17.03.2013 - 18.03.2013 41 °C
Yesterday was a slow day. We got up and went for another yummy breakfast of pancakes with honey and packed our bags up ready for checking out. We decided to find the bakery we got the bread from for our picnic and sit and have a drink and some lunch. The cafe/bakery/Internet cafe/beauty salon is actually really nice. It is one of the nicest cafes we have seen in Myanmar. We sat on the deck under a beautiful parasol and ordered two lemon ice teas. Chelsea ordered a ham sandwich and Liam ordered a pate sandwich. We know this sound boring but we were really excited for the prospect of unsweetened bread! Our meals were delicious. Home made pâté and cured ham, it was lovely.mwe sat there all afternoon drinking lemon ice teas in the shade until it was nearing the time of our bus. We checked out and waited for our pickup at the hotel. We have booked it through our hotel and it has cost 13000Ks to Yangon with a picku to the bus station.
The pickup ride was a bumpy one but we were talking to a German lady who ended up sitting behind us on the same bus. The bus departs from the bust station (just a pull-in at the side of the road) at 5pm but it was a little late. As usual it was arctic cold, the locals had their woolly hats and scarves at the ready and we had jumpers, scarves, a towel and a blanket on top of our normal clothes. We read our books until it was bed time and then attempted to get som sleep. it was one of the more uncomfortable journeys we have had and took around 11 hours to get to Yangon. We stopped off a few times to stretch our legs, bought a snack for tea and played with a puppy for half and hour. Chelsea loves how many puppies there are here and they are always so friendly and fussy.
We arrived at Yangon bus station at 5.45am this morning and as usual were harassed by taxi drivers who we had to ask to give us a few minutes as we needed to get our bearings so early in the morning. We shared a taxi with the German lady and another lad from England. A few people tried to overcharge us, almost double what the price should be but one man agreed to 10000Ks. That is 3000Ks more but he agreed to take us to our individual hotels. As soon as we set off he got a flat tyre and we all had to get out and unload our luggage so he could change it. Several people started to approach us again but we waited for the man to change the tyre. It was done at formula one pit stop time as he was afraid we would be poached off him but it managed to stay on the whole journey.
Our room was ready at Hninn Si Budget Inn and we checked straight in and went to bed for a few hours. Hninn Si is as nice as before. It is twenty seven dollars a night and it exceptionally clean and tidy. After our little snooze we went for a walk. Yangon is unbearably hot but wasn't that busy on Monday morning. We went into a local cafe for lunch and both had mutton curry with a naan bread and unlimited free tea. We forgot how good and cheap the food was in Yangon. It cost us 2800Ks for lunch and it was delicious.
For the rest of the day we have relaxed in our room, sorted out our photographs spoke to some of our friends and family and ate some junk food, pizza flavoured crisps and biscuits.
We went out for tea next door to a Chinese place. We didn't know what anything on the menu was so ordered two things and rice. Chelsea ended up with slices of pork fat and some unknown substance that we think was a vegetable or seaweed but are not sure and Liam ended up with a pork broth that was mainly fat and bones. It was all a little too weird for us and Chelsea had to politely leave hers. We went to a bar further down and had a few beers and some BBQ'd ocre with chilli dip which was nice.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Myanmar but as the pace has been fast we are a little tired. We had been told about the hospitality and the friendliness of the people of Myanmar but we didn't quite believe it until we got here. Everywhere we have visted the people have been smiley and friendly, always happy to help and sometimes just wanting a chat because they are curious. Everywhere we have been people shout hello and wave and it really makes the place special. The towns we have visited, especially Inle Lake and Bagan have been amazing. Bagan is a place like no other and is unbelievable. Inle Lake is a peaceful and quiet place. Yes there are lots of tourists in Myanmar but you only have to walk ten minutes to be off the trail and totally alone which is quite unlike the rest of Southeast Asia. As we have walked or cycled around we have gone hours without seeing another tourist. A lot of the places we have visited we have seen very poor families and often we have seen huge piles of litter and waste but this is still a developing county with a huge influx of tourists which they cannot yet handle. The accomodation is very expensive compared with other accomodation in South East Asia but in our minds the place is worth it. We are really glad we decided to visit.... Now for a few days relaxing somewhere with a pool or beach we think though.