Myanmar or formerly know as Burma is located in Southeast Asia. It is like no place you’ve ever seen. Upon our visit we were extremely surprised at the way they drive. The driver’s side is on the right (like UK) but they drive on the left (like in USA). The people were extremely friendly and helpful— especially our guides.
Our flight was about 4 hours from Shanghai, China. We used Spring Airlines, a budget Chinese airline as they had the best flight time with no layovers.
We began our tour in Yangon which included an incredible day trip to the different sights such as the eclectic food market, National Museum and the old ports. We concluded our tour at the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar— the immaculate Shwedagon Pagoda.
Next we had an early morning to flight to the old capital Bagan. Bagan is know for it’s thousands of temples and stupas. Our journey began at the elevated temple Tayokye Pyay temple where we had a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Visiting the colorful Nyaung Oo market enriched our souls as we met some the incredible merchants. Our day was filled with temple visits and a visit to the traditional lacquer workshop.
The highlight of our trip was visiting Inle Lake. It’s an entire water village. You need to take a taxi boat to get anywhere. We had the honor of seeing the annual gold leaf Buddha parade. The village has a rich history of leg-rowing fisherman, and houses on bamboo stilts.
Rangoon Tea House is a staple restaurant in Yangon frequented by locals and foreigners alike. If you have the privilege to dine at Rangoon Tea House you MUST try the Taiwanese Bao. We had the aubergine (eggplant) Bao which was delicious. So good that we order a second one. Additionally, the Jackfruit and Cashew Biryani and aubergine curry was mouthwatering.
Travel Tips: Make sure to bring sunscreen when in Inle Lake. You take a motorboat to your hotel and it can be very hot. Also the hot air balloons in Bagan are from October to April.