For our very last evening in Bagan Myanmar we walked to one of our favourite restaurants in Bagan, Sarabha. Along the way we grabbed a few more souvenirs (puppets for Jives’ co workers)
We ordered spicy potatoes and crispy eel. It was so good, we would totally recommend Sarabha! There was a super rude French tourist that demanded that a special soup be made for him, but he could only wait 5 minutes maximum. Then he asked for a beer to take with him. The staff explained that they could not have a soup ready in 5 minutes, but the guy kept trying to negotiate, saying that the other people in the restaurant didn’t mind waiting for their food a bit longer…. good grief!
The staff at Sarabha were so polite and nice to the customer and to us, I really cant recommend that place enough, unless you are a rude tourist, then please don’t go there.
After dinner we walked back to our hotel and prepared our bags because we had a really early start the next morning to get to Yangon.
We then walked down to the hotel bar at the waterfront and shared a pricey beer as we watched the most gorgeous sunset.
The following morning we got up at 5am to run down to the restaurant to grab some breakfast before taking a cab to the bus station for 6am. The breakfast wasn’t really ready, so we had some dry bread and coffee before grabbing our bags and getting our cab to the highway bus station.
The hotel had arranged the cab the night before for us, and it cost us 12000 Kyat for the 20 minute ride. He dropped us off right at the Mandalar Minn station (the company we used) at the bus terminal. We arrived just before 7am. A nice man at the desk checked us in, he literally just check marked our paper tickets (make sure to print your ticket off). We booked through 12goasia , which we have used many times.
We ended up leaving a bit late around 8 and not 7 as noted, because people just kept arriving.
The ride was much like the one to Mandalay from Yangon. We stopped once for food (about a 30 minute stop) and got some spicy chips and beans to eat on the bus, and quickly shared a beer at the rest stop. The second stop was for about 10 minutes, just enough time to use the washroom. The brief stops meant that we arrived more than 30 minutes early in Yangon.
We got a cab for 15 000 to our hotel. It was rush hour, so the 17 minutes cab ride took about 30 minutes. We checked in to the hotel, it was pretty nice. A very nice lobby, but a pretty small room, but it was okay for the $35 we paid a night (breakfast included). The bathroom was a bit weird, you had to walk through the shower to get to the toilet/ sink, which means pretty much everything in the room ends up wet.
We walked to a place close by to get some dinner, it was a little sushi restaurant. I got a veggie sushi platter for 5000 and Jives got a salmon plate for 7500. We shared a Myanmar beer. The server knocked the empty beer bottle over onto Jives, which made the other server laugh so hard…
We then grabbed a few beers to have in the room to wind down.