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Pabedan, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
This year marks the 2,600 year anniversary of the Schwedegon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, aka, Rangoon, Burma. The home of 8 hairs of the Buddha, it is the most revered pagoda in Burma. Completely covered in gold leaf and crowned with over 7,000...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
One of Myanmar’s more revered reclining Buddhas. It is housed in a large metal-roofed shed, only a short distance, located north east of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Work on this image started in 1899, the donor named U Hpo Thar being fired by his...
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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
The Bagan Archeological Zone: New Bagan: Quieter than Nyaung U, but closer to the temples. Laid-back and home to Bagan’s best midrange accommodation and riverside restaurants Old Bagan: Between New Bagan and Nyaung U, Old Bagan contains several of...
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Kyaik Khauk Pagoda Rd, Syriam, Myanmar (Burma)
The phrase ‘treasure chest’ only begins to describe U Hla Win’s private gallery and residence - located in Thanlyin, one hour south of Yangon. His personal collection is the most impressive assortment of Myanmar artwork and artifacts in the...
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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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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Reflecting many architectural styles. Ananda was one of the biggest and best restored of the stupas. Bagan is a World Heritage site, but only a few of the temples have been worked on.
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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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27St, ဗိုလ်ချုပ်လမ်း, ရန်ကုန်, Myanmar (Burma)
Also known as Scott Market, has colonial building which easily can found germs, art craft, textiles as well as Myanmar's traditional souvenirs, open from Tuesday to Sunday, and shut off on Monday as most public tourists spot around Yangon. Never...
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85-87 Thein Phyu Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Near the Strand hotel, Monsoon Restaurant offers a wide menu that includes Myanmar, Thai, Chinese, Laotian, and Vietnamese cuisine. Maybe "less authentic" than most restaurants in Yangon, but I saw that as a good thing. Good people watching, nice...
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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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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
AFAR note: map would not let me point to location of photo, it is: Indein, Inle Lake, Myanmar. Mountain biking around the sublime setting of Inle Lake was something I've wanted to do for years and was far more incredible than I'd imagined. The...
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92 Strand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Have a draught Dagon (the local Myanmar beer) at the bar of the venerable Strand Hotel in Yangon. Built in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers who were also responsible for the Raffles in Singapore and the E and O in Penang, the bar with its efficient...
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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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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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No. 216, Anawrahta Road 11141, Beteen 31th & 32th, ရန်ကုန်, Myanmar (Burma)
A large Indian population - legacy of its British colonial past - has brought dishes like bryani into the Myanmar diet. This mutton version is fragrant with whole spices like cardamom and the rice is studded with cashews and raisins. Delicious and...
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Pearl Condo, Block C, Ground Floor, Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
The Yangon Bakehouse simply does everything well. Every morning and afternoon this café serves up the city’s best pastries, pies, salads, sandwiches, smoothies and coffee drinks. Regardless of how long you’ve been overseas, stepping into the...
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39 Golden Valley, ရန်ကုန်, Myanmar (Burma)
Located in the area of Yangon known as 'Golden Valley,' the Mangosteen Mansion is an artisan workshop, gallery and showroom as well as the 20 year residence and work-space of famed French sculpture artist and designer Patrick Robert. In addition...
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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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Blazon, Andover Township, 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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Pansodan St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

George Orwell and Pablo Neruda have both browsed the bookstalls run by the vendors of Pansodan Street. The uneven pavement in front of crumbling colonial-era buildings is lined with stall after stall of secondhand books, many in English, that...

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Inya Lake, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Built by the British as a reservoir in 1883, this artificial lake and its adjacent park just north of downtown Yangon is a go-to locale for outdoor recreation, complete with a playground and driving range. It teems with colorful birdlife—and young...
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80 University Avenue, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

With a magical setting in a stately colonial mansion on the edge of Rangoon's Inya Lake, Le Planteur features multiple dining spaces: a refined gourmet restaurant, a casual bistro with a European-leaning menu and a wine bar. An elegant...

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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
As the diner is to the US and the pub is to the UK, so the teahouse is to Myanmar. Gathering spaces serving up steaming hot tea and snacks such as samosas, tea leaf salads and paratha can be found throughout the country. Most are simple places,...
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Ground Floor, 77-79 Pansodan Rd (Lower Middle Block), Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

A traditional teahouse reimagined for a globe-trotting crowd, this airy space can be found up a flight of creaky stairs inside a colonial-era building. Black-and-white vintage films of the city flicker on one wall and there is an...

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Nyaungshwe, Myanmar (Burma)
On the Western side of Inle Lake, Intha villages make all kinds of sweet treats. Visit to watch locals pull, mold, fry, bake, and dry their edible crafts, and then taste test the final products. Ranging from chewy, sugary candies to flaky,...
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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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Nyaungshwe, Myanmar (Burma)
The Inle Lake area has some fine hotels but Viewpoint Lodge is the only luxury property in the town of Nyaung Shwe. The hotel is conveniently located on the outskirts of the town, on the river for easy access to boats, and on the rode that...