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Political situation

A lot of references are made to ‘Aung San’ in Yangon. From the iconic downtown market, to buildings and street names. But who was he? Bogyoke Aung San was a Politician and the 5th serving Premier of Burma from 1946 to 1947. He is considered the ‘Father of the nation’

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3 Amazing weeks in Myanmar.

We returned to Yangon for a couple of nights at the end of our trip to Myanmar. After our gruelling overnight bus from Inle Lake, (I slept for a total of 10 minutes!) we actually arrived ahead of schedule at 05:00am. It was obviously too early to check in so

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Spending 2 nights in Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake

Nyaung Shwe is quite small and easy to find your way around. Located in Myanmar’s Shan State, it is the tourist hub for visiting Inle Lake. It has floating markets, pagodas, and even a winery! Puppetry is very popular in Myanmar. It was once the main form of entertainment for

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Our 2 day Trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake

We had looked at a few companies that offer 1, 2 or 3 day treks from Kalaw, a small hill side town, to the famous Inle Lake. We decided to go with Ever Smile Trekking Services. Some companies had different pricing options that were confusing but Ever Smile told you

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Marooned in Mandalay (almost literally!)

We were only supposed to be in Mandalay 4 nights but had to extend it to 6 due to the water festival closing everything down. We were staying in the ‘downtown’ area which promised a good location near to bars, restaurants and markets etc. It soon became clear, however, that

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Visiting Mount Popa

We were in Myanmar during Thingyan, the water festival, which is the Myanmar new year. We didn’t realise it when we booked or that most attractions, restaurants and shops would be closed. We needed to find a way to get to Mandalay, where we had already booked our hotel, but

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What’s Bagan Like?

As well as the Temples, Bagan is really easy to navigate. Most people rent ebikes, push bikes or scooters. It would definitely be amazing to see the Temples from above on a hot air balloon but after reading some horror stories, we decided against this. Bagan has a dry desert

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The amazing Temples of Bagan

Bagan is like a fairytale. With 2200+ temples (pagodas) it feels like something out of a film set! I would definitely recommend staying at least 2 or 3 nights. We don’t normally do guided tours unless it is part of a package but we decided that to get the most

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