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Rangoon

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543,1383,40

Mandalay

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315,895,20

Bagan

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322,1340,17

Inle Lake

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196,582,15

Tachilek

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36,111,0

Amarapura

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71,183,0

Nyaungshwe

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60,170,0

Kyaiktiyo

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45,140,0

Bago

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80,196,0

Hsipaw

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25,58,0

Kalaw

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27,93,0

Mawlamyine

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13,74,0

Kengtung

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52,148,0

Maymyo

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21,46,0

Mingun

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37,84,0

Ngapali

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12,34,8

Magwe

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9,36,0

Kawthoung

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23,42,0

Pagan

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37,74,0

Nyaung-u

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12,30,0

Prome

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22,59,0

Kyaukpadaung

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56,61,0

Bhamo

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6,22,0

Lashio

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2,0,0

Keng Tung

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14,12,0

Kalaw

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8,45,0

Nampan

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44,67,0

Monywa

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4,30,0

Inwa

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39,67,0

Kanpetlet

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1,5,0

Wan Seng

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16,19,0

Taunggyi

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1,9,0

Sagaing

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20,53,0

Inwa

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0,2,0

Chaungtha

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5,34,0

Namhsan

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2,3,0

Kyauktan

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9,11,0

Kyauktan

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0,3,0

Katha

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4,10,0

Taungoo

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2,7,0

Rangoon

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  • Shwedagon Paya

    Rangoon Things to Do

    Whilst there is a National Monument in downtown Yangon (see seperate tip) it is a modern, concrete pillar. For my money the true National Monument of Yangon, indeed Myanmar, has to be the Shwedagon Paya. You can see it from just about everywhere in town, but it is only when you go there that you appreciate the scale and majesty of the place. The...

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  • The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

    Rangoon Hotels

    Kandawgyi Palace hotel is located on the shore of Royal Lake. I hope these pics will help you to...

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  • Kandawji Palace Hotel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rangoon Restaurants

    I think this is the only Hotel in Yangon currently offering a Dinner with Traditional Show. The usual fare is served buffet style but due to lack of dinner patrons ours was served on the table individually. The show showcased Burmese traditional dances and Chinese acrobats. Nice show with beatiful costumes and music.

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Mandalay

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  • Mandalay Hill

    4 out of 5 stars

    Mandalay Things to Do

    Our hotel was near the foot of Mandalay Hill so we began our sightseeing by climbing up this 240 metre high hill. A small Burmese girl attached herself to us, and though we did not want a guide, she was actually so cute we did not have the heart to get rid of her. The climb up involved lots of stairs. It was hot and tiring, but there were lots of...

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  • Hotel By The Red Canal, Mandalay

    Mandalay Hotels

    Great hotel, arguably our favorite in Myanmar. You can tell the owners put a lot of thought into...

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  • Lashio Lay restaurant.

    4 out of 5 stars

    Mandalay Restaurants

    After the dissapointing experience of Green Elephant, we dicided to try something local and highly recommended in our LP guidebook. It is a Shan cuisine restaurant where all cooked food is presented to the customers. You just ask what is this and that , place your order by pointing what you like and then enjoy your meal (at least you know what you...

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Bagan

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  • Ananda Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bagan Things to Do

    The stucco and other features of the temple were restored in the late 18th century in the Middle Konbaung Era style and on the temple's 900th anniversary in 1990, the temple spires were gilded. The exterior is whitewashed from time to time. ix terraces rise pyramid-like to the central tower. The lower terraces have a complete numbered set of 537...

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  • Aureum Palace Hotel - Resort

    Bagan Hotels

    True story, someone I love dearly passed away during new year 2012 vacation in a villa in this hotel...

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  • Round Bagan, Horse and Cart

    Bagan Transportation

    BAGAN The mode of transport I chose in Bagan was The horse and cart which I hired from my hotel .After looking at the various means of transport this seemed to be the most practical mainly because of the extreme heat and the vast distances that I had to cover.. I did look at hiring a bicycle from the hotel as they were cheap and they had many. I...

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Inle Lake

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  • Phaung Daw U Pagoda's Festival

    Inle Lake Things to Do

    This is the most holy of all Shan State celebrations. Annually, during the month of Thadingyut, from Septembre to Octobre, a 18 day Pagoda Festival is held, during which four of the five Buddha statues at Phaung Daw U Monastery are placed on a replica of a royal barge designed as a hintha bird and taken throughout Inlay Lake. One image always...

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  • Inle Princess Resort

    Inle Lake Hotels

    Inle Princess Resort lies on the east bank of Inle Lake near Magyizin village. It`s architecture and...

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  • Natural Hot Springs

    Inle Lake Things to Do

    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.

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Tachilek

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  • MR. AUNG MYINT MYAT

    Tachilek Things to Do

    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...

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  • SHWEDAGON PAGODA

    Tachilek Things to Do

    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...

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  • SPIRIT HOUSES

    Tachilek Things to Do

    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...

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Amarapura

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  • U BEIN BRIDGE

    Amarapura Things to Do

    This teak structure bridge, about 1.2 km long across the Taungthaman Lake, was built when the capital of Innwa Kingdom was located in Amarapura. There are over a thousand of teak piles that support the walkway. The first time I arrived at this bridge it was too late for sunset. I had rented a motorbike with driver and we were visiting during the...

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  • MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE SUFFICIENT CASH...

    Amarapura Warnings and Dangers

    MONEY Never travel anywhere here without sufficient cash money as there are no banks in so many places here.No ATM's no one accepts travellers cheques!!!.Also US Dollars are the money of choice although Burmese "kyiat" is the local currency..There are a few things to be aware of.. The Burmese currency is of no value outside of the country so make...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH WATER

    Amarapura Warnings and Dangers

    AMARAPURA When travelling here especially in the really hot months (it's always hot) this country can be like a furnace...ALWAYS make sure when you set out for the day that you are carrying plenty of fresh water as there are many places that it is not readily available.. .Make sure also that the screw cap "seal" on purchased water bottles has not...

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Nyaungshwe

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  • Bus from Nyaug Shwe to Yangon

    Nyaungshwe Transportation

    There are many travel agencies selling bus tickets to Yangon. Normal fare in normal bus costs you 14.000 Ks. It is included a pick up from Nyaung Shwe to Shwe Nyaung.I went to some travel agencies, including Sunny Day and Century. In the first one I had a bad experience with a rude guy, but in Century Travel Agency was completely different. The...

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  • Shan and Intha Dinner

    Nyaungshwe Restaurants

    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...

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  • Eat with locals

    Nyaungshwe Restaurants

    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...

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Kyaiktiyo

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  • Climb to the Golden Rock !

    Kyaiktiyo Things to Do

    Kyaiktyo (pronounced 'CHAI-tee-oh') is one of the most revered holy places in Myanmar.The small village of Kyaikto lies about 100 kms northeast of Yangon.From here one can take a transport-lorry halfway up the mountain, from there a steep path leads, crossing some small villages, up to the holy rock. There a huge golden boulder sits precariously on...

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  • Have a Burma-Draft !!

    Kyaiktiyo Things to Do

    On the way to Kyaiktiyo one can find a lot of open-air beer-pubs, serving a delicious draft.beer.Most of the burmese breweries have been founded at the beginning of the last century by german expatriates. So you can savour a very good and cheap drink, wherever you find the sign of "Myanmar Premium Quality"

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  • Faith...

    Kyaiktiyo Local Customs

    Golden Rock is a unique place to witness Buddhist spirituality and deep faith, specially at night with candle light. People of all ages praying and meditating...

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Bago

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  • 3 pagodas and an orphanage !

    Bago Things to Do

    Bago is one of the major (#4 in Myanmar) cities in Burma,also known under her former name "Pegu".You have to pass Pegu /Bago on the way from Kayktio to Yangon, where you can also visit an impressive cashew nut plantation and the nearby Buddhist boys and girls orphanage (very much to be recommended !) and also a rubber tree plantation. In Bago there...

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  • Kha Khat Wain Monastery: Socializing...

    Bago Things to Do

    After watching the studying session, visiting the kitchen we were taken to a dormitory where novice monks were settling. We had the chance to have a nice chat though struggling with problems in language communication. But still they were smiling and very happy to interact with foreigners.It was a fine experience and very important things were...

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  • Kha Khat Waing monastery: cooking for...

    Bago Things to Do

    Our next stop was at the monastery's kitchen where we witnessed how food is cooked for such big number of monks living there. Not only monks are cooking but they are escorted by civilians as well. No electricity is used but the huge cooking pots are put on fire. Hygiene is questionable though.

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Hsipaw

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  • Shan Palace Hsipaw

    Hsipaw Things to Do

    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.

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  • Let's watch a movie

    Hsipaw Nightlife

    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...

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  • Train to Hsipaw

    Hsipaw Transportation

    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...

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Kalaw

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  • Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake

    Kalaw Things to Do

    Hello my Fellow Travelers,No doubt about it, the 2 day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake was definitely a highlight of my stay in Myanmar. I recommend it highly and, if she is available, try and get Toe Toe or her daughter as your guide. She can be found through the Dream Villa Guesthouse there. However, there are many good "local" guides in Kalaw that...

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  • Excellent value home cooked food

    Kalaw Restaurants

    By the end of our half day trekking we asked our guide where he would recommend we have a lunch in Kalaw. Very very modestly he proposed his family restaurant. We had no objectionAnd what a dining experience it was!! Food was freshly cooked after we ordered it. Everything was excellent, tasty and excellent value (for two just 8,000kyats = less than...

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  • The Palaung

    Kalaw Things to Do

    Colourfully dressed Palaung is one of the 135 minority tribes of Myanmar with a turbulent history. Don't expect though that everyone in these minority villages are dressed traditionallyA more detailed reference on Palaung can be read in this website: http://www.peoplesoftheworld.org/text?people=Palaung

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Mawlamyine

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  • Lonely is the Word...

    Mawlamyine Nightlife

    The World is full of Kings and Queens.Who blind your eyes and steal your dreams...OK , there is an island on Thanlwin river near Mawlamyine town and there is monastery on this island too . You`d better hire some boat to reach this island and try to enjoy sunset on the river beeing sure that on the land of monastery no military person shall arrest...

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  • Drive to Mawlamyine

    Mawlamyine Transportation

    I reached Mawlamyine by car Yangon - Bago - Kyaikhtyo - Mawlamyine itinerary , overnight in Bago and Kyaikhtyo. At all , if you don`t want to visit Golden Rock , you can drive from Bago straight to Mawlamyine...

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  • Good bye , Mawlamyine , the city lovin`...

    Mawlamyine Favorites

    We went to enjoy the sunset on Thanlwin river to some old wooden moorage close to the new bridge. We made photos of this bridge , when suddenly two men in military regimentals appeared somewhere under the moorage and they said unfriendly something to our guide , young burmese girl. She said something in response too , and then these two soldiers...

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Kengtung

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  • Get yourself a water-buffalo !!

    Kengtung Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Visit a large bar and disco about 8...

    Kengtung Things to Do

    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...

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  • Visit the Akha tribes

    Kengtung Things to Do

    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...

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Maymyo

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  • By train

    Maymyo Transportation

    This is not the fastest way to go to Pyin Oo Lwin but man, what an adventure! The 131 Train Up Mandalay - Lashio which crosses the hills of Shan State has few stops, Pyin Oo Lwin included. Landscapes are gorgeous with mountains and thick jungle, giving many photography opportunities. Before climbing the hills the train stops for 5 minutes and then...

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  • Other religious buildings

    Maymyo Things to Do

    This is a Chinese Buddhist temple, built by immigrants from Yunnan. It has a lucky Buddha, stucco dragons, ponds, a six storey pagoda . . . anything that a Chinese temple needs lol. Next picture shows a mosque which is next to Purcell Tower, in the very city centre. That changes a little bit from the classical Myanmar Buddhist temples!

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  • Night Market

    Maymyo Things to Do

    After sunset another market occupies Zeigyo Street, the night market. There are dvd stalls and so on but most of the stalls sell food, which is cooked "sur place". There are many locals having dinner there in those “improvised restaurants” so it’s almost impossible to resist the temptation :-) I bought some of these “salty cookies” on the picture...

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Mingun

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  • Mingun Street Food

    Mingun Restaurants

    It would be very nice if I could stop each and every street vendor selling all kinds of Burmese Snack and fruits. You can easily find french crepes in Burma, very popular for breakfast, lunch and dinner. :-))Stop and buy some of the snack, I didnt buy because I need to catch up with my other friends. :-)

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  • Girls with Tanaka

    Mingun Local Customs

    You see every girls, old and young Burmese ladies applied Tanaka on their cheeks. I find it very fascinating to see them with tanaka and sometimes with beautiful design of leaf, small whirls, round and heart-shaped. No wonder, all the women in Burma have the most beautiful complexion, no pimples or pigmentation. I have to try them :-))Picture 1 :...

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  • Taxi in Mingun

    Mingun Transportation

    Whistle.........Taxi....Taxi....!!!Hehe..Don't be surprised to find these Bullock carts as Taxi in Mingun. You can take the taxi from Mingun Paya to Hsinbyume Paya. Just a short distance, you can actually walk, but if you feel like sitting on a bullock cart, then go ahead and take pictures for rememberance.

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