Category: Myanmar

Air Asia Mandalay Free Shuttle Bus

Air Asia Mandalay Free Shuttle Bus

 

Air Asia Mandalay free shuttle bus is a free transport service to and from the airport. There is only one bus schedule a day and this coincides with the schedule of the flight. This is a really good service as the airport is quite far from the city so taxi fares are a bit expensive especially if you have no one to split it with. The only disadvantage I’ve observed is taking it from the city to the airport, it arrives really early for your flight. They don’t really open the gates until an hour before your flight so you have no option but to loiter around the airport with no internet connection and hardly any seats.

 

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Grasshopper Adventures Bicycle tour U-bein Sunset Ride

Grasshopper Adventures Bicycle tour U-bein Sunset Ride

 

The Grasshopper Adventures Bicycle tour U-bein Sunset Ride tour is a bit expensive but I thought it was really worth it. I inquired about a lot of tours in Mandalay. The hotel even helped me look for one but most of them were unavailable in the off season. Luckily, the Grasshopper Adventures were still conducting tours. There were only 2 in our group, the other one was Audrey. She was another solo female traveler from Malaysia. The cost of the tour is $60 per person. It includes hotel pick up and drop off, bike, English speaking tour guide, helmet, snacks, and drinks. You can click here for more details of our tour at the Grasshopper Adventures website. When I was making the reservation, I was asked for my height so they can set the bike according to it.

 

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Mandalay Tour

Mandalay Tour

 

My Mandalay tour started pretty late. It was around noon so we did not go to a lot of places. I hired a local taxi driver recommended by my friend. Their taxi are not cars, it’s more like a pick up truck covered at the back. He charged me about 15,000 kyats for the whole day.

 

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Where to Stay in Mandalay

Where to Stay in Mandalay

 

If you’re like me who prefers to have most things in order with travel arrangements, this might be for you. I’m the kind of traveler who prefers to have a hotel/hostel already reserved for my destination. So I always book one before I go. Of course this has its advantage and disadvantages. I like having a place to find and lay my weary head with from a long travel than shop around at my destination even if it’s low season. So, these were the hotels that in my research and experience are good options on where to stay in Mandalay. I ordered them from by price.

 

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Bagan Travel Guide

Bagan Travel Guide

 

I made a graphic Bagan travel guide hoping that it might help someone who is planning or curious about travel to Bagan, Myanamar. I really enjoyed my time in Bagan and it has probably the most authentic place I’ve been to so far. It’s very raw and not crowded at the time I visited, that also means the usual conveniences are not there but that also adds charm to the place.

 

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What to Wear in Myanmar

 

 

Southeast Asian weather is generally very warm. Weather in Myanmar is in the 30s-40s range during the hottest months and 20s in the cooler months. Most of Southeast Asia only has two seasons: the wet and the dry. The peak season for travel in Myanmar is during the wet season which is cooler. The colder months are from November to February which is also the peak season for travel and the hottest months are from March to June. Temperature throughout the country is greatly affected by altitude.

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Local Restaurant in Mandalay

Local Restaurant in Mandalay

 

I don’t know the name of this place so if you can read the script, let me know. Haha. I know that it is located on the corner of 27th and 66th street, across Sedona Hotel. They serve local dishes and they are famous for their noodles. It is pronounce as Jai-o but it is spelled really different.

 

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Cafe City in Mandalay

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Cafe City is one of the most happening place in Mandalay. It’s a local favorite or at least those who can afford it. 😛 We went on a week day and it was packed. It’s located on 66th street, East Moat Road, Mandalay.

 

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M3 Hotel Review in Mandalay

I booked the hotel before my trip since I didn’t want to look for any while I was there. Otherwise, I wouldn’t mind staying at Royal Yadanarbon Hotel again. This hotel is a bit pricier than my usual pick but the location is really good. It’s on the main road and a couple of blocks from the AirAsia bus stop which is the corner of the Royal Palace complex as well. I asked my friend who lived there about my hotel choices before booking and she said that she knew this one so I went with it. Here’s my M3 Hotel review. 🙂

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A Myanmar rest stop for buses and vans

A Myanmar rest stop for buses and vans

 

This Myanmar rest stop we were at was not very big. There were maybe 2 buses at most but a lot of them were local looking taxis and vans. It seems like a local stop too, not too many foreigners. It had a huge restaurant and some stalls outside selling mangoes and snacks.

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