Top 10 places to Visit in BurmaBurma's Top 10 Sights
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Burma is my favourite Southeast Asian nation - from those we have seen so far. It is less touristy, much friendlier than Thailand, we have not fallen victim to a scammer and there are astonishing archeological jewels of international standing, just like Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Like India, Myanmar is slightly less contaminated (with the sole exemption of horrific atmospheric pollution).
It was unbelievable we went to the infamous Bagan, we also took the ballooning there, but it was disappointing for us a little (soon I will be writing a full article that will explain why). Then we went by coach on a mad trip to the Golden Pagoda Temple and got astray when we failed the right stop.
Have a look at our Myanmar adventures:
Myanmar Travel: the best and the poorest from Yangon to Mandalay
Myanmar is an up-and-coming tourist country as 2010 has seen rapid growth in tourist activity and many are predicting that the country will see a booming tourist industry in the near-term. It' s been a few month since we leave Burma and we often talk about certain things we miss.... or never want to see again!
Here is our backward-looking travel guidebook to the best and the baddest of Burma Travel. Most of the guidebooks say they should get on and off as soon as possible, but the road catering here was fantastic and the Bierstraße was a great place to get together with local and foreign people.
NyaungShwe, the small touristic city outside Lake Inle, is the hardest place to visit. In Pyin oo Lwin you can get away from the hot weather and still get a great atmosphere - but with fewer people. The best and poorest food: Megsy: I loved the lettuce (even if it's coated with olive and has no beneficial effects on health), ginger lettuce, tomato lettuce and even some tealeaf lettuce, but the teasalad was a little beaten and missed so that I could see it as the best and poorest meal, according to who made it!
Surprisingly for me as a red-flowered carnivorous animal, the best meal is the mini-grill-potatos. Concerning the poorest meal, another surprise: "Mohinga". It' regarded as Burma's nationwide cuisine and it is probably the first that I hate a nationwide meal from any state. It' a seafood broth, but if you don't go to a chic place, it probably tastes like bad seafood - no cooling for most of Burma?s streetside dishes, I'm worried!
The best and the poorest beer: Megsy: Burma Dakhla Rules! Now Myanmar is my favorite Asia ale - and I've tried a great deal! Concerning the poorest ale, I concur that Dagon is down in the heap, but there's really nothing that can be compared to the Myanmar bar, so they're all quite poor.
Greatest and poorest attraction: The worse, um.... The fact that they are still promoting the Jumping Cat Monastery at Inle Lake when the cat no longer jumps was a big disappointment. I' d say the best thing to do is Mount Popa. It' the greatest thing in Burma, but once you've seen one of them, you've seen them all.... If you loved them or are a Buddhist, you might like it more, but for us adventurous and excited enthusiasts it gets old.
Mahabandoola in Yangon is the best and the worse one. Bravo in Pyin oo Lwin was $30 a day, but it's above each of the $20 choices. The Grace II also in Pyin oo Lwin is the lowest value we have been at.
Well, not the worse, just the worse for $20-$25. My full report on Grace Hotel II can be found here. The best and poorest overall experience: The worse: P.S. Locating places on the street that require vaccinations againstbies is an interesting and lengthy adventure, especially if you need five over the period of about 2 month!
Luckily I wasn't bit by a bull, so I thought the 3-day motorcycle trekking was the best in Myanmar. You' ll have the adventures of crossing some of the worlds toughest streets and living with villagers in the hills - which is oddly enough, although the government seems to be turning a blind eye to it.
They' re genuine humans and the area is frequented by very few visitors - we haven't seen another visitor for 3 whole orchestras! The worse: This is not only a poor Myanmar trip, it's also one of my top 5 most difficult travels ever! Would you like to go to Myanmar, but are not quite sure if you can go alone?
Intrepid Travel is recommended - they have some great routes to this area. Myanmar we liked so much that we even written a script about it.