|The golden marvel of Shwezigon Pagoda.|
Select Collection travelled around magical Myanmar/Burma by longtail boat, car and plane. A journey back in time among glittering pagodas, stately Buddhas, and timeless lakes and rivers. We also wandered through today's intriguing markets, ate at some good (and not so good) restaurants, and saw the new icon of Burma - the home of Aung San Suu Kyi...
- Good word to know is Mingalaba (r) - hello.
- Visa on arrival works perfectly. The cost is 30 USD, paid at the airport upon arrival.
- Supply us with a scan of the passport page with all relevant information, at least three weeks before.
- Your cell phone cannot be used in Burma, unless you rent a SIM card.
- ATM machines do not work for foreign credit cards.
- Cash is the best payment throughout the tour.
- Bring USD non-marked bills. They are very strict about this, and will not take your money if it has even the smallest stain or folding marks.
- You get best exchange rate for 100 and 50 dollar bills.
- Just a few of the top hotels accept payment with credit cards.
- Most of the airports have exchange facilities, and the rate of exchange is good.
- Myanmar currency is kyat (say chaat).
- Bring a good torch. Can be useful if you walk outside late evenings, or to be used visiting some of the pagodas.
- Wet tissues are also worth bringing. Shoes need to be taken off before entering every temple and pagoda, so it is nice to be able to wipe off your feet before purring your shoes back on.
Now follows a brief diary of our travels (note at the very end we had brief look at our Select Collection property Governor's Residence in Yangon - formerly called Rangoon):
|We watched the sunrise from the top of this colourful |
We also had a chance to visit one of the villages in the area. We had a stroll in this village, to get the feel of people's regular lives.We ended this day with a great river cruise on Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river. Highly recommended. Tea and snacks are served.
In Bagan we visited the best hotel here, situated in the middle of all the temples and pagodas, with a great view of them. The hotel has only 114 rooms, two restaurants, spa and gym, swimmingpools. We liked the deluxe rooms facing the pool, some with pagoda views. For longer stays we recommend the Garden deluxe rooms.
Aureum Palace: http://www.aureumpalacehotel.com/
|U Bein bridge, the world's longest teak bridge|
|Life at Inle Lake|
This is the premier Burma property that we have in our Select Collection.We had a short visit to this hotel, but they had no rooms free to show us.
|Beautiful colours at the market.|
|It felt like being in an Indiana Jones movie.|
|Different ways of fishing.|
|Monks attending the food ceremony at |
|View from the top of the temple.|
|Buying spices at the market.|