05.12.2013 - 05.12.2013 36 °C
Okay so I would just like to start out by saying, 5 – 6 days is probably too long to stay in Yangon. Whilst it is a beautiful City, it is very much a City of limited attractions and today for the last few days we have been stretching out the sightseeing. On reflection I should have booked an overnight trip to Bago to see Kyato (Golden Rock).
No that, that is said, todays happenings.
Today is my last full day in Myanmar, and am happy to have a relatively relaxing day and early night before tomorrow’s flight. We leave the hotel late today (mostly arranging and repacking my bags). The first destination is the Yangon Zoological Gardens. We were all quite concerned about going, as we were not sure about the animal welfare in a developing country. But once arriving, my fears were alleviated (for the most part). The big cats whilst looked a little thin had plenty of room, food and water in their enclosures (maybe animals in Australia are too well fed).
I was especially excited to see Hippopotamus’ as I have not been able to see these. All around the Zoo you can buy treats (Asian Greens for the Hippo’s and Bread and nuts for the bears and monkeys). The Hippos are amazing watching them get in and out of their pools to come and get food. The bears were a little more aggressive fighting each other for the bread (which made me thing they were a little too hungry). But reading the information, it mentions that all the bears in the facility are rescue bears, used as entertainment in Myanmar and surrounding countries.
After leaving the Yangon Zoo (which only cost us $2AUD entry per person, I embark on a leisurly stroll to the Peoples Square and Park which had a great view of the Shwedagon Pagodo, which we say a few days earlier. It was nice to sit around and soak up the atmosphere on my last day in Myanmar. Tomorrow, sadly I head back to Perth, Australia.