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Myanmar, formally known as Burma, with the official language of Burmese. This country is situated between, Thailand, Laos, China, India and, Bangladesh. They say that Myanmar is home to over 100 different ethnic groups, and if you have ever been there, you will agree.
Yangon is the largest city in the entire country, with the world-known massive, Shwedagon Pagoda. If you plan to travel to Myanmar, you must plan a trip to visit this beautiful golden pagoda located in the big city of Yangon.
Yangon does have it’s own international airport and will most likely be your starting location if you are planning to visit Myanmar.
When I first arrived in Yangon, the heat was overwhelming, hotter and more humid than Thailand, traffic was quite busy as well, but that’s to be expected in a Southeast Asian country.
One thing that was first noticed while riding in our long-outdated propane-powered Toyota was that there were no motorbikes on the road, not one! Now if you have been to any other country in Asia, you know, motorbikes are everywhere, you have probably even driven one somewhere on your travels, as they are key for getting around freely and explore.
I did however find an abundance of temples in Yangon, everywhere and all quite beautiful I might add, whether you are viewing them day or night they look wonderful. The Shwedagon Pagoda is visible from a far distance in the night sky! Below are a few pictures from the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Is Myanmar safe? Yes, it is safe, but uncomfortable in certain ways I would say. In the evening sitting down in the tiny Chinatown for some nice barbecue food, you are haggled beyond belief.
It was quite annoying, but if you just go on about your conversation and can ignore them, then it should not be too much of a problem. I mean Myanmar is a very poor country.
Keep in mind, you are in a third world country, so expect it to be different than your homeland, where ever you may be from.
If you are looking for high end accommodation, Yangon has a few extremely nice hotels, the Wyndham Grand in Yangon is probably the best place to stay as far as any accommodation goes for the city. Click here to check it out, or any of the listings on booking.com will offer you exceptional rates, the rooms are decently priced in Myanmar I must say.
Another adventure on your list of what to do in Myanmar may be heading to Bagan, which is quite a trek from Yangon, but if you are in Myanmar you should check this place out. If you have done any research previously on Myanmar or if this has been your first resource, you may or may not have heard of the balloons over Bagan. Now this is truly incredible, I have personally met quite a few people that have done this, unfortunately when we were in Myanmar it was not balloon season, who knew, hot air balloons had a season.
So, if you are in Myanmar, between October and April, head to Bagan to check this place out, with more than 3,500 Buddhist pagodas, temples and other beautiful structures, it is a must-see. You can explore this ancient city by motorbike which can give you the freedom to explore Bagan on your own clock, and stick to a budget of course. If you have the money and are in Bagan between October and April, you should opt-in for the hot air balloon, but you may need to book far in advance as this is a hot adventure for tourists, be forewarned though, this will cost you about $350 USD, per person! So if you are a backpacker on a budget you will probably stick to renting a motorbike and exploring your self.
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