I’m sitting here on the veranda of my own bamboo hut with an unobstructed view of the bay of Bengal. I’m reading my seventh book in less than three weeks, the rather appropriately titled ‘ Lonesome Traveler’ by Jack Kerouac, and life is good. I rarely know what day it is or even the date.
It wasn’t my intention to come to the beach while in Burma – my plan was to go South-East to Bago, The Golden Rock and Moulmein, but things change while you’re on the road and other ideas pop into your head. My decision came after illness and a certain feeling of fatigue that comes with always thinking about where to go next and how to get there, which can be tiring when you’re a first time lone traveller, though I think it’s something that will start to come naturally soon.
I’ve had 4 days on the beach of sleeping, eating, reading (a lot!), and chilling in my hammock drinking green tea which is constantly being topped up by the staff as they walk by. It’s amazing that $22 got me a sewage-smelling hell-hole of a hotel room in Yangon, but $25 gets me my own big bamboo hut on the seafront here in Ngwe Saung.
All this time to myself has given me space to reflect a little about life, the universe and everything. I realised that I really do need to be working on something all the time so I’m really glad I started this blog. I also realised that a year is quite a long time when it already feels like I’ve been away from home for ages. I wonder how my plans will change over the coming few months… I suspect a lot.
Practical Information: It costs 8,000 kyat to get from the centre of Yangon to the bus station. The bus to Ngwe Saung leaves at 6.30am and costs around 9,000 or 10,000 kyats. A bamboo hut at Shwe Hin Tha Hotel cost $25 and the motorcycle taxi is 1,000 kyat from Ngwe Saung town to the hotel.