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Buhoma, Uganda
THUMP! THUD! CRASH! If ever there was a rude awakening, this was definitely it. It’s early. It’s been one hell of a journey to get here, the house rat has kept us awake has been running across the mosquito net and I need my shuteye. I turn over...
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Want to learn how to make tasty dumplings? Or hand-pulled noodles? Or the cuisine of Hunan, Yunnan and Sichuan? The Hutong is a cozy retreat where you can gather with a small group and—all tools provided—learn how to make a dish or two. The Hutong...
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Plaka, Athens 105 58, Greece
We picked up some gyros to-go during our stroll through the historic Plaka neighborhood below the Acropolis. Thespidos street was particularly memorable for the cafe we stopped at and discovering Brettos bar, which we decided to come back to enjoy...
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Bago, Myanmar (Burma)
Anyone would have seen this when visiting Myanmar. The saffron red colored umbrella carry by the nun in her pink robe. I had my tour guide running around Bago with me in his bike looking for the elusive find. We found the umbrella from a...
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Strand Rd, Yangon, 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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Bago, Myanmar (Burma)
After a day spent wandering around the Reclining Buddha & Chinese Temple on the road back to Yangon, the most delicious melons are sold along the road. Picked that morning I brought 9 back to the house and everyone agreed they were the best ever...
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Lat Ya, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71190, Thailand
Mt. Biking in Thailand is not for the faint of heart. The real adventure in this photo begins on day two of a bike tour in the jungle regions of Thailand near the Burma border. The first day was a van ride, a stop at the river Kwai, and a 35 km...
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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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Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
The ancient history preserved in the architecture of Bagan provides a unique insight into some of the country's modern political struggles. Throughout Burmese history, religion and rulers have been inextricably linked. The temples of Bagan were...
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These are fish carcasses that have been flayed into strips and dried at main market in Sittwe, located in the far western state of Arakhine in Myanmar --they look almost prehistoric! The smell is pretty overwhelming and pretty much exemplifies the...
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Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
to make the sunset at the famous U Bein bridge near Mandalay got us there just in time. And boy was it worth the effort. Not only this beauty but a fabulous temple on the river nearby was lit in brilliant shades of gold and orange. Literally...
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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
I arrive at Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake’s main development, in the dead of night and immediately book myself into a boat tour of the lake, wondering aloud if the notorious Nayar, a mythical dragon with four legs, still patrols the waters. An old man...
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Kalaw, Myanmar (Burma)
On a recent visit to Kalaw, Myanmar, I began a trek at sunrise with my affable local guide. We hiked along rolling mountains cloaked in green brush, maneuvering around colorful flower bushes that every so often blocked our path. The cloud-speckled...
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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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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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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
But to see and feel the real Yangon (Rangoon), take the circular train...this is the official English map for the route and schedule...really...
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Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)
"Look where we are!" Ok, here goes nothing... This shot was taken from a rowboat at sunset looking toward the U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world. Amarapura is the old capital of Myanmar and is an unbelievably serene respite from...
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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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Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
A moment passes quickly, savor it early and throughout. Standing in line in Mandalay (the last royal capital of Burma) these young monks await the breakfast the crew of our ship (The Road to Mandalay) stands ready to give. More precious than any...
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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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Oriental Ballooning is the best ballooning outfit in Myanmar. They operate in Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Pindaya. Each location is amazing, but the Mandalay experience was incredible. It's much more exclusive than Bagan which makes for a very...