|Monday, 29-Aug-2005 09:34
Yangon - Buildings, People & Golf
Hi..Thanks Zul for your comments n welcoming my entry.
Sometime during late August 2005, I was in Yangon, Myanmar. Very fortunate to have a local friend who could arrange golf in Yangon at a private club called Pun Hlaing Golf and Country Club. It took about 45 minutes from Yangon town and Green Fees was about USD 60 on the weekend, for weekdays the rate was cheaper probably USD 50. It is a walking course, very good exercise for us, probably to complete the 18 hole we would have walked 6-7 km that day.
The problem in Myanmar is the language. It was like `ayam n itik', have no idea on whats they were talking about. Anyway, we were just playing golf and the caddies were helpful, you know we all were not pro so we sprayed the ball everywhere...and still they could find the ball. Just next to our hotel is another hotel, on the 5th Floor (or 3rd floor?) they have place for foot massage, cost u RM 18 per 1 hour session.
I stayed at the Traders Hotel at the town centre. The special rate given to us was USD 45 per night. Very good hotel and managed my Shangri-la group. During our stay the hotel was the venue for our country's Merdeka celebrations, so we joined the party, good crowd of about 500++ people who came to the dinner including local VIPs. So we met people from the Embassy, Petronas, Hotels and Toyotas... all Malaysian.
Food in Yangon was very good, just like home. There were plenty of Muslim food, Beriani ayam and Teh Tarik only cost RM3.20! Cooked dinner at a Yunan Muslim shop 6 dishes only RM17! We missed the good old days, these were prices 10 years ago. Many hotels have cook from Malaysia, so you can order TomYam and ikan asam pedas.
Traders Hotel welcomed guest from Malaysia, they will provide you with a copy of Quran, sejadah and local praying time. What more can u ask for? Nearby there were 2 Sunni mosque for ur Friday prayers just 3-5 minutes walking time.
The was also the Bogyoke market where they sell jade and stones and stuff like your batu cincin. The shop owner even speak malay..so no problem to bargain, they belanja u teh tarik also, small glass..only small glass in Myanmar. So many of them have worked in Kuala Lumpur, so speak malay very well.
Enjoy the photos..peaceful Yangon and very beautiful golf course.