Top 10 Reasons Why I Miss Myanmar

Backpacking Memories in Myanmar

It was a pure backpacking trip on the road. Let's go!

1. We spent 4 days and 3 nights on this trip where all the nights were spent in the bus. It was my first 3 consecutive nights wherein the bus became our recharging place. It felt so great knowing that we're in another awesome destination when we woke up. 

2. Bagan has an amazing sunrise. Right after alighting the night bus from Yangon, we head directly to the famous temples of Bagan to watch the sunrise. Though we've witnessed this in different countries, for a number of times, still it never failed to amazed us. It always reminds me of how blessed we are to witness such beauty this beautiful world has to offer. 

3. A day tour on the temple was fun but tiring. It was a hot sunny day in Bagan after watching the sunrise. We initially planned to rent a bicycle to explore Bagan on our own but the heat was just unbearable. We decided to hire a horsecar instead. First few temples we visited in the morning entertained us. The views were just awesome and we took a lot of pictures with its mesmerizing background. It was indeed great and it made me happy whenever I looked at the pictures again. Unfortunately, after visiting a few temples, I felt uninterested anymore. Maybe because the views, for us, were all the same and it seemed that we're visiting the same temple again and again. Though we felt tired in the afternoon, I still enjoyed the trip because I was with good company. 

4. The sunset in Bagan was beautiful. After a tiring afternoon, we chilled down to watch the sunset from the temple. Thou it was not what I've expected it, the sun was partially covered with clouds but still the view was incredible. An unforgettable place where our photo was featured in Philippines Jetstar magazine.

5. Burmese people are simply helpful and kind. We always traveled without any sim card or contact number. We mentioned to the horsecar driver that we need to catch the night bus to Inle Lake after our day tour. He offered to help us by contacting the agency to arrange a pick up transfer from the guesthouse. Also, during the tour, he brought us to his lady friend who painted our faces using the famous Thanaka paste. She offered her great smile and explained the purpose of putting Thanaka on our faces.

6. Morning tour in Inle Lake felt refreshing. We had a good sleep in the night bus all the way from Bagan. We woke up at dawn around 4 in the morning and proceeded directly to the starting point of our boat tour.  It was dark when we started exploring the lake. The wind blew cold as the sun risen slowly on the other side. The lake bestowed its mesmerizing waters as it reflected the lights of the morning sun. People in the lake were busy starting their everyday lives. We got the chance to see the famous one-legged fishermen in the village. It really takes a skill to be that kind of a fisherman. Their houses were all floating on the water, even the school and the farms. We visited a house construction in the middle of the lake. It made me wonder how difficult it is to be in their shoes. But seeing the villagers all were beaming with happiness and contentment. Maybe I didn't see the picture clearly, they do have a great life. Simple and peaceful which is why they chose to stay in their floating village. 

7. I missed going on night buses trips. Three nights in a bus might be a challenged for some people. I am happy and thankful that I was blessed to sleep anywhere I want. If I feel sleepy, I can sleep even if it's at school, in the bus, at work or in anywhere I'd like to. I was more than happy when I got to travel with somebody who has the same skill too, that made our travels more easy. We didn't need to spend much time in the guesthouse but instead we used that time to ride the sleeper bus in order to explore another place the next day.

8. I missed the warm welcome of one of the locals in the airport. I have an ex-colleague who came from Myanmar. When she knew that we would be visiting her home country, she happily recommended his brother to be our driver and tour guide. Walking from the exit of the immigration, a happy young man wearing his biggest smile approached us with a white banner that reads "Welcome" with my name written below. We had a great time exploring the city of Yangon because of his cheerful personality. He explained the history of Burma, their different races, cultures and way of living. He is one of the nicest people I've met in our travels. 

9. I missed having a body scrub while sleeping in a very relax room. After a long night in the bus and a tiring hot day in the floating village of Inle, we needed a place to get some shower and rest. Since we didn't booked a guesthouse, we decided to go on a massage so that we can at least rest for a few hours before the trip. In the spa salon, we chose the full body scrub package. We felt invigorated. I enjoyed it more because I got it for free.

10. I missed my travel buddy. It was my birthday when we traveled to Myanmar. My birthday trip became more special because we traveled together. Special not because of the free body scrub I had as a gift from her but because of the gift of true friendship she offered. She's one of the rare persons that you wanna travel with. Never in our trips that I negatively ask myself why did I travel with her. We even plan for our next trip together. In fact, from the very first time we decided to go on a trip, it was also my birthday in Vietnam. I booked a ticket on my own and she decided to come along with her mom, from that day on, we have booked a series of plane tickets from one country to another. And hey, not only plane tickets but also a ticket to different kinds of races. Because of her, I completed lots of full marathon & obstacle races. I am just so happy I knew her. Thank you for being a part of my life and thank you for bringing out the best in me.

A few words from my Guest Blogger:

"Just call me Ahdy, I just woke up from a deep sleep a year ago and realized that I need to go out from my box to explore the world. I made my first step and so far it's quite fun and addicting. Now, I'm on my way to more travels and adventures with God's Grace."

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Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight, and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have more days to spare why not go to Phuket, Thailand and have a relaxing weekend by the beach. 

Where am I going next?

My next adventure is Surfing in the awesome waters of Sri Lanka.

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