Yangon Street Scene and etc.

More than any attraction, what I enjoyed the most was simply walking around the streets of Yangon and taking it all in…

Yangon: Drug Elimination Museum

The Drug Elimination Museum is without a doubt the most bizarre museum I’ve visited.  A mixture of history, propaganda and creepy (sometime hilarious) interactive displays designed to convince you of drug’s evilness…the experience is made all the more surreal by the museum’s complete and utter emptiness. We were the only visitors there when we arrived and a docent excitedly led us around, turning on lights and  pointing out interesting factoids. Apparently, the Myanmar government built the museum to educate its citizens of the dangers of drugs, but nobody ever bothers to visit.  If you ever dreamed of having an museum all to yourself, this place is for you.

Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar, is Yangon’s top attraction and a great place to spend a few hours in the evening. While we were perfectly happy just to wonder around aimlessly, the guide that we “ran into” dished up fascinating history behind the Golden Pagoda and made our time there a truly memorable one…

Yangon Circular Train

One of the highlights of our time in Yangon was the ride on the Yangon Circular Train — for a mere 30 cents, you get an incredible glimpse into the lives of the average Burmese people.  About an hour after our train left Yangon Central Station, we pulled into a sleepy little station named Danyingon. A local market was in full swing, with people from the nearby villages spilling onto the train tracks…

Sunset over Andaman Sea

Over Thanksgiving long weekend, we traveled to Yangon, Myanmar. Our trip got off to an auspicious start when we were treated to a stunning sunset over the Andaman Sea on the flight in:

Back to Borneo

Work brought me back to Kota Kinabalu again last week, and this time,  I got to spend some R&R time with the girls after all the work was done:

Cambodia: Siem Reap

As much as I love wondering around the Angkor temple ruins, Ting Ting didn’t quite feel the same way. Luckily, Siem Reap has plenty to keep everyone happy…

Cambodia: Ta Prohm

The third and final stop on our temple run was none other than Ta Prohm, the temple made famous by Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider:

 

Cambodia: Bayon Temple

The second stop on our “small circuit” Angkor tour was Bayon Temple:

Cambodia: Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat has long been on our to-do list…and thanks to yet another long weekend, we finally made our way to the City of Temples.

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