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…

Hello Mandalay, it’s so nice to taste you.

Our introduction to Mandalay started on a Saturday afternoon. We traveled from Bangkok by AirAsia arriving at 4:55 pm. After getting our visas checked, passing through immigration and customs we were finally in Mandalay! Our gateway to Myanmar, the last royal capital of Burma. We took an $8 USD taxi ride to our home for…

Why Myanmar?

  My longtime friend, travel buddy and biz partner, Jose L. Cruz and I took a sabbatical – familiarization trip to Southeast Asia. We had a list of a zillion places to see. Basically, every possible destination in the region. Reality check hit. We didn’t have the time for all of that. Where do we…

A River Runs Through It

  And they don’t call that river the Mighty Mekong for nothing! This impressive body of water is the largest river in Southeast Asia. Starting in the Tibetan Plateau, the river runs through the Golden Triangle, Cambodia and Vietnam, where it drains into the South China Sea. It happens to be the second richest area…

5 Reasons to love Southeast Asia

  There are hundreds of reasons why Southeast Asia is amazing. Here are our top 5 reasons why we love it and think you would too. The Land of Smiles  With good reason, Thailand has been labeled The Land of Smiles. But we think the whole Southeast Asian region is the Home of Bliss. Not just…

Our very first post!

Hello and welcome to the Indulgent Nomad. We are a group of discerning travelers, inspired by diverse societies, history, art, delicious food and exotic destinations.   We are not mega wealthy nor are we gap year backpackers. We are ordinary wanderers who’ve been blessed with the luxury to travel and the ability to do so,…