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….

Second day sightseeing Mandalay

Our second day of sightseeing Mandalay was hosted by Crystal Zone Travels (read more about Crystal Zone Travels here and our first day here). It was a non-stop day, full of amazing visits to ancient capitals, monasteries, pagodas and working villages. Our first stop was at a Marble Carving Village with many workshops dedicated to this craft. Carving…

Myanmar’s Got Talent!

During our time in Myanmar we quickly realized that the country is filled with skillful and talented people. Masters of art. Whether it be making or manipulating marionettes, traditional dance, wood carving, sculpting statues, papier-mâché, gold leaf or silver making, for the most part, the skill is taught by a family member or village master….

First day sightseeing Mandalay

On our first official sightseeing day in Mandalay, we had a full day of off the beaten path places and historical sites hosted by Crystal Zone Travels (read more here and here). We started off early in the morning at Thaye Zay Station Bazaar, an open-air market for locals that spans around and on top…

Myanmar’s Crystal Zone Travels

We were hosted by Soe Moe founder of Crystal Zone Travels during our first two days in Mandalay. Soe Moe is a local guide in Mandalay and Yangon, with many years of experience. This exceptional and kind lady is making a difference! She’s making Myanmar a better place for locals and tourists. Soe Moe has…