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    Very small river cruise

    by Tedsocoa Updated Dec 20, 2013

    Just aside the boat jetty on Botahtaung Jetty, you can make a very small river cruise in a really small boat. (Don't compare with the Bateaux Mouches in Paris ) On my pictures you can see the dimension of these boats, but local people adore making a tour and I think it's great fun. The only thing is, that the motors are very noisy (like the longtail boats in Bangkok)

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    Bogyoke AUNG SAN MUSEUM

    by Tedsocoa Updated Dec 20, 2013

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    The father of the famous Ang San Suu Kyi, the General Ang San, was murdered in 1948, while prime Minister, negociating the liberation with the Brittish government. His house is now converted in a museum, left exactly in the same state, as when he lived in this beautiful vila. Living rooms, meeting room, bedrooms with the bed of his three childern, of wich his daughter Suu Kyi. You cannot take photos inside, but you can see his old Bentley in the gardenhouse.

    Outside view from Bogyoke Aung San Museum Bentley used by General Aung San when assasinated
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    BOTAHTAUNG PAGODA

    by Tedsocoa Written Dec 20, 2013

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    This interesting pagoda is build in the same period as the bigger Schwedagon Pagoda, 25 years ago, and consists of a great complex of different tempels and very decorative praying houses.
    The most beautiful part is the very high stupa, which is hollow, and inside is decorated in the form of maze like wall, completely coverd with gold leaves.

    BOTAHTAUNG PAGODA
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    River Cruise on Yangon river

    by Tedsocoa Written Dec 20, 2013

    All cruises are starting at Botahtaung Jetty, at riverside, Strand Road, not far from citycenter.
    The RV King Whale has a capacity of 90 passengers and 16 crews. Standard hall with restaurant tables and Sun deck.
    Different cruises are proposed; morning cruise, 2 hrs, Evening Sunset cruise, 2 hrs and a long canal cruise of 6hrs30. Very frienly crew in restaurant.

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    Inya Lake , Yangon

    by Tedsocoa Written Dec 20, 2013

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    When you are tired from walking in the busy citycenter of Yangon, you can spend some hours at daytime or in the evening at : SEINN LAN SO PYAY GARDEN and RESTAURANT.
    This place is excellent for breathing a while, taking a drink, lunch or diner, at the border of this beautiful and quiet lake in the Northern part of Yangon. It's a bit too far for walking from citycenter, unless you are a tropical professional walker, so by taxi it's about 10 minutes and some US$.

    Seinn Lan So Pyay Garden
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    Golf Driving Range

    by Tedsocoa Written Dec 19, 2013

    Why not practicing and entertaining your golf technics in Yangon ?
    In the Mayangone Township is situated the AQUA Inya Golf driving Range, where you can use the practice in an excellent and beautiful parc.
    The practice is situated in front of a lake, don't worry, the golfballs are floating, but have the same
    size and weight of a normal golfball.

    Golfpractice in Yangon
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    Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral

    by stevemt Written Feb 20, 2012

    This is one of the oldest churches in Yangon.

    Strange, as an Anglican cathedral it has no organ.

    It's a lovely building and well worth a visit though.

    Obviously high Anglican, but stations of the cross?????

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    Pansodan Street.

    by euzkadi Updated Mar 2, 2010

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    Yangon was a major port city as well as a major financial, political and administrative center during the colonial times, and this steet is a good example of how great the city was. Some magnificent buidlings as the Inland Water transport offices (former Irrawaddy Floatila Company Office) and the Myanma Port Authority. A short but nice walk starting in the Mahabandoola street ending in the Strand road.

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    The Last Resting Place of the Last Moghul

    by cochinjew Written May 24, 2009

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    I highly recommend the eloquent and well researched book by William Dalrymple the Last Moghul.
    I had finally a chance to visit the tomb of the Last Moghul on my last visit, guided by a well knowledgeable local doctor who is very much involved in the history of Moslems in Burma.
    The treachery of the British is well outlined in the introduction of this book, putting the old Moghul on trial for being ungrateful for the benefits the British had given him, having stolen from him over the course of thirty years his realm..
    Ghalib the court poet mourned:
    we smashed the wine cup and the falsk
    what is itnow to us
    if all the rain that falls from heaven
    should turn to rose red wine?

    After returning from Burma, I began reading the Last Moghul and I enjoy it very much. Much like the Glass Palace, this book is also has personal touches to it.. it feels like the ending of a glorious history of Moghuls of India.. the tribal people from central asia who conquered most of India and ruled it for centuries....

    The ingenious ways of the British have been punished: the era of the British in Burma and India is all but forgotten but the Moghuls keep on living.. even in the memories of people far removed from India or Burma..

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    House of Memories

    by cochinjew Written May 18, 2009

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    for those who have already read The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh, visiting this old stately home now converted into a restaurant will be a treat indeed. Teak lined house, well decorated with pieces of the time, and full of history of Burmese and Indian independence. now it is a restaurant and i enjoy going there especially for the ambience, the history and the friendliness of the assistant manager..Ko Pyit..

    it is in kamaryut township on u wizara road. the address and website are on my restaurant tip pages.

    Owners in dotage Netaji Subash Chandra Bose's Office

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    My best tip for Myanmar.

    by planxty Updated Mar 7, 2009

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    Given the fairly ambivelant nature of the authorities in Myanmar to foreign tourists outside the very expensive package deal circuit, I was a little wary about posting this tip. I have, howevver, spoken to the person in question, and she's happy enough with it.

    It's almost impossible to be in Myanmar and not travel through Yangon (Rangoon). I suppose you could travel in and out of Mandalay, but most people don't do it. My tip is this, and it is a great testament to the value of VT, is to meet VT member Zin whilst you're in Rangoon.

    Now I know she's going to read this, and I don't want to embarass her, but she really is the most gracious and generous host you could imagine. She gave up a couple of days (the weekend)
    of her time to show me round, which I thought was extremely decent of her. She loves meeting English speaking travellers, and I happen to know she's also learning German at the moment, so German speakers would also be most welcome.

    Her knowledge of Yangon and it's various sights is second to none, and it really did add so much to my time in the city.

    I've only been on VT a realtively short time, but this meeting really reinfoced to me the value of the Internet (and I'm a bit too old to be of the Ineternet generation!), it was truly wonderful. From the astounding delights of Shwedagon to the best local restaurants available to getting taxis at local rate, I can't speak highly enough about Zin. Apart from all her local knowledge (which is considerable), her insights into local culture and customs adds so much to your trip. If it wasn't for her, I'd never have known, for example, that because I was "Sunday born" that I was a Garuda - worth knowing when you visit temples in Myanmar.

    Zin told me that she had had eight VT "meets", and I know she wants to meet more people - get in touch!

    Update - Zin is no longer in Rangoon but I feel sure she can give you some good information if you contact her.

    VT members Zin and planxty, Yangon, Myanmar.

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    Market Stroll

    by thedouglas Updated Jul 25, 2007

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    Markets are always one of my favourite wanders, and this inner city market was excellent. The usual array of fresh produce, hard working ladies and their children hawking their goods was well worth the wander.

    There are plenty of small groups of market vendors around the inner city streets, but this organised market in Chinatown was the busiest and most diverse.

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    Visit the Museum

    by thedouglas Updated Jul 25, 2007

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    This museum is well worth the visit. Its not the largest museum, but houses some excellent exhibits of the diverse cultural background of Myanmar - and the range of ethnic groups which have made up this country. In addition to the mannequin displays of traditional ethnic dress, there are plenty of examples of the day to day rituals and implements, providing a good overview of life in the traditional villages.

    There are also the usual array of royal regalia - including the 8 metre Lion Throne from King Thihaw Min's reign - as the last king of Burma. Royal jewellery is displayed, and some of the old photographs of Yangon's old palace, very elaborate royal suits and furniture saved from the palace.

    Much of the royal remnants are said to have been removed by the British, and, whilst some of it has been returned, the bulk remains on display in London.

    The museum is a rather sprawling affair, and it is easy to miss whole floors.

    We actually hired a "guide" for US$5 - who we later realised was not a museum employee per se, by virtue of his quiet corner early request for payment! Absolutely no harm done, as he had good English, and steered us through the floors and the highlights of the museum.

    Cameras and bags were required to be left outside in fairly flimsy looking lockers, and I was a little nervous about this - but we had no problems retrieving our property.

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    Fresh Fruit for sale

    by cochinjew Written Jun 11, 2007

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    All along the streets, it is not unusual to come across people selling fresh fruit. and very often someone will offer to make fruit juice for you, if you happen to be near their place, it has happened more than once to me.
    all tropical fruits, including that malaysian favourite Durian is available here...
    it can be found all over rangoon, but the one place i like is along the mahabandoola road, on the way to the chinatown part of town..

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    Celebrating New Year's Eve

    by hydronetta Written Jan 24, 2007

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    It was my first time I celebrated New Year's Eve away from Greece, but I can say that I enjoyed it very much.
    Our hotel in Yangon (Summit Parkview) had arranged a dinner+party for 20$ per person: unlimited buffet food and drinks plus a party by the swimming pool.
    Dinner was perfect, you could eat like a beast and drink till you drop, but the best part was the party with both live orchestra and Dj. You could have a dance along experience with other travellers and locals as well. We also had a count down clock and fireworks by the time the near year came. Overall a nice experience and I would definitely do it again...

    pool decorated for the party

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