Myanmar (Burma)

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) soon? Check out the advice, stories and tips I can offer after my December 2010 trip there, which saw me visit the cities of Mandalay and Yangon and visit important tourist destinations like Shwedagon Pagoda, Inwa, Amarapura Bridge and the Mahamuni Paya.

The Most Beautiful Balloon Flight in the World—Or Not

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Riding a balloon over the 2,000 temples of Bagan, Myanmar has been on my bucket list since 2010, when my maiden voyage to the then-pariah country ended in near-death food poisoning.

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Is This Asia’s Most Relaxing River Trip?

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A slow boat down the Irrawaddy River between the city of Mandalay and Bagan, which is famous for its 2,000 temples.

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Are These the Most Beautiful Islands in Southeast Asia?

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What if I told you the best islands in Southeast Asia were in Myanmar?

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Two Weeks in Myanmar

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From the glittering temples of Bagan to the jewel-like islands of the Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar is unlike anywhere you’ve ever been.

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Sailing Toward Nirvana

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This is Paradise, or as close as I’ve ever come to it.

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Myanmar, I Hardly Knew Ye

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I expected my driver to be shocked and amazed when I told him I’d visited his country more than five years prior, but all he seemed to care about was my nationality.

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A Brush With Death in Burma

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I suspected I was going to get food poisoning in Burma from the moment I sat down for my first meal, but I was still on my feet after a week of successively more toxic-seeming food, so I assumed I was out of the woods.

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Myanmar visa in Bangkok

How to Get a Myanmar Visa in Bangkok

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All you need to get a Myanmar visa in Bangkok is a few documents, two passport-sized photos, a passport with six months remaining validity and about 900 Thai baht.

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