Greeting from Yangon! Ampersand sales consultant, Ellie, and marketing manager, Sacha, are here on a 2 week reccy and have kicked off in style at the Governor’s Residence – Ampersand’s favourite hotel in Yangon. In amongst several hotel inspections, today we visited serene Kandawgyi Lake, the gigantic Reclining Buddha (Chaukhtatgyi Paya) and the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda, which was so beautiful it seemed as if it had been dipped in liquid gold as the sun set on our first day in Burma.

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Breakfast with a view at the Governor’s Residence, Yangon

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The serenely seductive swimming pool at the Governor’s Residence, our favourite hotel in Yangon

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Mohinga, traditional Burmese breakfast of fish noodle soup at the Governor’s Residence, Yangon

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Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, as seen from across Kandawgyi Lake with Kandawgyi Palace Hotel sitting handsomely beneath it

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Reclining Buddha, Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon

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Reclining Buddha, Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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Ellie lighting a candle for wisdom at the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Next stop: Bagan – one of the richest archaeological sites in the world, with some 5,000 monuments scattered across 26 square miles along the Irrawaddy riverbanks. To be continued…

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