Giving Alms

In the early morning, locals sit on the side of the street to give alms to monks and novices. This peaceful ceremony is conducted in silence where Buddhists gain spiritual merit by the act of giving. The traditional offering is sticky rice but any type of food can be offered. Participants keep their heads bowed…

The Gokteik Viaduct By Train From Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar 

The journey can be done as a day trip from Mandalay but you’ll have to get up at 3am. I’d recommend getting a shared taxi from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin in the morning. Then spend a day exploring the gardens and visit the waterfalls. The next day, catch the train at the much more…

Mandalay, Myanmar 

FIND YOUR WAY Mandalay is a large city which encompasses the area of Amarapura in the south. To the west of Mandalay are the ancient sites of Inwa and Sagaing. Visit these areas to learn about local crafts including gold leaf, wood carvings and marionette puppets. Mandalay Mandalay founded at the foot of Mandalay Hill…

Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, Myanmar 

KALAW Set high up in western Shan State with a relaxed atmosphere, Kalaw the ideal place to visit if you’re looking to do some walking. The town is an old hill station with forrest-capped hills and a cooler climate. A complete contrast to the dusty plains of Bagan and Mandalay. There are lots of short…

Inle Lake, Myanmar

FIND YOUR WAY Inle Lake is vast and difficult to see where the lake ends and the marshes begin. Nyaungshwe is the main tourist hub and access point to Inle Lake. There is a 15,000 kyat fee to enter the lake area. EXPLORE BY BOAT Without a doubt the best way to experience Inle Lake…

Etiquette For Visiting Buddhist Temples & Religious Sites

What to WearDressing modestly is strictly observed in temples and you will not be allowed to enter if you’re showing too much skin. It is recommended that you dress modestly all the time, not just for visiting temples to respect local customs. Keeping covered will protect you from sunburn in the day and insect bites…

Welcome to Myanmar 

MYANMAR Long isolated from the outside world, Myanmar is something of a throwback to what all of Southeast Asia used to be like. It’s another, older world. The countryside is dotted with tiny villages and pagodas while cities host crumbling colonial buildings next glittering temples. Amongst all this history are hasty developments, particularly in Yangon…

Yangon, Myanmar 

FINDING YOUR WAY The area south of Shwedagon Paya & Kandawgyi Lake is divided up into neat blocks so it’s easy to find your way around. Here you’ll find the main tourist sites, hotels, hostels, markets and the heart of Yangon night life, 19th Street. HISTORICAL SITES & TEMPLES Shwedagon PayaAbsolutely stunning. Guide books will…