Myanmar’s most important religious site and the primary reason to visit Yangon, The Shwedagon Pagoda. It is not an exaggeration to praise its grandeur and to shout its magnificence, for it is a remarkable experience to stand in front of the giant 99-meters tall stupa adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf and thousand […]Read more "The Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar"
Another over-night bus trip from Nyaung Shwe/Inle Lake brings me back to Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar and almost at the completion of my one week trip. I stayed in Yangon for one more night before catching my departing flight the next day, enough one whole day to at least see parts of the […]Read more "Downtown Yangon and Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon, Myanmar"
A day hike at the surrounding valleys of Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake is a must, specifically for someone like me who doesn’t have the luxury of time to do the popular 3-days Kalaw to Inle Lake trek. With the help of Fiona from Song of Travel hostel , a hike at a reasonable price […]Read more "Day Hike at Inle Lake, Myanmar"
The usual boat trips from Nyaung Shwe to Inle Lake is not limited for sunset viewing or for watching the art of traditional fishing, it often includes visiting small villages connected to the lake via narrow canals, a visit to the monastery with jumping cats, a floating market and a floating garden. It is easy […]Read more "A Boat Trip at Inle Lake, Myanmar"
There are moments when we travel that defines a particular place or a particular time. That time when our heart skipped a beat and then comes a sudden realization that we are at the very place we always wanted to be. The serenity of early morning on Inle Lake is perhaps my Myanmar moment. An […]Read more "The Traditional One-Legged Fishermen of Inle Lake, Myanmar"
From Bagan, I made my way to my next destination Inle Lake via an eight hour long bus ride. Instead of leaving at night, I took the day trip that will arrive at Nyaung Shwe, the closest town to Inle lake at around four in the afternoon. After spending almost the whole day sitting at […]Read more "Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake, Myanmar"
The most popular day trip from Bagan is the one and a half hour ride to Mount Popa. Not exactly the mountain itself, but the monastery sitting atop of a rocky cliff. Shared transportation anywhere from Bagan can be easily arranged, regardless if you wish to go to the Mount Popa National Park or to […]Read more "Popa Taungkalat Monastery, Mount Popa, Myanmar"
There are numerous ways to see at least a portion of more than two thousand pagodas of Bagan; you can either go via an expensive hot air balloon, an air-conditioned rented car, the classic horse-drawn carriage, the popular electric scooter or what they commonly called as an e-bike, but nothing says adventure than pedal power. […]Read more "Bicycle and Temples, Bagan, Myanmar"
I woke up to the sound of commotion, as the very comfortable JJ Express overnight bus service from Yangon slowly makes its way to Bagan bus terminal at five in the morning. The people running towards the bus are the taxi drivers waiting for passengers to take to either New Bagan, Old Bagan or Nyaung-U, […]Read more "Sunrise & Sunset at Bagan, Myanmar"
I have one week to experience Myanmar (Burma), a country which has been on my mind for years. Back when I was doing the whole South East Asia trip, I skipped Myanmar for irregularities in the visa process and knowing that I had to spend more for a day, possibly an equivalent of a week […]Read more "Yangon Circular Railway, Yangon, Myanmar"