Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon

Christina Viola Oorebeek writes:

"I was just travelling — interested to see what the country was like, after having been pretty much closed off for decades.  However, I was only in Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon (former Rangoon) so it was a limited impression. As far as I could see, the poverty was very pervasive. It was at a level that one sees in India, with a poor infrastructure.

"On the other hand, there is a small group which is part of a 'booming' economy, as Myanmar opens up to the countries to the west and east, and, very much, to the north — China. It is a country which is becoming once again an important crossroads between those countries, with railroads and roads and big harbors being built by the Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Indians, to give access to and from the Indian Ocean, cutting short the route through the Straits of Malacca (Singapore).



"On a lighter note, the food was good, kind of a mix of Indian and Thai, the people were sweet, the weather was great, and the temples lovely to see.



"In Yangon every second store is selling smartphones.  I think that a huge group that never had a home phone is now going straight to wifi, but as mentioned, staying online is tricky."
December 2015