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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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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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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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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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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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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...