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How To Spend 3 Weeks In Burma (Myanmar)

How To Spend 3 Weeks In Burma (Myanmar)

I think spending 3 weeks in Burma (Myanmar) is the best way to experience the country, it gives you time to see the sights, but engage in a bit of, at times tortuously slow, overland travel as well. Touchdown in Yangon After negotiating the rather eager taxi drivers at Yangon airport, head straight into downtown, check into your hostel or hotel and start to explore the city. Yangon is a hot mess of a city, with pavements that are more…

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The Ethics of Visiting A War Zone – Rohingya Crisis

The Ethics of Visiting A War Zone – Rohingya Crisis

Now, this post is surprisingly not going to feature any jokes, humorous asides, or witty repertoire, so just like the rest of my posts, then. seriously though, if you’re looking for gags, this isn’t the post for you. First off, a note of warning, when I say War Zone, I am not parachuting into the center of Damascus, in fact, in this case, I was heading to Burma. ‘Burma’s not at war.’ I hear you shout, which is true in…

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The Night Bus to Yangon

The Night Bus to Yangon

By this point in my travels, through a combination of luck and naivety, I had somehow managed to avoid the ubiquitous Burmese night buses, with their loud karaoke, bouncy ride, and impatient drivers whos use of the horn, was not conducive to a goods night sleep. All this was about to change, as I took the plunge and bought a ticket with JJ express from Inle Lake to Yangon. Without really a centralized ticketing system, the best way to buy…

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5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Visiting Burma (Myanmar)

5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Visiting Burma (Myanmar)

Whether it’s your first time in Asia, or your a seasoned vet, nothing really prepares you for your first time visiting Burma (Myanmar) 1. It isn’t like the rest of Asia Visiting Burma (Myanmar,) is nothing like visiting Thailand, Cambodia, or even Vietnam. It’s much less developed and also in a way much more conservative.┬áHaving been under a brutal military dictatorship until 2015, it’s growing quickly, but its infrastructure has been sorely neglected. Don’t expect speedy trains, McDonald’s, or comfortable…

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The Many Many Pagodas of Yangon

The Many Many Pagodas of Yangon

How many Pagodas can you fit in one city? Fifteen? Twenty? Thirty?, I am not sure there’s an exact number, but Yangon certainly has a lot of them. Come to think of it, a ridiculous amount of them, like the seven-elevens in Taiwan, they’re everywhere. The main Pagoda thou is, of course, Shwedagon Pagoda. It is the most sacred Pagoda in the whole of Burma. The first thing to know is that if you are going to visit the Shwedagon…

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