The room was very comfortable with everything you'd expect, including 30 channels of satellite TV, most of which were in English, but there were also French, German, Malay, and Chinese channels. I firmly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2006

Traders Hotel
223 Sule Pagoda Road
Yangon, Myanmar
95 1 242828

Theik Di Shin Traditional Cuisine

Restaurant | "Theik Di Shin Traditional Restaurant"

Theik Di Shin Traditional Cuisine Photo, Yangon, Myanmar
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My local guide, Anna, took the simple approach to choosing a restaurant for lunch... she chose her favourite place to eat and what a fine place it was too. By Myanmar standards this is an upmarket restaurant with air-conditioning and very comfortable tables and chairs. It has the feel of a British-Colonial restaurant and a number of very pretty local pictures on the wall.The food itself is spicy, my taste buds have adapted in my time in Malaysia, so I can't give you an accurate guide, but let's just say traditional Burmese cuisine is going to be difficult to enjoy if you can't take some chili. We had a big variety of dishes with every type of meat except beef (beef is not eaten by a lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2006

Theik Di Shin Traditional Cuisine
Anawrahta Road At 1st Street
Yangon, Myanmar
(01) 223503

Shwedagon Pagoda

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Attraction

Shwedagon Pagoda Photo,
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Imagine you've been told what a poor country Myanmar is, I ask how far the city centre is from my hotel and I'm told... THAT IS THE CITY CENTRE! Oops... The buildings and roads all seem to be remnants of a bygone age, when the British ruled the world... I'm told there's a Pagoda that's worth visiting. Err, yeah ok... So imagine my surprise when in the middle of this city is a 5 tonne Pagoda, with 1/2 a tonne of Gold in it! There's so much Gold that the whole place shines! On what would otherwise be a very dull day, every speck of light is captured in this Pagoda area. It completely blew away my perspective of Yangon. However I was right about one thing, it isn't new... In fac...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 25, 2006

Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda Road
Yangon, Myanmar

National Races Village Photo, Yangon, Myanmar
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I think the best part of this attraction is that the tower gives you a great view of the river and the city beyond. The attraction itself is somewhat rundown and isn't particularly well presented. There's meant to be a crocodile farm, bird sanctuary, Golden Deer and Handicrafts... I didn't see any evidence of any of those things, except the odd bird in a cage.The houses themselves look like they've been neglected somewhat and even the children's playground was deserted. Admittedly we didn't go in good weather and might have had a better impression in sunny weather, but this White Elephant certainly doesn't seem worth a trip out of Yangon. What was quite interesting was the brid...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 25, 2006

National Races Village
Tharketa Township
Yangon, Myanmar