18 August 2017

One Day Trip In Yangon, Myanmar

Luckily, I live in Thailand where overseas travelling could easily be reached in approximately 1 hour flight.  That's why a day trip is surely possible.  One of the case is flying to Yangon, Myanmar.  This one day trip is more like religious combines with gastronomic travel.  We visit 9 temples and 2 restaurants in a matter of 9 hours.  Leaving Bangkok at dawn and flight back in the evening.  We booked a private van to conveniently pick us up from the airport and take us around the city.

More than thousands of temples in Yangon but without disrespect, we only visit 9 temples in that day.  The 9 temples that a-must visit, not in a particular order are Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule, Botataung (two sites), Chauk-htat-gyi temple, Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda, Swe Taw Myat Pagoda, Kaba Aye Pagoda, and Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda.  With 9 temples to visit, it was quite hectic journey yet pretty comfortable in a way.  We break down the journey for early lunch and also early dinner before heading back to the airport.

In Myanmar, people are very religious and respect Buddhist for their life.  Therefore, local people take off their shoes since in front of the hall far before the temple's entrance door.  And most of them are bringing a plastic bag to keep their shoes and carry it with them, in case of going out from different gate.  However, some temples provide the space to keep our shoes with a fee of course.  One of the useful tips, is to carry a wet tissue with us where we can wipe off our feet after walking around before we put our shoes back on rather than be patient with our dirty feet.

Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda

Swe Taw Myat Pagoda

Kaba Aye Pagoda

Chauk-htat-gyi Pagoda

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda

Outside Feel restaurant

Botataung Pagoda
Inside this pure gold pagoda was a very small cylindrical shaped gold object that contained one hair and two tiny body relics, believed to be from Buddha.

Botataung Pagoda

Botataung Pagoda (Bo Bo Gyi)

Botataung Pagoda

Botataung Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

It would be better if you could visit the Shwedagon Pagoda just before 5 pm as women will gather around the temple's hall, voluntarily and promptly swap the temple's floor.  Nice gathering to watch and you could also join the group if you willing to do so. 

For our lunch, we had genuine Burmese dishes from Feel restaurant.  Not only packed with tourists, but most of their customers are actually local people as well.  That's why is guaranteed that their food is definitely up to standard.  Burmese delicacies is using lots of pork especially that oily belly part.  Lots of spices and oil are going on in one dish.  It creates a strong flavour and fragrant dish in this tiny bowl. 

This restaurant allow you to self-picked food from the food bar then the waiters will bring them to your table.  Good food and fast service as well with a reasonable price.  However, around lunch time the restaurant is quite crowded and packed with hungry customers challenging the food.  And outside the restaurant, they are selling some Burmese sweet and snacks too.

Mohinga - traditional Burmese noodle soup

Memorial Monument just opposite Sule Pagoda

Immanuel Baptist Church

Before heading back to the airport, we not to forget to try this famous Shan noodle.  Shan people is the minority group in Myanmar.  There are a few types of noodle served dry or with soup.  I basically didn't put any extra seasoning on my dish as I normally do and this noodle is already that delicious.  We tried both chicken and pork noodle and they are absolutely outstanding.  They also serving a few rice dishes as well in the house.

Deep fried wonton

So, can Yangon be done in one day?  Yes, definitely can.  But it is also recommended if you want to stay for a night.  As a few other activities equally interested to be done.  Such as shopping at Bogyoke Aung San Market and more food to explore. 

Shwedagon Pagoda
Opening hours: 04:00-22:00
Entrance fee: $9 (US$ is widely accepted in Myanmar as well as Kyat)

Botataung Pagoda
Opening hours: 06:00-20:00
Entrance fee: $3

Sule Pagoda
Opening hours: 04:00-22:00
Entrance fee: $3

Feel Restaurant
Pyay Lan (West) Ward, Yangon, Myanmar
Open 24 hours
Ph: +95 9 730 48783

999 Shan Noodle Shop
130b, 34th Street, Yangon, Myanmar
Opening hours: 6am - 7pm
Ph +95 1 389 363

28 June 2017

Dinner At Chaweng Garden Beach Resort, Samui

Koh Samui, Thailand

Dinner by the beach - great feeling when you having fine meals with bare foot on the white sandy beach

Fresh seafood and grilled to order

Tod man goong

Clockwise: steamed sour and spicy fish, chicken cashew nut, and red curry duck

Deep dried ice cream

Bangkok airways lounge - Samui

14 June 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand

Chaweng Garden Beach Resort, Koh Samui

We rent a car for a day.  It was pretty easy to drive around in Koh Samui.  There is one main road along the beachline that makes one loop.  From our hotel in Chaweng beach, we started with Hin Tai Hin Yai or in Thai language means grandma and grandpa stone.  Then we made a short stop at Central Mosque and Guan Yu temple and after that lunch at Kala noodle.  Then we continue our journey to Wang Sao Thong Waterfall, however it was a dry season therefore the waterfall would not be as pretty.  So we skipped that and move on to Samui Monkey Center.  Afterward, we were chilling out at Fisherman Village Bophut having some nice cocktails with a view before heading to Wat Phra Yai Ko Fan (Big Buddha).  Then back to hotel.

The next day, after breakfast we headed to one of the famous BBQ pork rice in Nathon.  Drive there just to eat khao pad moo daeng.  It wasn't disappointed me though.  The thing I like was the bbq pork and roast pork come with tomato fried rice and the sauce comes aside.  Unlike any other khao moo daeng elsewhere where the red sauce is poured on top.  This way made the pork more stand out and not overwhelm with the taste of sauce.   Then we just enjoyed the nice view from Ferry Samui.

It is called Hin Ta (grandpa stone) because pay attention of the shape. Hin Yai is located on the other side (not in this photo)

Guan Yu Temple

Fruit shake is 70 bath each

Kala noodle
This noodle is served on the coconut bowl.  The tom yum broth is very thick.  By the look of the broth's colour, it is very flavorsome and pungent.  Huge piece of pork ribs is filled up the bowl of noodle.  It is definitely 10 out of 10 dish.

Wat Phra Yai Ko Fan

Fisherman Village, Bophut

Ferry Samui
Kala Noodle
399/1-4 Moo 1, Maret, Lamai,
Samui, Thailand

Stay tuned for the next blog still in Koh Samui:
Dinner At Chaweng Garden Beach Resort, Samui