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Golden pagodas and pit strewn pavements

The land of golden spires, of Kipling and Maugham calls

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Bangkok, Thailand – Yangon, Myanmar

Our late afternoon flight to Yangon offered us plenty of time to sample the excellent St. Regis breakfast. Overlooking the Bangkok Country Club, with a clear view of the horse racing (when it is on!), their restaurant provides not only great views but, in our opinion, the best breakfast in SE Asia. A mixture of buffet and a la carte offers the hungry traveler a variety of sushi, pastries, fruit and hot breakfast items. As one of the few hotels to offer oeuf en cocotte my breakfast choice was easily made. Leaving for Myanmar it would be sometime before we ate such a sumptuous breakfast as this. I am sure we will be back!

On approach to Yangon airport both the near and distant landscape offers an amazing spectacle of endless, rectangular paddy fields. With few roads or rivers visible the reliability on rice for this part of the world is self evident.

Landing at the very modern and efficient Yangon airport we are soon through immigration and customs, en route to our hotel. Located near to the Shwedagon Paya I cannot help but show Trey this amazing golden wonder of the world, lit up as it is at night.

With modest street lighting it is clear that sidewalk conditions have not improved since my last visit to Yangon. For the unobservant pedestrian large holes where the concrete covers on the well drained pavements are missing offer a perfect, leg breaking, drop of two to three feet into the murky darkness below.

Careful to avoid dark areas on the pavement we spent a pleasant few hours strolling the suburbs of the Pagoda in the early evening before breaking for supper at a much better than expected Thai restaurant. Knowing that once we leave Yangon behind we will be, largely, limited to Barma food our lack of local food, on our first night in Myanmar, did not feel too naughty!

Posted by jamesh1066 02:29 Archived in Myanmar

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