Going to Myanmar/Burma
Yangon, Myanmar [Burma]recommended Lucky SevenThe quite large teahouse institution of Lucky Seven offers some of the best unpretentious local food in all of Myanmar. The fish mohinga is outstanding, the sweet milk tea delicious, and the ... read moreatmosphere -- pure laid-back old-school Burmese style -- is perfect for this time-warped city. Best breakfast in the city of Yangon, and a must experience in the city..Comment.about 1 year ago. ReportMatthew Crompton
Also, in Yangon, don't miss breakfast at this tea house -- a fab local experience.3recommended Bagan TemplesTo really appreciate Bagan, you need to get high first. Seen from ground level, the endless array of brick temples here seem surprisingly similar, and their simplified interiors (usually a single ... read morecorridor traversing the perimeter) similarly unsatisfying. Climb up a zedi or stupa, however, and you're treated to a bird's-eye vista evoking what this temple city must have been like in its 13-century heyday -- a sprawling panorama of dozens, then hundreds, then thousands, of temples large and small receding off across the broad plain of Bagan -- making it clear that this is a place best appreciated in its broadest scope. On the downside, the shoddy reconstruction efforts of the Burmese government have led to a sense of serious inauthenticity to much of the site -- completely new temples constructed out of completely new bricks are unfortunately common, and very little here hasn't undergone these drastic "restorations". More, you won't have the wonderful "Tomb-Raider-style" exploration experience of the temples you would at Angkor or Tikal, and many of the temples are positively overrun with gnat-like vendors. Still, it's a must-see while in Myanmar, and getting lost with a bicycle on the dirt roads of the dusty central plain as the sun sets over the ancient city is pretty magical..Comment.about 1 year ago. ReportMatthew Crompton
Bagan is a place worth a couple of nights. The vast field of temples is most impressive at sunset and sunrise, and from an elevation. Flying to Bagan *will* save you some time over an overnight bus, which won't be the most comfortable bus you've ever taken. Whether it's worth it depends on how much money you're willing to spend for convenience.