November 28, 2016

Glimpse of Yangon Myanmar

Myanmar is not on our bucket list so we really have no idea about this country. A few weeks ago, my husband told me that he might go to Myanmar and he asked me, ano bang meron don? Hehehe! 

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 layover. 

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 are 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 the city center and Shwedagon Pagoda

Taw Win Garden Hotel is a 4-star hotel that offers gymnasium, 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. 

Shwedagon Pagoda

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 the 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 site 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.

White Elephant Garden

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! 

Currency is Burmese Kyat

Taw Win Garden Hotel 

45 Pyay Road Dagon Township, 
Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda

Yangon Division,Myanmar

Four Entrances

South - Shwedagon Pagoda Road, Kandaw Min Road, Arzarni Road. 

West - U Wisara Road
North - Arzarni Road
East - Arzarni Road, Gyatawya Road

Read: Parkroyal Yangon Hotel


  1. Talagang pini-pair ni Lord ang couples perfectly! Ung isa ayaw mag picture, ung isa nahilig mag blog. haha. Ganyan din asawa ko, di mahilig mag picture! haha. I don't know much about Myanmar too, all I Know is andun ngayon pastor namin, hehe.

    1. True, sad part lang ang konti ng pictures ko, kung hindi ko pa sabihan na picturan ako, wala ko souvenir. hehehe!

  2. Looking at these pictures, parang mas glamorous tingnan ang temples ng myanmar compared sa iba (basing on picture din ha?). Parang more intricate ang designs. that elephant looks nice, may ganyang carabao din in a zoo I went to and ang tingin ko pink sya so I said, ay may pig! hahaha :)

    1. Bihira din ko sa temples pero agree with you, parang ang bongga ng pagoda nila. Hahaha! Nakakaloko yung color noh? Hindi pa ko nakakita ng albino carabao.

  3. I'm amazed with how they were able to preserve their temples. Na-maintain talaga nila. Pati yung culture nila andon pa rin. :D By the way, I have to agree with Mommy Nilyn's comment. My husband doesn't like taking photos, too. Kaya struggle kapag gusto kong magpakuha ng photos sa kanya na balak ko ilagay sa blog. Kung hindi blurred, nakapikit naman ako. Haay. The struggle is real! Hahaha

    1. I can relate, blurred din lagi sa kin or hindi maayos kaya nakakainis minsan magpapicture. hehehe!

  4. Thank you for sharing this. Myanmar is on my list and now making some research of the possible visit next year

  5. You had to walk in bare feet? Buti hindi mainit sa talampakan. But you know, back then, I didn't like taking photos too. In fact, I only started taking photos when my eldest was born.

    1. Yes, nakapaa lahat. Medyo hapon na so hindi mainit sa paa. :)

  6. Myanmar is on my bucket list! I've always wanted to visit places and countries with well-preserved heritage sites. Medyo kawawa yung elephant but I understand why he had to be chained.

    1. Pero hindi naman daw mukhang kawawa pag nakita or dahil mas kawawa yung elephant natin dito sa Pinas.

  7. Relate ako, nasa bucketlist ko ang Bangan because of its hot air balloon festival. I’m still hoping to witness their festival over sunset. It’s super dreamy. Next to Bali (which I have ticked off on our Balimoon), Bagan is next to my dreamy bucket-list. ❤️