Dr. Sasaki visited Yangon and Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest, Yambye Township, Kyaukpyu district, Myanmar, from September 4 to 9, 2019.

Itinerary

CX509 NRT/HKG 9:15/13:10,KA254 HKG/RGN 14:20/16:10 and KA251 RGN/HKG 1:25/6:00,CX526 HKG/NRT 8:10/13:35.

Immigration at Yangon International Airport

There was no disembarkation card, just showing passport and return e-ticket.

SIM card

Telenor was recommended, 11,000 Kyat for 7GB.

From Airport to Yangon Best Western Chinatown Hotel by taxi

A taxi counter was located in front of the exit No. 6 of the airport. It cost 12,000 Kyat. It took around 2 hours because of traffic jam in the evening around 5 pm.

 

Yangon downtown and Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) including International Port

Dr. Sasaki visited Thilawa SEZ and its International Port on September 5, 2019. A JICA expert and Japanese Embassy officer dispatched by Ports and Harbors Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) kindly arranged the trip. In the evening, we returned to Yangon downtown and enjoyed a short river cruise in Yangon River between the downtown and Dala, the opposite bank. Then we enjoyed a dinner party at a Myanmar Cuisine restaurant together with two expatriates.

Room of Yangon Best Western Chinatown Hotel

Yangon Best Western Chinatown Hotel

Thilawa International Port

Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development Ltd.

Ferry connecting downtown and Dala in Yangon River

View of Myanma Port Authority from the ferry

Myanma Port Authority (not Myanmar)

View of Yangon downtown

Dinner party in Myanmar Cuisine restaurant

 

Kyaukpyu and Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest in Yambye Township

Dr. Sasaki moved from Yangon to Kyaukpyu on September 6 via Myanmar National Air: UB451 RGN/KYP 11:00/12:50 and UB452 KYP/RGN 15:00/16:50.

On September 7, hiring a van with driver from the hotel (100,000 Kyat) and visited Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest in Yambye Township. The reserve was administrated by a current student before enrolling in UTokyo who is an officer in Forest Department. Our research target is natural recovery processes from abandoned shrimp pond to mangrove forest comparing with human intervened restored forest and original natural forest. This field trip was supported by Yambye Township Office of Forest Department, providing a boat and officers to introduce us.

Room of Kyauk Phyu Palace Hotel

Breakfast in Kyauk Phyu Palace Hotel

Beach in front of Kyauk Phyu Palace Hotel

Purchased a raincoat in Sane Village

View of Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest

Office in Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest, Yambye Township Office, Forest Department

Boat provided by Office in Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest, Yambye Township Office, Forest Department

Boat cruising in Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest

 

Abandoned shrimp pond in Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest

Although it is prohibited to develop shrimp ponds in Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest, some local people developed them for surviving. The area below is abandoned shrimp ponds where mangrove forest have been naturally recovering.

Field visit in abandoned shrimp pond in Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest

Field visit in abandoned shrimp pond in Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest

 

Mangrove restoration project by Forest Department

The below is a mangrove restoration site by Forest Department.

Mangrove restoration project site in Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest

Return to Office in Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest, Yambye Township Office, Forest Department

Kyaukpyu Airport

Yangon at night

Visiting YangonYangon bar on the top of the Sakura Tower in downtown Yangon and night view of Shwe Dagon Paya and Sule Paya.

Airport shuttle bus connecting Yangon International Airport and downtown

View of Shwe Dagon Paya

View of Sule Paya