My stay in Bagan came to an end and it was time to move on to my next destination in Myanmar which is Yangon.
The best way to get there is by bus and wow was that a surprise , in a good way. I took the bus from the company JJ Express and it was the most luxury autocar I have ever been in. I’m not exaggerating as I took many times autocar or coach to Poland from Belgium and never did these busses had tv screens in the seats with the possibility not only to watch movies, but als to listen to music, playing games like Angry Birds or even internet access. The Internet didn’t work, but maybe if I would have asked the crew on the bus they would have had explained me. I didn’t bother cause I was feeling very tired and all I wanted was to sleep.
They gave me a blanket and a pillow cause it can get a bit chill during the night. I also got 2 bottles of water and box with some cookies and cakes.
The bus had a crew just like in an airplane, who checked if everybody was ok. I really didn’t expect all this and that’s why I can recommend to take this as an alternative transport to flying. It’s a big distance between Bagan and Yangon so you have to be prepared for a journey of 8 hours, but since its at night it goes faster when you sleep. I woke up one hour before arrival in Yangon, where a pickup was arranged for me to bring me to my hotel to fresh up a bit before visiting the sightseeings of the former capital of the country. Just like Mandalay, Yangon was also a former capital.
When Myanmar was named Birma under British Colonial rule the Capital city was Yangon and so the city still has architecture sites downtown that reminds of that era.
In Yangon there is more traffic then in Mandalay, more cars and public transportation and no motorbikes or scooters like in the rest of Myanmar, it’s banned from the city, local autorities want the people to use more the public transportation. Also traffic looks more organized compared to Mandalay.
Sightseeing in Yangon
First I made a stop at one of the biggest Reclining Buddha’s in the country the Chaukhtatkyi 65 meters long and 16 meters high. the feet of the Buddha are also very big and the soles are carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gather in front of the statue to pay homage and pray.
After this visit I did a walk in the Bogyoke park with a nice view over the Kandawgyi Lake and had my picture taken with the Karaweik Hall Royal floating barge. Other stops that I made in the city were Independence monument at Mahabandoola Garden Park and the Sule Pagoda just across the street of the park. I had some time to walk around in downtown Yangon and visit a big market place where jewellery, clothes, paintings were being sold. The highlight of Yangon was saved for last. The glittering gold stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda. At the Pagoda I saw local pilgrims and monks offering their devotion to this holy place. I walked around the complex bare foot like in any other holy temple I visited on this trip, but this time in the water as it was starting to rain and it got very slippery, there were these mats on the ground to walk on instead of going on the slippery stones. Did some people watching for the time being and enjoyed my last moments in Myanmar. The last day was the only day I had rain, maybe it was the Myanmar skies that were sad to see me go, hehe.