Video: The Yangon Overnight Express

A little late getting this week’s video up and out to you all, but for good reason! As a follow-up to Wednesday’s post, I present to you Terror on the Yangon Overnight Express!

As much fun as this was to put together, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t experience just a bit of PTSD while going through the footage. All worth it for you fine folks of course… Read More

Avoid the Terror of the Myanmar Overnight Train

A sharp vertical jolt rocks everyone inside this rickety Myanmar overnight train, just in time for us all to hear the piercing screech of metal grinding against itself.

Repositioning myself upright, I look around to make sure that everyone is okay, though I’m surprised at what I see… Complete normalcy. Glancing around the dim florescent and flickering cabin, the only look I can make out on passengers’ faces is minor annoyance – as if this train always feels as if it’s about to go careening off the rails.

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3 Absolutely Breathtaking Yangon Temples Not to Miss

If there is one structure that Myanmar is absolutely tied to, it’s the Buddhist temple. In fact, 90% of the population here practices Buddhism, making it the most religiously dense country practicing this religion.

While the old city of Bagan, with 100’s of ancient pagodas and stupas, gets most of the credit, the amazing temples throughout Yangon are also worth dedicating some time to check out. To help avoid getting a bad case of temple fatigue, I’ve provided a brief list of my favorites below! Read More

What’s For Sale at the Awesome Yangon Street Markets?

It turns out a whole lot! Especially for the partially covered, non-refrigerated, wooden stalls that make up the long rows of Chinatown’s Yangon street markets.

As with any kind of market, what’s for sale is only part of the experience. There’s also the people watching and general environment that helps to create such a memorable sense of place. So you’d better believe that these markets have all of this going on! Read More

Celebrating Burmese Independence Day in Yangon

From out of nowhere, a low bass tone snapped me out of my deep dark sleep. Unsure if I was actually awake or still dreaming, I lay completely still to give my ears a few seconds to catch up with my still groggy brain.

The blackout hotel curtains prevented me from discerning if the sun was up yet, so I turned towards my watch. Ugh! It was still 8am, so exactly what was going on out there? It took me only a few more seconds of half-asleep focus to figure out what I was hearing. It was singing. But not just any singing… Someone was belting out “My Heart Will Go On” over a crappy, ridiculously loud, speaker system. Read More