Myanmar Woman

MYANMAR CONCLUSIONS and CONFESSIONS

So…

I sought to answer two questions at the onset of this trip to Myanmar:

1) Is it possible to (successfully) book your own Myanmar trip without using an agency?

2) Is Myanmar in the [...]

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Monsoon Restaurant Yangon

MONSOON RESTAURANT, POMELO & GALLERY BAR

MONSOON RESTAURANT

Monsoon Restaurant entry from Lonely Planet:

Located in an airy colonial town house, Monsoon is a good option for those intimidated by Yangon’s more authentic options.

That sounds perfect! Having come to terms [...]

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Shwedagon Paya

SHWEDAGON PAGODA (and other Yangon sights)

TRADERS HOTEL YANGON

My flight doesn’t depart until 1:00 tonight (tomorrow morning, technically), giving me 17 hours to kill in Yangon today. Not an easy task.

STREETS OF YANGON

Although I found major Yangon roads [...]

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Yangon Building Fuschia Flower

YANGON and MYANMAR AUTHENTICITY

TAXI

Yangon is kind of a dump.

TRADERS HOTEL YANGON

I have a statistically-improbable history of natural disasters and/or violence erupting in my chosen destination shortly before my vacation. This time, a bomb exploded in [...]

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Inthein Headless Lion

MYSTERIOUS INTHEIN as captured by iPhone :(

VIEWPOINT LODGE

Crap.

My Canon Powershot screen is shattered. Which is doubly unfortunate since I’ve visiting the village of Inthein today, which may very well prove to be one of the most scenic parts of this [...]

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Myanmar Woman Cheroot

BICYCLE RIDE around INLE LAKE

DIRT ROAD

Damn.

I’ve been pedaling down this rock-strewn road near Inle Lake for only five minutes now and 1) the chain threatens to eat up my wide pants, and 2) my butt is aching, [...]

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Boats of Nyaung Shwe

HOW to PASS TIME in NYAUNG SHWE

BAGAN AIRPORT

Wha Whan Wha Whan Whaaaaa

The flight announcements at Bagan Airport are about as clear as Charlie Brown’s teacher. After each, all of us in the departures area gather our stuff, leave our [...]

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Mount Popa Monkey

TRIPPING to MYANMAR’S MOUNT POPA

BLUE BIRD HOTEL

Two things,” I say to the young women behind the reception desk, as I gingerly take a seat. Ow.

My first request is that they schedule a car for me to Mount [...]

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Dhammayangyi Pahto

BAGAN TEMPLE EXPLORATION (buy a map!)

I awake with a headache. Malaria! There’s no other explanation.

BAGAN TEMPLE EXPLORATIONS: DAY ONE

I coast from dusty road to dusty road, Bagan temple to Bagan temple, no strategy or plan, which is a departure for me. [...]

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Flower Angel e-bike

BAGAN by E-BIKE: the ONLY WAY TO GO

FLOWER ANGEL E-BIKE RENTAL

There’s an e-bike rental shop 100 yards down the road from the Blue Bird Hotel. I give the shopkeeper my name, hotel, room number and signature and he hands me the [...]

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Bagan Archeological Zone

BUSES to BIKES: EXPLORING the BAGAN ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONE

BAGAN ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONE

The Bagan Archeological Zone consists of one city, two towns, several villages and greater than 3,000 temples.

The Blue Bird Hotel, where I’m staying, sits outside the town [...]

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New Bagan Restaurants Silver House soup

BAGAN RESTAURANTS for the UNINITIATED

BLUE BIRD HOTEL

A British couple and I climb into the hotel “shuttle” which is an open-air cab. The driver asks us to which New Bagan restaurants we want to go. <Collective shrug>. None of [...]

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