Wednesday, 14 August 2013

All you ever wanted to know about Myanmar

A quick and quirky guide on what to see, do, eat and drink in this up-and-coming Southeast Asia star.

Take a cab to town after arriving at Yangon's International Airport and you’ll quickly realize you've arrived in a place like no other.

Your taxi driver may have replaced his seat with a garden chair.

Without doubt, he’ll be wearing what looks like a skirt and chewing betel, which has turned his mouth a crimson red.

There might be a hole in the floor of the vehicle, or the steering wheel could be upside down.

It's a theme that'll continue throughout your trip.

With a lack of international brand saturation and an abundance of parks, lakes and gleaming pagodas, vibrant street life and friendly locals, Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and former capital, is a city worth getting to know before venturing elsewhere in this strange, wonderful country.

For information on Yangoon's hotels, nightlife and shops go to 'Why Yangoon is hot right now' and 'Yangoon: Colonial buildings, artisan cheese and local art'.

For information on what to eat go  to '10 meals every visitor to Myanmar should try'.

For information on Myanmar's beaches go to 'Myanmar's best beaches'.

Footnote: A recurring theme in articles on Myanmar is good accommodation is in short supply so make sure you have a rock solid reservation before travelling.

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