Mawlamyine

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Mawlamyine

When you go to Myanmar, you’ll no doubt come across at least one literature by George Orwell. The English author worked and lived in Myanmar for numerous years. He set several of his novels in Burma, and takes readers deeper into the Burmese culture of the time. Mawlamyine, formerly called Moulmein is a seaside town cloaked with a strong colonial vibe.

Hpa An

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Hpa An

Hpa-An, pronounced with a silent “h” offers a laid-back, backpacker vibe. Taking the bus into the town, you’re welcomed by a stunning array of mountains. Unfortunately, the country has started mining some of these mountains, as well as deforesting the surrounding areas. This town is jam packed with activities. The most popular attractions are the cave pagodas. There are several

Kanthaya and Gwa

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Gwa

Not a lot of people make it to the coast or beaches of Myanmar, and if they do, they tended to go to Ngapali. Ngapali beach is built up as a resort beach town. It’s comfortable and you can find most of the convenient amenities here. It’s luxurious, which mean you’ll be paying top dollar for it. Kanthaya But I

Bagan

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Bagan

Bagan, the postcard city of Myanmar. Located between the northern city of Mandalay and the capital of Yangon, there are many options of getting to Bagan. Getting in Buses are often the cheapest and fastest way. Trains can be a fun change in scenery, but be warned they often take a long time and are not the most comfortable. Expect

Inle Lake

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Inle Lake

Everyone says Inle Lake is a must-see, shouldn’t be missed destination in Myanmar, but what they don’t tell you is how the area is completely commercialized and built for tourists. I hiked to Inle Lake from Kalaw, you can read the post here. When I first got there by boat, the lake felt grand and special. I saw fishermen fishing

Kalaw and Hiking to Inle Lake

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Kalaw

Since all the guide books seem to include Inle Lake on the must-do list for Myanmar travellers, I decided to check it out for myself. Rather than just visiting the lake, I opted to hike there from a nearby city called Kalaw (which again was recommended by all the guide books). Kalaw is a four plus hour minivan ride up

Mandalay

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Mandalay

My first touch down into Myanmar is Mandalay. Mandalay is the second largest city in the country towards the north. While it doesn’t really have any beautiful landscapes or cosmopolitan city life, it does have plenty of pagodas. Mandalay isn’t a favourite city of mine. I arrived smack in the middle of dry season and the whole city seemed to

Bangkok

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Bangkok

As the major hub for getting anywhere in South East Asia, Bangkok is a lively metropolitan city, with all the conveniences of any Western city. Getting to each destination is easy and there are always so many options for things to do. While most travellers I meet don’t have positive feedback about Bangkok, I for one love the city! There’s

Ayutthaya

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Ayutthaya

A former capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya was a power house. It even held the record for becoming the largest city in the 1700’s for having over 1 million inhabitants. It was also a trading center between Asia in the East and Europe in the West. That was until (former) Burma burnt it to the ground. But when I visited, it

Pai

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Pai

Oh beautiful Pai… In Chiang Mai, people were either on their way to Pai or on their way back. And no one had a single negative comment about it. From what I’ve heard, it’s not as rustic as it used to be. But with such positive and lovely words about this town constantly being passed around, it would be impossible