Giving back: Shwe Sa Bwe

Personally, I’m totally about Responsible Tourism,  so when I heard about a social business that trains financially disadvantaged Myanmar youth for FREE, looking to pursue a career in the country’s hospitality industry and provides some of the BEST meals in Yangon….I just had to go! So on our last night in Yangon, we ordered a taxi to…

Sightseeing Yangon

On our last sightseeing day in Yangon, our morning started off….a bit rough. The day before was a crappy day for me, literally and figuratively.  We must have slept less than 4 hours or so. Although, I wasn’t at my best I was excited to see some of the magnificent sights in Yangon. It was…

Burma Belly

The morning we left our hotel in Inle Lake, Nyaung Shwe, my travel partner and I were feeling….a bit off. Our tummies weren’t in the best of moods. Maybe we over indulged the day before, maybe that Thai Chicken Salad was a bit too spicy, maybe the fish wasn’t fresh, maybe one too many cocktails?…

Savoy Hotel Yangon

For our stay in Yangon we were hosted at the gorgeous four star Savoy Hotel Yangon. Walking into the property is like stepping into a different era. The Savoy Hotel Yangon has a wonderful Old World feel to it but with all the modern day amenities you could possibly need. Throughout the location the sense…

Inle Lake

Inle Lake, located in western Shan State, is one of Myanmar’s most popular destinations. And with good reason! It has an authentic unspoiled side and it has a side geared to tourism. We got to witness both during our day on the lake. We booked a long tail boat tour for our visit through Mount Inle Lake…

Mount Inle Lake Hotel

During our two night stay in Inle Lake we were hosted by the lovely and new Mount Inle Lake Hotel, located in the center of Nyaung Shwe. The hotel is beautiful with a stunning open-air reception. The front desk staff are extremely helpful and professional. They assisted us in booking a tuk-tuk to Red Mountain Estates Vineyards…

Eating in Bagan

Burmese food is amazing and we had some fantastic meals while in Bagan to fit all price ranges.  Here’s a list of places we ate at and recommend. Cheers!   Prince Restaurant Our first dinner was at Prince Restaurant at the Thande Hotel (read more here). It was absolutely amazing. They had a fabulous menu of local…

Bagan with Tour Mandalay

On our second day in Bagan, we were hosted by Tour Mandalay. (Read about our first day here) We were greeted by our guide, Mr. Han, a native from Bagan who knows exactly where to take you depending on your interests. We were really interested in seeing the local village life and a few other…

Old Bagan by horse cart

After seeing so many amazing pictures of Bagan’s landscape with scattered temples and pagodas, we were really excited to finally get to see it in person! The old ancient city of Bagan, located in the Archaelogical Zone is some what an attraction in Myanmar, like what Angkor Wat is to Cambodia. From the 9th to…

Thande Hotel Bagan

During our stay in Bagan, we were hosted at the fabulous and recently renovated, Thande Hotel. Located within the old city walls of the Bagan Archaeological Zone, it’s a short 15 minute ride to the airport and less than 10 minutes to neighboring New Bagan and Nyaung Oo. The hotel’s location is perfect! It sits right…

Sagacious Myanmar

Our 3rd and 4th days of sightseeing Mandalay were spent with Pho Se from Sagacious Myanmar (check out their FB page here). We were in for a treat! Pho Se is a young, energetic, knowledgeable and all around great guy! I can’t sing his praises enough. We had a set itinerary with him before meeting….