Month: April 2019

How to get a Sak Yant or traditional bamboo tattoo in Thailand

I had wanted to get this done for a while and had been researching how to go about it. Most of the ‘organised’ appointments sounded good where you are picked up at your hotel, taken to a temple and provided with lunch etc but that felt very ‘touristy’ and with little meaning. I thought I …

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What to Expect at the Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon

Location: on Sanguttara Hill in Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar Height of hill: 190 feet above sea level Height of pagoda: 326 feet approx,(about 100 meters) At KS 10,000 AU$10/£5 to get in, it’s quite expensive by local standards. (Locals get in free.) According to legend, the Shwedagon Pagoda was constructed more than 2,600 years ago …

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How to survive the overnight train from Yangon to Bagan

We were not prepared for this! We knew it would be long. We knew the train was old. We knew it would be uncomfortable but nothing could prepare us for the gruelling experience of an overnight train in Myanmar! We arrived at the allocated platform on time and thankfully enough the train arrived on schedule. …

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