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Yangon’s very own speakeasy is now open...for those who can find it! Located on Nawady St, in the up-and-coming Yaw Min Gyi corridor, eager patrons will need to follow orange tiger footprints which lead to a hidden doorway. True to theme, the bar...
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Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
The secret to having a good time in Bagan has nothing to do with getting there - all that takes is faith in a Burmese pilot and his ancient aircraft, or an unwavering belief that your 13-hour bus ride from Yangon will actually deliver you to the...
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On the Ninth Floor of a large, nondescript entertainment complex in Yangon is one of the most popular clubs in the city. The place's true name still remains a mystery to me, but if you tell a taxi driver "the ninth floor," virtually anyone will...
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Ar Zar Ni St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
I love this picture, the slight blur, the rough colors of the train and the people looking out the windows and hanging out the doors as the train arrives in the main railway station in Yangon. This beautiful old railway station has a looped train...
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Kamaryut, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
There are many characters in Yangon, but none more fabulous than the Fabulous Mr. Kyi who has the most remarkable store, jammed pack with antiques, almost antiques, folk art, real art and curious. It's tucked down a side street off of Than Lwin...
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Pabedan, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Wonderful restaurant serving great food and helping the youth of Yangon get off the street and to work (it's a restaurant! it's a shelter! it's amazing!) Look for the sign (pictured) and then up the stairs. Amazingly good food, great prices and...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
I absolutely adore spending time in Myanmar and I jump at every chance I can to get myself there. Many of the quirky touches I love often involve some kind of heritage or history. Possibly out of need and necessity rather than to clutch to the...
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92 Strand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
An elegant survivor from the colonial era, the Strand once hosted Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling. A 1995 makeover decked it out in teak, mahogany, marble, and classic Victorian-style fixtures. The huge suites come with butlers. Doubles from...
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Do yourself a favor and visit Shwedagon Pagoda when it's nearing dusk. The character of the gold (and the huge diamond at the top) changes every minute in the melting sunlight and the temple comes alive with candles at night.
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Strand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Simply put, Burma is more fun at night. The country comes alive - the nat come out to play, spirits dance from corner to corner, ghosts wait for the bus, and there's more to see, do, and eat than when the sun is shining bright overhead (and...
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Strand Rd, Yangon MMR013017, Myanmar (Burma)
If you're looking for an authentic shopping experience, you can do worse than the Night Market at the Botataung Paya. The Paya, located near the river in Southern Rangoon, is one of the city's grandest sights lit up at night. On the Paya grounds...
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Pyay Lan (West) Ward, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
In a modern, air-conditioned space that is welcoming to foreigners, Feel serves an astounding variety of traditional Burmese food, from curries and some of Yangon’s best mohinga (the national fish noodle soup) to snake beans served with dried...
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Bo Gyoke Road, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
"You run into the young girl monk who you took pictures of yesterday. She is so happy to see you and brings you to her friend’s shop. You buy a painting from a kid. Word spreads that someone is buying art. You are surrounded by kids and...
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Kan Yeik Tha Road, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Rudyard Kipling was right, "it is unlike any place you know about..." but as I sat there watching the fireworks near Kandawagyi Lake in Rangoon, I couldn't help but think that this country on the verge of democracy was truly unlike any place I had...
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Ar Zar Ni St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Everywhere I travel, no matter how close or far away from home, I notice family and friends gathering together outdoors. Rosy cheeked children run around, teenagers don the latest fashions and adults mingle together sharing stories. Whether it be...
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35 Taw Win Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Wooden gangway leading from the entrance to the reception area of the fantastic Governor's Residence hotel in Yangon, Myanmar. Once the official home of the governors of the British Crown Colony of Burma, this is one of the only 5-star hotels in...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Downtown Yangon is a dilapidated mixture of broken sidewalks, crumbling colonial era buildings and food vendors. Merchant Street is particularly crowded with vendors selling anything from spicy cherries to savory crepe-like pancakes filled with...
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85-87 Thein Phyu Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
This delightful restaurant serves up a variety of Southeast-Asian cuisines, from Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The decor is friendly and ambient. There is a fair trade shop above the restaurant called 'Helping Hands' which showcases...
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Kun Chan Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Bring a passport (supposedly -- no one asked for mine) and a $1 bill to the station master's office on platform 7 of the Yangon Central Train Station. The ticket-taker will show you and a few other tourist-travelers onto the Circular Railway....
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Satthwadaw, Myanmar (Burma)
Driving time to the park from Yangon is minimum one hour despite being only 27km. The good news is that the majority of the park is made up of attractive marshland which surrounds a central lake. Picnic sites are scattered throughout....
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No. 169, Wa Dan Street, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Shan Yoe Yar recently emerged as one of Yangon’s premier options for local cuisine. The restaurant is located in a newly remodeled teak colonial building in the central downtown neighborhood of Lanmadaw. It's pleasant environment incorporates a...
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Bahan Market, open daily, is a typical Myanmar street market. It sits in the heart of one of Yangon’s liveliest urban corridors. The bustling streets are lined with shops and food vendors. With its close proximity to Shwedagon Pagoda, Bahan Market...
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Dala, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Yangon’s overcrowded streets and sidewalks can at times be a bit overwhelming. If you’re in need of a respite, that doesn’t require a bus or plane, head across the Yangon River to the town of Dala. Though less than a mile from downtown Yangon,...
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Blazon, Andover, OH 44003, USA
House of Memories serves up some of Yangon’s tastiest dishes. With an affordable menu, good services and an easy location (5 min. drive from Shwedagon) it’s easy to see why HOM is both a lunch and dinner favorite. Though Thai food is now...
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No.135, Inya Road Corner of Innya and Dhammazedi Road, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Hip crowds, live music and craft cocktails probably aren’t the first things which come to mind for those considering a visit to Yangon. But every city needs a scene, and for those looking to be seen Mojo is the place to be. This café/ bar/...
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Ko San sits in the middle of Chinatown’s popular 19th St. Of the many beerstands and restaurants that line the crowded alley, Ko San is the only one serving up 800 kyat mojitos. Enjoy the bar’s signature cocktail with freshly made chips and...
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Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)
while visiting the Tingaza Kyaung Monestary near Mandalay the young monks were at tables reading scriptures while their abbott received a massage from two older monks. It was another world.
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27th St, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Walking through the local markets anywhere in Myanmar is an interesting experience. One morinng our in country tour leader took us for a walk through a vegetable market in Mandalay. The people were happy to let us take their pictures. It is a good...
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Kyaukse, Myanmar (Burma)
Located in the ancient city of Inwa, the Bagaya Kyaung Monastery is constructed entirely of teak wood and is a representation of the Wayzayanta Palace, which is the highest level of heaven in Buddhism. Built in 1838 A.D., the entire monastery is...
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Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)
Mandalay. We flew there to see Amarapura, the ancient royal city for one reason: the old teak walkway without nails, which symbolizes the simplicity and Buddhist flavor of life in Myanmar (Burma). In the late afternoon, we strolled across U Bein...
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Take a side trip from the much-traveled Bagan and take a quiet afternoon to dodge the monkeys and relax at the temple atop Mount Popa.
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The people are so friendly and welcoming and are happy to meet foreigners. They are hungry for information.
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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Oxcarts and horsecarts are the best way to see the thousands of stupas dotting the plains.
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Indochina
My long boat glided across the mirrored water, I entered Inle Lake as though crossing the threshold of time into an ancient place. Fishing men balance their nets casting into the lush waters that house an ancient water borne culture. The floating...
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Myanmar (Burma)
Be Kind To Animals The Moon is an outstanding cute charming restaurant just past the Thralabar Gates in Old Bagan. The food is wonderful, vegetarian true, but I have never heard anyone complain about the lack of meat here. Great curries, fresh...
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Mandalay Palace, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Banner exhorting the populace to obey the tatmadaw (The Myanmar Armed Forces) on the outer wall of the Mandalay Palace (which also houses a large military barracks) in Mandalay, Myanmar. While Myanmar has come quite a ways in terms of reform since...
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Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar (Burma)
The Botanical Garden was one of my highlights during my month in Myanmar. And I almost didn't go to Pyinoolwin 2 hours from Mandalay. I had never heard of it and had not read anything about it but this is oftentimes the best way to discover a new...
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Myawady Rd, Nyaungshwe, Myanmar (Burma)
Over 1,000 years ago, a king built a walking bridge for his people. It helped them get to the markets faster than traveling on boats. The bridge remains today, just as it was all those years ago. Generations have crossed it to get to the markets....