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Adventures in Myanmar (Burma) – Yangon (Rangoon) and Mandaley

The beginning of the end? Junction City, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 27, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
The beginning of the end? Junction City, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

One of the things I really liked about Myanmar was the lack of the ‘big’ companies, you know, the usual ones you see on your travels – Starbuck, MacDonalds, Burger King, Costa, Pizza Hut etc. On my last visit to Myanmar in 2015 I was amazed that I only saw one such company, KFC. That was […]

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Around the streets of Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 27, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Around the streets of Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

I was last in Myanmar in 2015 and it was great to be back. One of the things I really like doing in any city is just wandering around looking at what is going on and taking photos. Everywhere I go there is a fascination with mobile phones…. And life is lived on the streets in […]

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – 2017 – part 1 of 2

By on March 26, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – 2017 – part 1 of 2

I first visited the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) in 2015 – see Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 1 of 2 and Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 2 of 2, and it was great to be back. And this time I took two of my visit […]

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No shoes – but can you wear socks?

By on April 4, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
No shoes – but can you wear socks?

This is an interesting question….. I have visited many temples, shrines, shops and other buildings on my travels and I often have to take my shoes off before entering such places. I have no problem with that, other than walking around with no shoes on really hurts my feet. After Mandalay Hill (see earlier post […]

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Heading to the airport at 5 am in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

By on April 4, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments

Far, far too early to be up and about. And far, far too early to be in a taxi going through Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma). However, it is interesting to be up this early and to see the city waking up (or possibly just going to bed). Surprising number of people on the streets exercising. […]

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10 Travel Tips for visiting Myanmar (Burma)

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
10 Travel Tips for visiting Myanmar (Burma)

1. Do you need a visa? Depends on your home country. As I am from the UK I needed a visa… 2. Have a surge protector for electronic gear If you have electrical gear (phone, camera etc.) that needs charging, or anything that needs plugging in, then use a surge protector. Electricity in Myanmar (Burma) […]

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Why does that person have yellow paste on their face?

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Why does that person have yellow paste on their face?

That was the question I asked myself my first morning I was in Myanmar (Burma). As I walked out of the hotel I saw a person with what looked like dried yellow paste smeared on both cheeks. At first I thought it was a one off, some one that had left the house too early […]

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Myanmar or Burma? Burma or Myanmar? Yangon or Rangoon?

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments

That is a good question… Which is it? Burma or Myanmar? Yangon or Rangoon? In terms of the Internet it can be any one of them, and that can make life difficult when searching for information. What do you type in? Yangon or Rangoon? Burma or Myanmar? In Yangon (Rangoon) the airport goes by the […]

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Why is there rampant gum disease in Myanmar (Burma)?

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Why is there rampant gum disease in Myanmar (Burma)?

The first day I was in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) I was shocked at the level of gum disease I saw. I kept seeing people with stained teeth and gums. Terribly stained teeth and gums. And it looked like some of them were bleeding. Then I realised…. It was betel quid chewing that was causing the […]

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Can you connect to the Internet in Myanmar (Burma)?

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma, Travel Tip with 0 Comments

This is interesting question…. the short answer is, yes you can. However… I found that I could easily connect to the Internet on my phone, although it was terribly slow. 3G coverage was available, and was fairly good in the cities and suburbs. The ‘roaming’ deal I had with my phone company was pretty poor […]

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