I’ve Fallen in Love with Myanmar

April 1, 2017

I’ve fallen in love with Myanmar,

I've Fallen in Love with Myanmar

With the children and women who paint their faces with Thanaka,

I've Fallen in Love with Myanmar

With the innocent giggles from children who rarely see foreigners,

And with the piercing blue waves that crash into charcoal black rock on a deserted coast.

I've Fallen in Love with Myanmar

I’ve fallen in love with the golden sand,

I've Fallen in Love with Myanmar

With the skinny coconut trees with lime green leaves and gray bark,

I've Fallen in Love with Myanmar

And with the smiles from strangers who stare at you with wide-eyed curiosity.

I’ve fallen in love with the ancient, crumbling temples,

With the sunsets,

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Myanmar

The sunrises and the sky, dotted with the silhouettes of hot air balloons,

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Myanmar

And with the children that say “bye bye!” instead of “hello!”

I’ve fallen in love with the Burmese curries and Lahpet Thoke,

With the lush landscapes and undiscovered land,

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Myanmar

And the excruciatingly long bus and train rides through winding mountains and villages, where locals sell Coca-Cola and fried delicacies.

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Myanmar

I’ve fallen in love with the promises of adventure to hidden lagoons,

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Myanmar

With the Indiana Jones-esque exploration to abandoned temples,

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Myanmar

And the beauty that is Myanmar.


Don’t hesitate to visit this beautiful country before it’s tainted from tourism. It’s one of the only countries left in Southeast Asia where you won’t be bombarded with tourist traps and the promise of new hotels, Western food and accommodation. You’ll still get to experience Asia as it was years ago.

My Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Myanmar is coming soon, so stay tuned!

Visa

Obtain an eVisa online before arriving to Myanmar on their official government website. It costs $50 and takes a few days to process.

Getting to Myanmar

AirAsia flights to Yangon and Mandalay from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok are pretty cheap, you can usually find flights from $30-70.

Costs in Myanmar

Myanmar is more expensive than other countries in Southeast Asia, mainly due to the fact that it’s off the tourist radar. Accommodation will set you back $20-40 for a hotel room. I found it’s better to travel in Myanmar with at least one other person to split the cost of hotel rooms. There aren’t many available dorm options in Myanmar. I used Agoda and Booking.com to book hotels, they have great deals, and some of the hotels I found were 50%+ off!

Food is relatively inexpensive, and typically consists of fried rice, fried noodles, or Burmese curries. Beer will set you back around $1.50-$2… I have a newfound love for Myanmar beer.

Getting Around Myanmar

Traveling around Myanmar is also quite expensive, a 17 hour bus ride will set you back around $20. Some of the buses are quite new and comfortable, while others are not. Prepare yourself for excruciatingly long bus journeys in Myanmar, a lot of the roads here are bumpy and unpaved, especially in the west.

Train travel is very inexpensive, a 7 hour journey in first class will set you back around $3. The trains take even longer (7 hours to travel 100 kilometers) since they’re quite old. I found them to be a lot more comfortable and less nauseating than the buses! Check out train times and routes using seat61.

When to Visit

It’s recommended you visit during dry season, from October to May, with peak season running from November to February. Wet season is from June to October. The hottest part of the year is from March until June, temperatures can sore to 40 degrees Celsius.

Have you been to Myanmar?

6 comments

  1. Comment by Diego Guzman

    Diego Guzman Reply April 1, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Okay I have SERIOUS Myanmar craves now! THANK YOU! lol… I have never been, but these photos are incredible. Definitely going on my next trip to Asia.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Comment by Globe Trottica

      Globe Trottica Reply April 4, 2017 at 3:52 am

      Thanks so much for reading, Diego! YES! Add it to the top of your list, this country is incredible 🙂

  2. Comment by stephanie

    stephanie Reply April 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Oh my great article! I want to visit Myanmar so bad 🙂
    x

    • Comment by Globe Trottica

      Globe Trottica Reply April 4, 2017 at 4:00 am

      Thanks so much Stephanie! You would love it here 🙂

  3. Comment by Therie

    Therie Reply April 21, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Lovely photos and writing! Bagan looks breathtaking!

    • Comment by Globe Trottica

      Globe Trottica Reply April 24, 2017 at 7:05 am

      Thank you very much, Therie! Bagan is stunning, unlike any other place I’ve ever been 🙂

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