Going to Myanmar/Burma
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- Shwe Inn Tha Floating ResortThalay Village | Nyaung Shwe, Shan State, Inle Lake, Myanmarrecommended Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort50 minutes south across the lake from the service town of Nyaungshwe, built on stilts above the water in a marshy backwater, Shwe Inn Tha is simply lovely in its ambiance and setting. The outdoor ... read moreshowers are a treat, the attached porches over the water a lovely place to lounge, and the all-wooden rooms themselves comfortable and atmospheric. The provided breakfasts are good, though dinners here are none too inspiring -- the major weakness of the hotel. For people who want to be instantly connected to the rest of the world, this is a bad option -- a long trip from the town, with slow Burmese internet. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a experience away from it all, that will show you the best of Inle Lake, it comes highly recommended.Matthew Crompton
Loved my stay here. Don't get sucked into taking tours to the various factories and sights around the lake. Get a local guide and explore the hills, explore the surrounding towns, and enjoy being out on the water. Good luck! ^_^
recommended Inle LakeThe crown of Burma's major attractions, lovely Inle Lake qualifies as a 'must' in the country, and a true highlight of Southeast Asia. Though its iconic leg-paddling fishermen are the face of Inle, ... read moreit's the stunning natural beauty of the water, ringed by soft green mountains, that makes this place truly special. Just being out on the lake in all of the various moods of the day is enough to love the place -- from dawn to bright midday, to sunset, to night-time. For the best results, skip the tourist 'cruises' through workshop after workshop, and take a hike or a cycle thru the surrounding hills, where it's not hard to get off the tourist trail.Matthew Crompton
Essential. The highlight of Burma, for me.
- Lucky Seven, YangonYangon, Myanmar [Burma]recommended Lucky Seven, YangonThe 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.Matthew Crompton
Great breakfast and tea! An essential Yangon experience.
- The StrandKyee Myin Daing Kanner Road, Yangon, Myanmar [Burma]recommended The StrandWhile we skipped the rooms in this luxury hotel on Yangon's riverside Strand Road, the hotel's lovely bar, with good drinks, draft beer, and tasty nibbles certainly merits a visit. Plus, it's got one ... read moreof the city's only functioning (free!) wifi connections. A great place to beat the heat of summer or escape the monsoon rains.Recommended for:Luxury TravelersMatthew Crompton
Personally, I don't sub:scribe to the "sightsee all day everyday" school of travel. I'd rather see one or two things in a day, devote my full attention to them, and spend the rest of the day soaking in the atmosphere. The Strand was one of my go-to atmosphere spots in Yangon.
recommended Myanmar/BurmaMyanmar (Burma is used more or less interchangeably, though locals seem to favor the former name these days) is a Southeast Asian country distinguished mostly by what it DOESN'T have: loads of ... read moretourists. In contrast to Thailand, Angkor or Vietnam, this nation at the crossroads of south and southeast Asia can seem positively empty of visitors, and that's part of its charm. People here -- be they Burmese, Mon, Indian or Shan -- are mostly friendly and smiling, without the scams or greediness you find elsewhere in the region; and the country has a kind of sleepy charm that's immediately appealing. Myanmar might lack blockbuster sights (virtually nothing in the country is a "must", though many things are certainly nice), but getting a little off the tourist treadmill and seeing a corner of the world that often seems forgotten is a reward more than worth the journey.Matthew Crompton
A lovely place to get off the tourist track (while it lasts, anyways!).
- Yangon RiverYangon (Rangoon), Myanmar/Burmarecommended Yangon Riverwe did a half day cruise on the river, a bit away from the capital. It is a great way to see the people in their daily ritual, as they live and work near and on the river.
recommended Shwedagon PagodaOne of the most impressive pagoda's in South East Asia. i remember the shining golden surface in the sun. it must have tons of gold on it. As this is an active pagoda and in the capital, It can get ... read morevery busy here. you will need a few hours here
recommended Bagan Templeslots and lots of tempels to see. Warning, it can be hot walking barefoot in full sun on heated pavement, so consider a "siesta" during the hottest hoursMark Hellemans
it has been almost 20 years ago that i visited Myanmar/Burma, but this is a must see