Gay life in Yangon: meeting local boy Beau Tun

Gay life in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar is a very conservative and religious country with around 89% of the population practising Buddhism. In addition, it has retained the old colonial homophobic laws inherited from the British Empire. Whilst Queen Elizabeth in the UK recently “signed” gay marriages into law, 150 years ago, Queen Victoria oversaw section 377 of the 1860 Penal Code…




Sunrise in Bagan at the Buledi pagoda

Bagan temples in Myanmar: best for sunrise or sunset?

Bagan is an ancient town in central Myanmar with over 2,000 temples. We visited Bagan in January 2015 as part of our travels in Myanmar. We based ourselves in the nearby backpacker friendly town of Nyaung U at Eden Motel and rented bicycles to temple hop our way through the many temples over 3 days,…




Myanmar not Burma: our beer selfie in Mandalay

Myanmar: why we call it Myanmar not Burma

Our first problem with researching and planning for this new country was what the heck do we call it? Is it Myanmar (pronounced Mee-anmar) or Burma? And why is one name sometimes put in brackets like on our Lonely Planet: ‘Burma’ was the old colonial name used during British rule and the accepted name after…


Tags:


Dollars for Myanmar: Stefan selfie

Where to get dollars for Myanmar in Bangkok

We stayed a month in Bangkok over Christmas 2014 and New Years to take a break from travelling and plan for our first stop in 2015: Myanmar. We stayed at HQ Hostel for some of this time, which we found on Tripadvisor and recommend for its location to the gay life in Silom. We had…




Visa for Myanmar

How to get a visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

We took a break from travelling for a month in Bangkok as a base to spend Christmas and plan travels for 2015. We stayed for a few nights at the excellent Lub’D Hostel and then rented a condo (with gym and swimming pool) in the suburbs via Air BnB. Our first destination in 2015 was…




Our favourite observations about Sri Lanka

Our favourite observations about Sri Lanka

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka took us by surprise. We came here completely unprepared with no expectations and left with fond memories of stunning treks in the hill country at Ella Rock, the very tasty food, some stunning train journeys and exciting safaris spotting leopards. Here’s our top 10 favourite memories, facts and observations about…