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Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Pandaw river expeditions are atmospheric journeys more akin to a floating piece of history than a busy cruise ship. The grand replicas of colonial river steam ships are decked out with comfortable furnishings, finished with brass and teak and...
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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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Myeik, Myanmar (Burma)
Uncharted, Tropical Myanmar? Yes it does exist and it’s called the Myeik Archipelago, a cluster of 800 idyllic islands straight out of a fairytale book of your dreams. As the New York Times recently reported, this tropical archipelago -- which is...
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Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)
You do not want to miss this. We were lucky to be the only two individuals chosen from the standby list on the day we flew over Bagan. The experience is as cerebral as it is exhilarating. The company that operates Balloons Over Bagan makes the...
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Burma’s most important Buddhist temple is layered with tons of gold and adorned with thousands of precious gems. Relics enshrined within the stupa include eight strands of hair that belonged to Siddhartha Gautama. Dress conservatively and be ready...
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Myanmar (Burma)
A highlight of the culinary experience in Myanmar are the country's colourful array of salads. Salads, known as thoke, are eaten all day long in the country -- which is no surprise given their diversity. One of the best known salads in Myanmar is...
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Myanmar (Burma)
A combination of sport and dance, chinlone -- the national sport of Myanmar -- is truly a beautiful game. The rules of the game are pretty simple. Around six people assemble in a circle and pass a rattan ball back and forth between each other with...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Nobody would argue that British colonialism was benign. However, Yangon's array of magnificent (if crumbling) buildings are testament to the key role played by Myanmar's largest city in the British Empire. Although some of the buildings are in a...
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Gokhteik, Myanmar (Burma)
The British-built trains in Myanmar are certainly not among the world's most advanced, but they make for a wonderfully leisurely way of experiencing some of the loveliest parts of the nation. One of the most memorable rides is the one between...
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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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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)
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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Sule Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
I was peeking out of the window at the hostel where my friend was staying. And, there it was, the Sule Pagoda, a Burmese stupa situated in the center of downtown Yangon. I knew I had the best seat of the house to take the shot.
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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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Maha Bandula Park Street, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Join the crowd of courting couples, families and individuals all enjoying the end of the day while taking in the sights that surround the Garden. On one side the Sule Paya, on another the old High Court, City Hall (pictured) taking up another part...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
"No mishy mashy, only the truth.” I sat with Daw Bertie for a while on the multi-colored plastic stepping stools that dotted the sidewalks and roadsides of Burma. We sat drinking Birdy Brand instant coffee out of mismatched china teacups and...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
The Circular Train in Yangon makes a loop servicing other towns and suburbs nearby. Locals get in and out at every stops, while others take the opportunity to sell while trying to balance the tray of fruits on a moving train.