Thursday, 23 March 2017

Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

Our home for 4 days in Yangon was the fabulous Kandawgyi Palace Hotel.  Located a little away from the city centre but sited on the shores of the Kandawgyi Lake, it sported a wonderful pool that was essential for a mid afternoon dip to break the heat and dust of the dry season.  And the breakfast was a super spread of fruits, juices, soups, pastries, pancakes and more.  A veritable feast of local and international fare, it rated 10/10.

Accomodation is still being sorted in Myanmar and there is not much in the mid or boutique range.  This was although not in the downtown, certainly a top site to choose and the ammenities made it well worth the price.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Shwedagon-The Golden Pagoda.

The Shwedagon or Golden Pagoda on Singutarra Hill is a brilliant beacon on the Yangon skyline.  We took a visit on a warm and calm Sunday evening when about half of the population seemed to be there as well.  The grounds and forecourt hummed with chatter and prayer, the air filled with the scent of the many flowers being offered and the smoky sweetness of incense burning.  Even with such a crowd there was a beautiful serenity and we marvelled as the sun descended for the day and the Stupa gleamed in the twilight of a perfect Myanmar evening.

Taking time out with a new found friend, Naing Win, to learn a little of his life, but spiritual and digital.

Such a magical place and a wonderful way to spend an evening mingling with the locals of Yangon.