Myanmar

Day 1: up in the air

I am joining an educational trip to Myanmar, how lucky am I to be invited?! Today we are actually not in Myanmar yet, but I spend this day on the road and in the air. We depart from Dusseldorf Airport and around 8am I meet the rest of the group! We are 12 in total, 10 travel agents and 2 Fox(y) Reizen ladies! We check in for our flight to Singapore where we will catch a connecting flight to Yangon, Myanmar. Singapore Airlines is a great airline to fly with; the crew is friendly and we are well looked after. Our flight is on time and we arrive early in the morning at Singapore. I have an aisle seat, so I cannot film the 1000’s of lights that I see through the window while landing. Singapore is still quiet this time of day and there is hardly traffic on the roads. In less than 30 minutes we are on our connecting flight and after 2,5 hours we arrive at Yangon! Mingalabar: Welcome to Myanmar!

Day 2: Yangon

We arrive around half past 10 in the morning in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar. We have to wait a while at passport control, but all goes very smooth. We are welcomed by our tour guides Vincent, who works for Fox Reizen and Nyo, our local guide. We change euros into kyat at the airport and we go to the Ibis Styles hotel where we will spend the night and where we get an hour to freshen up before we go on tour. The Ibis Styles hotel is 3 years old and is very comfortable and so are the beds. They have good WiFi; very important for those who want to connect with home. There is no time for a nap, it is time to discover, so we take a quick shower, wear something suitable for the warm climate and head back to the reception.

Our bus takes us to city centre of Yangon. The city is named after the river that runs through it. The infrastructure of the city is really good and I am pleasantly surprised! On our way we see a mix of colonial style buildings, pagodas, hotels and offices. We arrive at Birma Bistro, a modern and stylish restaurant and here we get a nice spicy lunch! Personally I love spicy food, thanks to the many years of travelling I am used it, but I see some of my fellow travellers grabbing their drinks to put out the fire in their mouths.

We have regained some energy and we start our walking tour through the colonial cente of Yangon. This way we get a glimpse of the typical street life of the city with markets, stalls with old books, hidden temples and of course lots food stalls. I love the atmosphere in this city; it feels friendly, positively chaotic and it is very photogenic. Lots of the old colonial buildings are taken over by plants or trees and some are being restored and turned into hotels.

Halfway the afternoon we visit the colossal Buddha Chaukhtatkyi. The inclined lying Buddha is 66 metres long and very impressive. It is always busy with visitors, mostly locals but also tourists ofcourse. The feet of the Buddha are beautifully decorated and we walk around to see the statue from all sides.

Then we drive to the absolute highlight of Yangon: the Shwedagon pagoda. We need to wear appropriate clothes to be able to enter the complex, but that is the rule at every temple pagoda. This means all has to be covered and no see through clothes. It is one of the most important temples of the country and completely covered with gold leaf. The pagoda is also covered by bamboo right now, so it can get a new layer of gold leaf; works will be finished in a few months.

The complex is huge and we have about an hour to walk around. It is not enough, there is so much to see, but we have an amazing time here and I take tons of photographs of posing monks, amazing statues and the surroundings. When the sun goes down candles are being lit and it is time for us to leave.

Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon

We go to a lovely restaurant called Patoma, where we have a delicious meal before returning to the Ibis Styles Hotel. I am tired and need some sleep (and so does the rest of the group), but before my eyes close I take in the day; I enjoyed Yangon and all that we have seen. Tomorrow’ our wake up call will be early: we fly to Heho at 7am.

Day 3: from Yangon to Inle Lake

Our alarm clock wakes us up at 4am; way too early! But it also means we have the entire day to enjoy new places. From Yangon we fly with Golden Myanmar Airlines to Heho. The terminal for domestic flights is brand new and check in goes smooth. We do not have a direct flight; first we fly to Mandalay, but it is a quick stop and before we know it we land in Heho. Upon arrival we are greeted by our new local guide Mr. T (Nyo stayed in Yangon). He looks very sweet (and does not look at all like Mr. T from the A Team in case you are wondering), welcomes us and he will be our guide together with Vincent for the next 3 days.

From the airport we drive to the village Nyaung Shwe. Along the way there is lots to see. The surroundings are completely different from Yangon where we were yesterday; we are out in the country now and we pass rice fields, local factories and small villages; we see that work is being done on the roads and I sit in front of the bus to have the best view of it all. We stop at one of the rice fields, we can see the locals working hard and taking out the rice plants, so they can be replanted elsewhere to grow further.

Heho rice paddies

We arrive at Nyaung Shwe village. The first part of the program today is a boat tour on the famous Inle Lake. The tour starts from this village, where we also will be spending the next 2 nights. Our bus brings us to one of the side canals where our boats are waiting; we get a short explanation about the lake area and then we hop on board of the beautiful long-tail boats.

Leaving Nuaung Shwe for Inle Lake by long tail boat

Inle Lake to me is a world on its own! Daily life is this area is either on or around the lake. Everybody must have a boat here; there are so many. We leave the canal and after a few minutes we reach the lake. The lake is truly magical, idyllic and surrounded by mountains. It is best known as the home of the Intha people with their floating gardens, houses on stilts and the unique rowing style of the fishermen. We stop a few times to see traditional crafts such as blacksmiths, weavers and boat makers.

We leave the lake to go into the side canals. We have a lovely lunch at Mr. Toe restaurant, which lays opposite of the famous Paung Daw Oo pagoda. From the restaurant we can walk and we cross one of the many wooden bridges, so we can visit the pagoda. It has 5 famous Buddha statues and it is really busy. The Buddha statues were covered with gold leaf so many times, I hardly recognise what they are suppose to be. It is an important place to the locals, so a must see. The long-tail boats bring us back to the village and I am happy to know that we have another boat tour in the program tomorrow; I love it here!

Our bus takes us to the Red Mountain Winery. Believe it or not but wine is being made in Myanmar! We get a tour of the vineyard, how it all started here in Myanmar, we learn about making wine and we get the chance to taste the wines. The winery is relatively new and still growing and learning. The setting is amazing and there’s great potential. We watch the sun set from the restaurant at the winery and then we go to our hotel Nyaung Shwe City hotel.

We freshen up and walk into the village. We have dinner at the Golden Kite restaurant; I love the food here in Myanmar and the local beer as well. It has been a really long day, but before we call it a night, we visit a local festival where there is music, dance and food. It is all very loud and very busy at the festival. We stay for half an hour, since it is really for the locals and have a drink at the roof terrace of the hotel before we go to sleep. Tomorrow awaits another beautiful day at Inle Lake!

Day 4: Inle Lake

It is our second day at Inle Lake. The weather is just beautiful and we cannot wait to get back on the water. This morning our long-tail boats take us to Nga Phe Chaung Monastery. It is an impressive wooden monastery built towards the end of 1850s. The monastery used to be famous for its resident cats that jumped through hoops, taught by monks. There are still cats, but no more tricks are being performed. The wooden interior is impressive, the wood carving amazing! Behind the monastery there is a small tourist market and I end up buying a little long tail boat with fisherman. Well… you have to support the locals, right!

We move on to the floating gardens of Kaylar, our boat goes slowly through a maze of canals. The villagers mainly live on fishing and farming. On the floating gardens, they mostly grow tomatoes and some of them grow peas, chilies and flowers. The villagers live in stilt houses and have many wooden bridges on the canals. It is a quiet and peaceful area; the only noise comes from our long-tail boat.

Floating gardens of Kaylar

We leave Kaylar and go upstream on a small and bendy creek towards the village of Indein. Kids are swimming and playing in the creek, adults wash their clothes and there are little dams to collect water for rice fields. The Indein village is located on the west bank area and is famous for the enchanting pagodas. A short walk takes us to this stunning site!

I do not know where to look, stupas everywhere; some in ruins, some still intact with pretty decorations on the outside. There is so much to see, so many details; the site is breathtaking! A few stupas are being restored, but most of them are still in a abandoned ‘Indiana Jones’ setting. I would like to stay for a while, have a proper look, but there is no time.

It is lunch time and we sit down at the River restaurant, only a few hundred meters from the pagodas. Lunch is lovely, the location perfect and I feel blessed to be on this trip! After lunch we slowly walk back towards the boats, while taking photographs of the locals who are beautifully dressed. There are longneck women posing for us, women and children trying to sell us scarfs and it is hard to say no!

We go back to Nyaungshwe, the boat trip takes about 1,5 hour and for the last time I enjoy the wonderful scenery on the lake. The end of the afternoon we have to ourselves and I decide to relax for a few hours. Some take a bicycle and go for a ride, some have a massage; there is plenty to do and experience at Inle Lake area! In the evening we have dinner at the hotel; tomorrow we leave for Kalaw.

Day 5: from Inle Lake to Kalaw

Today we leave the Inle Lake area and drive to Kalaw. I loved being here, again I have to say that the lake, the canals and life on and around the lake is so special, I could easily spend a few more days here! But there is plenty more of Myanmar to discover and since we are on an educational trip, we have a busy program! So after breakfast on the roof terrace of the Nyaung Shwe hotel on our way we go.

It is not a direct drive to Kalaw, of course we have a few stops on the way! Our first stop is at a local craft shop, where paper is being made out of tree bark. We get to see the entire process; the bark is turned into mash and the mash (while still wet) is being decorated with tree or bougainvillea leafs before it dries. From the paper books, cards, lanterns and umbrellas are being made. We also get to see the progress of how the wooden umbrellas are being made and I am really impressed by how beautiful this work is being done. Old tools, old school, handmade; we all buy some souvenirs to take home!

The next stop is the Heho market. The idea was to go to the floating markets on the lake yesterday, but this market has become quite touristic and the Heho market is still undiscovered by the mass. It is a big market and you really do not know where to look once you walk around.

The variety of products that are being sold is simply amazing: flowers, nuts, herbs, spices, fish, meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables and lots of other goods which I do not always recognize. Not so tasty looks the meat and poultry out in the open air, but that is just the way it is here. In between the goods there are little “pop up” restaurants where you can sit down for a meal. The market is busy and full of life, flavors and colours. I love it here and as usual I take way too many photographs and I end up buying some local snacks.

We continue our drive to Kalaw and once we arrive it is time for a cup of tea. Mr. T knows a really nice place to stop, called New Simple Life. It is a little oasis where we can relax and instead of tea I order a mix of fresh fruit juice. I could sit here for a while and just enjoy the serenity of this place, but the program continues, so after our drink we move on.

We visit a the Shwe Oo Min Paya, which is a cave temple. There is a lot of bling bling in the cave. I personally prefer to see the natural beauty of the Buddha statues and the stupa’s, but in Myanmar the locals like to decorate their statues and also their pagodas and temples with flickering lights. This temple is not my favorite, but it is part of the program and important to the people of Kalaw. We go to city center for a lunch at Thumaung. Again and again we get spoiled with tasty food and this time is no different.

After lunch we check into our hotel Dream Villa. The hotel is a bit old, the beds not so great, but we stay here for one night; we still realize how lucky we are to be on this trip, so we do not mind where we sleep. And the staff is extremely friendly, the rooms are spacious, so we are ok.

Halfway the afternoon we leave the hotel to go for a 2,5 hour hike; the views along the way are amazing. The air conditioning in the planes and buses have left me with blocked sinuses, so apart from the amazing view that I want to admire, I need to stop and literally catch my breath often (a great excuse to enjoy the view). We stop at a small monastery on our way back and give the young monks some cuddly toys and pencils. After sunset our bus awaits us on the other side of the mountain and we return to the hotel. Dinner is at the Seven Sisters restaurant in city center and although it is full moon, we should sleep like a log after this intensive hike! We are halfway with our program but still have 5 (amazing) days ahead of us!

Day 6: from Kalaw to Bagan

Today we get up early again! We have another domestic flight in our program and this one will take us from Heho to Bagan. At the airport of Heho we say goodbye to Mr. T, the sweet and naughty guide who accompanied us these last 3 days. Our flight is with Air KBZ and just like our previous domestic flight check in and customs control go smooth. It is only a 45 minutes flight and before we know it we arrive at Bagan airport.

Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region. From the 9th to the13th century, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. Over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day (that is a large number). They come in all sizes, some with authentic murals and statues. Some are ruins, some in good state, some have been restored and some are still under construction.

The climate is different in Bagan. Inle Lake is about 900 meters above sea level, but Bagan is not. It is warmer and more humid. Our luggage is brought to our bus and our new local guide is waiting. His name is Aung and he is a very sweet and polite young man. He takes us into the city center of Bagan where we will visit another local market: Nyaung Oo. This market is not so big as in Heho and unfortunately there are quite a few young women who try to sell you souvenirs and they will follow you as you walk through the market. Bagan is a touristic spot, so we better get used to it! It is up to us how we deal with this. When you ask politely, they will stop following you. The market itself is again colourful just like in Heho, full of life and very busy; we enjoy this short stop.

After the market we continue our journey and first visit the golden Schwezigon pagoda. The hugh pagoda is completely gold plated and enshrines a number of Buddhist relics. Aung tells us about it’s history. He knows so much and explains all so well; he is an amazing guide!

We move on to one of the biggest temples of Bagan. The scenery along the way is stunning and throughout our ride to the Ananda temple we see hundreds of pagodas, temples and ruins. The Ananda Phaya temple is one of Bagan’s best known and most beautiful temples. It was one of the first great temples and is well preserved. The temple is found near the Tharabar gate, the only gate remaining of the original 12 in the old Bagan city walls. In the temple we are the sights! Many of us are grabbed by local families for a photograph, since blond hair and blue, green or grey eyes to them is something they have never seen before. All of a sudden I find myself between a family of about 15 people. There is lots of laughter, since the people are so friendly and their eyes sparkle.

We go for for lunch, there is a good restaurant called The Royal Jasmine just a few hundred meters from the temple. The food is differently prepared here and as always we enjoy what we get served. And I should mention that the Myanmar lager beer goes quite well with this type of food (or maybe I already told you). After lunch we check in at our hotel for the next 2 nights. The Thazin Garden hotel is in the center, but is a little oasis of green. The hotel rooms are situated in one story buildings that are spread over the gardens. In the gardens there is a comfortable swimming pool and an ancient pagoda. The rooms are spacious and we get a 1,5 hour break to relax, to swim, to sun bathe a little.

In the late afternoon we visit the impressive Dhammayangyi temple, a huge temple complex with the best brickwork from Bagan. The sun that is about to set makes the colour of the exterior even more intense. Aung guides us through as he did also in the Ananda temple. Again he shares his knowledge and stories with us. Once outside we walk up on a small hill for some photographs of the temple. We enjoy the sunset elsewhere in the area; Bagan is something else. I cannot explain how special it is to walk in between the remains of this ancient kingdom

Before we go to dinner we stop at the Lawka Nandar pagoda. It is situated by the banks of the Irriwaddy. The sun has alread set, but the pagoda is beautifully lit and shines with its golden top. We get to light 100 candles in front of the pagoda which is a special and emotional moment. We dine in a very good local restaurant called The Hidden House and return to Thazin Garden Hotel. It was an impressive day in beautiful Bagan!

Day 7: Bagan and Kyun Thiri Village

If you are an early bird, you wake up before the sun rises and you can see the hot air balloons flying over Bagan once the sun is out. It must be an amazing view from a hot air balloon with the morning sun shining over this ancient kingdom. I look up and wish I was flying in one of them!

After breakfast we have an excursion on our program to Kyun Thiri Village. In the middle of the Ayeyarwady River is the small island of Kyun Thiri, a typical river village. This means we have to go there by boat and the trip is about 40 minutes; we enjoy the boat ride. On the island is a small farming village of the same name. Here we get a glimpse of the traditional way of life by walking around and talking to the locals with help of Aung. People live of the land, have oxen for transport… life seems simpler here and it probably is, but other facilities such as medical care are far away.

In the village there is a small monastery where local snacks and tea is being served to us. We listen to Aung telling about life in the monastery. I ask him if he ever stayed in one himself and he shares a personal story about how he spent 36 days in the monastery after his mother died at the age of 36. Everyone is quiet and touched and I cannot stop my tears from rolling down my cheeks. What a special young man!

We go back to Bagan for lunch. We sit at River View restaurant alongside the river (the name already gives the location away) and we enjoy both the view and the food. After lunch we visit a lacquer factory. All is done by hand and although I am not a fan of the products, I do admire how it is made and I buy some gifts from friends at home. We go back to the hotel for a short break, we get some time to ourselves. It is warm and important to rest a bit, if only for an hour.

In the afternoon we get the choice to either go cycling or to take an electric scooter to drive through the temples of the ancient kingdom. Most of us choose the scooters and safely armored with helmets we go for a ride. It is a lot of fun, a bit dusty while being on the roads, but a different way to explore Bagan.

We stop here and there to visit some temples and pagodas, small villages and once the sun has set we go back to the Thazin Garden Hotel and unfortunately we have to say goodbye to Aung. We freshen up and have dinner in the garden. The pagoda in the garden is lit with hundreds of candles, what a setting and we relax and enjoy our meal before going back to our rooms.

Day 8: from Bagan to Mandalay

The end of our journey is already approaching and today we are driving to the last city listed on our program; Mandalay. We leave Bagan and the ancient kingdom behind us. A bus from Mandalay has come to pick us up and our new guide miss Dong Dong will accompany us till the moment we leave Myanmar.

We have a quick stop just outside Bagan, at a toddy palm tree farm. It is interesting to see experienced toddy tappers climbing up palm trees that are up to 50 meters high to collect the sap. They tie a small pot beneath the sliced tip of an unopened palm flower to collect the palm sap. At the farm we get a short tour and explanation of what can be made from this sap. There is a sweet smell coming from cooking pots.

We continue our drive through the countryside towards Mount Popa, a place of pilgrimage. We are a bit shocked to see a lot of beggars on this part of the road. The beggars hope that pilgrims will throw some money at them while driving by. It creates dangerous situations when this does happen and they try to grab the money while there is a lot of traffic on the road. Even little children are doing their best to catch some. A horrible sight and dangerous situation. People: stop throwing money!!! I am glad once the beggars disappear.

When arriving in the village we get stuck in traffic and are we lucky or what?! There is a unique novitiation ceremony going on called Shinbyu.

Novitiation Ceremony Mount Popa

Miss Dong Dong explains that this ceremony usually takes place during school holidays, mostly in March and April. A formal novitiation ceremony involves a parade around the pagodas on the first day with boys all dressed up. Sisters of the Novices also are important participants in the celebrations. Parents accomany the children in this ceremony.

Before I start explaining the entire ceremony here, you better look it up on the internet. But I can tell you one thing and that is that the parade was pretty impressive! The boys are dressed up as princes and ride on horses. The girls as princesses follow by car. I opened a window in the bus to have a good look and to take as many photographs as I could; the bus was still going forwards though and the parade the opposite direction. But I got some pretty faces on camera. The faces of the children are priceless: some are happy, some intimidated, some excited… it was beautiful to see.

We arrive at Popa Mountain Resort. There are wooden bungalows in the middle of beautiful gardens, amazing views over the mountainside and an infinity pool from where you can admire the view on Popa Taung Kalat. It is very foggy, so photographs are not a success. After our break this is where we go. Mount Popa is an extinct volcano and the monastery on top is a true place of pilgrimage for the Burmese. This is the place where the ‘nats’ are honored, the sacred spirits that are part of Myanmar’s mythical past.

We need to climb about 130 meters, 777 steps. The climb is worth it, although the pagoda and temples on the top are not that impressive compared to what we have seen so far. But the climb it good for your karma so they say, so up we go! And I do not regret it. While walking up the stairs you have to look after your belongings, there are monkey’s who can get a bit aggressive and steel your sunglasses and we were witness to this happening to a lady walking down the stairs in front of us.

Once we are down again we go for lunch, I can feel my legs shaking from the climb and it is good to sit down for a bit and give the legs a break. We eat a tasty Chinese lunch at Yangon restaurant. Then we have a 4 hour drive ahead of us before we get to Mandalay, a big and busy city. We stop at a local supermarkt for a toilet stop and we buy ice creams and snacks for on the bus. We arrive at the Victoria Palace hotel around 7pm. Here we will stay for the next and last two nights of our trip. And as if we did not have enough to eat for lunch, we go for dinner at Mingalabar restaurant. We are not that hungry though. We all had a nap on the bus, so we are not that tired and after dinner we go for a drink at the Ginki bar, a cosy place in a lovely small garden. They close at 11 and exactly then we leave from here and walk back to the hotel.

Day 9: Mandalay and Mingun

After breakfast we leave the hotel for Mandalay harbour to take the boat to Mingun, which can only be reached by boat. At the harbour there is a slightly chaotic mix of busses and boats. There are no jetties so you carefully walk on the banks of the river and let the locals help you get on board. The boat ride is about 45 minutes and we look out on a hazy, smoggy Irrawaddy river. I love being on the water, there is always so much going on. I see a river cruise ship and I would love to be on one going down from where the river starts its way through the country all the way to Yangon. It is very hazy today, no clear views…

Mingun could have had the honour of largest pagoda in the world, it was suppose to be about 150 meters high. But King Bodawpaya died during construction and the builders thought it was a crazy plan anyway and they stopped building immediately. So the building was never finished and after a major earthquake little remained of it. Yet it is a very impressive monument, but it is closed since the last big earthquake did a lot of damage.

We also visit the famous clock of Mingun, which hangs in a shrine building. It is huge an said to be the largest in tact preserved clock in the world. We buy some souvenirs at the market stalls (yes, I have plenty by now) and walk to the Hsinbyume pagoda, an impressive building, beautiful architecture and covered in white paint. The sun shines bright, it is almost 40 degrees and the white reflects everywhere. I am taking lots of photographs, but cannot really see while being blinded by the sunlight.

We return to Mandalay, the crew of the boat has refreshments and peanuts which grow everywhere in Myanmar. In another 45 minutes we are back in the harbour and the bus takes us to city center. Traffic is a bit chaotic in Mandalay, but not too bad. A lot of mopeds and scooters drive through the street. We have a Burmese lunch in a restaurant in town. And for the first time I cannot remember the name of the place.

In the afternoon we take a tour through the city. We visit the Mahamuni pagoda with the golden Buddha. Hundreds of pilgrims visit this pagoda every day to stick feather-light leaves of gold on the Buddha. Personally I do not think it makes the Buddha statue look any prettier, but the more the better is the rule here. We move on to the Shwenandaw monastery, known for its beautiful wood carvings and it truly is pretty.

Finally we visit the Kuthodaw pagoda. This Pagoda is also known as “the world’s largest book” because there are 729 shrines which were erected around the pagoda. Each of them is a single marble slab and both 2 sides are inscribed with Burmese scripts. Each slab is really like a page. Young monks play hide and seek between the shrines and a couple who is about to get married has their photo taken.

We go back to the hotel at the end of the afternoon. We have seen so much in one day. At night we have dinner at Unique restaurant. We eat Chinese and have our last dinner in Myanmar and tomorrow is our last day in this amazing country.

Day 10: from Mandalay back to Singapore and home

Our last day in Myanmar. We have an early breakfast, check out and have a few more sights to see before going to the airport in the afternoon. It is warm and sticky in Mandalay. Our bus drives us through the slightly chaotic traffic. City life in Mandalay is different from city life in Yangon. But I like it a bit chaotic.

We drive to the old royal capital of Amarapura, first we visit the U Bein bridge. Stretching across Taungthaman Lake in Myanmar, the bridge might look like just another wooden crossing (which it is really), but this historic bridge is actually made of the remains of a royal palace. U Bein is believed to be the longest and oldest teak wood bridge in the world. The bridge is still used a lot and the best thing is to take a boat and enjoy the view of and ‘traffic’ on the bridge. It is damaged here and there and not restored in the most pretty way (concrete), but it is still pretty special and very photogenic. It is partly closed, but I walk as far as I can. The water in the lake is too low to take a boat.

Then we visit the Mahagandayon monastery, nowadays a school for 1000 young monks. The monastery is a beautiful place of worship. The monks are polite and courteous to tourists as always. Unfortunately many tourists are not returning this courtesy. During the 10am lunch procession ceremony (where food is donated by a family, who is the center of attention that day), they sometimes disrupt the flow. The monks silently tolerate it.

The procession is a pretty sight, especially the amount of monks is overwhelming, although I am not 100% comfortable. I buy a little book about Buddhism, supporting the monastery as do others travellers from the group. You can learn more about the procession online, it is a interesting story.

Mahagandayon monastery

We leave and have a last stop for coffee/tea by the river. We go to the airport and say goodbye to miss Dong Dong, but also to Vincent, who travels a different direction, having another group to guide in Malaysia in a few days. From Mandalay we fly to Singapore with Silk Air. Singapore Airlines has given us the opportunity to freshen up in the Ambassador’s lounge at the airport of Singapore. We are thankful for this, since Mandalay was hot and sticky. We have something to eat and drink, we take a shower and get changed. It is time to go back home.

Myanmar has not always been in the news in the most positive way these last years. But there are so many countries where politics, religion or regimes could be the reason for not going there. But I am so glad and grateful I got to visit this amazing country and there has not been one moment where I felt uncomfortable or unsafe! And I never ever witnessed anything that upset me. If there is one thing that I may not have liked it is the plastic pollution (awareness of cleaning up is slowly coming though). But other than that I cannot name any other reason why you should not go! The country is rich of culture, history and tradition, there are great sights to see, the infrastructure is getting better, there is progress, the people are so friendly, there is good food, life is cheap and I can keep on going naming reasons…! Go and experience Myanmar, take a bit more time as we did; the country is worth it!

Travel Blog by Elisabeth, One Lucky Traveller

March 27, 2019

Thank you people of Myanmar; you are beautiful and I have tried to capture your beauty and with permission. If for some reason you find yourself on a photograph and do not wish for it to be used, please contact me.

4 Thoughts

  1. Great photos and post!
    Reminded me of our one month in Myanmar back in 2014.
    Many thanks for stopping by my Travel and Photography blog.

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  2. I badly want to visit Myanmar. It seems as though you had a great time and it truly looks beautiful! Cheers for this Article!

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