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No shoes – but can you wear socks?

By on April 4, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
No shoes – but can you wear socks?

This is an interesting question….. I have visited many temples, shrines, shops and other buildings on my travels and I often have to take my shoes off before entering such places. I have no problem with that, other than walking around with no shoes on really hurts my feet. After Mandalay Hill (see earlier post […]

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Heading to the airport at 5 am in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

By on April 4, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments

Far, far too early to be up and about. And far, far too early to be in a taxi going through Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma). However, it is interesting to be up this early and to see the city waking up (or possibly just going to bed). Surprising number of people on the streets exercising. […]

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10 Travel Tips for visiting Myanmar (Burma)

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
10 Travel Tips for visiting Myanmar (Burma)

1. Do you need a visa? Depends on your home country. As I am from the UK I needed a visa… 2. Have a surge protector for electronic gear If you have electrical gear (phone, camera etc.) that needs charging, or anything that needs plugging in, then use a surge protector. Electricity in Myanmar (Burma) […]

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Why does that person have yellow Thanaka paste on their face?

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Why does that person have yellow Thanaka paste on their face?

That was the question I asked myself my first morning I was in Myanmar (Burma). As I walked out of the hotel I saw a person with what looked like dried yellow paste smeared on both cheeks. At first, I thought it was a one off, some one that had left the house too early […]

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Myanmar or Burma? Burma or Myanmar? Yangon or Rangoon?

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments

That is a good question… Which is it? Burma or Myanmar? Yangon or Rangoon? In terms of the Internet it can be any one of them, and that can make life difficult when searching for information. What do you type in? Yangon or Rangoon? Burma or Myanmar? In Yangon (Rangoon) the airport goes by the […]

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Why is there rampant gum disease in Myanmar (Burma)?

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Why is there rampant gum disease in Myanmar (Burma)?

The first day I was in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) I was shocked at the level of gum disease I saw. I kept seeing people with stained teeth and gums. Terribly stained teeth and gums. And it looked like some of them were bleeding. Then I realised…. It was betel quid chewing that was causing the […]

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Can you connect to the Internet in Myanmar (Burma)?

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma, Travel Tip with 0 Comments

This is interesting question…. the short answer is, yes you can. However… I found that I could easily connect to the Internet on my phone, although it was slow. 3G coverage was available and was fairly good in the cities and suburbs. The ‘roaming’ deal I had with my phone company was pretty poor, and […]

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Summary of my trip to Myanmar (Burma) in 2015 – it’s an interesting place!

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Summary of my trip to Myanmar (Burma) in 2015 – it’s an interesting place!

Well, it was very interesting and enjoyable ten-day trip to Myanmar (Burma). Myanmar (Burma) was as I expected, but at the same time different. Having spent quite a bit of time in Malaysia I was expecting Myanmar (Burma) to be very similar, which is was, but at the same time, there were noticeable differences. There […]

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Motorbikes in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

By on April 2, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Motorbikes in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

One thing that really amazed me about Mandalay was the incredible number of motorbikes on the roads… Below are some of my favourite shots of the motorbikes of Mandalay doing their thing… Three up… At least she looks happy about being in the middle… No a great shot, but I love the look on her […]

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Travel Tip: Taxis in Myanmar (Burma)

By on April 2, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments

Taxis in Myanmar (Burma) don’t appear to be metered, seat-belts are optional, and the vehicles are in various states of repair. You will often get approached on street for a taxi with a ’taxi sir?’, but beware, some taxis are motorbikes. I found taxis to be much more common in Yangon (Rangoon) than in Mandalay, […]

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