17th Mar 2018 - 17.3.18
A visit to Yangon wouldn’t be a visit to Yangon without stopping by the main tourist hub of the city - Shwedagon Pagoda. Decked in our Longyis and shades we made the most of the 10,000 Kyat entrance fee, by spending an hour wandering the temple complex taking obligatory tourist photos and getting in the way of local religious ceremonies.
Whilst the Pagoda was genuinely amazing, I was admittedly slightly more excited to stumble upon a small (this time operating) amusement park as we wandered in the People’s Park gardens outside. I didn’t go on any rides but made up for it by eating half of a huge bear faced syrup coated ice block before handing it off to a beggar kid and breaking my own personal rule about giving things to beggars.
Lunch today comprised of Bananas obtained at breakfast (sneaky) and some questionable street Shan noodles, which actually ended up tasting pretty damn good👌🏽. Before heading out again my attractiveness was improved and I was transformed from a 6/10 to at least an 8/10 thanks to the help of Myanmar’s no.1 beauty and sun protection product: Thanaka.
Our afternoon was spent getting chauffeured around Dala, checking out somewhat less impressive Pagodas and a fisherman’s village, walking around a 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami devastated village and walking through a market where we also stumbled upon a local butchery reeking of the smell of dead fish and meat. Our token vegetarian was not impressed by my navigation skills. Special mention also goes out to the kids who played football with us for a solid half hour in the 30deg+ heat. ⚽️ To top off the day we caught a ‘pimped out’ overnight bus to Bagan which featured free food, TVs, TVs, TVs and mandatory toilet stops. Probably the best looking overnight bus to date.👌🏽 #travel#yangon#myanmar#backpacking#NZAmigos#dala#football#newexperiences#camdid#camstagram#camlikecamera