Myanmar in 8 Days: Part 1 – Yangon
Day 1 Yangon, Myanmar
From Singapore, we arrived in Yangon International Airport via Jetsar Airways. Just 30 minutes away from the airport, we managed to check in at Hotel Lavender, a stone’s throw away from Shwedagon Pagoda, the main cultural attraction of Yangon. More than just a monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda gave us a glimpse of the beliefs of its people. We were amazed to see how their traditional ways of life are found tucked amid the increasingly modern city.
Day 2 Yangon, Myanmar
On our second day, we went to Kalaywa Monastery. We visited this place during the morning meal time as most blogs suggested this was the best time to visit. It was about 30-minute taxi ride from our hotel but so worthwhile.
With only 48 hours to explore Yangon, it was never enough but it was time for us to go to our next stop. To minimize our travel time and to save on hotel costs, we opted for an overnight bus from Yangon to Bagan. We took the 8:00 PM trip so we left the hotel before dusk.
ONE IMPORTANT REMINDER: there are no decent restaurants at the bus station, so make sure to buy a takeout dinner prior. Since the trip to Bagan will take 9 hours, we pre-booked our bus tickets via https://jjexpress.net as this was the most popular choice for travelers. And boy, it did not disappoint! The VIP bus has enormous leather seats, it’s very comfortable we slept the entire trip!