from here to Myanmar

Changi board

Flying out of the ultramodern Changi airport very early this morning, it was neat to see one of the old-fashioned departure boards, the kind that noisily flip cards to change their info. Brings back memories of being hypnotized by the giants at the Frankfurt airport.

Going to Myanmar (Burma) has been a goal for a very long time. When Aung San Suu Kyi was freed, US sanctions were eased, and elections were held and recognized, it was finally possible. Having been to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore and up into Bhutan, this brings us close to fully punching the ticket for this part of the world. (Nepal is next.)

Yangon airport

Flying into the Yangon Airport is one of those old and new contrasts seen everywhere. The old airport, abandoned, stands between the brand new international and domestic terminals. Those new terminals have the air-conditioning cranked all the way up and host somewhat depressing reminders of the outside world.

Yangon airport KFC              Yangon fast food

The Burger King, however, does have the virtue of providing lots of electrical outlets outside of the dining area. All was not lost though when we found a place overlooking the tarmac where we had delicious delicious bowls of noodles, Shan noodles. which are a thing in Burma. (Other national dishes yet to come: fermented tea leaf salad and mohingya, a fish soup with noodles.)

first Shan noodles

We could see that someone miscalculated the use of a jetway:

miscalculated jetway

Flying north to Heho, it looked like we were in a very wet country.

watery countryside

After landing, it was then a long drive through rural areas.

road to Nyaung Shwe 1

Then we hit rural rush hour.

rush hour

And the road got more rural.

road to Nyaung Shwe 2

Pulling into the dusty town of Nyaung Shwe, here was more of the past butting up against the present.

old and new

An hour later, we got to our hotel, the very new Mount Inle Resort, which had a balcony with a lovely view.

Mt. Inle Resort view

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