Yangon is the
capital of Myanmar with as highlight the ShweDagon pagoda, one of the most
fascinating conglomerations of Buddhist pagodas I have seen. It feels
somewhere as the centre of the Buddhist Universe on this planet.
Close to the ShweDagon pagoda is Kandawgyi Lake, a very relaxing place in
the midst of a busy city. It has a fairy tale floating restaurant and
several other interesting tourist attractions.
The city center of Yangon
is a combination of British colonial
Buddhist stupas, Hindu temples and Muslim mosques. Yangon has several lively
and colorful markets, also in the evening
If you take a
hotel in the centre all the attractions are at walking distance.
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Bago is also an
amazing city. Buddhist pagodas and temples everywhere. I could still feel
the energy of the Buddha at some places. Legend says Lord Buddha has visited
Bago and from what I felt at certain places, especially where the Buddha is
sitting with his disciples, it must be true.
Also impressive is seeing the monks getting food and presents from devotees.
The distances are large (the scale of the map in the Lonely Planet guide
looks to be 10x wrong). Therefore I took a guide on a motorbike, who knew
all the interesting monuments very well.
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Pathein is such a
nice town. Almost no traffic, situated at a river, with a relaxing
atmosphere. A fine town to stroll around and have a drink or some food along
the river, while watching the lively scene. Of course also the usual
Buddhist pagodas. Pathein represents the kind Burmese atmosphere well. In
this relatively non tourist area, a local bus trip can be an adventure. It
took six hours from Pathein to Ngwe Saung by bus, 30 min. by taxi. You see
the bus pictures at the end of the slideshow.