Somewhere on the Mekong

Myanmar travel stories

Slow Boat to Bagan, Myanmar

I always enjoy using different modes of transportation when exploring new places. Today I was taking a riverboat, leaving Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) and heading southward to Bagan. Most travelers make this journey by bus, but I chose to take the MGRG Boat instead....

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Sailing over the Myanmar’s Plains of Bagan

Bagan Archaeological Zone More than 2,200 eleventh to thirteenth century temples and stupas pepper the forty square miles of Myanmar’s plains of Bagan. Why are so many of these graceful, exotic structures clustered in this Southeast Asian country once known as Burma?...

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Ride the Circle Train, Myanmar

Myanmar Fascination I have always had a fascination with trains and to me it seems that each country has trains with their own special character. When I arrived in Myanmar, previously known as Burma, I was eager to find a way to sample and enjoy the local train...

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New River Cruiser in Myanmar

  Sanctuary Retreats Announces New River Cruiser in Myanmar: Sanctuary Ananda   June 25, 2013 - Luxury cruise and safari specialist Sanctuary Retreats announces that its newest ship, Sanctuary Ananda, is due to set sail in late 2014 in Myanmar. In a country long...

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Discounted Myanmar Tour Opportunity

Backyard Travel's 'Luxurious Myanmar' package includes a stop at Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda Myanmar: Hot in 2013 BANGKOK (Nov. 28, 2012) — As Myanmar accelerates toward the center of the world's hottest travel destinations, Backyard Travel has opened the doors on an...

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Travel to Myanmar Opens Up

Myanmar is a truly spiritual destination, largely untouched by the influence of Western civilization. The stunning landscape of pagodas and temples surrounding Bagan has changed little in 1500 years.  Since the elections in November 2010, the government has started to...

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Yangon Beefs Up International Airport

Story originally published on TTG Asia.  Yangon International Airport is undergoing an expansion that will boost its annual handling capacity by 40 per cent.   A Department of Civil Aviation official said the project would increase the airport’s handling capacity from...

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Yangon to Receive More Cruise Liners

Rahul Khanna, Yangon, June 14, 2011—Nine international cruise liners will be making calls at Yangon during the current fiscal year from April 2011 to March 2012, up from six ships during the preceding 12 months. Thet Lwin Toh, managing director of Myanmar Voyages...

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Kyaing Tong Water Festival

To celebrate the 600th year of Kyaing Tong traditional water festival, the organizing committee extend their cordial invitation to participate in the water festival. The festival will feature a fire display, launching rally and the Khun folk songs and dances in the...

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Myanmar: Unlike Any Land You Know

To go or not to go? That was the questions I posed to myself before my 2008 visit to Myanmar. Many governments discourage travel to Myanmar, formally called Burma, due to the repressive government. After some research and sole searching I learned that the government...

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Observations of a Farang

I’m a Farang. If you’ve got European ancestry, you are too. Although the word exists in many linguistic forms throughout the Siam and Khmer Empires and beyond, this Thai version is the most well known. Its widespread use lends credence to the theory it entered the...

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Get Myanmar Visa Upon Arrival

VISA-ON-ARRIVAL (VOA) is now available at Yangon and Mandalay International Airports for nationals of more than 100 countries with which Myanmar has diplomatic ties. Previously, visas must be arranged in advance before arrival. All Asia Exclusive Travel managing...

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