Myanmar

Myanmar

A heartbreakingly beautiful and spiritual land, whose proud and brave people have lived through decades of fear and authoritarianism. Their humor and optimism are astounding. Tragically, since Feb 1, 2021, it is again a dictatorship and the country is unsafe for visitors. It’s also important not to give tourist dollars to the many military enterprises that dominate the economy. A multi-religious society, but also a devout Theravada Buddhist country, the Sangha (monkhood) is the premier moral authority. Village life revolves around age groups, agricultural rituals, nat (animist spiritism), and annual religious cycles. Dark humor, puppetry, lacquerware, literature, and tapestry are some of the enduring cultural products of this magical country.

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Sunrise Bagan: The Best Ways and Places to Experience It

Sunrise Bagan: The Best Ways and Places to Experience It

MoniqueDec 7, 20206 min read
Everything you need to choose the best ways and places to experience a magical sunrise (or sunset) over the Temples of Bagan in Myanmar.
Shwedagon Pagoda: The Best Pagoda in Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda: The Best Pagoda in Myanmar

MoniqueSep 24, 202026 min read
Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda: the best pagoda in Myanmar. A cultural anthropologist’s expert’s guide on what and how to see it, when, and what it all means
Culture through Food in Myanmar

Culture through Food in Myanmar

MoniqueSep 12, 202015 min read
History & culture of Myanmar cuisine, main dishes, street food & variety of ingredients; importance of food in traditional Burmese culture
Everything you Need to Know About the Best Bagan Hot Air Balloon Rides

Everything you Need to Know About the Best Bagan Hot Air Balloon Rides

MoniqueMar 4, 20208 min read
How to choose and book the best Bagan hot air balloon experiences over the Bagan Temples. Pros and cons of each operator and all your questions answered.
Bagan Hotels: Where to Stay in Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan Hotels: Where to Stay in Bagan, Myanmar

MoniqueFeb 8, 202012 min read
Detailed guide to the best Bagan Myanmar hotels by village and proximity to Bagan Temples. Luxury, mid-range & budget & best hotel swimming pools in Bagan
Best Yangon Hotels: Where to Stay in Yangon

Best Yangon Hotels: Where to Stay in Yangon

MoniqueJan 29, 202025 min read
Detailed guide: Best Yangon Myanmar hotels by neighborhood. Luxury, mid-range & budget, best hotel swimming pools, bars & restaurants.
Useful Burmese Phrases for Myanmar Travelers

Useful Burmese Phrases for Myanmar Travelers

MoniqueJan 25, 202011 min read
Essential everyday Burmese phrases for travelers to Myanmar. Greet people, order food, pay bills, get directions and medical help, shop in Myanmar and more!
Yangon Itinerary: Best Things to Do in Yangon for 1, 2, and 3 Days

Yangon Itinerary: Best Things to Do in Yangon for 1, 2, and 3 Days

MoniqueJan 8, 202032 min read
A Myanmar anthropologist’s guide to the best things to do in Yangon: 1-3 day itineraries – best pagodas, culture, markets, colonial architecture, & museums
Bagan Itinerary: Best of Bagan Temples in 1, 2 and 3 days

Bagan Itinerary: Best of Bagan Temples in 1, 2 and 3 days

MoniqueDec 26, 201934 min read
Guide to all the essential things to do in Bagan in 103 days: the best Bagan temples (pagodas), experiences & Bagan tours by a Myanmar anthropologist