02 February 2009

Back in Yangon

We've spent our last 4 days in Myanmar just soaking up atmosphere in Yangon. We're back at the incredibly friendly but strangely named Beautyland Hotel 2 where we stayed on our first few days here back at the start of the year.

For our first day back in town we treated ourselves to a bit of luxury at a hotel called The Governor's Residence which is out in the embassy district. The hotel is a really beautiful teak mansion that was originally built for important visitors to the city from the Kayah tribe. After making the most of their lovely pool we then headed back downtown to the Traders Hotel for dinner and their 2-4-1 cocktail happy hour before retreating to our much humbler surroundings at Beautyland.

Yesterday we headed out to Kandawgyi Lake which is a large park in the middle of town. We stayed until after sundown and were treated to a fantastic sunset over the lake from a great Chinese restaurant we stumbled upon called White Rice.

On our way back through the park to get a taxi back downtown we wandered into the middle of an open air talent show, something akin to "Myanmar's Got Talent", where we were treated to live performances from a local thrash metal band, a Burmese Garreth Gates and a singing infant.

Today we are just taking it easy before a day of travel tomorrow when we fly first to Bangkok and then on to Phuket on Thailand's Andaman Coast.

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