Travelogue

Street

Sunday Market @ Gaya Street

I recalled this street was known as Bond Street.

Gaya Street Sunday Market (12)

After breakfast, we walked from our hotel to Gaya Street. It looked pretty much unchain since my last visit.

Gaya Street Sunday Market (10)

I remembered the seashell, flowers and pet stores.

Gaya Street Sunday Market (1)

There are stores selling herbal tea and bird nest drink.

Gaya Street Sunday Market (11)

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Burmese Foods

Burmese foods have influenced from neighbouring countries like China, India, Thailand and Indochina areas.

Burmese Foods (7)

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.

Burmese Foods (19)

* the fine print is if we dare to try some of the street food.

Burmese Foods (10)

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.

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Yangon Circular Train Ride

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.

Yangon Circle Line Train (21)

The ride brings visitors to see another side of Yangon.

Yangon Circle Line Train (13)

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Wet Market on 26th Street (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.

Yangon wet market (6)

The best time to visit this street market is 7 to 9am.

Yangon wet market (7)

The market could be covered within 30 minutes but it has lots of local produces.

Yangon wet market (8)

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Minnanthu Village (Bagan)

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.

Bagan

Minnanthu Village is a farming village nearby New Bagan that still maintains the way of life for centuries.

Minnanthu Village (4)

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People of Yangon

Meeting people is my favourite part of any trip.

People of Yangon Myanmar (7)

We could learn something about local folks by their attire, posture and activities.

People of Yangon Myanmar (16)

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.

People of Yangon Myanmar (6)

Despite the hard life at lower rank society, many Burmese are still friendly and very religious.

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Buildings in Yangon City

Yangon has lots of colonial architectures that portraits its hay days.

Custom House Yangon 1915

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 Building (7)

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).

Yangon Building (2)

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.

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