Myanmar Travel Guides for Backpackers

Reasons you should go on a trip to Myanmar

When I first thought about my trip to Southeast Asia, countries like Thailand and Indonesia were the ones that came to my mind. They are totally worth the visit, don’t get me wrong, but for being very touristic already, we need to agree they won’t change much in the next couple of years. The same can’t be said about Myanmar, also known as the old Burma. Myanmar is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. To be honest, since I didn’t know much about this country, it wasn’t a priority for me to go there. I’m really glad I […]
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Top 7 Things to See in Myanmar

Myanmar is one of the most interesting countries I have visited so far. I didn’t really know what to expect before I went there. The border has only been open for tourists for about 8 years and I hadn’t met any people who had been there yet. With a lot of curiosity I arrived in Yangon and after only a few hours in this city, I was blown away. There is so much untouched culture in this city, but it is also vibrant and alive with travellers. You can have the purest local food for a few dollars but also […]
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Where to Stay in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Bright colors, exotic aromas, and smiling faces will make a lasting impression when you visit Yangon, formerly named Rangoon. Myanmar, also known as Burma, is becoming more and more popular as word gets out about Myanmar tourist attractions. While the Myanmar capital lies farther north in Naypyidaw, Yangon hosts the international airport which means that anyone who is going to go traveling around Myanmar will likely spend a day or two in this growing metropolis. There are a number of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses available so it can be overwhelming to know where to start. If you want to know […]
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Local people's daily life in Yangon

  Why Myanmar? Myanmar is not as popular as Thailand, Singapore or Malasia in southeast Asia, that is the very reason that lots of backpackers choose Myanmar as the destination. Yes, that’s the thinking pattern we backpackers have. Why you want to go traveling, probably because you get sick of all your normal daily organized life.  You want to explore something you have never seen and experienced the life you can’t imagine. And a traveler who has the spirit of adventure must desire to avoid crowding around with all the tour groups. Myanmar is one of the best choices for people […]
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Welcome to Yangon: The largest city in Myanmar

The first image that hits your mind hearing the city Yangon, is pagoda, in fact, lots of pagodas. Yangon formally known as Rangoon marks the largest city of Myanmar. The city that used to serve as the capital of Myanmar is now the country's largest metropolis also its main commercial capital. Not only that, but the city hosts the largest number of British colonial buildings in Asia. However, they are poorly maintained yet they still reflect the colorful history and Culture of the city while providing a vibrant backdrop of Yangon's streets. On one side, Buddhist monks mingle around the crowded […]
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The Hidden Haven of Yangon, Myanmar: Kaba Aye

Kaba Aye at a Glance Kaba Aye or “World Peace” in English, is somewhere in Yangon with every feature of attraction you’d expect to find in a Myanmar township, but still keeping the magic balance of possessing those and not being overrun by tourists. The place is simply in three words “pleasant, prosperous and unique” and which I proudly call home.             Places to be and things to do in Kaba Aye Neighbourhood! For jewelry lovers VES VES gems in Kaba Aye can be reached right across my street and it’s arguably the biggest place for […]
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3-day Trip to Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon-A Hidden Gem Myanmar, a place where pagodas are at birds-eye view. Yangon, in particular, showed a contrast where the old coincides with the new – where tradition and culture can still live amongst the gradual development as the capital city of the country. My family and I had the opportunity to visit Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) for 3 days, and we were pleasantly surprised by the city has to offer even for such a short period of time. To think that Myanmar has always been overshadowed by other more popular Southeast Asian countries, this will be a great […]
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TRAVELLING MYANMAR DURING THE WATER FESTIVAL

MYANMAR DURING THE WATER FESTIVAL AND BUDDHIST NEW YEAR April 2016: “Some groups of people are just, inherently, cool! The Burmese men are such people. I never would have imagined that men could look so masculine in what we would call skirts (Longyi’s)… and many of them are very handsome to boot! The red, betel-nut stained teeth that some now possess detracts from this unfortunately… but many a foreign girl can be seen longingly staring after a Longyi-clad Burmese man in the streets of Myanmar! Streets that I have been prancing down in delight all morning. […]
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Myanmar; The Unknown Entity

Although Myanmar has had open boarders for foreign tourists for a number of years, there is little on the internet that is clear an d complete to help you plan your trip around one of the least well trodden South East Asian countries. After the comfort of 4 months on the backpacker trail from Thailand through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia back to Thailand, the prospect of exploring Myanmar solo was incredibly daunting and I spent hours trawling through blog posts trying to get an idea of what to expect. So here I have compiled the ins and outs o f my […]
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Myanmar: Preparing For Your Trip

Myanmar is a mysterious place. The country has been free of its military junta for five years now and tourism is just beginning to shift into a profitable and exciting new facet of the economy. Having recently opened its doors to foreigners after a long struggle in political power, there are many wonders waiting for the travelers wandering eye. But first, one must prepare. 1. Apply for your visa This should be your first step, after planning your traveling timeframe of course. Surprisingly, the visa application process for Myanmar is rather easy. All you have to do is visit the Myanmar […]
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Myanmar: a hidden gem in South East Asia

Yangon Where you meet one tourist every hour Upon arriving in Myanmar it was clear that this wasn't a country like any other  in South East Asia. Where as in Thailand it's sometimes impossible to find an authentic Thai restaurant, in Myanmar it will seem impossible to even find a restaurant. Coming out of the airport our first mission was to find a taxi to take us to the center. That's where we met our good friend, mister Sai. If you're staying in Yangon for a few days, I can only recommend finding a good driver and hold on to […]
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For the love of Yangon

Around noon I arrive at the airport of Yangon. I haven’t showered and I smell of beer and smoke. A heavy headache makes it impossible to think clear. Khao San Road leftovers. It takes a while before I am finally able to withdraw money from the ATM. Every five minutes there is a power outage of max. half a minute, which causes a bit of panic amongst the travelers. Generators take care of the luggage scan and other facilities for national security, but obviously the ATM is not a part of that. I have no clue how much money I […]
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