Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon
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Travel Blogs from Yangon (Rangoon)
... and a few extra vacant dimes in our pocket we set off with a smile on our 3 hour flight to Yangon. We ate nice food, stayed in clean places and did a tourist thing or two, or no, actually just one, a boat trip on the lake and it was great! Even though the ever present drizzle from the grey skies made exploring and taking pictures less attractive, the slight change into a ...
... only really being possible on the black market and in Yangon-only (we used an ATM at the airport to take out cash, and most places round the country give good exchange rates now!) However, the tourist industry is still mostly government-run, with most stuff having to be booked via the official government travel company MTT and a dual-tier pricing system is still in existence (tourists generally pay more than locals for most things, such as transport ...
I need to exchange money and I notice there’s a booth here in the train station. But they are offering close to the official rate only for $50 and $100 U.S. bills: the rate is 963 versus the official rate of 965. Smaller U.S. notes are given a penalty rate of 920, 4.7% less than the official rate. Of course all I have are $20 and smaller notes. Damnit.
My other option was to use an ATM, which wants to charge me an exorbitant withdrawal fee of ...
... faces which is a cream to protect from sun and keep skin soft. It is also different seeing monks wondering the streets. There are pink robed lady monks or nuns and then red robed male monks. Every morning the monks walk the streets and sing a chant looking for donations. The people here are so friendly and helpful. Honestly the nicest we have come across on our travels. We were looking for a place to buy bus tickets to Inle lake when a gentleman approached us obviously seeing that ...
... first day in Burma with a delicious meal of traditional Burmese food and washed it down with Myanmar beer. We went to bed clean, full and happy. Clara made a comment over breakfast about how she worried Burma would be a tiring trek and was happy to find us holidaying in luxury and style.
Looking back, I wish she didn't say that since the next few days proved to be quite ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool