Our Myanmar Itinerary

by Emiel van den Boomen on August 17, 2014

We are back from 3 weeks traveling in the fascinating country of Myanmar. Formerly known as Burma, the country has opened up its borders again for tourists after years of military regime. For those wanting to travel to Myanmar, here are our first impressions and Myanmar itinerary.

Locals on a truck in Bagan

Over 2,000 pictures covering in total 6 places, 7 hotels, 4 local bus trips and 1 domestic flight…we have a lot of stories to tell! The coming weeks you will be reading more about Myanmar, where this post is just an introduction. It shows you our itinerary and if you intend to travel to Myanmar and want to know more details, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me an email.

Having fun in Monywa

Many friends and colleagues are curious. “How was Myanmar? Can you compare it to Thailand or Cambodia?” Questions that I intend to answer in the upcoming posts. But I can already tell you that our trip was an intense one.

No, you don’t have 7-11 shops like in Thailand, you don’t have Starbucks or McDonalds. What you do have are old and crappy hotel rooms against (ridiculously) high prices. An unappealing choice of food. Pro-activity in hotel service still has to be invented in many places. Burmese men’s teeth are stained red because of the continous betel nut chewing. The soaring heat of the dusty Bagan plains are tough. Downtown Yangon’s dirty vegetable and meat markets are not to be advised after a heavy rain shower when streets turn into a muddy sewer.

A crazy place to travel to? Or characteristics of an unpolished gem?

Monks watching U-Bein bridge

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