The moment our flight took off from Bangkok International Airport, the view of Bangkok city scape slowly faded away, mass of dark cloud took over. 45 minutes later, the view was a little cleared up, replaced by everlasting padi field. We knew that our first adventurous trip to an isolated land Myanmar has begun…

Our first contact with Burmese was the stewards and stewarders on Myanmar Airways, the capital of Myanmar. We were pleasantly surprise by their warm smiles and hospitalities. Their services made us felt like sitting in first class aircraft. We are convinced that their care for us derive from bottom of their hearts.

It has been 5 days in the country and we received the same friendliness everyway we went. From Yangon airport, a Chinese Myanmar lady offered us a free ride from the airport Yangon city. Then, we were lost in the city trying to find a cheap accommodation, a gentleman came forward and offered help to us. He put us on a taxi and fix a reasonable price with the taxi driver for us (foreigner is usually asked to pay more) and the driver brought us to the destinated guesthouse…

“This very open and a bit naive behavior reminds me in a way of old GDR time.” Alex says.

Some Chinese Myanmar speaks good Mandarin, especially the older generation. When I start talking Mandarin with them, they immediately feel close to me. So, more help is offered. e.g. A restaurant owner was sincerely offered help to us if we encounter any problem; A golf shop owner helps us to burgain bus ticket from Yangon to Mandalay etc.

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