Secondhand cardboard box shopping in Yangon.
19.08.2011 - 19.08.2011 28 °C
Yangon, Myanmar to Bangkok, Thailand
Our only task for today was to complete packing of the many purchases we had made that had now arrived in Yangon. Shipped separately from various cities throughout Myanmar they had all arrived on time and as promised. However, cardboard boxes to consolidate this Aladdin’s cave of treasures into were, a little elusive. With promises that the centre of Yangon proffered a certain alley filled with secondhand cardboard box salesman we headed off in what many might consider a rather boring quest.
However, our search for boxes took us into a backstreet area of small fascinating shops and curious sights. Alongside more typical establishments such as jewelers and opticians were specialized shops retailing a variety of products of questionable importance to the general public. Some specialized in air ducting, some sold taps or faucets others a strange area of boxes marked in the Myanmar language with no visible symbols to aid with content translation.
However, as promised we did find our secondhand boxes. A curious husband and wife showed us a variety of boxes that might meet the vague dimensions we had signed to them. Paying rather more than one might imagine for used boxes we ended up with suitable packing material.
It was only after successfully packing our treasures that we realized that one of the boxes had carried live vaccines. This statement being loudly presented on the side of the box it was clear as we waited for check-in to open at Yangon airport that the majority of tourists seeing our great pile of luggage felt Trey and I were on a humanitarian mission, bringing urgently needed supplies to a needy world. I wonder if this was the reason we received such a hefty discount on our excess baggage fees. Whatever, the reason we made no complaints as we settled back to enjoy our short flight to Bangkok and the next phase of our southeast Asia adventure.
Bangkok proves to be as chaotic as ever, pulsating in the tropical heat and darkness that is typical of this area. Arriving in the late evening we settle into our suite overlooking the Chao Praya, ready for a day in the city tomorrow.