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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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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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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...