Category: Myanmar (Burma)

A Day in Mandalay: Mahamuni Paya, Mandalay Hill, U Bein Bridge (Amarapura) & Sagaing Hill

Sutaungpyei Pagoda at Mandalay Hill provides expansive views of the city, including the old palace and moat  Arriving at 3:30 AM on a bus from Bagan to Mandalay – it’s streets dark, quiet and obviously abandoned – can be pretty unnerving especially right after the guidebook reveals to you that...

Inle Lake: Myanmar’s Aquatic Shangri-la

Wooden footbridge at Maing Thauk Mrs. Soe, the motherly owner of Queen Inn, sent us off on a day tour – as with most Burmese we encountered in our journey – with the warmest congeniality matched with a familial smile at the wooden dock next to the guesthouse along the...

Burma Basics: Big Four in Seven Days – An Itinerary

Taking advantage of overnight trip aboard private buses, this packed itinerary will reward you with the best sights around Burma’s ‘Big Four’ – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake – in only a week. Yangon and Mandalay can each be explored in a day, so we spent more time in...

Burma Basics: Visa Application, Money Matters & Getting There

Sule Paya glows behind the gloomy atmosphere in central Yangon (Rangoon) IS IT ETHICAL TO VISIT BURMA? Read up on Lonely Planet’s free chapter to help you decide. VISA MATTERS: Filipinos need a visa to visit Myanmar. Visit the embassy: 8th Floor, Gervasia Corporation Centre, 152 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village,...