The magic of Myanmar

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Myathalyaung Buddha, Bago, MyanmarMyathalyaung BuddhaBago, MyanmarNot far away from the old reclining Buddha is the new reclining Buddha. It’s actually the larger of the two but was built with concrete in the last...CC-Shwethalyaung, Bago, MyanmarCC-ShwethalyaungBago, MyanmarThis is one of the most sacred places in Bago and is steeped in legend. The old reclining Buddha (technically called the Shwethalyaung Buddha) was...Kyaik Pun Pagoda, Bago, MyanmarKyaik Pun PagodaBago, MyanmarOne of the famous sights of Bago is the Four Buddhas (called Kyaik Pun Paya), with one facing towards each compass point. Check out my guide on...ShweguLay Pagoda, Bago, MyanmarShweguLay PagodaBago, MyanmarJust a quick stop for me, as the sun was getting lower in the sky, at a very pretty temple in the middle of a lake. See more sights of Bago here:...Kha Khat Waing Kyaung, Bago, MyanmarKha Khat Waing KyaungBago, MyanmarAcross town we visited Bago’s largest monastery – home to about 400 monks. Kyee Maung showed me their dormitory accommodation where they sleep on...Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Bago, MyanmarShwemawdaw PagodaBago, MyanmarThe Shwemawdaw Pagoda, the main sight in Bago. It’s a large and impressive pagoda that can be seen from much of the city. My guide, Kyee Maung,...Bulethi, Nyaung-U, MyanmarBulethiNyaung-U, MyanmarIt’s not clear exactly what happened to Bagan and how one of the greatest cities in Southeast Asia was left abandoned. Perhaps it was an invasion...Mount Popa, Mandalay, MyanmarMount PopaMandalay, MyanmarYou feel every one of the 777 steps climbing to the top of the monastery at Mount Popa. Partly because of the burn in your legs. Party because of...Bawbawgyi Pagoda, Bago, MyanmarBawbawgyi PagodaBago, MyanmarSri Kestra was the largest of the cities built by the Pyu people between the first and ninth centuries. Their civilisation once stretched north to...Mandalay Royal Palace, Mandalay, MyanmarMandalay Royal PalaceMandalay, MyanmarAlmost everything you walk through from the entrance hall all the way past the throne room and to the residences was reconstructed in the early...Inn Wa, MyanmarInn WaMyanmarMy understanding of Burmese history is poor. I certainly knew nothing of the centuries before the British invaded and so it was a surprise to be...U Pain (Bain) Bridge, Mandalay, MyanmarU Pain (Bain) BridgeMandalay, MyanmarOne of the highlights of any visit to Mandalay is, ironically, to get out of Mandalay. In the surroundings of the ancient capital are the townships...Pyin Oo Lwin, MyanmarPyin Oo LwinMyanmarYou can get a feel for the British influence here. The huge colonial houses along the roads leading away from the city’s centre have been turned...Mr. Charles Hotel, Shan State, MyanmarMr. Charles HotelShan State, MyanmarTo me, a trek can be about nature and views of the wilderness. But in this case, it’s more about seeing the life that operates within it. Myanmar...Pagodes Paya Shwe Inn Thein, Shan State, MyanmarPagodes Paya Shwe Inn TheinShan State, MyanmarOne exception to the commercialisation of Inle Lake is the trip to Inthein, which has been described by some as a mini Bagan. Shops line the...Inle Lake, Shan State, MyanmarInle LakeShan State, MyanmarWhat could be a beautiful part of the country and a beguiling look into a unique way of life becomes a tour through a shopping mall. The Venice of...Inle Lake, Shan State, MyanmarInle LakeShan State, MyanmarSurrounding the market are small market stands offering tourist knickknacks to the foreigners who have ventured here. But take a few steps towards...Chaung Thar, MyanmarChaung TharMyanmarIt’s no great surprise that Myanmar would have beaches. Its neighbouring countries – like Thailand and Cambodia – have sandy coastlines that...Pagoda, Yangon, MyanmarPagodaYangon, MyanmarOut in rural Myanmar, I find myself at a temple built in the middle of the water, accessible only by bridge. I walk out there and it it's only...Yangon Central Railway Station, Yangon, MyanmarYangon Central Railway StationYangon, MyanmarThe Circle Line train trip in Yangon is supposed to take about three hours. It’s a huge loop from the very centre of Yangon around the outskirts of...
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