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The Quirky & Colonial Town of Pyin Oo Lwin

What do you get if you mix a multi-cultural hill station with military cadets, horse carriages & colonial mansions? The answer is, a charming town named Pyin Oo Lwin!

Top 12 Temples in Bagan Archaeological Zone

There are over 4000 temples in Bagan – we’ve reviewed & photographed our favourites to help you decided which ones to visit.

It Began in Bagan: History & Travel Guide

Bagan is the largest ancient temple complex in Asia, and arguably the most impressive – learn about it’s 1000 year-old history & what to expect when visiting.

The Story of a Train Derailment in Myanmar

Check out what happened when my train from Hsipaw to Pwin Oo Lwin went off the tracks! A train derailment in Myanmar is an adventure for travellers but for locals, it’s a part of everyday life.

Onboard the Gokteik Viaduct Train from Hsipaw

Cross the Gokteik Viaduct on an exciting train journey from Hsipaw to Pwin Oo Lwin… find out schedules & prices & more – can you handle the vertigo?

Trekking in Hsipaw & Mystery of the Last Shan Prince

Learn about the royal mystery of the Last Shan Prince & his Austrian wife in the relaxed town of Hsipaw, before heading off on an easy trek around the surrounding villages & countryside.

Sagaing & Inwa Royal Cities: Top Mandalay Day Trip

Combine a trip to Amarapura with a visit to the ancient royal cities of Sagain & Inwa Island – hire a private taxi in Mandalay for 28,000 kyat & see all 3 places in 1 day!

Amarapura & U-Bein Bridge: Easy Mandalay Day Trip

Cross U-Bein Bridge & observe everyday life at Mahagandayon Monastery – see why Amarapura is the #1 day trip from Mandalay.

Things to See & Do in Mandalay Archaeological Zone

Mandalay Archaeological Zone ticket covers all the main sightseeing spots in the city – find out what’s included & see for yourself what’s worth visiting.

On the Road to Mandalay… It’s Not Yangon!

Mandalay or Yangon – which is the greatest city in Myanmar? Find out what the main differences are between the 2 cities & judge for yourself!

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