Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Myanmar (Burma) Top Ten - Part 2

6. Temples of Bagan

  In Bagan, tourists are permitted solely to the riding of E-bikes. I assume it may have something to do with the large amount of tourism and previous accidents on motor-bikes. Nonetheless, the E-bike we rented was very much fun and and excellent way to get about through and around the ancient temples of Bagan (The cost of the E-bikes are 8000 Kyat for the day - seats 2). We did balloon over the temples as well; however, getting close up and personal was a completely different experience and not something one should skimp out on. 

7. Biking in Hsipaw

   I have to say one of our happiest memories of Myanmar was in Hsipaw. Just how friendly the people are and the beauty there seems to be underrated. In Hsipaw we rented a motorbike for the day and headed inland.

  *I also want to add that we visited the Shan Palace here where the the wife of the last Shan Prince's nephew currently resides. Her name is Fern and she spends her days educating the locals as well as tourists about Myanmar's current and unfortunate past political situation. I found being in her presence to be endearing and inspirational. (Below is a photograph of a room in her home, she is on the very left.)


8. Hsipaw Morning Market

  Now, if I have convinced you to make a stop in Hsipaw, you might very well wish to visit the morning market there. The market beings in the very early hours of the morning, I believe 4am. Candles are lit for light and there are many vendors as well as buyers. You will see an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and if you venture further into the tents, there is a delicious opportunity for a delightful and cheap breakfast. 

9. Nwe Saung Beach

  Once most of our stops had been ticked off our itinerary, we decided we were ahead of schedule and squeezed in one more destination, Nwe Saung Beach. A stop we absolutely do not regret. The beach was gorgeous and unpopulated. We stayed at hotel right on the coast called Silver Coast Beach Hotel and I definitely recommend it. As you can see from the photo above, the sunsets at this beach were unreal!
10. Inle Lake

  Last but not least Inle lake. You are able to rent a boat + driver for the day and all I can say is it is worth every Kyat (18,000 Kyat for up to 4 seats). Mind you, if you head out of your guest house during the day, all you will get is endless boatmen asking if you would like a boat ride. And please do ask many of the boatmen before you settle - as if you are a tourist, they may try to play you.

Also it is a good idea to purchase some cold beer and some snacks for the ride ;).



That is the end of my Part 2 of top ten of Myanmar (Burma). If you have yet to see Part 1, here is the link:
 http://www.haninvan.com/2017/03/myanmar-top-ten-part-1.html

Thanks for reading and see you soon,

x

Han


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