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Heaven on Earth: Myanmar’s Inle Lake

Fishermen on Inle Lake

t’s 7am and the sun’s rays are pouring into our wooden stilt bungalow. I open the windows and hypnotic sounds of prayers flood in from the near distance. Every morning at exactly this hour, the Inthas recite their sermons in the Buddhist temple nearby. It’s become a daily ritual for me to rise to this beautiful […]

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Colonial Splendor in Yangon

Mohinga for breakfast

“Did you like the mohinga?” Asked Chris, The Strand’s head chef when he learned about us trying out the hotel’s specialty dish. “It’s the most popular breakfast dish in Burma, we always recommend it to our guests when they visit.” Despite being a native Australian, Chris dishes up a mean bowl of noodle soup — […]

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Photoblog: The Golden Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Paya as seen from our hotel

Looming over the skyline of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, is the Shwedagon Paya, also known as the Golden Pagoda. Considered the most sacred of all Buddhist sites for the Burmese, the pagoda is one that all Myanmar Buddhists hope to visit at least once in their lifetime. According to local legends, the Shwedagon Pagoda has existed for more than 2,500 years, making it the […]

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Photoblog: Faces of Myanmar

A young boy on the train

For every traveler, there is always that one place which truly resonates. A place that you deeply connect with and gives you a strong sense of belonging. After experiencing Madagascar last year, I didn’t think I would find another place that stirs up such feelings – but Myanmar changed my mind. Having been isolated from […]

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Exploring the Buddhist Kingdom of Bagan By Bike

View from Sunset Pagoda, Bagan

Flying to Bagan is like descending into a lost world: thousands of ochre stupas sprawl across the plains amidst wilting Acacia trees and whirlpools of brown earth. Wispy clouds hang low, shrouding the landscape in an eerie yet dreamy setting. Almost 800 years ago, this enormous holy ground was the center of a massive Buddhist kingdom. During the kingdom’s golden age, over 10,000 […]

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Photoblog: Things that Make Myanmar Special

Shwedagon Paya by night

Before coming to Myanmar, I had no clue what to expect – many friends have told us how amazing the country is, but only upon stepping foot on its holy soil, visiting its thousands of pagodas, navigating its chaotic streets, and talking to the Burmese, did I understand how captivating this country is. From the […]

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Celebrating the Songkran Water Festival in Bangkok and Yangon

People covered in powder and water

It’s wet, it’s wild and it’s loud. Songkran festival is synonymous with massive water wars and street parties. In Thailand and many other parts of Southeast Asia, Songkran is celebrated as the traditional New Year’s Day. Traditionally,  people celebrate by paying respects to the elders and visiting the temples to pray or give food to monks. The splashing of […]

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