Rangoon or Yangon / Burma or Myanmar

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Grete & Fred Vithen
Sat 29 Feb 2020 09:21

On the 25 Jan we flew to Rangoon with Air Myanmar. We needed a 50 USD internet visa to get in. We plan to stay for a week.
Last time we where here was 1981 during the famous Hippie Era. We still remember very clearly this incredible pagoda.
Schwedagon Pagoda, the landmark of Burma. Easy spotted even from the sky.
While visiting then there was a priest who took our hands and said we where ment for each other due to the fact that our hands 
looks exactly the same. Wow! We where not aware of that at that point. When we where there we had been together about a year.
Now we have been together for 40 years. Incredible.
Today Burma could be called Myanmar or Burma, the same with Rangoon or Yangon. 
The name change is not officially considered. It was the military dictators that has tried to change the name.
90 % of the people are Burmese.  
At our last visit it was a incredible simple, and poor, country. People where very friendly and still are. 
And still the country and Rangoon seems poor compared with neighbouring thriving capitals like BKK, KL, Singapore ...
Finally the military dictators are gone and people are longing for a fast development.

Schwedagon Pagoda




The visit to Schwedagon Pagoda was of course the highlight of our visit to Rangoon.

Oishi Sushi. This was by far our favourite restaurant here. Whish we had one in Scarborough as well.

Another favourite place was Kosan Double Happiness Bar at 19th street.
The drinks made from local liquor was dirt cheap, a double 2000 MMK (Kyat) a bit more then 1Euro, but still nice. 
Our first evening, stil,l we manage to spend 60 000 Kyat. After that we was always special treated and very welcome.

One day we took the simple and slowly slowly moving local train and did a part of the city loop.
It took really for ever. We like to travel with public transport in order to meet the common people.

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