Bagan, you were truly memorable. This was a breathtaking way to spend Christmas.
This is the Yangon circular railway. It’s the closest thing they have to a metro. It’s a train that goes around and around on a single loop, all-day basically. There are no timetables, schedule or complicated ticket fare rules. You just pay your 200 kyats (AUD $0.20) and hop on whenever it happens to roll past. And if you miss it, just jog along the track a bit and you might catch up - the max speed is only 20km/h. As the train rolls along, merchants jump on and off, selling everything from noodles to fruit to live chickens. The seats are just slabs of concrete. This was not a comfortable ride, but it was an experience, alright.
Wandering about the Shwedagon Pagoda. Pro tip: If you make it to the last photo, you’ll see Ben in a skirt. Great look, right?
Welcome to the wild, wild streets of Yangon. Having been based in Europe the past couple of years, It’s been a little while since I’ve had a good adventure through south east Asia, so really looking forward to being thrown into the hustle of Myanmar. I’ve only been here for 24 hours but already feeling that Yangon is an exhausting city - it’s super overwhelming and there’s just so much to take in. But this is a place where exhaustion is complimented by reward. Myanmar, from everything I’ve read, is all about the people - the happy, smiling and upbeat Burmese. Looking forward to making friends, trying the food, wearing a skirt and most likely, getting lost.