Mingalabar Yangon – City Walking Tour (Part 2)

From the post office, we took the Maha Bandula Road and walked towards the Maha Bandula Park. It was very easy to spot on as this park is surrounded with important buildings within the area such as the famous Sule Pagoda, High Court and Yangon City Hall. Maha Bandula Park is located in the downtown of Yangon and The Independent Monument, an obelisk can be seen right in the middle of the park due to the Burmese Independence from the British way back in the year of 1948 to replace the statue of Queen Victoria. Continue reading

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Mingalabar Yangon – City Walking Tour (Part 1)

From Nyaungshwe, we depart to Yangon via night bus which runs daily departing at about 6.00pm and arriving Yangon at 7.00am. As this is our first time on a JJ night bus in Myanmar, we were so impressed by the service offered by them. There were 2 bus drivers on board as well as a stewardess who serves us hot or cold drinks. As you wish. We were even told that dinner was provided that night but we declined the offer by just taking the remaining instant noodles pack that we have with us. No worries as blanket and a small pillow was also provided throughout the journey. Amazing! Just amazing! Continue reading

Mingalabar Bagan – 19 Hour Overnight Train Ride

Before we went to Myanmar, we have decided that we should have try every single mode of transportation here including the overnight train. Hence, after a long winded discussion and research with FF, plus considering the route we are taking, we ended up securing a ticket from Yangon to Bagan. An upper class sleeper to Bagan cost us 16,500 Kyat (equivalent to USD 17) and usually, there’s only one sleeping car per train. Therefore, pre booking is definitely the best option. You can get local travel agency to buy your tickets on behalf with some nominal fees and have them delivered to anywhere that you preferred (hotel, airport and etc). In our case, we’ve been charged at USD22 per pax and delivered it all the way at the airport, on the day of our arrival. They usually ask a copy of your passport before hand for the ticket purchase purposes. A very reliable information of Myanmar train can be refer here at Seat 61. Every single information are very well captured and written. Continue reading

Mingalabar Yangon – The Arrival

With the price of RM125 for an airline return ticket, we are finally in the Golden Land!  Yes, it’s Myanmar. We were there for a 5 days journey covering Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake during the cold and dry season that lies in the month of November till February. We basically didn’t do any much preparation for this Myanmar trip as we were so hooked up with our daily routine and commitment. As what FF told me earlier, ‘Keep Calm and Just Go with The Flow!’. We only managed to get everything in place just a day before we depart to Myanmar except the booking for the sleepers train, bus and the visa. We were made to understand that the sleepers train are limited as there is only one coach provided per journey.  Hence, reservation shall be made earlier to secure your seats. Continue reading