06 Feb 2013 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.

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Lisa Niver is a travel expert, writer, artist, entrepreneur, and on-camera host who has explored 99 countries. Niver has established a following through her written and video content, garnering over one million video views on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv and Roku. She is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set, the first travel based TV Talk show. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. Niver is the founder of a top 100 travel blog, We Said Go Travel, that reaches more than 200,000 annually and is in the top 1/8 of the top 1% of all sites in the United States. In her tri-annual international travel writing competitions, she has published nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans for a project with American Express and Starwood Hotels. Her recent stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra, Ubud cremation ceremony for National Geographic and scuba diving in the Solomon Islands for Smithsonian. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and is verified on Twitter and Facebook. Niver was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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