Continent: South East Asia
Currency: US Dollar/Burmese Kyat
Capital City: Naypyitaw
Year I Visited: 2015
Its ascent into the becoming ‘the next Thailand’ was marred by some unsavoury strife in the northern areas of the country, but outside of these areas, Myanmar remains a friendly, fascinating and scenic insight into South East Asia pre-tourist boom.
My Myanmar Highlights
Here’s where I got to in Myanmar. Click the destination name for related blog posts.
Myanmar’s bustling capital has changed quite a bit since I was there (there were no hostels at all when I first visited) but remains a fascinating destination with stunning pagodas, friendly people and great street food.
One of Myanmar’s most popular tourist destinations, wile away the hours watching the Burmese way of life on a rickety old boat – bliss. The 24 hour train journey to get there is not recommended.
A city with a youthful feel and great hostels, Mandalay also has a thriving food scene and is well-situated for some great day trips around the area. I’ve got very fond memories of my time in this city.
Typically I was struck down with food poisoning for most of my time in Myanmar’s top sight, but it didn’t make the sea of ancient pagodas any less impressive. Most people opt to cycle between the thousands of pagodas and temples.