Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda at nightOne of the places that you must pay a visit in Yangon (Rangoon) is the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Believed to be the first padoda ever built on Earth, Shwedagon is the centre of worship and devotion for all the Buddhist in Myanmar (Burma). Myanmar (Burmese) Buddhists believe Shwedagon was built around 2,500 years ago, during the time of Lord Buddha, although archiologists believe the pagoda was built during 6 and 10 century AD by Mons. Whether this claim is true or not nobody knows, Shwegadon read more



Bus to Mandalay

If you are planning to go to Mandalay directly from Yangon, you have three options. The most comfortable, convenient and expensive one is to take a flight. The price (for two way ticket) is more expensive than a two way ticket between Bangkok and Yangon. The second, less expensive one is to use the train. The cheapest and most uncomfortable way to travel is by bus.

Buses from Yangon to Mandalay usually leave around 5 PM in the afternoon, and arrives to Mandalay the next morning around 9 AM. The read more


Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market Yangon

If you ever visit Yangon, one place you must go is Bogyoke Aung San Market. Even if you have no intention of buying anything from the market, the place is a must go place for tourists. Nearly one hundred years old now, the market is one of the oldest markets in Yangon. Previously known as Scott’s Market, the name was later changed to Bogyoke Aung read more

U Bain Bridge, Mandalay

Riding a boat in Taungthaman
Riding a boat in Taungthaman

If you ever traveled to Mandalay, the second capital of Myanmar, one place you must visit is U Bain bridge (U Pain Bridge). It is possibly one of the longest wooden bridges in the world, connecting the two banks of Taungthaman Lake, in Amarapura (City of Eternity), which used to be the capital of Konbaung Dynasty. The bridge was built by U Bain (U Pain), who was the lord of the villages on the other side of Taungthaman Lake. Historical read more

Teashops in Myanmar

Teashop - Mandalay
Teashop from Myanmar (Photo by Nice Kitty)

Teashops are important and integral part of life in Myanmar. As a foreigner who first arrives to Myanmar, you will be surprised to see so many teashops in Yangon and everywhere in Myanmar. They are everywhere in every street. And there are always customers in every teashop. Nowhere in South-East Asia would you find such a large number of teashop. When I was young, there were not as many teashops as now. And the attitude of our parents at that time was that “sitting at a read more

Yangon Taxi

Like any other cities in the world, Yangon has a lot of taxis running the streets of the city. Unlike other cities in the world, taxis in Yangon are not metered, that means there is no meter to calculate the fare. In fact, there is not a single taxi with a meter in Yangon. (However, this might change in the near future as the Yangon municipality has plans to install meters in taxis). So you have to bargain with the taxi driver when you hire a taxi. Usually most taxi drivers ask read more

Cinema Halls in Yangon

Compared to other capital cities of South East Asia, Yangon has fewer cinema halls. And most of them are quite old, dating back to as far as the colonial period. There are about six or seven cinema halls in downtown Yangon which show Hollywood, Bollywood (Indian movies) and local movies. They usually play four shows a day.

In Myanmar, the cinema halls are single theater types, usually having two levels of seating. On first level, there are usually three or four classes with the front seats being read more

Hakha – Capital of Chin State, Myanmar

Hakha, the capital of Chin State, is situated in the Northern Chin State. It is situated over the mountains, at 6,200 feet above sea level. As Chin State is quite hilly, Hakha is built on the slope of a large mountain, in U shape. There is only one main road running along the middle of the city, in a curve U, and the whole city is built along this road. Another road runs from the middle of the city, for a short while, forming the foot of U.

Most of the population is Chin with a few Burmese. read more

Good Shan Noodle Shops in Yangon

If you want to have good Shan noodle in Yangon, go no other than “999” Shan Noodle on 34th Street, Mid Bloc (where the City Hall is situated). The restaurant is quite clean and tidy, and sells good quality food. They also provide English language menu so it is quite convenient to bring foreigner friends there. The noodle is less oily, thus quite palatable to the foreigners. Shan Sour Rice here is quite excellent.

999 Shan Noodle Shop in Yangon
999 Shan Noodle Shop in Yangon
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Another Shan noodle shop worth mentioning is “Shwe Ne Sat”, read more