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Practical Tips for Visiting Myanmar - May 2016

Myanmar is a country that is still a relatively new place for tourist visits. After many years of US sanctions and a general tourism boycott from many travelers not wishing to support the military regime, the door is now open wide and the welcome mat is out. While not all of the country is open to visitors, millions of tourists are flocking to Myanmar. With the influx of foreign visitors it is in an exponential growth phase.

Yangon - A Few Days in this Rapidly Changing City

Our last stop on our amazing trip to Myanmar was in the city of Yangon (formerly know as Rangoon). We flew into the city from Bagan and jumped into a cab through the busy suburbs to the incredibly tight streets of Chinatown where we would be staying. Yangon hit us in the face like a ton of bricks. What an incredible city... wow!

Bagan - A Bucket List Destination that Lives Up to the Hype


You often hear of must-see places and frankly some of them just don't live up to the expectations. For instance one place that, for us, didn't live up to the hype was Bali. It was just too touristy and over developed for our taste.

Bagan, Myanmar was definitely subject to the same amount of hype but boy did it deliver. What an incredibly magical place, like nowhere else we've seen. We toured around the temples for two days on cute electric scooters and had so much fun. No need for words. I'll just let the pictures do the talking in this post.

For practical info about visiting the area see our other post for tips on visiting Myanmar.

Two Days in Mandalay, Myanmar

Many blog posts we had read about visiting Myanmar were less than complementary about Mandalay, describing it as dirty, dusty and a stop that could be easily skipped. We are so glad we didn't take that advice because we actually really liked Mandalay. The people were truly friendly everywhere we went and the sights were well worth visiting.

We only had a couple of days in the city so we decided to take our first afternoon and evening to view the sights in the north of town and then walk up Mandalay Hill to see the sunset. We wandered around the Kuthodaw Pagoda also known as the World's Largest Book and also took a walk around the Shwenandaw Kyaung monastery.

Magical Myanmar - We're Tourists and It's Great

I am pretty well-traveled but nothing prepared me for how I would feel about Myanmar. I didn't just coast around for a few days looking at temples and eating some cool food, Myanmar grabbed me by my collar and demanded I take notice. It was an assault on the senses and an eye-opening trip that made me remember why I love traveling so much.

Our thoughts on Living in Hua Hin, Thailand

We call the current travel mode we are in; Lifehopping. We are trying out different places for size and seeing how we like living in each one. The idea is that we stay for a few weeks or a month, rent a home rather than stay in a hotel, and live as if we were there full-time to try the lifestyle out. We shared our thoughts on Penang in a previous post after our stay there. So, here are our thoughts about Hua Hin.

Day Trip from Hua Hin Number 2. South of the city

For most of our time in Hua Hin we stuck close to home, getting around on foot or by Songthaew. But we decided to take a few day trips with a rented car to get to know the place a little better. On our first day trip away from Hua Hin we headed North and East. This time we decided to head south to see some of the beautiful coast of the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.