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A Close Encounter With Yangon’s Most Dangerous Street Gang

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  After our jaunt visiting the sacred Golden Rock, we hopped on the last bus to Yangon – the former capital city but still the busiest. The bus ride was longer than planned – as expected in a country where … Read More

A Brief Guide to the Most Compelling Temples of Ancient Bagan

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  The ancient city of Bagan dating back to the 9th century is the most coveted site in Myanmar attracting not only foreigners but also thousands of Burmese pilgrims every year. Originally, nearly 10,000 monuments were erected between the 9th … Read More

Olfactory Memories of Myeik

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  Although I usually try to find something good about every place I visit keeping in mind that simply being there is a privilege in itself, there’s the odd time when I’m more likely looking forward to leaving than to … Read More

Stepping Inside the Biggest Reclining Buddha Image in the World

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  That’s a pretty ambitious claim but at a length of nearly 600 feet / 180 meters, this reclining Buddha is truly deserving of its unofficial world-record holding title! Win Sein Taw Ya is the proper name given to this … Read More

Visiting Mount Kyaikhtiyo and the Sacred Golden Rock

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  Squeezed in like tiny sardines in a tin can, knees tightly pressed against the bench in front of us, we braced ourselves for the ride up to Mount Kyaikhtiyo. The driver started the roaring motor and the open-air truck … Read More

With Thousands of Buddha Eyes Watching Over Hpa-An

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  With the Thanlwin River flowing like a ribbon through the lush land and towering karst mountains outlining the landscape all around,¬†Hpa-An was like no other place in Myanmar. The only thing I knew about this laidback town was the … Read More

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