Day seven started easy, no morning plans as we had to check out at midday. For those who are wondering the accomodation that was used was Crystal Palace Hotel in Yangon and it was great. We were upgraded to a deluxe room at no cost on the top floor. For the two nights it was AUD$110, free breakfasts and free wifi.
We decided to check out Yangon’s Railway.
The Yangon Circular Railway is the local commuter rail network that serves the Yangon metropolitan area. The 45.9-kilometre (28.5 mi) 39-station loop system connects satellite towns and suburban areas to the city. Circa 2008-2010, the railway had about 200 coaches, had 20 daily runs, and sold 100,000 to 150,000 tickets daily. The loop, which takes about three hours to complete, is a way to see a cross section of life in Yangon. The Railway is heavily utilized by lower-income commuters, as it is (along with buses) the cheapest method of transportation in Yangon
We spent about an hour and a half on there getting the opportunity to hang out the window (literally) to get some photos.
It can be very sad seeing the amount of trash and poverty seen on the trip. I can’t explain how much rubbish there is, just thrown everywhere and people living amongst it all, it really makes you appreciate what you have.
I love the lighting on the above photo. One aim of this trip was to get the chance to take more photos of people and less landscape photos.
After the decision was made to jump off the train at some random station it was into a taxi and back to the hotel to collect our packs. From there it is an hour taxi ride to the bus stop, for the first time on this trip I saw more tourists than any other spot, hearing people speak English around me seemed bizarre in a way.
I must say…. this bus was awesome. I booked it online, it’s called JJ Express and it’s the best bus and service I have received to date. We boarded and took the allocated seats, they were large, reclining, had foot rests and TV’s on board. They then come around to give you a snack box full of biscuits, cookies and bread. One thing I have never seen in my life is after we got going they had a trolly like on a plane and came to serve drinks and coffee, the ride was 12 hours long but seemed so quick due to how comfortable it was.
We disembarked the bus at 6am into the township and was mobbed by taxi drivers (I’m starting to get use to it). All I wanted was a coffee and a smoke and to get my bearings.
We found this little “cafe” to sit, eat and watch the morning start around us, more and more activity started on the streets, first a few scooters, they foot traffic and finally it was like a gate released a hive of activity and people into the town.
We arranged for 5am tomorrow morning to take a boat out on the lake to get some sunrise photos, it should be good.
We headed down to our hotel, here we have chosen to stay away from where all the tourists are and be in the middle of the town. We are staying at Golden Dream Hotel. It’s nice, clean and comfortable. For AUD$82 for the two nights it’s amazing.
Overlooking the streets of this town really makes you feel amongst it, what started out as a very very difficult trip is really starting to kick off well now, I’m loving it.
The view looking down on the streets below.
Well it’s time to shower, get ready and go for a walk around the town to see what is on offer. Day 8 (that I’m in now) will be pretty chilled for a big day on day 9 spending it on the lake.