Recommendation for Guest House in Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon has so much lodging all over the city. As with any place in Myanmar, if you’re a foreigner ensure that your accommodation has the special permit allowing foreigners to stay overnight. I was really happy with my guest house in Yangon, so I recommend it! If...
Myanmar Visa – Updated March, 2018

Myanmar Visa – Updated March, 2018

UPDATED 2018 FOR new EVISA INFORMATION. Obtain your Myanmar eVisa for tourists online or your paper visa from a Myanmar embassy or consulate, including that in Bangkok. Overstaying a visa is possible, if you want to travel beyond 28 days. Do I need a Myanmar Visa?...
Countryside Lunch in Myanmar

Countryside Lunch in Myanmar

I love good food, and luckily for me, a countryside lunch is already planned. Kwar’s friend / our ‘chauffer’ / local pop star, drives the five of us from Saddar Cave in eastern Myanmar to his bandmates home in the nearby countryside. It’s an amazing place, albeit not...
Fish for Food in Myanmar

Fish for Food in Myanmar

She snipped off the head and tail, finishing with a final clip low on the stomach. The shiny hand-length fish glistened in the early morning light as she threw it back into the pile. The pile of bodies on one side of the tarp shrank, as the pile on the...
Hpa An’s Saddar Cave & Thingyan Holiday – Myanmar

Hpa An’s Saddar Cave & Thingyan Holiday – Myanmar

It’s dark in Saddar Cave. Bare bulbs are strung along the entire path, providing just enough light for the holiday crowds to slowly make their way through the cave. My feet are cool on the damp dirt as I walk barefoot, which is a wonderful change from the...
5 Tips for Selecting a Budget Hotel

5 Tips for Selecting a Budget Hotel

You definitely need good sleep while traveling, no matter what travel budget you have. Selecting a budget hotel is an art, more than a science, and you’ll improve with practice. Otherwise, you might become the horrible tourist that everyone loves to hate—grumpy,...
6 Funny Safety Precautions for Myanmar

6 Funny Safety Precautions for Myanmar

Safety in Myanmar is the #1 inquiry I receive about the country from friends, family, and fellow travelers. This makes sense considering its recent history of military dictator leadership. Here’s a sampling of those questions. Is it scary in Myanmar (Burma) or...
Travel in Myanmar with Kids – Activities, Part II

Travel in Myanmar with Kids – Activities, Part II

As a non-parent, I encourage all my readers to consider traveling to Myanmar with your children now or when they’re a little older. There are plenty of activities for kids in Myanmar, and due to the friendly culture it would be easy for your kids to meet local...
Travel with Kids in Myanmar (Burma) – Part I

Travel with Kids in Myanmar (Burma) – Part I

This series of blog posts describes what you can expect if you decide to travel with kids in Myanmar, based on 5 weeks of travel in April and May, 2016. Use this series in conjunction with your favorite guidebook. I don’t provide specific hotels and activity...
Visiting Mindat, Myanmar Off The Beaten Path

Visiting Mindat, Myanmar Off The Beaten Path

Mindat, Myanmar is located in the Chin State in western Myanmar. The region was opened to independent tourists in approximately January 2016 and I visited in May. Generally, tourists arrive on a tour, stay a day or two, and move on. Arriving is a little tricky by bus,...