39 Photos of an Epic Myanmar Adventure!

by | Apr 10, 2016 | Latest Posts, Myanmar, Photography

Myanmar stole a piece of our hearts the moment we stepped off the plane and landed into the crazy, wonderful and inspirational country. Our Myanmar adventure took us from Yangon in the south, to Lake Inle and Bagan in the tourist triangle and finally to the last royal capital of Burma, Mandalay. Here’s a collection of our favourite photos from the trip: from the food to the famous sights to the lesser known gems and the many amazing local people we encountered along our way.

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1 | Serene buddha at Indein Pagodas, Inle Lake

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2 | Bagan plains bathed in an auburn sunset, North Guni Pagoda, Bagan

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3 | Monk power pose, U-Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Mandalay

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4  | Sunrise balloons over the Bagan plains

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Where to stay in Bagan: Hotels we love

Bagan hotels tend to book up fast so book your hotel as far in advance of your travels as you can. Hotels in Bagan are located across three areas: Old and New Bagan and Nyaung-U. Nyaung-U, a mix of boutique hotels and local residents about 3km from the temples, is our favourite. Old Bagan, in the heart of the temples, houses many of Bagan’s luxury hotels while New Bagan is home to larger hotels and new builds.

We find Agoda the best booking website for Asian hotels due to the wide range of hotels on offer and the extremely competitive prices. It’s reliable, has a huge inventory and the prices were the best we could find.

5 | Mount Popa peeking through the trees, Mount Popa Mountain Resort

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6 | A thousand reflections, Kekku (Kakku), Inle Lake

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7 | The watchful protector, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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8 | Traditional fisherman on Inle Lake

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Where to stay in Inle Lake: hotels we love

A visit to Inle Lake centres around the lake itself and we found staying on the lake itself an unforgettable experience. We highly recommend staying at one of the resorts on the lake, which all offer direct access to the lake from the hotels.

  • We stayed in the beautiful Inle Princess Resort which is situated on the shores of Inle Lake. The villas are stunning, the food excellent and the views unbeatable. We loved being picked up for our excursions on the Lake at the hotel’s private jetty! It’s the perfect choice if you are looking for some luxury in Inle Lake.
  • Myanmar Treasure Resort: Located on the lake close to the Inle Princess Hotel this collection of stilted luxury rooms look over the lake giving perfect viewing for Inle Lake sunsets.
  • Villa Inle Resort & Spa: a stunning location further down Inle Lake, this resort boasts beautiful view across the Lake and the surrounding countryside from a number of large, stilted villas overlooking the water.

We find Agoda the best booking website for Asian hotels due to the wide range of hotels on offer and the extremely competitive prices. It’s reliable, has a huge inventory and the prices were the best we could find.

9 | An assault of the senses: the Zay Cho (Zegyo) Market, Mandalay

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10 | Iconic entrance of the Shwezigon Pagoda, Nyaung-U, Bagan

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11 | Breakfast time at Kalaywa Monastery, Yangon

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12 | Farmers herding at sunset, Pyathadar Hpaya Pagoda, Bagan

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13 | Shan girl in traditional dress, Kakku (Kekku), Inle Lake

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14 | Water lillies at day break, Kandawgyi Park, Yangon 

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15 | Monkeys scavanging for food, Mount Popa

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16 | Celebrating the Aung San Suu Kyi election win, Yangon

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17  | Vacant trade desks at the Jade Market, Mandalay

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18 | Clensing of the buddhas, Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay

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19 | Reflections at sunset, Lake Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake
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20 | Tea Leaf Salad at Bibo restaurant, Ngyan Swe, Bagan

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21 | Breakfast with a view, Mount Popa Resort

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22 | Long-neck woman weaving blankets,  Inle Lake

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23 | Gold, gold gold: Shwedagon Pagoda at night, Yangon

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24 | Under the shadow of the temples in Bagan

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25 | Golden sunrise over the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river, Bagan

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26 | Unforgettable Bagan Sunrise, Law Ka Ou Shaung Pagoda, Bagan

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27 | Kids playing in the Ayeyarwady River, Yangon

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28 | Taking the train to anywhere, Yangon Train Station

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29 | Ancient teak monestary, Shwenandaw Kyaung, Mandalay

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30 | Hundreds of pagodas among the ruins at Indein, Inle Lake

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31 | Shimmering gold of the Karaweik Palace at day break, Yangon 

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32 | Independence Monument, Yangon 

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33 | A sea of pagodas, Kakku (Kekku)
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34 | A pink sunset over majestic Mandalay

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Where to stay in Mandalay: Hotels we love

We stayed in central Mandalay which was a great base for exploring the city. The main sights are dotted around Mandalay so staying in a central hotel makes exploring the city much easier.

  • The Smart Hotel where we stayed was perfect for exploring the city. It’s a great budget hotel and has a low key rooftop bar/restaurant which we really liked with traditional puppet shows in the evening.
  • The Link 78 Mandalay Boutique Hotel is a new boutique hotel in central Mandalay and a perfect base for exploring the city. Enjoy the sunset from the rooftop restaurant.
  • Hotel by the Red Canal Mandalay the perfect location for exploring the Golden Palace and Mandalay Hill, with a beautiful pool and spa.

We find Agoda the best booking website for Asian hotels due to the wide range of hotels on offer and the extremely competitive prices. It’s reliable, has a huge inventory and the prices were the best we could find.

35 | Boat adventures at Lake Inle.

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36 | Kaba Aye Pagoda, Yangon 

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37 | Sulamani Temple bathed in a purple sunrise, Bagan

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38 | Calm before the storm at the Botataung Pagoda, Yangon 

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39 | Iconic balloon filled sunrise over Bagan

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So there you have it, 39 of our favourite pics from an epic 2 week adventure in Myanmar, one of the most amazing countries we’ve ever visited!

If we missed anywhere awesome let us know in the comments! 

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2 Comments

  1. Just when I thought I couldn’t be anymore excited to visit Myanmar in February, I find your blog! I’m in love with your content – from the writing to the photographs, it’s amazing!!

  2. This article inspires a lifetime worth of wanderlust to bubble up within me. Thanks for sharing!

    x Elle |

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