Mingalabar, Yangon: day 3

Good morning, Yangon!

Today I am exploring you from a suburban train.

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The 8.20 am circle train leaves from platform 7 of the Yangon Central Railway Station  It makes a loop around Yangon in about 3 hours. The ticket price is just 200 kyat (20 cents).

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The hustle-bustle during arrival/departure.

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Compared to Chennai the train is relatively “empty”. Women wear traditional beautiful long skirts.

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Market right on the platform of one of the stations.

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As the train goes on, local sellers hop on and hop off. This was a great away to observe the morning life, people, and just chill out.

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Moving from hostel to a decent inexpensive hotel for one night. The place is in a quiet lane away from the downtown noise.

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The rooms’s interior is made of wood.

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The room is nice, location is great, the staff is friendly and helpful. What else do you need?

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Taking a walk around the neighborhood.

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A side street leads into a residential area.

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Typical views in the neighborhood.

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As I took an afternoon stroll afterwards, I spotted many parents taking their kids from school.

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“Modern Tea House” – my best gastronomic experience so far! Refreshing green tea, delicious pastries, local vibe, pretty local girls serving, low prices. An absolute must-visit for anyone in Yangon. I would come back here several times.

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This is pure art and beauty.

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Cruising through the People’s Park towards sunset.

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From here the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda can also be seen.

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Welcome to the kingdom of elephants. 

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Elephants, water, and Pagoda. 

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Love is … This park is popular with young couples.

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And here you can buy a loaf of bread to feed the fish in the pond.

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They are very hungry! Or just greedy?

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Another day in paradise.

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During the night I was invited to a rooftop bar called “Atlas”.

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What can I say? Nice views, including the Shwedagon Pagoda. Nice music. Nice atmosphere. At the same time clearly over-touristic, and a big contrast with most of the city. Yet I enjoyed the experience anyway.

Ta-ta!

(“Goodbye” in Burmese).

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