Bagan by bus from Yangon (Rangoon) – Part 2

The Yangon – Bagan bus will first drive along Yangon-Pyay (Prome) road, which is quite a good road compared to other roads in Myanmar. There are very few bumps and the road is generally smooth. Before it enters Pyay (Prome), it will stop at Ye Pyar for dinner at around 7 PM. The restaurant is a nice one which sells delicious Myanmar food. However, there is no English menu. Just go and look at the Myanmar dishes and order the one you like. Don’t try to order something like fried rice or read more


Bagan by bus from Yangon (Rangoon) – Part 1

Cheapest way to travel to Bagan (Pagan) is by bus. However, it is not the most convenient way of travel in Myanmar. The roads are usually rough and bumpy in Myanmar, and buses are usually old, dirty and crowded. But for those who are budget conscious, the following is a rough guide to go to Bagan by bus from Yangon (Rangoon).

There are a number of highway buses that run between Yangon and Bagan. Some of them are ordinary buses where buses are very old, dirty, crowded, and slow and carry a lot of read more



Shoe Advice

Unlike westerners, Burmese don’t wear shoes or slippers indoor. They don’t wear shoes or slippers on the pagoda. It is important that visitors to Burma should pay proper attention to this custom when visiting Myanmar. To give a rough idea what a foreigner should observe about footwear, we would like to give our readers a few advice.

Burmese usually don’t wear shoes or slippers in their house. Whether wooden floor, carpeted or cement/marble floor, we don’t wear shoes indoor. Thus it is advisable read more

Camera Rules in Myanmar

Unlike other countries in South East Asia, Myanmar is quite sensitive with cameras. Many a time, foreign visitors are requested not to take photos of sensitive buildings and places. Sometimes, it might even result in occasional inconveniences, as described by one of the visitors to Yangon.

“This is a great Edwardian brick pile in a hospital complex surrounded by other British buildings of similar vintage. Imagine my excitement as I cruised the grounds snapping away at the architecture.

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Money Exchange in Yangon (Rangoon)

If you are visiting Myanmar (Burma) , you will find yourself trying to find a money exchange to change your foreign currency into Myanmar kyat. Although US dollar is universally accepted, small vendors will be reluctant to accept US dollars because of difficulty in exchanging into kyat. So you invariably have to change some money into Myanmar kyat anyway.

The first place you can change is at the airport. There is an authorized money exchange counter at the airport, but the rate they pay is very read more

How to go to Mindat in Chin State

Bus to MindatIf you are interested in going to Mindat, here is a guide. You cannot go there direct from Yangon. First, go to Pakokku, a big city on the west bank of Irrawaddy (Ayarwaddy). To go to Pakokku, you have two options. One is the direct bus trip to Pakokku from Yangon. The buses are quite old and slow, and carry a lot of goods and cargo. I recommend the second option which is to take a bus to Pagan (Bagan) and from there, cross the Irrawaddy. The bus to Bagan leaves around 3 PM from Yangon, and read more

Tips for going from Yangon Airport to Town

If you are a foreigner, and coming to Myanmar (Burma) for the first time, you will find yourself in a completely different world. And the first daunting task would be to go to your hotel. If you have already arranged with your travel agent to pick you up at the airport, everything would be OK. But if not, you will have to hire a taxi. There is no airport bus service running from Yangon read more