This is my Yangon neighborhood! And I love it! One of my favorite things when travelling is staying in a part of town where you get to experience local life instead of a more generic approach. When I was searching for a hotel, one review said that there was nothing of significance in this area besides Shwedagon Pagoda. And the pagoda is very close and very present, but there is so much more. There are people living their everyday life. And you are lucky to be able to immerse yourself in it. When I had found my way home without getting lost a couple of times, and realized Google Maps would point me in the right direction if necessary, it was just go out and explore. One small street left, one small street right. You pass street stalls selling everything from food to birds you can release for luck, and you stumble upon beautiful structures of different kinds. You try to not bump into honking cars making their way through narrow streets in-between people, dogs, street vendors, oncoming traffic and the likes. It’s busy, but not stressful. And then there’s the smell to get used to, a blend of cooking food and sewage… ;D This exceptional corner of the world is outside the downtown grid, but I am so glad I decided to stay here both times, as a walk downtown was far from as interesting and vibrant as this.