I recalled this street was known as Bond Street.
After breakfast, we walked from our hotel to Gaya Street. It looked pretty much unchain since my last visit.
I remembered the seashell, flowers and pet stores.
There are stores selling herbal tea and bird nest drink.
Burmese foods have influenced from neighbouring countries like China, India, Thailand and Indochina areas.
First impression of many westerners was ‘oily’ but after they learned that the layer of oil is not meant to be eaten like gravy, then they got to know the traditional cuisine in South East Asia. As a Malaysian, we can readily adapted* to the choice of food.
* the fine print is if we dare to try some of the street food.
I almost wanted to try this Burmese Farlooda, but after second thought of the water source, I rathered have a healthy stomach for the rest of my journey.
If you have one (1) US dollar and three (3) hours to spare, you could take a ride on a time capsule back to the 60s-70s on the circle line from Yangon Train Station.
The ride brings visitors to see another side of Yangon.
There are few wet markets in Yangon. The small but busy morning market at 26th Street is within walking distance from Bogyoke Aung San Market.
The best time to visit this street market is 7 to 9am.
The market could be covered within 30 minutes but it has lots of local produces.
After a millennium, only thousands of stone stupa and temples surviving the harsh environment on the Bagan plain. The bamboo and wood houses built during the hay days have been long gone.
Minnanthu Village is a farming village nearby New Bagan that still maintains the way of life for centuries.
Meeting people is my favourite part of any trip.
We could learn something about local folks by their attire, posture and activities.
In Bagan or rural town, a hard day labour could earn 1500 Kyats (USD2). It reminds me how lucky am I when I ordered my Starbucks coffee. These construction workers at Yangon invited me to take of picture of them. They were so contented with just a glimpsed of their photo from the LCD screen.
Despite the hard life at lower rank society, many Burmese are still friendly and very religious.
Yangon has lots of colonial architectures that portraits its hay days.
Lonely Planet (Page 54) has a nice walking tour route for Yangon City. The picture shown above is Custom House built in 1915. Along the same road, there are many more impressive (in term of size) but semi-abandoned buildings.
Yangon is a relatively modernized city but yet you can find many people living below the poverty line (especially if you take the circular train to visit the outskirts).
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I discovered that someone actually living inside this small store-room like structure. It is right besides a busy street.