Bago is one of the ancient city near Yangon Myanmar, just 76km away from Yangon. You can do a day trip if you have few days in Yangon. Staying in Yangon is still preferable as the hotel facilities is still better off in Yangon.
There are several attractions to see in Bago but all can be done within a day. The road trip from Yangon to Bago can be very interesting, especially when we are away from Yangon city. There are few characteristic where you can see on the road trip. Check this out.
1. More Motorbikes
Unlike in Yangon City, motorbikes is banned due to some reasons, one of them I heard from our driver was a motorbike rider made a threatening gesture to a military general and he was angry so motorbikes were banned. In a way it is nice as you don’t hear loud motorbikes noises. But I can tell you the traffic can be very jam as most people can only drive. When we are in the outskirt of Yangon, we do see plenty of motorbikes.
2. Morning market
It was a Saturday morning when we passed by a small town on the way to Bago. Many locals were out in the early morning doing their groceries shopping, the roads get so pack with people, cars, bicycles, motorbikes & trishaw.
3. Pick up Cars
Pick up cars are widely used all over in Myanmar, mostly by the local. It usually cramped to the top with all sorts of stuff and you may have to stand at the edge.
4. Men in skirts working
The skirt is called longyi (sarong), widely seen in Myanmar. Men and women wearing longyi but they are not unisex attire. Men longyi usually are stripes or checks with plain dark colors. Women longyi are more colorful and bright. Men and women longyi wear in different ways of tucking them together. Who said you can’t work with skirt? These men seem has no problem with that.
5. Yangon – Bago Toll Gate
This is a manual toll gate, pay and get your receipts.
6. Road crossing
Myanmar people are familiar with crossing the road, they seem to be carefree and walk fearlessly through the road. This is what you do, cross from one side to the order and stand in the middle of one street, (like the below picture). Sometimes it takes 5 to 10 mins to cross the streets because no drivers stop or give way to you.
7. Buddhism are the majority here but you do spot a Mosque!
Over 90% are Buddhist but you also see other religion sites on the road trip – A mosque : There only 4% of the population of Myanmar are Muslim.
8. Hindu Temple
Hinduism in Myanmar are even lesser, only 0.5 % of population are Hindu and most of them are Indian Myanmar. And Bago state consist the most Hindus in Myanmar. Glad to have spotted a Hindu temple on the road trip to Bago.
Burmese use the baskets to carry their daily shopping and fresh fish. Some are in straws and some are in plastic.
Men and women love using umbrella in Myanmar because of the frequent rain. Morning is usually sunny but it usually rains in the afternoon. Women’s umbrella is more fancy and some even matching with their outfit. If you don’t know what to get in Myanmar for souvenirs to bring home, go get the “Pathein umbrellas”, available in different colors, made of paper & hand painted. Pathein is a small town west of Yangon. Pathein umbrella can be found in Scott market in Yangon.
11. Motorbikes with more than 2 passengers are common.
Motorbikes with more than 2 passengers is common sights. Some can fit the whole family, father, mother, and few children in a motorbikes. Most don’t even wear helmets.
12. Motorbike with plenty of goods in front
Many are not owning a car yet so the only way to transport a huge pack of stuff is using motorbike.
My favorite KFC is available in the small township to Bago.
14. Carrying Goods on Head
One of th magical sights seen in Myanmar is vendors with giant stacks of goods which were balance on their heads. Most people don’t even need a hand to steady their loads. They can squat, sit and walk with the big plates of stuff on their head.
Final thoughts :
Bago is an ancient town 76 km away from Yangon. The road trip takes about 2 hours and you will experience plenty of interesting site along the way. Bago has several historical sites to visit which can be done within a day. Staying over in Bago is not necessary.