Eating tree worms in Yangon, Myanmar

In this video I am eating tree worms in Yangon, Myanmar. I walked along Strand Road where there is a Yangon Street Food Night Market. One of the stands had just one plate with worms moving in a thin layer of water. The seller told me there is normally only 1 worm per tree. I always like to try new culinary things at least once, but for this one I had serious doubts. After looking at them for a couple of minutes which made me even more wary I decided to try anyway. I travelled to Yangon, Myanmar for new experiences and this would be one of them. I paid 2500 kyat per worm. The seller selected the 2 fattest ones and fried them in oil. I have to say the taste was very delicious. They taste to me like large shrimp, they were only more soft on the inside. You eat it all.

Kun-ya preparation in Yangon, Myanmar

Kun-ya is a a combination of chewing betel leaves with areca nuts (betel nuts) and slaked lime paste (calcium hydroxide). The recipe of what is inside the betel leaf is different from shop to shop, with some also including tobacco, chili or other ingredients. After chewing it is either spat out or swallowed.

When I was walking around the city centre of Yangon I encountered many small shops preparing and selling kun-ya.

Maha Bandula Park, Yangon, Myanmar ( မဟာဗန္ဓုလ ပန်းခြံ )

In this time-lapse video I visit Maha Bandula Park which is a public park in Yangon, Myanmar.

Many local people are sitting and relaxing here. I walked around and was greeted by many friendly locals. I sat for quite a while in the centre of the park, in the shade of the large white obelisk.

The opening hours of the park park are from 05:30 until 18:00. At 18:00 officials whistle and direct everybody to leave the park.

Yangon Heritage Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar

I stayed in the Yangon Heritage Hotel for 2 nights in November 2018. This hotel is located right in the city centre. I really like this beautiful hotel. The staff is very friendly, helpful and they can speak english. This hotel has a lot of dark brown wood used in the structural parts, but also in furniture and decoration. The rooms have very high ceilings. The hotel has 4 floors, but there is no lift. The breakfast room and bar is on the top floor. There is always at least one person at the reception, also in the night. The breakfast was delicious, there were 3 breakfast options, I chose for congee, fruit, coffee and fresh fruit juice.

From the airport I took the airport shuttle bus and got out at the Sule Square stop. The hotel is on the other side of the road, next to the police station. The price for the hotel shuttle bus is only 500 kyat and it took about 45 minutes. You can also take a taxi for somewhere between 5.000 and 10.000 kyat.

The address of the Yangon Heritage Hotel is: No.184, Sule Pagoda Road, Next to Kyauktada Police Station, Kyauktada, Township, Yangon 11182, Myanmar

I always want to see new places, but I think I will stay at Yangon Heritage Hotel again, because I like it so much.

Walking across the Taksin Bridge in Bangkok

In this video I am walking across the Taksin Bridge. Not many people walk across the bridge, because it is so warm outside, and there are other options like taking a car, BTS SkyTrain or the ferry boat.

The Taksin Bridge (Thai: สะพานสมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช) is a bridge crossing the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. The bridge was designed with a large gap between opposing traffic directions to accommodate a canceled mass transit system. The disused foundations were eventually adapted for the BTS Skytrain, with train services across the bridge beginning on 5 December 1999. The bridge was named after King Taksin.