Video credits to my best friend who made this video for my birthday.
This post is like a comforting cup of Nutella hot chocolate.
I haven’t had enough of Myanmar. Left my heart and soul there. I have fallen deeply for just about everything about the country; The people, food, surroundings, rural places
I’ve always wanted to visit Myanmar before it gets too developed and manifested by tourists. When I was there, I could smell changes in the air. In few years from now, the country would be more touristy and urbanised. I was actually quite devastated when my guide told me they were about to build KFC on top of the mountain at Shan State.
Booked the air ticket a week before my trip in October last year and was delighted that the air ticket was shockingly cheap. Turned out that it was during the peak of Rohingya crisis. But I went ahead anyway and boy, am I glad I did.
Started out my adventure at Yangon. Spent a night there and popped by Shwedagon Pagoda. Initially, I was unfazed by the place and thought it is just another pagoda. But that place truly looked magical and the colour of the pagoda changes as the night falls.
Shwedagon Pagoda – no filter
Tuesday corner cus Im born on a Tuesday!
Off to Bagan next!
Can you feel my excitement?
Rented an e-bike to explore the ancient city. Bagan is like a dry desert. The air is dry and humid. But there is something about Bagan that is so intriguing and charming. It makes you want to explore all of the dozens of pagodas scattered throughout the ancient city.
On the same day of my arrival, i was informed that there’s a tropical cyclone affecting other parts of Myanmar near Bagan. Before the trip, I was already mentally prepared of the rain because it was the monsoon period. But I was taken aback at how erratic the weather was. The rain came and go every hour, and I experienced the strongest wind I ever felt before. But I must say, e-biking in the rain was really a thrilling experience because you get to splash the puddles on the muddy paths.
There are a gazillion pagodas scattered all over Bagan. They are amazing and looked magnificent. But after a while, I got quite bored. On my what felt like 100th visit to another pagoda, I asked my guide to bring me to an off the beaten track to explore the rural side of Bagan. He brought me to a local village and I really enjoyed my visit there. I was greeted by a huge cow and 2 giant pigs when I arrived.
You cannot possibly visit Myanmar without smearing the Thanaka paste on your face!
Don’t I blend in well?
Do not be fooled by my smile. I was actually trembling cus of the height. This photo is an evidence of the millions of pagodas in Bagan
Next, catching of sunset on a boat in Bagan!
There was a huge thunderstorm right after this boat trip and boy were we lucky to catch the beautiful sunset!
Next adventure.. Inle lake. That place is beautiful beyond words and one of the things i love about the place is the main mode of transport is by boat. And the boat is my favourite kind of sampan, wooden traditional ones!
Win Win, my guide at Isle Lake
Chewing Betel Nut
I noticed red spit everywhere in Myanmar and asked the guide of the source. Turns out that the Burmese love to chew on Betel nut and it is a growing addiction that is similar to smoking tobacco. Yes, I tried it and spat it out within seconds and all I tasted was bitterness of the leaf. No, needless to say, I wasn’t high.
I cannot tell you how amazed I was by their local Burmese food. The Burmese food I tried in Singapore was horrible and had a weird aroma. So I was taken aback by how much I enjoyed the food in Myanmar. My favourite is their Shan noodles, crackers, and Mohinga. (Oh no, I am already salivating just typing this)
This post is really getting long and I shall not bore you with more details.
Ah, my soul is nourished after this post. Brings me back to the happy times in Myanmar.
Stay tuned to my London post next!