Myanmar: The Ancient Kingdom of Bagan

Myanmar: The Ancient Kingdom of Bagan

I'll say it here right off the bat - Bagan may be my all-time favorite destination I've ever traveled to. This place was an absolute gem to visit and I'm still overwhelmed by the entire experience I had there. Bagan is one of those places that when you're there sitting atop an 900-year old temple with no one else on it at sunset, you can't help but think, "Wow. How do places like this exist on Earth?" It was a magical experience and I hope everyone will one day be able to see this unbelievable destination.

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Myanmar: Kalaw to Inle Lake

Myanmar: Kalaw to Inle Lake

An early morning arrival in Kalaw was the first of many "night" buses in Myanmar meant to get in at 6am rather than their 2am arrival. Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, a three-day hike through the mountains and valleys of south-central Myanmar ended up being a highlight of my visit to this country. From the small, quaint town of Kalaw, to the mountain villages lacking electricity and running water, to the touristy city of Nyaungshwe around Inle Lake, this five day venture was a whole lot of fun...and some bits of not.

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Myanmar: Border Crossing and Yangon

Myanmar: Border Crossing and Yangon

Finally I was able to leave Thailand and make my way to my first new country in nearly 60 days! I'd removed Myanmar from my list of countries I planned to visit about 2 months prior feeling like I wouldn't have enough time to visit it before heading home, but plans change and I found myself getting back in Bangkok getting a visa to this newly open to tourism country. Myanmar has only been accessible again to tourists since 2011, and thankfully I'm so thankful I changed my plans to make room for it in my trip!

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