If we’re talking travel stories, our past Myanmar adventures have included: spending a night on the hardwood floor of a Buddhist monastery; climbing to the top of Mt Kyaiktiyo; bailing out a fishing boat (that was en route to snorkel town); riding motorbikes along the west coast; and, in recent years, watching the country begin to flex its political muscles.
What we realised we had never done, however, was take the time to go beyond ‘Yangon the Stopover City’ to discover ‘Yangon the Destination’.
We were guilty of treating Myanmar’s former capital as just a transit town on the way to bigger, better, more Bagan-y things. Sure, we’d seen Shwedagon light up at dawn and we’d braved the crush at Bogyoke Market, but in that haze of incense and street food, the ‘real’ Yangon was lost on us.
So when Cathay Pacific and the iDiscover team asked us to focus all our travel energies on just the city, we were intrigued. What else would we find here? And could an app really help two Aussies get under the skin of a foreign city? This is the city we discovered.