For years I’ve been wanting to visit Myanmar (Burma) but somehow throughout the long time that I’ve lived in Asia I’ve failed to visit. It was only recently on a business trip to Asia that I was able to take a weekend+ to go see Yangon and Bagan, the obvious highlights, and get a taste of this mysterious country.

I started off with Yangon, and was based at the crazy China Town district. Just walking around was an experience: hectic streets, busy people, food stalls everywhere, there was never any dull moment. Surprisingly enough, although I didn’t see many foreigners, the locals seemed completely oblivious to me, and the few interactions that I had to try some street food or stand there observing people, most spoke some level of basic English. Yangon, let’s be frank, is not a pretty city, not even close, it does look the former capital of a developing country with some run-down colonial past that barely hangs together. But, with that said, I could feel things are changing, there is development, everyone – and I mean everyone, including the very poor, had smartphones with data plans. Some parts – like the main park – were quite lovely, the temples were absolutely gorgeous, and the street-level craziness generally added to sense of adventure. For the first time, in a very long time, I was walking around with the realization that I have absolutely no idea what’s going on, and it’s a sensation that I truly missed. I had that in my visit to India, the Philippines, Cambodia, Mexico, and some parts of mainland China, but that was a while ago. Somehow Myanmar offered a combo of all of those, with a diversity of Asian cultures that to me was inspiring. Aside from Singapore, maybe, I can’t recall such a diverse mix of Asian cultures, all living side-by-side and interacting in a blend of languages and rituals.

 

To give you a taste of my visit to Yangon, here are my visions of this crazy city…

 

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

 

To my surprise, BTW, there was an old synagogue in China Town, very close to my hotel. That – I did not expect.

 

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

 

I don’t post lots of selfie photos, but while I was sitting in one of the temples a little girl came up and started playing with my phone and taking selfies. She was so charming and cute that I think it’s worth making the exception…

 

Visions of Yangon : Myanmar

 

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Much more on Yangon to follow…



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