What an amazing place Myanmar is and how lucky am I to have a daughter that suggested we spend a holiday there over the Christmas period, as a side trip during my last trip to stay with her in Hong Kong. Our first Christmas without David was always going to be difficult so we had decided to do something completely different. Well it was certainly that, a fabulous adventure to a fascinating country with awe inspiring sights that range from ancient treasures to stunning landscapes. It was understandably an emotional trip for me to undertake as it was my first life adventure without my husband and best friend at my side. However I was fortunate to have one of our daughters there as support and we had a truly wonderful holiday together. It has taken me awhile to gather my thoughts together and feel able to share on Travel Tales the wonderful places we visited. Why because it makes me feel so very sad that David never got to share the sights and sounds of this beautiful country with us.
Followers of my blogs will know that he encouraged me to carry on blogging when I was ready to give it all up, so for him I continue to chronicle our life adventures, of which I still have plenty to share from the last trip we took together which was to Istanbul, but I digress as for the foreseeable future my posts will be all about Myanmar starting with our first impressions of the country when we arrived in Yangon.
We left Hong Kong in the early evening on 18th December 2013, a good start to the trip was an upgrade to Business Class for our flight. Such a treat and a first for me, if only all flights could be like this! Arriving in Yangon at 11.30pm we were met personally by the lady owner of the hotel, Classique Inn. My review can be found on My Trip Advisor Profile for further information.
The next morning after having breakfast in the courtyard we took a taxi into the centre of Yangon, as the Classique Inn was in the residential and Foreign Embassy area of the city about a fifteen minute drive and peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With just a day to explore the city, although we would be returning at the end of our trip we packed a lot into our few hours and I took so many photos that this post just covers the morning when we explored Yangon's Old Heritage District, also know as Yangon Downtown. More photos taken by me in Yangon can be viewed my visiting My Flickr Album entitled Yangon, Myanmar, Burma. Meanwhile I hope the ones I have chosen to share with you will give you an impression of the sights and sounds of the city, which since the 17C has been a cosmopolitan mix of many races. The area is compact enough to explore on foot and although the traffic is busy, it is much quieter than many Asian cities due to the banning of motorbikes and scooters in this area. We started our walking tour at the 2,000 year old golden temple of Sule Paya, surrounded by government buildings and commercial businesses, it is in the middle of a traffic roundabout!
|Three photos above are of Sule Paya - Sule Pagoda|
The next photo is of the 46 metre obelisk Independence Monument which stands in the centre of Maha Bandoola Park.
The car number plates were not easy to decipher and it was very confusing as although the traffic now all drives on the right, the majority of the cars are still right hand drive! Left over from the colonial influences I guess but an odd experience as a passenger, just like taking a British car over to Europe!
As for the rubbish bins, they were a surprise identical to the ones we have where I live in Wales!
|This machine is used to press the juice out of sugar cane|
|These barefoot young women are Nuns.|
|Puppies for Sale|
Yangon was formerly known as Rangoon when it was the old capital city of the country from 1948 until 2006 when the government declared the new city of (Naypyidaw) as the capital. The city now covers over 350 sq km and has a population of over 5 million. Although no longer the capital the city is still the main point of arrival for tourists to Myanamar. It is a busy bustling place but it has also earned the name of 'Garden City of the East' with its parks and lakes, which I will cover in later posts when we returned to Yangon at the end of our trip. There are a number of links at the end of the post for those of you interested in reading more.
|Finally we stopped for lunch at danuphyu daw saw Yee Myanma|
Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, adopted a new state flag on 21 October 2010. To learn more of the history of the country's flag visit the link Myanmar Flag
Classique Inn - Trip Advisor Yangon - Encyclopaedia Britannica Wikitravel - Yangon Travel Guide
Wikipedia - Yangon History etc. Myanmar Flag Wikipedia - Downtown Yangon Sule Pagoda
Maha Bandoola Park danuphyu daw saw Yee Myanma - Trip Advisor
All photos are my own unless otherwise stated taken in December 2013
More Yangon photos can be found on Flickr in My Album entitled Yangon, Myanmar, Burma
I would also like to point out that this entire trip was organised as independent travellers by my daughter. She planned and researched an itinerary, which we discussed, then she booked all the hotels and flights.
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