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Sleepless in Yangon

MYANMAR | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Views [1410]

Shwedagon Pagoda at night

We arrived in Yangon at 8:20 in the morning, groggy from the quick nap we were able to take during the flight from Kuala Lumpur.  Aldrich, the guy who manages the homestay we're in now, picked us up from the airport and drove us to Lanmadaw Township, the downtown area of the city where we were staying. I noticed how it looked a bit like the pictures of 1960-70s Manila, with pedestrians spilling out to the highway thanks to a lack of proper sidewalks. While not yet as crowded as Metro Manila with only 6 million people living in the city, Yangon may just end up like the former, with its poor urban planning.

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Tags: myanmar, shwedagon, southeast asia travel, yangon

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