First Night in Yangon, Myanmar (video)

 

George and I arrived in Yangon at night and took a taxi to the center of town. We had read about many hostels before we left Bangkok, but were not sure where we would stay in Yangon. We did not change money at the airport as the Lonely Planet says not to, but that would be our first error. When it was printed, the rate was 1000K to $USD 1 and the airport rate was 450K.

But on September 28, 2012, the rate was 854 and the airport rate was slightly higher. The woman at the taxi stand in the airport gave us free maps, which were wonderful. The map had Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay.

Anke, Moritz, George and I arrived and were escorted from Sule Pagoda area to Beautyland II. Although we ended up staying, it was not because we liked it best, George and Moritz just liked the others less.

Our room was $USD 33 (normally $36, but the air-conditioning was broken so we got $3 off and a second fan.) The large window is the subject of our next video!

Thank goodness we had two fans! It was hot at night in Yangon in September.  This movie is from our 28 days in Myanmar (Burma) from September 28, 2012 to October 26, 2012 and our year-long trip in Southeast Asia, see all the videos from our trip.

WATCH: Night in Yangon


About the author: Lisa Niver Rajna was recently published in National Geographic and The Myanmar Times. Nominated for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, she is on sabbatical this year in Asia. Follow her journey at www.WeSaidGoTravel.com.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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