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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, although for more upmarket options, consider staying at the nearby New Bagan at somewhere like Bagan Nova. We ...
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The Monks of Mandalay

Almsgiving ceremony and the monks of Mandalay

Mandalay was our first stop in Myanmar and the first thing we noticed was the large number of monks of all ages everywhere. Even at the gate of Bangkok’s Don Muang airport waiting for our flight to Mandalay, we noticed numerous monks in their distinct red robes waiting to board. Almsgiving in Mandalay In Mandalay we stayed at ...
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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 independence in ...
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