My arrival in Yangon was so sweet that I sent out this tweet…
I am in love with Myanmar already. Left Hong Kong exhausted. Arrived Myanmar with no energy -and then I met my first Myanmarese-I was restored.
Yes, as soon as I exited security at Yangon airport I encountered two lovely young women at the taxi desk smiling just for me.
At least, that's what it felt like.
My mood lifted completely. It was 2:30am and I was exhausted. Not happy. Actually, quite grumpy. But this is what someone's smile can do. They changed my mood completely. They efficiently arranged a taxi for me and I was off to the Savoy Yangon for a luxurious stay thanks to Cathay Pacific who sponsored this trip.
A stay in luxury does not have to mean being cut off from the reality of a destination. With only two days to spend in Yangon I was up early the next morning to see as much of this city as I could.
Yangon Circular Train
This is a must for anyone who travels solo to Yangon and the perfect start to my stay there. Yes, I wasn't to bed until 3am and then up at 7:30am so as not to miss the day. I was tired and new I would be so my plan was to begin with the circular train.
The circular train is a commuter train that runs about 50km through the suburbs of Yangon to bring people in and out of the city. You'll ride by slums, apartment buildings and private homes that could only be affordable to very few in Yangon. It provides a real cross-section of the city Riding the entire circle takes about 3 hours though I took longer as I jumped off at a market area. What market area? I can't tell you. English isn’t to be found in many places in this city. Here are a few of the scenes I enjoyed.
I finished up the circular train in the early afternoon leaving me lots of time to see the Sule Pagoda and the Shwedagon Pagoda. I'll share my experiences of them next week. Check back next week for more solo travel to Yangon.
This trip was sponsored by Cathay Pacific. I flew with them to Hong Kong enjoying their Premium Economy class experience with larger seats, more room between seats, more leg room and 8 inches of recline which, believe me, made for a better sleep on the direct 14-hour flight between Toronto and Hong Kong. After Hong Kong I flew to Yangon via Dragonair, their Asian specialty carrier.