I found bars and restaurants the same–desolated. In the streets–even Razahtarnae Road which runs through the center of Naypyidaw–few vehicles pass. The roads are well lit with lampposts, but their glare only emphasizes the Ghost Town effect of the city.

Although other parts of the country constantly suffer from power shortages, Naypyidaw is lit up all day and all night.

– Extracted from Min Khet Maung, “Visiting a Ghost Town”, The Irrawaddy, 5 November 2008.