Finally, after months of researching and planning for spending time in Yangon, we were there! Similarly to the rest of Myanmar we found ourselves falling in love with Yangon instantly despite its different, more cosmopolitan feel to Mandalay and Bagan.
Our hotel was conveniently located in the downtown area, near to some good street food spots and interesting colonial style architecture.
A definite highlight for me was an evening that started with us walking the rickety teak boardwalk surrounding Kandawgyi Park. The early evening promenade seemed popular with locals and was the perfect start to the evening as we watched the sunset as the spectacular Shwedegon Pagoda came into view.
Visiting the pagoda itself was a memorable and memorising experience. We arrived just as the sun had fully set and watched as select members of the crowd lit candles surrounding the pagoda and shrines, listened to chanting from groups of monks and young nuns and observed the nightly rituals of worship at the temple. The gold shimmering in the candlelight, against the darkness, was breathtaking.
Another highlight from our stay in Yangon was taking the 3 hour circular train around the Yangon area. It was a fascinating insight into local life, both urban and rural as the train trundled into the surrounding countryside.
Having thoroughly enjoyed our time in Myanmar it was time to move on again… this time back to Thailand to spend a few weeks with Ryan’s parents, exploring parts of the country that neither of us had been to before. Exciting!