Category: Myanmar Travel Guide

Banking and Currency

The Sacred Architecture of Bagan

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Bagan’s golden era of sacred building spanned 250 years, during which time architectural styles evolved in a dramatic fashion. Initially imitating the cylindrical structures of the ancient Pyu city of Sri Ksetra, Bagan’s stupas gradually grew more slender and bell-shaped, culminating in the elaborately embellished, tapering spire that remains the classical Burmese archetype today. Temples […]

Sshopping In Myanmar

Sshopping In Myanmar

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Myanmar’s traditional arts and crafts have experienced a sharp revival during the recent tourism boom. Lacquerware, carved wood, metalware, marionettes, brocade embroidery, and colorful cloth paintings fill stalls and shops around the country’s main attractions, creating vibrant photo opportunities and a mouthwatering prospect for lovers of authentic Southeast Asian crafts. In the big cities, meanwhile, […]

The Flavors of Myanmar

The Flavors of Myanmar

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Myanmar’s cuisine is as varied and distinctive as the country itself. While sharing many of the culinary traditions of neighboring thailand, it encompasses a wealth of dishes and flavors found nowhere else – a legacy of Myanmar’s position at the cultural crossroads of southeast asia. Chinese influence is seen in the ubiquity of noodles and […]

Where To Eat and Drink

Where To Eat and Drink

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The Burmese are deservedly proud of their cuisine which, while borrowing heavily from those of its neighbors, manages to remain totally distinctive. A wealth of spices and pungent seafood pastes combine to create curries with intense flavors, while dry-roasted nuts, pulses, and seeds sprinkled over the top add surprising textures. Noodles and tofu feature prominently […]

Where To Stay

Where To Stay

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Accommodation options in Myanmar cover the full spectrum, from boutique luxury to run-down guesthouses. While the big city  hotels tend to be characterless, international- style blocks, the more appealing places are  those with a Burmese atmosphere, where local handicrafts, art, and building materials enliven the interiors. Hotels of all grades are expen sive by Southeast […]

Kawthaung

Kawthaung

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Kawthaung is the main border crossing point between Myanmar and Thailand, with a  population fluent in both lan- guages. The tourists milling  around are nearly all on visa runs from Ranong, Thailand, on the opposite side of the Kra Buri River. For those who stop off for a couple of days, it is worth visiting […]

Banking and Currency

Myeik (Mergui)

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Myeik (formerly Mergui) juts into the mouth of the Tanintharyi River – a strategic location from which it dominated the area’s maritime trade for centuries. To avoid the pirates and tropical storms that plagued the Malacca Straits, the kings of Siam used  Myeik as the main port for Ayut- thaya, transferring goods by road  through […]

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Dawei

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The provincial town of Dawei was a port for the Siamese Sukhothai and Ayutthaya kingdoms from the 13th to 16th centuries, and later came under the control of the British, who knew it as Tavoy. Today it is a sleepy, low-rise settlement with colonial-era shophouses. North of the center stands the huge gilded Shwe Taung […]

Kyauk Kalap Pagoda

Kyauk Kalap Pagoda

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Rising from the glassy waters of an artificial lake, the golden Kyauk Kalap Pagoda caps a thin, knobbly finger of limestone  draped in vegetation, a spec- tacle all the more amazing for  its backdrop of beautiful karst outcrops. Visitors are permitted to visit the small monastery at its base and climb to the top for […]

Saddar Cave

Saddar Cave

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Southwest of Hpa-an, just off the main road to Eindu, is the Saddar Cave, the largest grotto  in the area. A pair of monu- mental white elephants flank  the entrance to the cavern, a reference to the local legend that an elephant king once took shelter inside it. Narrow, winding staircases lead from there through […]