I was travelling around by bicycle and I was looking for the Kahung Daing Hot Springs. When I arrived here, a guide invited me to visit the thermal pools in the SPA centre. I didn't get in because I had to pay 10 USD and I was not interested in taking a bath. I moved to the local restaurants side and found these two amazing natural hot springs.more
Inle Princess Resort lies on the east bank of Inle Lake near Magyizin village. It`s architecture and...more
I was just cycling around and have decided to go as far as Maing Thauk, the tomato plantation village. When I arrived at this place, I took the wooden bridge that goes to the lake. At the end of this bridge, a local woman invited me for a canoe trip around the village for 3000 Ks. I offered her 2000 Ks and it was accepted. I liked very much the...more
Who is Mr. Aung Myint Myat? Well you can find him if you turn right at the major intersection after coming across the bridge, head eastwards along the main road (1.5km?) until you reach the hospital, then take the next left, go up a few blocks, and just before you reach the end of the road you will see Aung's establishment on the right. He is an...more
This place is worth visiting,for the magnificent pagoda and for the view of the surrounding area. The golden pagoda is quite large and one can wander round the compound looking at the various statues. We visited the site at mid-day when it was very hot, probably better to visit early morning. There is a line of golden monks standing with their alms...more
If you leave the local market on the northern side, turn right on the road, a few mteres later you will pass over a small bridge, then immediately on the left will be a small compound with a temple inside and several spirit houses where you will find locals making their offerings such as fruit, drink and money. It's very interesting to see the...more
This local restaurant, made for locals, was very close to Gypsy Inn. I have decided to get in because I could see the kitchen and the way the cooks were preparing the food. The owners, and cooks, were a young couple with a little child. When I was eating, the child began to look attentively at me and jumped to my table. This was very interesting.As...more
In this restaurant, located in the Century travel agency, I had a very good experience. The food, in fact, is very tasty and, to tell you the truth, it was, perhaps, the best food I have tryed in Myanmar. In the evening I went to this travel agency to buy a bus ticket to Yangon. The owner of this agency received me with a great smile, offered me...more
At Kengtung the water buffalo market is held in an empty field outside town 2-3 times a week.You'll have to take a motorcycle taxi to get there and be sure to hold on tight because the road up the hill is rough and full of holes. During the rainy season it can be downright treacherous. The selection of water buffalo is substantial and varied. How...more
Take the main road out of KT towards Katow village. Go past Harry's Trecking Tours ( he knows the place well and will probably take you there) Head towards Wan Pie vllage and you cannot miss the bar. It's name is Three Become One,adapted from the Spice Girls song. There is a large bar, Snacks and small meals are available on request. It has a very...more
Visit Ho Kyin village with Akha tribes, stillwearing traditional costumes with silver coils. If an Akhar woman wantsto dress up with her complete costume, it will take about more than one hour.Having immigrated from Chinas Yunnan province about 200 years ago, the majority of Akha-tribes settles now in Thailand, but about one third is situated in...more
Before you go you must read 'Twilight over Burma' to understand the significance of this house and its sad circumstances. then you will want to visit. This is a piece of living history. Descendants of the price still live there and are keen to meet tourists. Restrictions of earlier years have now been lifted.more
The only entertainment you can get at night... watch a movie in the cinema. The cinema is in town, 3 types of prices: 200Kyat, 300Kyat and 500Kyat. I dont know if there are foreign movie but I only saw Myanmar movie in Hsipaw.The audience are to stand up to pay respect to the national flag before the start of the movie but most people dont really...more
Train travel from Mandalay to Hsipaw passing Pyin Oo Lwin, Goiktek Gorge and Kyaukme. Traveling by train in Myanmar is cheaper and more comfortable than traveling by bus. It costs me US2 to travel from Pyin oo Lwin to Hsipaw, 7 hours (only if you are lucky). Most of the time the train is not on time. Ask the train station, he is the one who know...more
View of the landscape beyond Kengtung, by the road towards Mong Yang. It takes only several kilometers out of town when it becomes very scenic place: with large rice fields in the bottom of wide walley and high Shan mountains around. Your best mode of travel is by bike or moped, it's not a crowded road at all and you'll be able to capture some of...more
Kengutng has been important town in past and seen better days than present. Its location in Shan state makes it still off the beaten paths for majority of tourists because you have to fly there from mainland if you want to visit it. Sometimes, when border with Thailand remains open for foreigners, it can be visited by bus or shared taxi - it's 3...more
Here is the view over the Naung Tung lake towards Wat Yong Kham. The lake is centrally located in town and mostly fenced. In this area they rise large modern buildings nowsadays(unfortunatelly they look terrible and out of place), probably hotels but there are still some old buildings worth to take a look left. There's Chinese temple on the east...more
To make a three days trekking from Kalaw to the Inle lake was my greatest experience in Burma. Our trekking was provided by Golden Lily Guest House and we were a group of 5 people. Mr. Khin Maung Cho, a gentleman, was our guide. First day, we passed a Pinus Forest, had a lunch in a monastery, Shapin village, and spent the night in a traditional...more
Well of course thousands of tourist have been walking the same paths as you but still the lack of package tours give you some explore's feeling.The Shan people welcome you with tea and neverseen hospitality.We spend so much time drinking tea with the local people we couldn't get back on time to our hotel.Friendly as the people are ,we got a ride in...more
apart form interacting with the very friendly local people and taking a few photos, the only thing to really see in Nanthe is the large seated Buddha at Kyaukpyugyi Paya, Nanthe, Myanmar. It is reputedly 700 years old and is truly impressive, dominating the whole village.
The scene at the market was just awesome. I was there on the biggest day of the week so I got to witness plenty of action. Buying and selling big bags of potatoes and onions is what is going on here in this photo. Hopefully you will arrive early! The early experience is so worth it! Hopefully you will be the only foreigners here also! My son and I...more
While making the arduous hike up to the village of Wan Seng, I saw that there were a number of heavy vines hanging down along the path. Since opportunities to play Tarzan in the backwaters of Burma dont like arise often in a lifetime, I felt it was my duty to seize the day. So here you go: AHH AHAHAHAHAAHA AHAHAHAHAHAH!!! (Kenmerk: King of the...more
As with most everywhere in Burma, (but especially in the "troubled" regions like the Shan State), you can't go too far without running into police check points and heavy security. The trip to Wan Seng is no exception. Before heading up here, you must get approval from the local immigration office in Kengtung to travel on this road. (your guest...more
You can certainly see that the people out here have to work hard to subsist out here. I saw one young girl with probably a 30 kg load of bananas on her back hiking up a steep goat path that I think I would have trouble keeping my footing on.Here you can see that neither the young or the old are spared their share of the burden. An elderly lady...more
Riding a bicycle is actually a great way to explore the beautiful countryside of Burma. I would like to do, stopping at every village, watching the farmer and cows and buffalos ploughing the land. Farmers harvesting crops, bullock carts on the road, simply wonderful. The Cyclist stopped at one point where new road being built on the way to Pindaya.more
There are buses stopping over this restaurant in Aungban, a small market in front where you can get some Burmese snacks, fruits and nuts. We are already hungry for not having breakfast as our flight from Bagan to Heho was delayed for 2 hours.Quite a nice restaurant, nothing fancy, clean and friendly waitress, just like ordinary coffeeshop in...more
typical stop over restaurant for tourist who hired a car + driver and take the road up north or heading south to Yangon.Probably you are beaten from the long drive on bad roads to appreciate the local life and traffic passing by. Food is medium , we had a damn spicy soup , even our driver had to give it back.Yet tasteful...more
Indein seemed like a quaint little village where the locals seemed to be quite busy going about their day. Some were fishing in the river and some were loading up ox carts with dirt in preparation for some construction project. Kids were playing soccer. Nobody really paid any attention to us as we strolled by except the guy that sold us the 100...more
Our boat driver wasn't hired on to be a guide but he gave us general directions when we got out of the boat and where going somewhere. So when we got to the boat landing he gave us directions ...walk this way and then when you come to the fork take a right then walk some more until you see this and that....da de da.... Well we missed one of the...more
Near the boat landing of the Indein Village you can see a beautiful Bamboo Forest! It looked so peaceful. There is something about a bamboo forest that has a calming effect on me. I must be weird! LOL I could have easily spent a whole day just walking in the Indein area but sadly I was running out of time.more
Pindaya is a small quiet town perched on the bank of the placid Botoloke Lake. Pindaya cave is a huge cavern where hundreds and thousands of Buddha images in various size and shape are installed since the 11th century. The winding galleries and nooks and corners are ideal places of insight meditation since the olden days. Huge monastery compounds with numerous pagodas and temples in different stages of dilapidation are much respected by such ethnic groups as the Shans, Danus and Paos living in the environs of Pindaya.
Pindaya is situated at 1164-m above sea level and is 40-km from Kalaw. Pindaya itself is a centre for the Myanmar speaking Taung-yo people. Local handicrafts include Shan paper and parasols made from mulberry bark.
Taunggyi is the fascinatiing place in myanmar,why u can see the colourful ethnic groups and the national dress they wearing,when they come to the central market ,which located in downtown Taunggyi.U can also taste the traditional foods and vegetables,which u can choose and buy from the sellers.(Bargaining in body language is interesting).I was born as a shan tribe in Taunggyi and i like it for it's cool and clean environs,where we can get the fresh air and see the mountain-chain of shan mountains.Enjoy it and i u want to come,welcome u anytime.