We decided to visit Myanmar’s capital city, which has since 2005 been Naypyidaw, or Nay Pyi Taw, as we were heading back to the old capital Yangon. After the 7-hour minibus trip (don’t recommend that one, hot and sweaty) we arrived to this so called ghost city.
After ten hours in night bus from Yangon, we finally reached one of the world's greatest archaeological sites, Bagan in Central Myanmar. This ancient Bagan Kingdom had over 10 000 temples, of which over 2000 have survived to our days.
After Hpa-An we traveled by bus to Yangon, also known as Rangoon. The city is Myanmar's former capital and its largest city. And according to Wikipedia this former British colonial capital has the highest number of colonial-era buildings in Southeast Asia.
Our first stop in Myanmar was 4 hours from the Thai border, in a city of Hpa-An, which is the capital of Kayin State with a population of nearly half a million.
We have read many positive things about Myanmar, seen beautiful images of the place, and heard of the conflicts between the ethnic groups. We decided to give it a visit. This is how we got into Myanmar by crossing Mae Sot - Myawaddy border.
Here is our around the world clothes edition 👕 We put together a list of all the clothes we are carrying in our backpacks. The clothes are certainly not most fashionable, nor even most practical. Yet we are managing with them quite well.
Sri Lankan elephants are one of the sight to see when visiting Sri Lanka. We read that the best place to see these wild gentle giants is in the Uduwalawa Natural Park which is located on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces.
There is no all-around answer to this. It depends crucially on the standard of living you require, the length of the trip and number of places you want to visit. Almost anyone living in the rich parts of the world could do some kind of around the world trip. The cheapest way that comes to our mind is just flying around the world quickly.
After breathing few days the smog of Delhi and Agra, we were quite pleased to move on. The improvement of air quality could be noticed already through the airplane windows and when exiting the plane at the Dabolim Airport it felt just great to breathe in. Look what two weeks in Goa offered us.
Vasco, Vasco, Vasco" is shouted repeatedly by the bus conductors everywhere in Goa, to mark the destination of the passing bus. India's bus system can feel really chaotic but it’s not impossible to use and has quite extended routes even to the smaller villages, although there are not many tourists using them. Be prepared to allocate enough time for the trip, as the speed of travel is not great in these crowded buses. The main reason for not using local buses is, that there are no routes or timetables available, at least not online. But it’s the cheapest mode of transportation in Goa and you can enjoy local way of…