Back to Rangoon
Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
54Trip End Sep 19, 2011
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Where I stayed
Lai Lai Hotel
Our flight back to Rangoon was smooth for the rest of the passengers. But for me not so. You see sat behind me was the only child on the plane. Typical!!! So I sat through the flight having my spine kicked in as usual. SIGH. We got talking to an English couple at arrivals and agreed to share a taxi into the city. We all got out at their hotel, one of the swishest in town. They were ushered into the hotel in 5 star style as Cathy and I donned our packs to find something cheaper. Two blocks away we called into the Asia Plaza. $35 got us a great room. A little over budget but it was dark and we were in no mood to traipse the streets to save a couple of quid.
We got up early and had a quick breakfast. We were hoping to be on a boat heading to Pathein that evening so we needed to book our tickets. We walked to the ticket office and spoke to the Manager. A 1st class cabin cost $48 each for the overnight trip
We headed back into the city center and on the way we found a little Chinese hotel called the Lai Lai Hotel it was cheaper than the Asia Plaza so we booked it for the next night
Sticking to the theme of plans not going well, we had intended heading down to northern Malaysia to snorkel off the Perhentian islands as we had eight days spare between our flight into Bangkok and our flight over to the Philippines from KL. But the two Malaysian guys we were with up in Inle told us it was monsoon at this time for eastern peninsula Malaysia. We needed another plan. I remembered that we still had a ticket to fly from Phnom Penh to KL the day before we catch the Manila flight. This was left over from our change of plan back in November when we went to Cambodia and not Burma. Well we might as well use the ticket and besides we had spent only ten days in Cambodia and we had loved it. OK so that was settled then. We would land in Bangkok and get a bus straight to the boarder and spend the week in Cambodia. That night while we were watching the TV we heard about the trouble on the Thai Cambodian boarder. I couldn't believe my Bloody ears!!! Apparently there has been 10 soldiers killed in clashes on the boarder all because of a disputed temple!!! Each country must have tens of thousands of temples and they are fighting over one!! I immediately got onto the internet to find out the situation on the boarder. Sure enough it said that all land crossings between Thailand and Cambodia were closed indefinitely
We spent our last days in Burma in Rangoon. We like Rangoon and for a week we became part of this alien community. We ate street food and just generally hung out and wandered about this busy city center taking in the sights and smells. We would definitely return in the future and would urge everyone to come and see this wonderful country. Don't be put off because of the military Junta that rules this place so badly. In our three weeks here we have seen hardly a policeman or soldier. We also tried to spend our money on hotels and transport that were not owned by the Government. Thus giving our money to the people not the coffers of the junta.