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  Bangkok - Yangon  |  21.05.2008
 
 

Today should have been such a happy day since we were finally going to go to Burma but instead I have spent the whole day being sick and feeling rotten :( we woke up 3.30am, left the flat at just after 4.30am and got to the airport by 5.15am. Checking in with Air Asia has all changed now. You have to state when you buy your tickets how many luggage you are going to check in and you get charged for every bag! If you don't declare right and you need to check more bags in once you get to the airport then it is even more expensive. What a total rip off especially if you have 4 panniers a tent and a handlebar bag to carry! The excess charges were huge and I ended up asking them to bring back one of my heavier bags so that I could take it on as hand luggage. Only problem was that the luggage had already gone through so they just let us off with the same amount of discount! We still ended up paying 1400 baht including the bikes. It took so long to sort out that we didn't have much time till we had to board. I really wanted a starbucks coffee but we couldn't find one so I ended up getting a whittards which tasted like pooh. They also took so long to make one silly latte that by the time it was done the plane was boarding and we needed to rush to the gate. Of course you can't take any liquids through to the gate including a streaming hot, yukky, expensive coffee so I ended up leaving it by the control checks.

The flight was only 1 hour and 20 minutes and it wasn't that full. We passed through immigration easily and once we had our bikes we had to pump up the tires. There was a big crowd of men gathered around us as we pumped our tires. They weren't bothering us or being in the way, they were just interested to see our gear. A few people came to ask us where we wanted to stay and one guy was very helpful and got us 2 maps of the city.

As we started riding it was weird to be back in the saddle after such a long break off. It about a 15-20km ride into downtown Yangon and it was lovely to be back in a country where people say hello and wave at you. I really did not know what to expect as we rode in...but from the scenes that you see and hear on the BBC and CNN I was expecting the place to still be upsidedown and in chaos. Apart from the odd tree uprooted there was no sign that a destructive cyclone ever passed through here?! I know that the main area hit was the delta area which is further south but Yangon seems to be back to business as usual and if I hadn't have seen the news I would never have guessed that Nargis had ever been here.

I never expected Yangon to remind me so much of India. My only taste of Burma before had been in Kentung where a lot of minority ethnic villages remain in tact. We did comment on how some people looked Indian but not many. Here everybody looks Indian! The men all wear longyi which is basically a sarong and many of the women too and I saw some women wearing saris as we rode in! The smell and the bustle of the streets also reminded me of India. There were lots of street stalls selling food and chai and the pavements were choc full of people milling about. One thing is for sure we didn't see any tourists.

We made our way to the Haven hotel which we quickly realised had just been demolished! We started to cycle round some more to find somewhere else to stay and I was slowly deteriorating. My fever was raging and I felt so dehydrated and all my muscles ached. I had cycled 20 km in the hot sun and I wasn't feeling well. We finally found the YMCA (can you read that without singing it? I can't!) and we got a room there. We knew that rooms in Burma were going to be expensive from the research we did but that doesn't take the sting out of paying $14 for quite a basic fan room. Anyway I was feeling so sick by then I didn't care....I just needed to rest.

After showering we were both starving so Lesh said he would go for some briyani. I wanted to stay in bed but could bear the thought of Lesh exploring yangon without me...so I dragged myself up and walked with him. Of course Lesh chose a briyani place that was over 1 km away...not the one just down the road. By the time we made it there I felt so ill I had no desire for food any more. I had a few bites of Lesh briyani and craved my bed. One local guy recognised us from riding in and asked us if we wanted to change any money. Lesh didn't want to flash his cash on the street so he told the guy to visit us at the hotel. I thought that was just as crazy but I was too sick to interfere. They arranged to meet at 3pm and then me and Lesh walked back before I passed out. Once back in bed I took my tablets and slept. When I woke up I felt much better and Lesh was just about to meet our undesirable downstairs. When he came back he had a huge wad of money as he had changed $200 and the biggest note here is the equivelent of $1! Lesh started to count the money which prompted me to ask him had he not done that when the guy gave you the money? He said he had but he wanted to check it. Sure enough when he checked it in the comfort of our room $30 was missing :( I so knew we would get ripped off by this guy. They promise you an amazing rate and then they do some slight of hand, David Blain type thing on you and you come away with less money. We were determined not to get angry about it tho. Yes it is anoying but it is just 1 days budget. If this guy was so desperate that he had to steal from us then I hope he at least feeds his family for the month and doesn't just get leathered every night. Oh well lesson learnt....we though Burmese people were all wonderful and now we have just realised that there are some not very nice people around.

I didn't feel like I would make it out for dinner, so Lesh went out with his camera ad walked for a bit and took a few shots and then came back with more briyani. It wasn't as good apparently but I knew no different. We had an early night and I just hope I feel better tomorrow :(

 
 
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