03.03.2017 - 03.05.2017 100 °F
We are back in Yangon now after about an hour flight from Sittwe Friday night. Had a great day yesterday around the city. It is so easy to get around as there are taxis everywhere and it costs about $1-$3usd to get just about anywhere.
We started out with a trip to the Toyota dealership to see if spare parts are any cheaper here than in the US. Turns out the answer is no. Now we know. From there, we went downtown and had a nice lunch at a cute little place called the Tipsy Tiger. Talked to the nice Indian man that owns the place - he just opened about a month ago and is hoping the place catches on. So we bought a t-shirt and one should consider this a plug for the joint next time you are in Yangon.
Walked around some of the old colonial buildings a bit and had a drink at the famous Strand Hotel. Was built in 1901 I think and is super posh. The book says rooms start around $630 per night and the menu looked highly overpriced. Didn't take us long to get our fill and get out. Totally out of place. We did walk the alley behind them though and could see where they dump all their garbage and spare parts. Would expect more for their prices and pretense.
Came back to the room for a bit of a rest before heading to Chinatown on 19th street. Got the tip from an Aussie we met in Mrauk U. Boy was he right. I cannot explain the mass of people and food stalls. Primarily open air restaurants with beer and bbq. You just grab a little plastic basket and fill it with skewers from a case which contains all sorts of things and they bbq it up right there. I was too chicken (ha) to try the chicken feet but we did have some really good other bits we think were regular chicken meat, squid and ribs. The little place we ate was super busy. I think maybe because the book recalls it as being where Anthony Bourdain ate when he was here. The "waiters" are a couple of boys about 8 or 9 years of age. Pretty wild to see them schlepping big mugs of beer back and forth like pros. Great place to just take it in for a while.
It's been a great trip but looking forward to being home again. Feeling so lucky to have these opportunities to experience.