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Visiting Myanmar

Some travelers bypass the famed road to Mandalay—and to Myanmar—for political reasons, but those who go have the highest praise for the country’s people and attractions. From the sweeping ancient capital of Bagan to the floating gardens on Inle Lake, the mysteries of this land exceed expectations—even for visitors who’ve waited a lifetime for a moment of Myanmar’s mystique.... Read More Some travelers bypass the famed road to Mandalay—and to Myanmar—for political reasons, but those who go have the highest praise for the country’s people and attractions. From the sweeping ancient capital of Bagan to the floating gardens on Inle Lake, the mysteries of this land exceed expectations—even for visitors who’ve waited a lifetime for a moment of Myanmar’s mystique.    Close

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Climbing the Mountainside to a Palaung Village

Written by Ed Hahn on 24 Aug, 2006

In the hills above Pindaya there are a number of villages that are accessible only by foot. These villages are inhabited by the Palaung people, one of the 135 ethnic groups in Myanmar. In the recent past, many Palaung were in revolt against…Read More


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Exploring Mingun - One Man's Ego Trip

Written by Ed Hahn on 27 Jun, 2006

The day we visited Mingun was a religious holiday which, in spite of the crowds, made the visit more interesting. Pam, my wife, and I took a fish-tail boat across the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun with Bruce, our guide. The trip takes about…Read More


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Exploring Sagaing - Religion and Life

Written by Ed Hahn on 21 Jun, 2006

This was one of the most interesting stops we made during our whole trip to Myanmar. Not because of the attractions we saw but because of the rituals we were able to observe. Sagaing has an interesting history. In 1315 it was made the capitol…Read More


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A Day in Twante

Written by alan_nesbit on 04 Feb, 2006

As far as I could tell, we were just about the only foreigners in Twante. We made an early start to take a ferry across the Yangon River, from where we took a ride in a bus/truck to our destination. As in Yangon, the number…Read More


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A Very Long Overview

Written by seethesun on 14 Oct, 2005

Highlights My fascination with Myanmar can be traced back to my days as a secondary school student, studying its historical ties with the British Empire, when its name was still Burma. No other country in Asia enthralled me as much as Myanmar. This was partly fuelled…Read More


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Sampling the delights of Yangon, Bagan, and Kalaw

Written by Richard Cain on 04 Oct, 2004

Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is a city of four million people, but a bit of a contradiction. It sprawls over a large area, but the centre is quite compact. In places it is polluted and cramped, in others broad leafy boulevards provide space. The main streets…Read More


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Myanmar Rail

Written by jemery on 31 Dec, 2002

This was a rough ride on the road to Mandalay. To a serious rail enthusiast, Mandalay was obvious: an oft written-about destination in an exotic land, reachable by an overnight train that would let me avoid both an airline ticket and a hotel room. The schedule…Read More


Beautiful Hike near Inle Lake

Written by Eleven Shadows on 14 Nov, 2000

After a delicious meal of slightly spicy Shan State style noodles at Inle Inn, we took off on a 13.5 mile hike through some remote village nestled in the mountains flanking Inle Lake. We started at 7:45 in the morning, walking directly east of…Read More


Aung San Suu Kyi/followed by the Burmese military

Written by Eleven Shadows on 14 Nov, 2000

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, leader of the National League for Democracy, and the democratically elected leader of Myanmar. After being under house arrest for six years, she now has limited freedom but cannot leave Yangon. Her father, General Aung San, was…Read More


Myanmar-Buddha's Land

Written by sbmalik on 22 Aug, 2006

Myanmar-Buddha’s landMyanmar in Southeast Asia is bordered between India, Bangladesh on the west, China on North/Northeast and Laos, Thailand on South/Southeast. The country with a population of 60 millions is an ancient civilization. You can see Buddha’s pagodas in various form and sizes all over…Read More


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