If you have time to wander through the Nyaung U neighborhoods do it!! The people are so friendly and they will take the time to talk with you! Alot of people speak English well enough to carry on a general conversation and it makes for such a nice experience. (In my opinion) LOL I don't think very many people make an effort to get into the neighborhoods. We didn't have much time but we made a detour and we had a grand time!!
When you eat in a tea shop or get a cup of tea the "waiter" will provide you table with various snacks. Those will only be paid for if you eat them. So if you don't want to pay just leave them on the plate. You will be given a glass of Sweet Tea that costs very little and then the chinese tea is in a jug on the table and that seemed to be free to...more
There are plenty of horse carts for hire in Nyaung U. I didn't ride one here but they would make for a pleasant ride to the Jetty or possibly all the way to Old Pagan. It is probably better to make sure of the price before you get in. So you don't have any problems when it is time to pay. Horse carts are more expensive than the rickshaws as 2...more
I didn't have the pleasure of riding on this bus but there are plenty of shorter journeys done on these kinds of buses. For sure you will be sitting next the locals and their livestock! Chickens and goats are very common! I've riden on plenty of Asian buses with chickens and goats! LOL The first time you see it you might frown but take it in stride...more
Sugar cane juice is a popular thirst quencher throughout the country. We drank it a few times without ill effects but one word of caution...It is quite often presoaked in water!! So there is a good chance of getting sick from it. It is very delicious and cheap. It is found on almost every street that has any amount of people walking down it and...more
Here is a picture of my son working on school work. We didn't do this to much on the trip but there were a couple of times where we took an hour to stop and have a snack and rest and work on some of his school work that we brought along on the trip. Usually when he took his school work out of the backback everyone wanted to look over his shoulder as he studied which made it a little difficult to pay attention to what he was doing.
Well I was in need of a haircut so I asked my Guesthouse owner if there was a barber nearby and he told me where it was and that he payed 400 Kyat for a haircut but he wasn't sure what I would pay as a foreigner but he guessed it would be 500 Kyat (US$.55cents). Sounded good to me. So in the morning my son and I went there and I asked how much. I swear I heard the guy say 500 Kyat! LOL Well later on my son said that the guy said 1500 Kyat! Well we got our haircuts and I wanted my hair washed too. So I got put in the chair at the sink and the ladie washed my hair and massaged my head and shoulders...I almost fell asleep! When we were done the guy said 8000 Kyat! Yikes!! We have a problem here. I didn't ask how much the hair wash/massage was going to be! That was my mistake! But I know we where definately being taken advantage of. I forgot the exact price but we settled for somewhere around 6500 Kyat which was still a Ripoff!! Oh Well.........
Fun Alternatives: Try one of the local street barbers if you are on a budget! Very cheap!
The main street of Nyaung U isn't a big wide road it's a paved road with a sandy shoulder. Also watch for holes in the "sidewalks" as there are open pits along the road that you could easily step into if you weren't paying attention....actually you could step in them even if your were paying attention!! It would suck to have something happen in...more