The bus takes 10 hours and the train about 20!
This was a very special trip for an airport surprise pick up of my Mum who is here for 3-ish weeks. She travelled from Australia with Timm a long term friend from my art teaching college days. On their first morning we headed downtown, wandered around markets and had lunch at the historic Strand Hotel.
Built in 1901 The Strand remains one of Asia’s most enduring Colonial landmarks and those Peacock ‘thrones’ made for some nice touristy shots with Timm and Mum!The afternoon included a visit to U Thant’s House. He lived there in the 1950s and became the third United Nations Secretary General. He is revered as a great educator, peacemaker and writer…At dusk we joined with thousands of locals and monks to circumnavigate the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. As the evening descended we strolled along candle lit ‘corridors’ and felt the coolness of the marble under our toes in mandatory bare feet… despite the crowds it was a calming meditative experience.
To end the day we indulged at the Rangoon teahouse. So much for mum having jet lag!