Day 4: What you can do within 12 hours in Mandalay? [PART 6]

To the north of Bagan, Mandalay is Myanmar’s second largest city and perhaps home to the biggest Chinese population in this country. Actually, one day as our schedule went is not really fair for Mandalay, especially if you want to experience how to ride a scooter/motorbike in a Southeast Asian country where the only traffic … Continue reading Day 4: What you can do within 12 hours in Mandalay? [PART 6]

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Day 3: Bagan – Old Bagan & Nyang U [PART 5]

After the morning, the lovely driver took us back to Myo’s school for lunch. This was the first time we had a home-cooked meal during our trip, and what can I say, such a fulfilling experience J For me, it gave me a touch of an ordinary life – something mundane yet insightful and very … Continue reading Day 3: Bagan – Old Bagan & Nyang U [PART 5]

Day 3: Bagan – Old Bagan and Nyang U [PART 4]

Knowing Myo is undoubtedly a big stroke of luck for me in this trip. Born in Bagan, this young man (who was persistently trying to show during our meetings that he was old enough to be a senior citizen) now works as a university professor in Mandalay. His major is Bio-technology and as he shared, … Continue reading Day 3: Bagan – Old Bagan and Nyang U [PART 4]

Day 2: Bagan – New Bagan and Mingalar Village [PART 3]

We arrived in Bagan at around 6am. The temperature then was about 10 degree Celsius, windy yet not as freezing as the comments we had encountered. It was kinda fun when local taxi drivers stood in two rows right in front of the bus door, waiting for the passengers, giving you a moment of being … Continue reading Day 2: Bagan – New Bagan and Mingalar Village [PART 3]

Day 1 – Hello Myanmar: First taste of Yangon’s traffic and Bagan, here we come [PART 2]

We arrived at YGN International Airport at around 7pm. While waiting for my friend to go to the toilet, I was struck by the visibility of the longyi - Myanmar’s traditional dress for both men and women. Compared to its counterpart in other ASEAN countries that I have been to and even my country, Vietnam, … Continue reading Day 1 – Hello Myanmar: First taste of Yangon’s traffic and Bagan, here we come [PART 2]

My FIRST Myanmar Trip… Yes, I will come back to that land… [PART 1]

Honestly, I only decided to go to Myanmar after getting two new Myanmar friends in a three-month training course in Japan. Before that, Myanmar for me had just been a name of a country in the same region. I had had no impression, even the slightest one, of the country, the culture and the people. … Continue reading My FIRST Myanmar Trip… Yes, I will come back to that land… [PART 1]