Probably the most backwards day ever…
We arrived at Yangon Bus Station at 05:00 this morning and couldn’t wait to get off of the nightmare bus and straight into a taxi. We probably ended up paying well over the odds for our ride but couldn’t be bothered to make a fuss over costs – especially when we had no alternative option at such a ridiculous hour.
Somehow we managed to convince the capsule hostel where we stayed before that they owe us a free night since we checked out early last time, so told them that we’d be arriving at around 06:00 and headed straight there. We knew that we were pushing our luck and thought we’d pulled off a miracle, but not everything worked out to plan. Regardless of the fact that we had a confirmation email which clearly stated when we’d be arriving, the hostel still managed to balls up and give our beds to the wrong people, who were already sleeping by the time we showed up.
Inconvenient was an understatement. We were absolutely shattered and left with two options – sleep on the floor, or waste six hours until midday when we could have our beds. We tried to protest for ten minutes or so by lingering, huffing and puffing, but then realised that our efforts were being wasted, so decided to ditch our bags and go on an early adventure.
We walked to the Yangon River, then through Maha Bandula Park past the Independence Monument as far the Sule Pagoda, which (according to legend) was built during the time of the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. By about 07:00 we were starting to get a bit groggy, so stopped for coffee before carrying on past Yangon Zoological Gardens to Kandawgyi Lake, the great royal lake of Yangon.
The itinerary which we expected to take us a full day had only taken us about three hours, but with hardly anybody else on the streets so early in the morning that was no surprise. By 10:00 we’d covered at least seven or eight kilometers, most of which was fuelled by caffeine, but couldn’t carry on any more so returned to the hostel.
Eventually we got our beds, which were always going to be free of charge, just half a day late. I’d have rather paid and got them on time to be honest, but sometimes things don’t work out like that and you just have to deal with them.
Let’s keep it positive anyway shall we? At least we managed to see everything without having to fight any crowds in the process. In fact, in the end it all worked out alright I guess.