Cost of Living

So I tracked all my spending in Yangon from July 20 to November 1 (about 3.5 months). It was cool for like the first 2 days; for the other ~100 it was pretty brutal. But, now I have some interesting data that I can share. The big question. How much does it cost to live in Yangon??? About…

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Housing

[This is essentially a copy of my blog post titled “Yangon Housing Primer” from last September. It’s a bit dated now.] So it’s been a while since I’ve talked about housing. Some of you have probably wondered what my plan are on that front, and others have asked for help navigating the housing market. Having…

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Food

Myanmar (Burmese) food. The below few pictures will give you a sense of what it’s like. Typically it is small portions of meat or vegetables served with steamed white rice. It is heavy on the oil. The third image is a close-up of tea-leaf salad, a staple of Myanmar cuisine. This is an image of…

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Emergency Services

I’d like to focus on two components here: 1) American Embassy, and 2) Medical Services. American Embassy Here are some resources: http://burma.usembassy.gov/ http://travel.state.gov http://blogs.usembassy.gov/burma http://www.facebook.com/consular.yangon Contact info: Embassy number: 01 536509 (Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm) Duty officer number: 09 512 4330 (for after-hour emergencies only) Department of State main number: 1-888-407-4747 (1-202-501-4444 for out of country) –…

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Health Insurance

This is a reposting of my blog post by the same name (“Health Insurance”). As I am no longer a company employee, I had to figure out independent health insurance. Fortunately I have a couple friends who also live here in Myanmar who were able to tell me about a company that provides coverage both in the…

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Transportation

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at transportation in Yangon, as this has been on my mind. First, traffic in the city has become horrendous. It is far worse than one year ago when I arrived, and it’s at the point where trying to get anywhere from the hours of 8am-8pm…

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