Bago

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Bago

Having a bit of extra time, I decided to stop in Bago for a day. It’s only a 2-3 hour train ride from Yangon, so a day trip is a possibility. It also gives the opportunity to experience a train ride! There isn’t much to do in the city aside from visiting religious sights, but these sites are different from

Yangon

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Yangon

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, was also the former capital of the country. Although the capital has been moved to Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon is a bustling commercial center for Myanmar. Just recently, KFC, the first fast food chain made it’s way into the city. You can also see and feel how the city is changing and developing at turbo

Kyaiktiyo and Kinpun

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Kinpun

Considered the most religious destination for locals, the Golden Rock is a popular place. When you arrive, the bus will often drop you off in the town called Kyaiktiyo about 30 minutes away from the ‘base camp’. I was dropped off right on the side of the highway! From there, you can choose if you want to stay in Kyaiktiyo

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