Yangon was much hotter and stickier than the cool north but for only one day we didn't mind. On the recommendation of our friend Lydia, we had dinner at the Pansea Hotel which is nestled in amongst all of the old colonial buildings and current Embassy area in the Northwest of the city. Most of these old homes are spectacular.... and now we can see where the people who enforce the oppression live!
The restaurant was fantastic and the food as well - we highly recommend both to anyone who goes to Yangon - and we hope that next time we are there we can stay there too! You can not use credit cards anywhere - only cash - so luckily we had saved just enough for this treat!
Myanmar has been a treat for the senses...the people we have met have been the warmest so far on our trip - and we look forward with great anticipation to other parts of South East Asia to see whether this is a general theme.
At the end of the trip, we reflected on our thoughts about coming and we are really happy that we did. All of the places we stayed, ate, shopped were privately owned - these people are just trying to make an honest living in an environment that is not ideal for anyone. There was a feeling that we had that the people were just pleased to see us - and I don't mean that in a patronising way. On our travels we have come across many where they could care less if tourists come or not - but not here. So, if you are thinking about going to Myanmar - PLEASE GO. We can assure you that other than it being visually spectacular, it will be a rewarding experience for everyone involved - it definitely was for us and it will be a place we remember as the highlight of our trip so far.