Thursday, February 18, 2010


Yangon is like so many other big cities in developing countries, and also so unlike them.

It is crowded and hot, the air is not clean the sidewalks look ok until you look away and fall into an uncovered drainage ditch. People rush around like they do in every big city and the taxi cabs have taken the mandatory overcharging of tourist training.

It is really unlike other's because it is safe, there are few street dogs, and there is not much garbage on the streets.  People have an easy laugh and are generally friendly.

Another thing that makes Yangon special is the Shwe Dagon temple.  It is a very old (between 1500 and 2500 years depending on who you ask) gold encrusted temple visible from throughout the city.  It is truly spectacular and one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. 

A very pleasant way to spend a day or two.

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