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First of all, traveling is a positive experience for everyone, and it allows us to experience other cultures and open our eyes when it comes to our own. It has been said that the more we travel, the more experience and therefore, the more we learn. Myanmar offers one of the world’s best travel experiences. The country has a rich culture vastly different to that of the west, unique traditions that have stood the test of time, majestic religious monuments and a fascinating, if at times tragic, history.

The landscapes are diverse, from pristine beaches to towering mountains, and the people are diverse as well with more than 300 ethnic groups residing within Myanmar’s borders. And the gentle nature and warm hospitality of the locals never fails to impress visitors. There is also no better time to come and experience Myanmar. The country is undergoing a slow but noticeable transition, bringing about positive improvements for locals and visitors alike.

Therefore, take a look on our Myanmar Travel Blog post to find the best experience to live in Myanmar.

Discovering Pyin Oo Lwin

If you like to walk across the countryside meet locals and see beautiful places here is a suggestion of a one week-end city trip to Pyin Oo Lwin

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Traditional Dress of Myanmar, part 1

One of the most unique things about Myanmar is the fact that it is a melting pot of people from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures. Myanmar is home to seven district ethnic races and the country has been geographically divided to represent races by states. While each ethnic races is special in its own way, here’s some information about the traditional dress of four states: the Chin, Kachin, Bamar and Kayin.

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Taste of Myanmar: Food and drinks

Many travelers can agree that when traveling, tasting the exotic food and drinks of different countries is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of their travels. Myanmar will not disappoint with its variety of local dishes and drinks that set it apart from the rest of Southeast Asia.

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Taste of Myanmar: Shan Noodle

Taste of Myanmar: Shan Noodle

One of the most exciting parts about traveling is being able to experience delicious delicacies from around the world.  Myanmar offers the intrepid traveler an array of unique culinary delights that will tantalize your taste-buds.

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Five things to do in Mandalay

Five things to do in Mandalay

Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and is home to many important Buddhist temples and ruins that are an important part of Myanmar culture which makes it a great place to put on your itinerary.

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Things to do in Inle Lake

Things to do in Inle Lake

Inle Lake is one of the top destinations in the country and for good reason; Inle is home to many indigenous people who have made their livelihoods on the lake.

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Myanmar: Thadingyut Festival

Myanmar: Thadingyut Festival

Thadingyut is a Buddhist celebration of the end of the Buddhist period of Lent and is held during the Full Moon of the Thadingyut month which is typically in October.

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A visit to Pindaya

A visit to Pindaya

Located in Taunggyi district in Shan State, Pindaya is a quiet town perched on the bank of the placid Pone Talote Lake. The town is well known for many different products and its limestone caves where thousands of Buddha images have been revered for many decades.

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Myanmar beach break to Ngwe Saung

Myanmar beach break to Ngwe Saung

While Ngapali Beach is a very touristy place, Ngwe Saung remains less frequented by tourists. It is more of a local weekend destination. We love the place so much that we go quite often.

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5 Fascinating Temples and Pagodas in Myanmar

5 Fascinating Temples and Pagodas in Myanmar

There are innumerable temples and pagodas in Myanmar, so for one to stand out. The temples and pagodas in this article are certainly the same, but they are much better than theirs. From 90-ton bells to precariously balanced giant boulders, these sites will leave an everlasting impression.

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A train ride through the Gokteik viaduct in Myanmar

Home >  Blog > A train adventure in Myanmar: From Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw via the Gokteik viaduct We knew that we could go from Mandalay to Hsipaw by train but because it is a 12-hour journey, we opted to take a local bus from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin, which is...

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Things to do in Bagan

Home >  Blog > Things to do in Bagan When traveling to Myanmar, one can not miss visiting the ancient city of Bagan which is one of the most well-known and most-visited spots in Myanmar!  But don't be deterred by its popularity; Bagan is a sprawling and vast...

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Waso Chinlone Festival

Waso Chinlone Festival

Chinlone means “basket rounded” and it refers to a sports game that is over 1,500 years old and was once played for Burmese royalty.

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Visiting colorful local markets in Yangon

Visiting colorful local markets in Yangon

In Burmses, the word “zay” means market and in Myanmar there is no shortage of markets! Markets could be considered the lifeline of the country, selling everything from food to clothes and household goods

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Night Out in Yangon – Burmese Nights

Night Out in Yangon – Burmese Nights

The perfect place to start for an amazing night is the always in 19th street! The perfect setting for dinner with you friends as there is delicious BBQ, street food, cheap beer and cocktails and, above all, a unique atmosphere!

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A Glimpse Of Ayerwaddy Delta Feeling

A Glimpse of Ayerwaddy Delta Feeling

Located not very far from Yangon, the Ayerwaddy Delta is a perfect area to explore local villages and the untamed, natural beauty of this well-known region in the Golden Land.

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Travel by cruise in Myanmar

Travel by cruise in Myanmar

Best enjoyed in the cold season between November and February, cruising in Myanmar offers endless customization, a unique view of the country and most importantly, plenty of opportunities to sit back, relax, and watch the world go by.

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Thanakha – A Myanmar traditional cosmetic

Thanakha – A Myanmar traditional cosmetic

If this is your first time visiting Myanmar and you see Burmese people wearing a yellow-white paste on their face, you’ll probably wonder what it is and why they apply it

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6 things to know about Myanmar culture

6 things to know about Myanmar culture

It is always good to learn about a country’s culture before traveling in it; every culture has its own rules and customs that visitors need to adhere to.

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Tea Shops of Yangon

From breakfast to afternoon snack, tea shops are the place to sit if you need a break in a busy sightseeing day or if you just want to sit and have a relaxing afternoon.

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Taxis story in Yangon

While in other cities taking a taxi can be a monotonous, exhausting daily routine, in crowded Yangon a taxi ride often makes for a good story to tell at the office.

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10 Helpful Phrases for your Holiday in Myanmar

Home >  Blog > 10 Helpful Phrases for your Holiday in Myanmar The best way to get to know the people of a country is to share a common language. Sometimes this is just a smile. But if you can learn a few basic phrases you will not only have an easier time...

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Fruity Myanmar

Fruity Myanmar

When I first arrived in Southeast Asia I remember being pleasantly surprised at how flavourful the fruits were. Instead of sitting in shipping trucks across the country for weeks, they were picked from the farm and at the market the very next day allowing them extra days to ripen on the vine.

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Indulge Myanmar: Mandalay

Home >  Blog > Indulge Myanmar: Mandalay Mandalay's former royal capital is these days a buzzing trade city that can feel chaotic at times. The sites are spread out so during a visit you may spend more time than normal in cars and on foot. We suggest the...

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Myanmar Music Scene: Iron Cross

Home >  Blog > Myanmar Music Scene: Iron Cross Ask any Myanmar resident who is the most famous band in their country and they will undoubtedly reply 'Iron Cross'. Although unknown beyond borders, the band is popular with locals of all ages and their logo can be...

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Myanmar food: Mohinga

Home >  Blog > Myanmar food: Mohinga If there is one dish that could be named as the 'culinary icon' of Myanmar, it would have to be mohinga. From north to south and everywhere in between, Myanmar residents start their mornings with a hot bowl of this soup....

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Meet Locals in Bagan : travel tips

Home >  Blog > Myanmar Travel Tip: Best Places to meet Locals in Bagan Bagan is a must on any visitors list. And for good reason- the 2000+ temples and pagodas are breath taking. Perhaps because of its development as a tourist town, and the remarkably good...

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Myanmar’s Centre of Buddhism: Visit Hidden Sagaing

Home >  Blog > Myanmar's Centre of Buddhism: Visit Hidden Sagaing Most tourists to Mandalay make a trip across the Irrawaddy river to the town of Sagaing. Known as the centre of Buddhism in Myanmar, this small town has more than 300 religious buildings. It is a...

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People of Myanmar – Meet the Shan minority

Home >  Blog > People of Myanmar - Meet the Shan minority If there is one ethnic group you are almost guaranteed to encounter during a Myanmar holiday it is the Shan: they are the most numerous of Myanmar's ethnic groups with an estimated 6-7 million people and...

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Meet Locals in Inle Lake – Travel tips

Home >  Blog > Myanmar Travel Tip: Best Places to meet Locals around Inle Lake Inle Lake is a highlight of many tourists' Myanmar holiday- and for good reason. Laid back, lovely nature and a unique culture of living on the water. Yet perhaps because of...

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Miles of Smiles in Taungoo

Home >  Blog > Miles of Smiles in Taungoo At Myanmar Diaries we love unusual, off-the-beaten tracks destinations and we want to discover every inch of this beautiful country. We often decide on the whim where to go for the weekends, but it almost always ends up...

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Myanmar Travel Tips: Best Places to meet Locals in Yangon

Home >  Blog > Myanmar Travel Tips: Best Places to meet Locals in Yangon Myanmar people are some of the most friendly, hospitable people I have ever met. It is easy for travelers to interact with them even if there is a language barrier- a smile is all it takes...

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Myanmar Rainy Season: Reasons to Travel – Part Two

Home >  Blog > Myanmar Rainy Season: Reasons to Travel - Part Two For all of you who were not convinced by our first four reasons, as promised four more good reasons why coming to Myamar during rainy season is worth it: Reason # 5: It's not raining everywhere!...

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Myanmar Rainy Season: Reasons to Travel – Part One

Home >  Blog > Myanmar Rainy Season: Reasons to Travel - Part One Rainy season has set in and our Yangon team is trying to stay as dry as possible. Of course there are some days where fail to stay positive about the rain when flooded streets block your way to...

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Escape to the Caves: Visit Hpa An

Home >  Blog > Escape to the Caves: Visit Hpa An Once in a while we feel the need to be immersed in nature and recharge our batteries. Hpa-An with its wonderful landscapes is the perfect escape from the buzz of city life in Yangon. Since it is only...

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Myanmar Transportation Guide: Travel by VIP Bus

Home >  Blog > Myanmar Transportation Guide: Travel by VIP Bus Until 5 years ago traveling in Myanmar by long distance bus was not a comfortable affair. But with the introduction of JJ Express, the first ‘VIP’ line of buses, and the completion of...

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People of Myanmar – Part 2: The Chin

Home >  Blog > People of Myanmar - Part 2: The Chin The Chin are a Sino-Tibetan race with more than half a million people living in Myanmar. The majority of this group resides in the state of the same name. Bordered by Bangladesh and India, the Chin State is...

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A Golden Morning

Home >  Blog > A Golden Morning One of the most popular excursions to visitors to Myanmar is a tour of Shwedagon Pagoda. The golden pagoda dominates the skyline of Yangon, reflecting the suns rays in the day time and illuminated in the evening. Most...

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Fever Pitch – Attending a Myanmar Football Game

Home >  Blog > Fever Pitch - Attending a Myanmar Football Game My football  (soccer to Americans) loving friend was hesitant to join me on a trip to Myanmar in 2006 as the planned dates were during the World Cup. He was afraid, based on the...

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People of Myanmar – Part 1: The Kachin

Home >  Blog > People of Myanmar - Part 1: The Kachin One of the unique parts of traveling around Myanmar is seeing the diversity of the landscapes and sites as well as cultures. There are estimated to be more than 135 ethnic groups in Myanmar which are divided...

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A Day at the Mandalay Riverside

Home >  Blog > A Day at the Mandalay Riverside   Much is written about cruises on the Irrawaddy River but not every visitor is interested in, or has time for, a boat trip. In trying to find new ways to experience the river’s importance to the...

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Yangon Street Food: Beer Stations and Barbecues

Home >  Blog > Yangon Street Food: Beer Stations and Barbecues Discovering a country is of course not only about traveling to different places and doing sightseeing. Mouth-watering meals, new dishes, unknown ingredients and exotic spices are probably as...

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Ngapali Beach: More than just Sand and Sea

Home >  Blog > Ngapali Beach: More than just Sand and Sea Ngapali Beach has earned its reputation as Myanmar's best beach thanks to its stunning blue waters, white sands and a tranquil atmosphere. And after a Myanmar holiday, a beach extension is...

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Happy Thingyan from Myanmar!

Home >  Blog > Happy Thingyan from Myanmar! April is an eventful month in Myanmar. If like me you are lucky enough to arrive in the country at the middle of the month, you will be the lucky witness of the unmissable Thingyan or Myanmar Water...

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Christmas Greetings from Myanmar Diaries

Home >  Blog > Christmas Greetings from Myanmar Diaries Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!...

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Kyaing Tong

Home >  Blog > A Local Bus Experience Myanmar is a massive country that is full of hidden jewels only discovered by intrepid tourists. Kengtung is one of these jewels. Not far from the Golden Triangle, where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos converge, this vibrant town...

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A Local Bus Experience

Home >  Blog > A Local Bus Experience One of the best ways to experience a country is to travel the local way- making the journey, rather than just the destinations, a memorable part of a holiday. Although infrastructure in Myanmar is still developing, you still have...

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Punk vs. Hip Hop

Home >  Blog > Punk vs. Hip Hop „After coming over Thaketa bridge from Tamwe side turn left – the warehouse by the river“- are the directions presented on the Jam it! Facebook event “Punk vs. Hip Hop” – a combination that would hardly work in Europe. Whatever I...

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Who’s heard of Chin-Lone?

Home >  Blog > Who's heard of Chin-Lone? Ok, so who’s heard of Chin-Lone? Not many of you we suspect. Chin-Lone – or Cane Ball is an extraordinary mixture of performance and sport that has been played in Myanmar for over 1500 years. Teams of six players form a...

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Green Elephant Project in Magwe

Home >  Blog > Green Elephant Project in Magwe Today you will venture in to the lush hills of Myanmar for a unique nature experience. During the course of the day you will learn about conservation efforts, reforestation and the history...

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