Last day in Myanmar and the end of my holiday… I would leave here in the morning, so I just stayed at hotel and enjoyed beautiful morning by having breakfast, waking around.
I really liked the resort I stayed. It could be pricy in comparison with other hotels in Bagan but it worth to pay and I highly recommend. They have nice surroundings of nature and facility and good hospitality of Japanese standard.
I left hotel at 10:30 and went to Bagan airport by car. It was about 20 minutes’ drive from the hotel to the airport. I flew with Air KBZ, took off Bagan at 11:40 and arrived at Yangon 13:00. The fare was USD 84.
Driver picked me up at the airport and took me to Sakura Residence. I would not stay again but I stopped by to ask them to keep my baggage till evening.
Then, I went to Bogyoke Aung San Market again as I didn’t have enough time to walk around on day 1. I took a taxi from the residence to market and paid MMK 4,000 (USD 3). I walked around the market and bought some souvenirs for myself. The market closes quite early at 4 pm, so it’s better to come early ensuring enough time for shopping.
After shopping, I was hungry at that time as I didn’t have proper lunch. So, I went to local restaurant, 999 Shan Noodle Shop which I also found in TripAdvisor to have very late lunch. It was time for afternoon tea, but many people such as locals, expats and tourist like me continually visited there. Although they have huge variety of food, I ordered Shan noodle, fried tofu and lime juice.
These foods were tasty and very cheap that I paid approx. MMK 5,000 (USD 3.70) if I remember correctly.
Then I kept walking around the city and I saw Sule Pagoda, Immanuel Yuzana Baptist Church, Maha Bandula Park. Most of the places were in walking distance.
I didn’t feel any danger in Myanmar even I’m walking alone, of course it’s better to pay attention to your belongings and surroundings all the time.
I usually go to supermarket to buy local food in any places. I tried to find the one in Yangon but I couldn’t find, so I went to convenience store and bought some snacks. After that, I went to Sule Square to go to restroom and found the supermarket called Marketplace in basement floor. Though this is the supermarket like expats go for grocery shopping, they have delegated section for local sweets and snacks. It’s clean and easy to buy for tourist, also the price is reasonable. If you like to go to local supermarket to buy local food, I recommend visiting this place at the end. Also I notice in Myanmar that the shopping bags are almost same as small and very thin regardless the size of store. It’s better to have shopping bag if you would carry a lot of things.
After grocery shopping, I went to Sakura Bistro which is in Sakura tower, the tallest building in Myanmar to have dinner. The place is a bit fancy in Myanmar and they have Burmese, Western and Japanese food. I only had salad and drinks as I was still full because of very late lunch.
Then I went up to roof top bar, Yangon Yangon. The admission was MMK 10,000 (USD 7) including 1 drink. The place was very good and I didn’t feel like I was in Yangon. There were nice atmosphere with music and city view of 360 degree.
Drive picked me up at 10 pm and headed to the airport. The airport is brand new and there are enough shops to buy souvenirs in last minutes though the price much more than in local market.
I took off Yangon at 1:50 and landed at Dubai, 5 am. The duration was approximately 6 hours. I noticed my flight was from Hanoi to Dubai via Yangon, then everything became clear to me that many people were already sleeping in their seat even I had priority boarding.
Thus, 8 days of my holiday was ended. Myanmar is getting more popular as a tourist destination and I noticed that many Western people, especially from France, visit Myanmar. When I went there in November/ December, it was the best season in Myanmar since it was dry season and no rain. The highest temperature was around 30 degree Celsius and the lowest was around 20, so the weather was perfect.
Myanmar is very interesting country and I felt dynamism of the country that the market is rapidly growing in recent years. On the other hand, beside big city, Yangon, there are not yet developed at all like in Bagan. It will be developed and changed gradually. However, I wish to visit and see the same view of Bagan remained from 11th century