December 2010

Mandalay’s Crown Jewels

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A trio of dazzling hamlets–one a hillside studded with pagodas, the next an ancient settlement with its very own “leaning tower” and the third a monastic base with an eponymous, ramshackle bridge–awaits you just an hour outside Mandalay.

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Mandalay City Palace

Machismo, Gold and Grit

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The swanky Las Vegas hotel which apparently lifts its name from Mandalay will be the furthest thing from your mind as your vehicle pulls in.

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Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda

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Around 500 years before a certain Messianic baby was born somewhere in the Middle East, legend has it that two Burmese merchants visited India, gave the Buddha honey cakes and took a few of his hairs back with them. Their reward? A 30-story, solid gold pagoda.

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Travel photos of Myanmar

First Time in Myanmar? Read This

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Yangon, Myanmar’s capital and largest city, will almost certainly be your first point of contact with a country that lacks ATMs, Internet access and most of what you likely consider to be requirements for civilization.

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Travel from Israel to Jordan by Bus

Travel from Jordan to Israel By Bus

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As a traveler — particularly a traveler with an American passport — you should have no problem traveling from Jordan to Israel by land, right? Not so fast, cowboy.

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How to Travel Young and Middle-Class

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I can tell you one thing without any hesitation: You don’t need to be wealthy to travel extensively while you’re still young.

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