"Yangon: easy-going city and an incredible Paya" Myanmar (Burma) Things to Do Tip by Bonobo2005
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The capital city of Yangon appeared pleasantly quiet and mellow to me, a bit boring even, an oasis of order and relaxation that reminded me instantly of Laos.
But hey, after flying in from the extremely chaotic, crowded and dirty city of Calcutta, every place would have felt like that! When I returned in Yangon after a 4 weeks roundtrip however, it certainly appeared more lively and bustling, but the laid back atmosphere was still there (an exception being the bus terminal).
The biggest attraction in town -and one of the most sacred in Myanmar - is the incredible Shwedagon Paya. The 100m tall Paya is covered with gold plates and precious stones, and it's located on a huge compound full of other religious buildings and objects where pilgrims pay tribute to the Buddhas. Visit in the evening recommended (in daytime you might burn your bare feet on the marble)!
At the tourist office on the Sule Paya roundabout, the staff can give you all the infos you need, including on the regions that are open for visits. They also issue travel permits to restricted areas and even visa extensions can be arranged here (up to 14 days in 2002).
I stayed at the Mahabandoola Guest House; non air-con rooms for $3. Located on the Sule Paya roundabout. Next door is small restaurant offering a variety of fantastic fresh fruit shakes (at ca. $0,30 each).
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