Honestly, the only thing I know about Myanmar is the famous Hot Air Balloon in Bagan. But my husband is going to Yangon, Myanmar so I searched for this place and I said, parang puro temples don.
There is no direct flight from the Philippines. He checked the different options and Thai Airways has the nice flight schedule. Manila to Bangkok to Yangon, Myanmar. It was a long flight including the lay over.
If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, you know for sure that my husband doesn’t like taking pictures. So even he’s been to different places, there is no souvenir photos. The last time I blogged about his trip was four years ago, ang tagal na nung Shanghai so now I will share some photos about his recent trip. There is a miracle, he took some photos so we can see Myanmar.
Read: Glimpse of Shanghai, China
Hotel in Myanmar: Taw Win Garden Hotel
My husband stayed in Taw Win Garden Hotel which is 30 minutes away from Yangon International Airport and 10 minutes away from city center and Shwedagon Pagoda.
Taw Win Garden Hotel is a 4 star hotel that offers gynasium, sauna, indoor jacuzzi, salon services, spa treatment and salon services. There are four restaurants in the hotel, Thiri restaurant, Su Chinese restaurant, K Khine restaurant and Lobby Bar and Lounge.
This is the room.
There is free wifi but the connection is very unstable, hindi man lang kami makapagvideo call. When my husband was out, he could not have a good phone connection too.
Since this is a business trip, my husband has really no time to explore the tourist spots so after 4 years, now lang ulit siya natour. After work, his officemate brought him at Shwedagon Pagoda which is few minutes from his hotel.
You need to remember to dress conservatively when you visit pagodas, temples and monasteries. In addition, you need to remove socks and shoes when entering religious buildings, restaurants or even entering someone’s home.
From parking lot, my husband was surprised because they will walk barefooted. So they left their shoes in the car and walk to Shwedagon Pagoda. This is also known as Golden Pagoda, a famous and most sacred sites in Yangon.
It is 326 ft tall made of bricks but covered with gold and the crown has gems. My husband informed me that people all over the country, rich or poor donate gold and gems to maintain the pagoda. According to his officemate, mas maganda daw sa gabi kasi may light which I’ve seen on the internet.
Entrance Fee: 8000 kyat
Salient points to be observed by the pilgrims/visitors
1. Must not wear ladies blouse with wide or deep hives.
2. Must not wear above knee short pants and skirts.
3. Must not wear shoes.
4. Must not wear socks and stockings.
Then they went to the White Asian Elephants. It is not the usual elephant that we see in the zoo. It is an albino elephant but mukha siyang pink elephant sa kin. Hehehe! There are three elephants here but at that time, hubby only saw two elephants.
Some people said that this white elephant is a symbol of royal prosperity, power and bring good luck to the country. The elephant looks like a statue maybe because they have chained in their paw so very limited movement lang.
Well, that’s it! I hope my husband will take photos again on his next trip. Hehehe!
Taw Win Garden Hotel
45 Pyay Road Dagon Township,
South - Shwedagon Pagoda Road, Kandaw Min Road, Arzarni Road.
West - U Wisara Road
North - Arzarni Road
East - Arzarni Road, Gyatawya Road