Places to Visit in Yangon, Myanmar

Ever since the government in Myanmar opened the borders of the nation I had wanted to go to this amazing country. This year I finally got my chance. I flew from London to Bangkok, then on to Yangon. Emerging from the Yangon International Airport was a Fantastic feeling. Here I was, at last, in the most exciting and intriguing nation on the planet, about to bear witness to many things that had remained impossible for Westerners to enjoy so long. My grandfather had served in Burma during the war, albeit in the very end. He described a gorgeous land of lush greenery and warm hearted peaceful people. I was about to find out for myself.

The airport is only about ten kilometers to the north of the former capital community. A brief cab journey soon had me ensconced in my hotel, unpacked, checked-in and prepared to go exploring. Yangon itself is a town of great sophistication and several surprises. The wide paths are a throw back from its former French colonial days. There are just a few high rise buildings, many temples and everything is quite green. There are water parks and much to admire. The old fashion Asian buildings are beautiful, sitting perfectly together with the French structure, much of that is well faded from its former glory, but most of the more charming because of it.
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I loved this place, with its golden leaf facade and fabulous gardens. This is the most well-known and admired in all of the country, and it is not hard to see why. Lately it has been seen by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, American President Barack Obama and US Secretary of state Hilary Clinton. It is a magnificent illustration of Buddhist Temple design, standing nearly three hundred and fifty feet .

I spent a couple of days in town before flying into Bagan, where there are an unbelievable two thousand two hundred and twenty nine temples. This seems impressive but when you realise that these are what are abandoned, of over ten million that were initially built here, it puts things into a completely different perspective. Bagan is indeed green, it’s among the most gorgeous areas I’ve ever seen. On spiritual importance it rivals Angkor Wat and is believed by many professors to be the center of faith for the whole place. A town of sorts has stood for more than eleven hundred years.

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