Summer Palace

No. 437 Pyay Road , Kamayut Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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Current Status in Yangon

by davem2

Does any body know how foreign tourists are being affaected under the current situation i Yangon?

Re: Current Status in Yangon

by robine

As I understand the situation, it's currently back to 'normal'.

Re: Current Status in Yangon

by mgzaymin

Back to normal except curfew , 10 pm to 4 am. After all , Myanmar is no night life.Should help ordinary people by visiting Myanamr. Myanmar toursist industry is effect so badly and some already lost jobs and many mores are on the line.

Re: Current Status in Yangon

by kopwint

curfew ,start yesterday,11 Pm to 3 AM,all of hotel and agents waiting the travellers,if you want to save the money,this time is good time for you,But I am sorry for the peoples,who lose all of their jobs and moneys.
these days i do not want to tell you come and visit burma

Re: Current Status in Yangon

by Mique

As a tourist you should be fine. As was mentioned above, there is not really a night life anyway in Burma so you'd be back well within with the curfew.

Re: Current Status in Yangon

by Mique

Visas are more difficult to get but for the rest, It is fine here. Just got back and everything is quiet and there are even a few (though very few) tourists here in downtown Yangon.

Re: Current Situation In Yangon

by peterhtaynaing

Hi, I am Peter Htay Naing (Virtual Member ) . I know the current situation in Yangon. Because this was our goverment gave rises such as CNG ( Natural Gas ), rice, goods,etc..Public moan the present economy condition. Now, foreigners ( Europe,Asia and USA ) are visited regularly. And regular flights fly ( TG - Thai Airways International, FD - Air Asia, PG - Bangkok Airway etc,.. ). Our goverment permitted the curfew in Yangon & Mandalay ( the biggest city in Burma ). Golden Yellow revolution is failed. And, some monks and prisoners were released including the crisis. United Nation General Sacretary Mr. Ban Ki Mon sent his agent to know the current situation in Myanmar. Mr. Gambari enquired occuring the problems ( bet. the government and the monks.) Mr. Gambari will appeal this problems to the United Nation. Mr.Gambari will back to Myanmar in Nov.. So, we wish to reach peace and development. So, if you wish to visit our country, you can visit peacefully & comfortly.

Thanks, Peter.

Re: Current Status in Yangon

by kopwint

p h naing sound is ,easy to know,(What the meaning of failed)?????

Re: Current Status in Yangon

by Mique

Current status is that at least up to last week Air Asia cancelled flights on a very regurlarly basis, MAI was 'full' (aka grounded i heard), and the internet conncetion was down for at least 3-4 days.

As said before, it takes more perseverance to get a visa for tourists, business visa is business as usual but for that you do need to have the invitation letter and it probably helped that i'd been for business visas on a regular basis there so they know me). Was downtown 3 days ago and totalled 6 westerners in all (a very low number for this time of year. I sat at least half an hour in my favorite teashop on the corner of Sule and didn't see a single tourist at all. (the 6 were spotted in a minibus leaving Bogyoke market....)

Travel Tips for Rangoon

The Untouched Land

by MariadelPilar

Burma, the most peaceful safest country i have ever been. Its genuinely kind people, their zen way of life , its Pagodas, its landscape specially Inle lake & Bagan ! My fondest memory of Rangoon was when visiting the most beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda with a monk. While staying at Rangoon, i got to learn what meditation was. I was impressed by it and decided to go on a meditation introduction course. It was awesome.

'Booth' shop (instead of...

by Hexepatty

'Booth' shop (instead of window shopping) at the Bogyoke Aung San Market in downtown Rangoon. Check out the tons of Gem Shops. Myanmar is known for Burmese Sapphires & there are lots of sellers. But know your stuff! No such thing as a free lunch; no great bargains. More scarey is that there are many fake gems out there. FINE if you plan to buy good fakes, but pay the appropriate price if they ARE fakes! (Photo Above: Shwedagon Temple in Rangoon) Go to the Shwedagon at a little before sunset. It's so serene. Hard to imagine how the country is under such turmoil once you are there.

by Mique

This website is very very recent but it is a great way of finding out what is happening in Yangon. Ok, i admit that Yangon isn't and probably won't be on the list of the world's most favorite hotspots but it is getting better and better...

I just had a look (having had the link in my email box via people i know here) and i never knew we could enjoy jazz here in Yangon. So imagine my surprise that there is a jazz concert this wednesday. I will attend no doubt about that....

Chewing Betel Nut

by thedouglas

Betel chews are known as Kunya, and they are chewed by most adults, male and female in most parts of Myanmar. Seeing a set of white teeth is a relative rarity. Although we had read that chewing the nut in public has been made illegal, there was no real evidence that this is a law taken seriously. The footpaths were covered in spittle marks, stationary objects, such as posts and even pots (as in the pic) who evidence of years of accumulated spitting out of the red gunk. Any holes in the footpath were particular favourite spitoons, but there were sand filled receptacles, which were respectfully used in temples, and along the streets in places. The overall effect is quite grotty.

The most basic form of betel chewing is as pictured. Small chunks of the dried nut are mixed with lime paste, and wrapped in betel leaf - which come from two separate plants. Some people actually chew the fresh nut as well as the dried version. The items are called "quids" and are held in the mouth and chewed. Apparently, experience chewers can hold them for hours without spitting.

This is a long standing tradition, and is reported to create a feeling of enhanced well being - mild euphoria (if there is such a thing!), and general stimulation. It is also reported to facilitate digestion, and treat certain intestinal worms. It stains the teeth a dark red colour, and looks very unattractive. Even the most well dressed men and women often have a blighted smile as a result of several years of this habit.

Carrying goods on the head

by Hewer

I always imagined that this would be more common out in the countryside, but you're just as likely to see this it in urban Yangon as anywhere else.

Some women can carry enormous weight on their heads. In the case of this lady it wasn't how much she was carrying but what - I would never have guessed, but it turned out to be home brew. Pretty lethal stuff by the look of it too, the two girls on the left discretely shook their heads as I checked out the bottles ;-)


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