I consider my travel to Yangon, Myanmar as one of the more exciting place that I have been so far. Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar (Burma). The city’s infrastructure is underdeveloped compared to most of the Southeast Asian country but despite of that, I still feel very privilege to have been there and somehow experience their way of life in one way or the other.
We travelled as a family ofcourse, dad, mom, sis and my aunt who is visiting Asia from Toronto. We were very fortunate to have a “local” cousin as our tour guide. She has been working in Yangon for a few years then before she moved to China.
Places to see:
The Shwedagon Pagoda – Built about 2500 years ago.
The Bogyoke Aung San Market – Foods, antique shops & jewelry shops. Burma is known for it’s supply of gems – Jades & Rubies to name a few. The market has certified stores that sells these.
You can also visit the White Elephants (that does not look white, more like pink & greys), The Karaweik and The Aung San Suu Kyi House while in town.
Places to eat:
The Green Elephant Restaurant – Burmese cuisine had been influenced greatly by China/Thailand/India though they have managed to retain some unique and distinct flavours that varies across the country. The menu is not complicated and not exotic and visually it looks very familiar to most people.
Overall dining experience is good – food, ambiance & service.
Le Planteur – Nice colonial house with lush greens. Feels like dining at your own garden. I love the experience & place, for a moment I forgot that I was in Yangon. We ordered a few of their Barbeque dishes.
Now that our tour guide is out of the country, the likelihood of going back soon is very slim. Good that we grab the opportunity when it was available.