Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Myanmar (Burma) Top Ten - Part 1

I recently got back from travelling Myanmar for 3 weeks. It was an absolute memorable travel experience. I wanted to share my top ten, in the space below. These are in no particular order, just my favourites!


1. The Shwedagon Pagoda
At noon:

At night:

I have a couple shots for you, one is during the daytime around noon and the other is at night after having dinner and a couple drinks :)

The entrance fee is an all day pass of $8 USD. We kept our ticket (which comes as a sticker) because we knew we wanted to see the grand pagoda during the day but also when it was lit up so gloriously at night. 

Kyle and I were here during the month of January which is dry season so the tiles were a bit hot and stung a bit to the touch (shoes are taken off and you walk barefoot as custom) whilst the sun was high; moreover, the place becomes more lively at night during this time of year. 

I have to say, we found it absolutely beautiful and truly mesmerising. 

For more information you can check out : https://www.shwedagonpagoda.com/


2. Mt. Popa
There are so many pagodas and payas to see and visit in Myanmar, but there was one particular site I had much anticipated ever since I started planning our itinerary. Mt. Popa. How could I even attempt to resist these little guys! They were so adorable! 

Much accustomed to having tourist encounters, they were definitely not shy about tugging on our clothes! Many of the locals at the base of the mountain sell "monkey food" if you wish to purchase them. 

(We took a day trip here from Bagan, most of the guesthouses arrange for tours at your convenience.) 


3. Ballooning over Bagan




I have to say, because our expenses in Myanmar were very inexpensive, this activity was the most costly of our trip. I understand it's not something everyone can take part in if you are on a shoestring budget, however it was one of the most beautiful and alluring of experiences. 

A van was sent to pick us up 4am dark and early. There is a choice between sunrise and sunset, we chose sunrise. We were given complimentary souvenir hats and sparkling wine at the end of our balloon ride.

*note: Book well ahead of time! They were fully booked when we wanted to take part our first time in Bagan, so we booked and had to go back after travelling a few other cities. 

The cost per person was roughly $300 USD, I will link the website of the company we went through: http://www.balloonsoverbagan.com/


4. Kalaw Trek
Trekking through the mountains of Kalaw is something you do not want to miss. We took part in a 3 day/2 night trek where we had a couple guides throughout and slept amongst village hosts. The trek is not difficult at all and a major plus is seeing and experiencing a part of authentic burmese lifestyle you would not in the bigger tourist cities.

We took part through a guide company called "Sam's family" who made our trip very memorable. 

The burmese grow just about everything in these mountains: chilli, corn, wheat, ginger, rice, garlic, and more!


5. Ubein Bridge
I knew that the Ubein Bridge was a stop to be made when I set hands on our guidebook. A photo of the bridge was the cover of the book. It is said to have been built around 1850 and is known to be the longest teakwood bridge in the world.

A common sight on the bridge are vendors offering the sale of goods and crafts. I did a double take for one of the vendors when I saw what I thought were birds, were in fact owls! She says they brings good luck when you release them. 

Most of the posts are original and felt relatively safe as we crossed over to the other side.




That is the end to Part 1 of my top ten, A link to Part 2 of my top ten Myanmar (Burma) if you are interested:
http://www.haninvan.com/2017/03/myanmar-burma-top-ten-part-2.html

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon

x

Han.

Camera body : Canon 6D
Camera Lens : Canon 16-35mm & Canon 85mm 1.2

Editing Software: Lightroom

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