Impressions of the city

Trip Start Mar 02, 2009
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Trip End Jun 11, 2009


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Couple of things we noted about Yangon

Sort of like Downtown Detroit - you could tell it was really
nice but there are huge old decaying buildings here

Tons of old vehicles

Lots of monks both males and female

The people are great - friendly and curious

***USD only (which can be transferred into local currency) -
But there cannot be significant creases, any tears or
writing on the notes or they are worthless - No ATMs or
credit card facilities

If you come bring lots of new notes

Some pretty good food here, both decent restaurants and the
street food.

Unreliable electricity - goes out at dusk - just had the
power go out at the internet cafe @ 11am

We stayed at the Ocean Pearl - Fairly clean but there was
some mold around the windows and Theresa thought she heard a
mouse -and you could hear the apartment above.

Overall pretty inexpensive - $40/day really no problem

Was overall surprised by the lack on "working" - not many
shops, a couple of generator repair shops and furniture
makers.

Does not have the feel of a capital city

People and especially the children are fascinated with white
people and want to speak English - many people say, "Hello"
to us and smile shyly and giggle when we say, "hello" back -
there are not many western tourists here at all - #1 Thai,
China a very distant #2 then the Europeans, Aussies,
Canadians

The kids love to see their picture on the digital camera

Very hot and Very dusty
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