Little Village of Dala

On our last day in Yangon we decided to take the local ferry across the river to the tiny village of Dala. We boarded the ferry and squished onto an open bench where we watched daily life go by - ladies selling chili coated fruit, hawkers selling goods in baskets on their heads and babies clinging to their parents as they made the quick ride over the river. 

Once we reached the other side, after a quick 10 minute ferry ride, we were greeted by many men trying to convince us to jump on board their trishaws for a peddle around the village. We scoped the scene and found two men (who weren't too pushy!) and spent the next hour riding alongside their bicycles as we toured the village. We passed fishermen, pagodas, market stalls and observed local life in Dala. 

After a lovely hour in Dala we boarded the ferry and headed  back to the hustle and bustle of Yangon City! 

 

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Inle Lake

Inle Lake is a little slice of heaven. We stayed in Nyaugshwe Town and each morning hopped onto a long boat and motored around Inle Lake to observe village life and the local fishermen. We spent most of our time in the area on the boat going from one spot to the next and just realixing! 

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Trekking in Kalaw

Many visitors come to Kalaw to trek in the countryside - and we did just that! On our second day in Kalaw we met our trekking guide around 8:30 in the morning, and set off for the day to explore the local hillside villages, cross through farmland, and hike up mountains. We had a great day learning about the local culture -  we learned the uses for many of the plants and herbs, watched ladies gather fresh ginger, and visited a local tea farmer in his house to see how he ferments the tea leaves for the famous Myanmar tea leaf salad. 

Around mid-day we arrived to the Mountain Top Restaurant for a lunch of fresh avocado salad, homemade curries, and of course rice - lots and lots of rice. We capped our meal with fresh fruit and were on back on our way trekking back to Kalaw! 

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Kalaw

Kalaw is a hill town in the Shan State of Myanmar and it was an excellent little town to spend several days exploring. On our first afternoon we wandered the streets, dipped into the local market, and found a wonderful Nepalese restaurant where we sampled Dal Bat and garlic cheese naan bread!

Kalaw is a great place to visit if you wish to get out into the countryside and do some trekking. All around town you see signs offering hiking, biking, and homestay opportunities which makes for an exciting atmosphere as backpackers hurry around town to book their next adventures into the wilderness! 

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Mingun

Mingn is a short boat ride from Mandalay, and on our first full day in Mandalay we woke early to have catch a 9am ferry up the river to spend the morning and afternoon in Mingun. 

We loved Mingun - from an ancient unfinished rock temple (complete with white door) to a whitewashed pagoda - we were in heaven. Not only did we take time to explore the many pagodas, we also had time to interact with the locals (and the dogs!) which was an extra special touch to the trip to Mingun. 

Before we headed back to Mandalay we stopped at a garden cafe for tea leaf salad and a cold Mandalay beer - yum! 

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A Ferry to Mandalay

After spending a wonderful three days in Bagan in was time for our next destination in Myanmar Around 4:30am we met in the courtyard of our Bagan guesthouse and took a tuk tuk to the ferry landing by the riverside. We boarded the boat and spent 12 hours traveling from Bagan to Mandalay. 

The ride was fantastic! While the morning was a bit chilly by the afternoon the sun was out and we were lounging on deck reading our books and chatting. We even had a full Myanmar lunch while cruising ... pure luxury! By 5pm we had arrived to Mandalady and were ready for our next adventure to begin! 

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Bagan

After enjoying an amazing sunrise on top of one of the temples of Bagan we headed back down towards our Guesthouse for a local breakfast and some needed caffeine! 

We rested our feet for an hour or two and then hopped on bikes for a full day of cycling through the villages and temples. We started our morning with a visit to the outdoor market where locals were selling fresh foods, clothes,pots and pans, and everything in between. From the market we spent several hours hopping between Bagan temples before stopping for a cold beer and a tasty lunch. 

After the day exploring temples we made our way to 'sunset temple' for an absolutely fabulous sunset. We watched the sun go down behind the Old Bagan temples before heading back to our Guest House for the evening. 

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Balloons over Bagan

Early mornings became the 'thing to do' in Myanmar - whether it was to catch an early bus or an early sunrise it felt like every morning the alarm was going off before 5AM! 

For our first morning in Bagan we decided to wake up extra early (aka 4:30 am) and head to one of the many temples for sunrise and a glimpse of the hot air balloons taking off and traveling over the temples. Around 5am a local tuk tuk driver picked us up and we headed out to a remote temple just beyond Old Bagan village. Arriving before sunset we enjoyed a hot cup of instant coffee before joining the other travelers before sunrise onto of the temple. 

As the sun began to rise the hot air balloons lifted into the sky and we were blessed with a fantastic sight - and we were left speechless! 

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Heading to Bagan

After fours days getting to know the city of Yangon it was time to hop onto the overnight train and head to our next destination in Myanmar - Bagan!

Around 3pm we headed to the local Yangon grocery store and stocked up on snacks before we settled into the 16 hour train ride. Our train departed Yangon station at 5pm and we were off on the adventure to Bagan. 

We spent several hours watching local life go by from the train window, however as the breeze became cooler and the sunset it was time to close our windows and cuddle up for the night ahead. After waking up in the morning we were just several hours from the village of Bagan. 16 hours later ... and we made it! 

Our first afternoon in Bagan was spent visiting several local villages - including a jaggery plantation, where we watched young men climb tall palm trees to tap for sugar juice. We observed ladies cooking sugar juice into a soft sugar candy, and we tried the local savory dish - fermented Tea Leaf Salad. We left on a sugar high excited for the days ahead exploring the village of Bagan. 

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Yangon Circular Line

With a full day in Yangon we decided to hop on board the Circular Line, which goes around the city, to catch a glimpse of local life within the suburbs of Yangon. In the morning we jumped on the local train (complete with open doors and windows) and buddied up next to those catching a ride to the wholesale market or heading to work just outside of downtown Yangon. 

I choose to sit right in the open doorway with my legs dangling down to fully embrace the morning air and life of the people as we chugged by. The circular train goes very (repeat, very) slowly through Yangon and this allowed us to really get a good understanding of our surroundings. While the train station originates in the downtown area the train continues along in a circular path around the outskirts of the city, and passes through many suburbs of Yangon. Some of these areas have markets while others are dominated by farming and local life. 

Throughout the day we interacted with a handful of locals through wide smiles and exchanging of ‘Mingalaba’ or Hello!

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