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Rangoon

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566,1638,48

Mandalay

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327,936,24

Bagan

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340,1411,19

Inle Lake

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201,590,15

Tachilek

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53,144,0

Kyaiktiyo

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46,142,0

Nyaungshwe

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60,170,4

Amarapura

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71,183,0

Hsipaw

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25,58,0

Kalaw

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27,93,1

Bago

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81,203,0

Mawlamyine

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13,74,0

Maymyo

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21,46,0

Kengtung

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52,148,0

Mingun

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38,90,0

Ngapali

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12,34,8

Magwe

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9,36,1

Prome

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22,59,1

Kawthoung

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23,42,0

Kyaukpadaung

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56,61,0

Nyaung-u

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12,30,1

Keng Tung

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14,12,0

Lashio

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2,0,0

Inwa

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39,67,0

Pagan

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37,74,0

Katha

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4,10,0

Myitkyina

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4,10,0

Kalaw

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8,45,1

Nanthe

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1,12,0

Aungban

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3,37,0

Monywa

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4,30,0

Heho

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1,6,0

Bhamo

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6,22,0

Sale

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2,9,0

Sagaing

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20,53,0

Ponnagyun

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0,1,0

Kanpetlet

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1,5,0

Chaungtha

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5,34,0

Wan Seng

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16,19,0

Taunggyi

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2,12,0

Nampan

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44,67,0

Mandalay

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13,71,0

Zayatkyi

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29,30,0

Namhsan

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2,3,0

Rangoon

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  • Shwedagon Paya

    Rangoon Things to Do

    As Rudyard Kipling the famous English author and poet described a long time ago, Burma (now called Myanmar) is a "Land like no other," the Shwedagon pagoda in the former capital of Yangon is truly an architectural wonder like no other temple. Built 2,500 years ago on a hill, it is the country's most sacred and revered place of worship. The hill...

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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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  • Sabai Sabai

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rangoon Restaurants

    The Sabai Sabai restaurant is obviously a very popular restaurant judging by the number of people there when we dined there. Next to us was a table of 20 Bumese people. The food was good - a little more expensive than average for Myanmar/Burma. As an aside if you catch a taxi to the restaurant organise that it will pick you up after an hour and...

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Mandalay

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  • Mandalay Hill

    4 out of 5 stars

    Mandalay Things to Do

    Just outside the North of downtown, Mandalay Hill summit is 230 m above the surrounding plain, so you can enjoy the panoramic views of Mandalay and its environs from there. Apparently you can climb the 1,729 steps of the covered southern stairway to reach the top. We were had not much time and it was very hot, so we did the lazy way: by taxi and...

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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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  • Blue Bird Hotel

    Bagan Hotels

    Myatlay St., Bagan Myothit (East), Naratheinkha 10

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Spices Garden restaurant

    Bagan Restaurants

    We usually do not eat at the same hotel where we stay, apart of breakfast. We made an exception here on our first night, as it was late, we were very tired, and it did look great. Know what? We ate there the other 2 nights we spent in Bagan! The curries were great, but our absolute favorite was something that a priori did sound like a quite strange...

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Inle Lake

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  • In Phaw Khone Weaving Workshop

    Inle Lake Things to Do

    This was not in our "to do" list. But the boat 'driver' decided that was a must for us (I will write later about that driver). All in all, it was a nice experience, not as much as tourist trap as we expected. There you can see all the complex creation and production of the Lotus textiles, and some silk textiles too. Lotus textiles were so...

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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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  • Weaving Workshop

    Inle Lake Things to Do

    This was not in our "to do" list. But the boat 'driver' decided that was a must for us (I will write later about that driver). All in all, it was a nice experience, not as much as tourist trap as we expected. There you can see all the complex creation and production of the Lotus textiles, and some silk textiles too. Lotus textiles were so...

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Tachilek

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  • ANYONE FOR GOLF ?

    Tachilek Sports & Outdoors

    There is an 18 hole golf course that belongs to the Regina Hotel, but i am not sure how much it costs, but the course looked very good. The Regina Golf Course is about 10 or 15 minutes by Tuk-tuk from the Bridge at the Thai border or an hour or so walk. We actually walked across the course until some locals gave us a free ride on their bikes. . The...

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  • DON"T LET THEM PERSUADE YOU TO GO TO THE...

    Tachilek Tourist Traps

    Not actually sure if this is a tourist trap but when you cross the bridge from Mae Sai into Myanmar you will e accosted by many tuk-tuk drivers who will want to take you to Regina Casino which you will find in the Regina Hotel, a 10 minute ride away and the usual asking price by the tuk-tuk operators is 100 baht. There are 30 slot machines and 12...

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  • STAND IN LINE WITH THE MONKS

    Tachilek Things to Do

    SHWEDAGON PAGODA provides another photographic opportunity for an amusing picture. Just join the line of monks at the back and your friends will have a chuckle when you go back home. I hope that this is not too disrespectful for the locals but i did ask before clicking the camera.

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Kyaiktiyo

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  • Attach a golden leaf to the Golden Rock

    Kyaiktiyo Things to Do

    The Golden Rock was for me an out of the world sight. Many faithfull people bought golden leaves and attached them to the Golden Rock. I did not.

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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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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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  • La Maison Birmane

    Nyaungshwe Hotels

    Mingalar Quarter, Nyaung Shwe Inle Lake , Shan State, Myanmar

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • 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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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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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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  • Golden Lily

    Kalaw Hotels

    Natsin Rd

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • 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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Bago

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  • Kha Khat Wain entrance

    Bago Things to Do

    I could not guess from that simple gate that I would be witness of a wonderful active Buddhist monastery.

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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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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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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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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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Mingun

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  • Want to have your OWN boat?

    Mingun Transportation

    If you wish to tour Mingun from Mandalay, the best way is to go there by boat. According to our hotel reception, we had 2 options: take either the government-owned or privately-owned boats that leave Mandalay every 9 AM, and leaves Mingun for Mandalay at 1 PM. There is only one government-owned boat while the private ones are plenty but all follow...

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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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