I’m back in Myanmar, my favorite country in the world, and this is the 3rd time I’m visiting the country and Yangon. This time I spent Christmas here not knowing what things to do in Yangon.
The city center had some decorations allusive to Christmas back home. Close to Sule Pagoda, there was a stage where Burmese were singing classic Christmas songs that play internationally at this time of the year. But, the performer also sang in Burmese.
The gardens nearby are decorated and lighted with shining hearts and lights that cover the grass, actually, it was looking very beautiful and also very crowded. Yeah, crowded AF. There were so many people at the entrance that somehow I got in squeezed between all the others. Someone even took advantage to grab my butt. Anyway, the Burmese seemed to be having a lot of fun while taking selfies with all the lighted bushes they could.
This is my third time in the city, só I don’t have many things to do in Yangon, I guess, but there are always things to discover. This time I spent only one day in the city after Christmas eve and all I did was walking in Yangon streets. It’s funny that I actually haven’t done it before like this, just with the purpose of admiring the streets that are very charming with many colonial decadent buildings that caught my eye. I’m pleased to walk here as I stare at the fascinating vintage architecture and colors. Somehow I listen to Burmese songs playing, the same I have saved in Burmese playlist since I visited Myanmar for the first time. Did I mentioned already that Myanmar music vídeos are hilarious?! You can see here, or just do some research by yourself. They tell a lot about how Burmese people are and live.
I stumbled upon the most beautiful and charismatic street of Yangon. How curious! I have been in the city before and haven’t been to the apparently most instagramable street of all. You will find it once you are in street number 29, and I think it is a must to do in Yangon. It is covered in colorful wall paintings and decorations that bring another light to this tight street that lays in between the tall buildings around. The tall old buildings contrast with the colorful paintings down here that seem very modern and recent. It has quite a different charm on this street. It doesn’t have much movement so you can enjoy it slowly admiring the architecture and even swing. Some other young Burmese cross the street too for some pictures. Well worthy!
And this was the highlight of my 3rd stay in Yangon. I stayed at the same hostel: The Lodge Yangon, and surprisingly, the girl at the reception remembered me and asked me if I was there before with a bicycle haha How funny! We laughed for a moment.
One of the things I wanted to do this 3rd visit was to travel by train as much as possible, so I went on my own to the train station. There are two places in the train station where you can buy tickets. The place where you buy the circular train ticket is inside the station. And another one a little bit further where you can buy the tickets to other cities. That you should do at least the previous day.
I wanted to go to Naypyidaw by train, the capital of Myanmar, as many people don’t know. There is a train, but with these stupid schedules, I will not go. The train departs from Yangon at 4 am. WTF!! I would need to wake up at least at 3 am to hop on this train. That sounded like a lost night and day, so I ended up going by bus. Even if I tried to move from place to place by train, in Myanmar, it is not so easy, and I would say that because of the schedule. It is not convenient at all, although I wouldn’t mind the long train journeys that the country provides. And the schedules were actually one of the things that avoided me to enjoy more train rides this time. Besides starting at weird times like 4 am, or whatever, they reach the destination at 1 am, 2 am, which is also very bad, so I didn’t do more train rides cause of that.