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Sunrise at Bagan at the Buledi Pagoda in Myanmar

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As the usual clichés go, you have to do Bagan at both sunrise and sunset. And yes, I jumped on the bandwagon and did them both. It was one of those nights – I was pretty damn tired… The sunrise …

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Thirsty Thursdays: 50 Cent Triple Whiskeys in Mandalay, Myanmar

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Tonight I recount yet another alcohol fuelled night of backpacking, as I recollect a night in Mandalay in Myanmar. While staying in the Royal Guest House (much less posh than its title suggests), I met Gijs, a cool Dutch guy …

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Friday’s Featured Food: Breakfast in Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay, Myanmar

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Here’s a direct honesty for you today on Friday’s Featured Food – food in Myanmar is bland, going on abysmal. I’m not a big fan and I feel it a duty to tell you just how untasty and innutritious the …

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Monday’s Money Saving Tips: Getting Money on the Black Market in Yangon, Myanmar

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Changing money is a topic I’ve touched on a fair bit and as a perpetual traveller I look at in two ways: 1. If I have time I try to get the cheapest available rate possible 2. If I’m pushed …

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Friday’s Featured Food: Tea Leaf Salad in Amarapura, Myanmar (Lahpet Thohk)

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Today on Friday’s Featured Food we’re off to Myanmar for one of their special dishes. While backpacking there recently it would have been ridiculous not to try a “tea leaf salad”, known locally as Lahpet Thohk. This is very much …

Pink and White Elephants in Yangon, Myanmar

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Yangon is full of surprises and I’ll name check my Swiss travel buddy Michael (who I met on the Yangon Circle Line train) for this little welcome diversion which saw us visit firstly the Marble Buddha and secondly three pink …

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Visiting the Marble Buddha in Yangon, Myanmar

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Yangon is full of Buddhas, Pagodas and Temples and that can make it difficult to pick which ones you want to visit. I visited the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and for a Buddha, I headed to the Marble Buddha in Yangon, …

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Visiting the Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

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One of the major sights in Yangon is the impressive Shwe Dagon Pagoda. This gleaming golden complex is a feast for the eyes, whether you’re a Buddhist or not. I visited it this week, here’s an overview of visiting the …

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