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New Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
What Silver House in New Bagan may lack in atmosphere, it more than compensates with quality of food, personalized service, value and sincerity. Myanmar trip report: http://bit.ly/1aTq3vK
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New Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
On the plus side, the Blue Bird Hotel has nicely decorated rooms, an e-bike rental shop only a block away, plush landscaping, and an onsite restaurant and nice staff. On the minus side, the Blue Bird Hotel is a little pricey, and come December...
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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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If you don't mind walking barefoot on monkey crap, fearless monkeys, and hauling yourself up hundreds of steps, climbing Mount Popa might be for you. Actually, the monkeys only bother if you have food, the monkey crap is dried and the steps are...
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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...
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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
Rent a bike from the Viewpoint Lodge in Nyaung Shwe, which will cost $6. Peddle west (away from town) along the unpaved, bumpy road. Take a left at the T-junction and head south, the mountains on your right. You'll reach the hot springs in...
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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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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
11 tons of gold cover this towering pagoda, the most sacred in Burma. "Shwe" means "gold" in Burmese. No wonder!
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Tiled in green, mirrored scales reflecting the sunlight on this beautiful day, the building's a stunner. The glass motif extends to the interior, where big, medium and thousands of small Buddhas maintain watchful eyes. I share the space with few...
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Kun Chan Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Bring a passport (supposedly -- no one asked for mine) and a $1 bill to the station master's office on platform 7 of the Yangon Central Train Station. The ticket-taker will show you and a few other tourist-travelers onto the Circular Railway....
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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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85-87 Thein Phyu Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Down the street from The Strand hotel and upstairs from Monsoon Restaurant. Pomelo sells unique jewelry and colorful home furnishings and decor made from local materials and produced by local artisans. Their stock is fun and contemporary. Open...