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Bago to Yangon Train in Ordinary Class

Travel by rail in Myanmar any chance you get! Share the journey with locals & enjoy the green countryside – for a short taste of what it’s like, come aboard with us on the train from Bago to Yangon!

Burmese Buddhism & Lunchtime at Bago Monastery

Observe the lunchtime procession at Kha Khat Wain Kyaung monastery in Bago to gain a better understanding of Burmese Buddhism.

Study Session at Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery

Step inside Kha Khat Wain Kyaung monastery in Bago, where 500 novice monks attend a study session in silence every afternoon – it’s free & open to visitors. This is like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

Snakes, Stupas, Cheroots & Buddhas in Bago!

Bago is a city of superlatives… visit the tallest stupa in Myanmar, two of the longest reclining Buddhas & one of the largest Burmese pythons in the world – do it all on motorbike for less than $10!

Visit the Golden Rock on Mount Kyaiktiyo

The Golden Rock on Mount Kyaiktiyo is one of the most divided attractions in Myanmar – people either love it or hate it. We didn’t like it at first… find out how it won us over!

Ferry to Ogre Island: Mawlamyine Day Trip

Ogre Island is just a short ferry ride from Mawlamyine – it’s a fascinating local excursion, where it’s as much about the journey as the destination.

Mawlamyine Today: From Orwell & Kipling to Now

The rich colonial history of Mawlamyine inspired Kipling & Orwell a century ago but even though it’s best days are behind it, this gritty seaside town continues to charm.

Myanmar’s Slowest Train: Dawei > Mawlamyine

16 hours. 369km. 2000 kyat ($1.70) – Traveling by train in Myanmar certainly isn’t fast but it’s cheap! Find out why it’s also the most fascinating way to travel around the country!

Maungmagan Beach & Village: Dawei Day Trip

One of the best trips from Dawei is to Maungmagan – walk along the black beach, play with kids at a fishing village & soak in some thermal hot springs. Let’s go!

Dawei: Golden Cowboy Town of the Tropics

Enjoy the pleasant tropical atmosphere in the dusty Wild West streets of Dawei, before cooling off at the  black beaches of Maungmagan nearby!

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