04 Jun 2013 Myanmar: Monywa Arrival and Night Market (video)

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WATCH: 19 Monywa Arrival and Night Market, Myanmar (Burma)

See video 18 for the 12-hour journey from Hsipaw to Monywa. This video starts with our arrival in Monywa.

After our long journey, we needed to find a place to stay. Unfortunately the Shwe Taung Tarn has definitely seen better days and even for $15 with breakfast I said no thanks. The fourth floor rooms (after passing the grime, dirty trashcans and broken windows) had three twin beds ala the Seven Dwarfs, but the sheets had holes, the air conditioning unit was in pieces and I just did not think it was for us. The electricity would not be on until later in the day so we could not determine if it worked and there were no fans. The woman at the desk did have room 401 as well (we looked at 402 and 403). We asked about the newer building which was $22 but that was all full.

At first, the Monwya Hotel said we could only stay one night but George negotiated an early departure and they said YES to two nights. The hotel cost $30 with air con and breakfast and has fluffy white towels and hot water. I like the deck and the bright lights and George is happy to have a mini-fridge. There is wifi in the restaurant area which does not work great.

How much does a travel day cost?
Bus 4500 x 2
Xfer 6000 for 4: 3000
Bus 2000 x 2
Snacks 2300
Tuk tuk 2000 for 4: 1000
Room: $30
Dinner 1800 noodle soup/water: 4000
9000, 3000, 4000, 2300, 1000, 4000: 23300 + $30: $60ish for George and I. A day without so much transport is cheaper.

We enjoyed wandering in the Monywa Night Market. October 7, 2012

This movie is from our 28 days in Myanmar (Burma) from September 28, 2012 to October 26, 2012 and our year TRIP in South East Asia, see all the videos from our trip.

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