As I have visited many attractions of Yangon the first time I visited the city, this time I dedicated all my time to explore it by bicycle.
This is not such a easy task as the traffic here is very intense and you don’t actually see many bicycles around. Anyway, I decided to hit the road and cycle among the street of Yangon. I spent a lot of time exploring parks.
I have visited the People’s Park that is quite a nice place. They have an old Myanmar airplane parked there for display, some suspended bridges that look pretty cool and a lot of green spaces and gardens properly decorated. There is a fountain decorated with elephants and another one that for several times was displaying a water show along with the music. From here you can see Shwedagon Pagoda, and this is the park immediately next to it. However, to enter this prettier part of the park, you need to pay an entrance fee of approximately 0,25 cents. There are a lot of people here enjoying a relaxing spot in the middle of the city, mainly lovers and families. You will find some places selling drinks and snacks.
Another place I decided to visit on my Ympek bicycle was Inya Lake that is quite far from the center, but I had the whole time to explore things as I wish. Riding a bicycle there wasn’t trouble, the street is good and the traffic here is very low, so the ride was relaxed. This seems to be a richer area, as I come across many big houses with armed securities at their doors. I have no idea how important the people leaving here might be. This is also the area of the University.
I was tired from my ride, so I sat there on the green garden among the Burmese that went there to relax. There are many people here and there are some sellers walking around selling you snacks and drinks, or ice cream while you are sitting. I enjoyed my time there appreciating and watching the Burmese as the only foreigner around. Sadly, no one came to me trying to have a conversation. The sun is going down, so I head the way back to town as I still have a long ride ahead.
Later, I’m meeting other travel friends I did in this country for a night out. The street full of foreigners is the 19th street that is full of life during the night. This was the first time I tried the fried crickets they are selling on the street. They aren’t bad. It’s an ok snack. While sitting at the table with some friends, we met some Burmese and went for a night out with them to the 7th Joint that seems to be the place where many backpackers come to dance. I enjoyed this place a lot, so if you are looking for dancing in Yangon, this can be the place.
Next day I’m going to Moulmein by train.