Currently on the plane back home, so lemme update my dayre properly now! 😜 spent the past week on a holiday with H, and we went to... MYANMAR!!! 😊😊😊
And tbh, Myanmar was so much fun and is truly beautiful!!! Good for us that Myanmar has not reached Vietnam/Thailand state of tourism level which means... Empty roads and a great experience overall 😊
We took the route of:
Yangon > sleeper bus to Bagan > 2 days in Bagan > sleeper bus to Inle > 2 days in Inle > sleeper bus to Yangon > 2 days in Yangon.
Tbh. 2 days max for Yangon is enough for us. We had nothing to do on the last day besides eating 😂 Bagan, on the other hand, was our favourite stop this trip! Inle was very laid back and we enjoyed ourselves too. Maybe another day in Inle and we can go to another nearby town / cycle somewhere further :)
We left our bags at our Yangon hotel and the staff recommended us to come here for lunch
📍 Aung thuka
This place serves up Burmese food in zichar style.
It was lunch time and the place was booming with business!
We ordered some Burmese curry dishes to try. There was a nice staff aunty who could speak fluent English so she helped us :) food was pretty good but portions were a little small and the 3 meat dishes came up to be around sgd 15 including a drink, and all the salad were part of the meal.
We later realize fish is very cheap in Myanmar and a whole big fish cost the same as a tiny serving of meat 🤣
Then we visited the Shwedagon Pagoda!
Foreigner entrance fee is 10000 Kyat (10sgd) which is quite lame cos they like randomly catch people to pay one. Some angmo got thru without paying when we were paying LOL
The place is massive, and freaking hot!!! Plus we can't wear shoes so OMG really felt like my feet was gonna burn... But after this I was used to it and couldn't even be bothered about my feet being dirty anymore 😂😂
Just remember to dress well and covered up. I brought some dresses here and didn't wear at all because it felt inappropriate even if we weren't visiting pagodas.
The huge gold leaf gilded stupa
H was wearing berms so he was made to rent a longyi 😂 which he bought in the end and it came in really useful for all the other parts of the trips when we visited pagodas and temples non stop LOL
Day 2 and 3: Bagan!
These 2 days in Bagan felt very magical and surreal and definitely a trip worth a lifetime of memories (and maybe trauma) 😂
Our sleeper bus reached around 530am and we got a cab down to our hotel, who let us do an early check in and we headed up to the rooftop for breakfast and also caught a glimpse of the hot air balloons in Bagan on a morning!!!!
Look at this 😍😍😍😍😭😭😭😭😭 so so magical OMG!!! Lucky us could view it from our hotel rooftop.
Anyway I have hundreds of photos taken in Bagan but I will just post a few and drop the rest either on my blog or my Facebook hahahaa
We rented an ebike for 8000kyat and I rode pillion because I wasn't confident of riding one myself. Like Xiao romantic ride bike w my bf HAHAHAHA altho the last time we did that I fell into the paddy field in Bali within 5 min 🙄
One of my fav shots.
Whenever I step into a new pagoda, it's really like my curiosity is piqued!!! There are over 2000 pagodas and temples and although they are all same same but different, they all have their own uniqueness...i can't even quite explain 😭
Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan, which is a slightly smaller but similar version to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon but no tourist fees and nobody de 😂😂😂
Feels more European than Asian right this architecture 😂
We just rode on the bike and stopped at wherever we felt like stopping to check out the pagodas/temples and even some ruins.
Had to share the roads with cows 😂
Another mode of transport here is via the horse cart which is pretty affordable too. The horses look pretty as well and not as mistreated as the ones in Indonesia 😅 here, we are all on our way to one of the popular sunset viewing spots!
Truly magical place 😭😭😭
Yoooohoooo. All kinds of transport on the road. Seems fun but..
Then this happened 😂😂😂
Which also marks my first traffic accident in my life LOL. Long story short, one of the horse cart riders lost control of his horse and his horse charged towards us at a perpendicular angle... The horse managed to siam thru the gap in between our bike and another horse cart but the cart was bigger in size, and it knocked down our bike, right into me and I fell off 😭😭😭
It was very traumatic because there was nowhere I could move to except to get knocked down LOL
Luckily for me, the cart ran past me and didn't run over me or anything when I fell. Really is 有惊无险!!! H didn't fall down but he pushed the bike towards himself to prevent it from falling onto me and got that long deep cut on his calf 😣 He said that he used up all his luck for the year when he saw I only got a deep cut on my hand and some bruises 😅😅😅
The local guides all came to help us and clean our wounds, and the horse cart driver was very apologetic as well. I was in too much of a shock to feel anything else other than to nod my head and say I'm OK 😂😂😂 he gave me a ride on his horse cart but left H to ride the bike to our sunset viewing place LOLLOL.
But he also paid for the bike damage and called our hotel to come and pick us up after we watched the sunset. That night, I was so traumatized that I couldn't sleep 😣😣😣
For a good few days following the accident, I couldn't bathe myself nor carry anything nor write. Even typing now is very slow LOLLOL.
Second day morning!
We wanted to wake up at 4am to camp at a pagoda for sunrise but I was too scared of riding the bike in the dark at that time so we decided to watch sunrise from our hotel roof top and get a bit more rest.
View was gorgeous so it didn't feel like we missed out anything :)
We were extra careful on our bike on the second day 😂😂😂😂 but we didn't let the accident dampen our mood to explore!
We stayed in Naung Oo, which is near the bus station and Bagan is divided into old and new Bagan.
Day 1 was in old Bagan and day 2 we did a mix of old and new Bagan :)
More temples hehe
It was also the day the locals ask if I am from Myanmar... 😂😂😂
Tried to self time our photo while waiting for sunset but we failed 😂😂
We placed our camera at a very steep step and climbing down within 10s is really a challenge lo LOL
As you can tell, this temple is partially ruined from the 2016 earthquake 😭
Me love 😍😍😍😍
Did this quick review of accoms we stayed in Myanmar and the first part summed up how we started our 2 days trip in Inle... Being stranded in the cold 😂
The first day in Inle, I slept in after checking in at 5am and taking a shower because the bus ride was too uncomfortable and I was freezing... So it was kinda a rest day for me.
We had lunch at one of their local eateries, and cycled around the town. In the evening, we cycled 40 min to get to our dinner place which is at the end of a kampong 😂 40 min is torture for me because my butt was bruised from the fall off the bike in Bagan and the roads were bumpy! The road was super scenic tho!!
Day 2 in Inle and we took a half day tour out to Inle lake and we booked this last min on klook! And xiexie klook for accommodating to my last min request!!! (@yeomabel)
This is the only sponsored part of the trip because we were too tired to ask around a few travel operators and the pricing on klook is more or less the same plus reliable! Saved us all the hassle altho the hotel reception can book everything for us Hahahaha but at least from klook no need scared get scammed.
It was probably our most relaxed day of our one week trip because we just sit in boat, relax and enjoy scenery 😂 no need cycle no need ride bike HAHAHA
Took off my jacket for the instagram shot lo but took within 10 seconds 😂 and then wore back my jacket plus cover with blanket cos the wind is damn strong!!!
Inle is really pretty cold right now btw, only during the main afternoon hours the weather is warm... 😅
The famed intha fishermen who are now just posing w the baskets for tourists cos they no longer fish like that. And we have to tip them for taking photos which we didn't know but our guide paid for the tips. 😬
But they still fish with one leg, which is amazing! We enjoyed our day tour a lot and also visited a lot of workshops with no pressure to buy anything at all, so it was really a trip where we enjoyed ourselves (:
We then took a 12 hour sleeper bus back to Yangon and we spent our remaining 2 days nua-ing and eating non stop 😂😂😂 because we alr visited all the attractions on the first day when we were here.
But it was still pretty enjoyable to be doing absolutely nothing and just spending time w H. And with that, our one week is over like that 😭😭😭
Definitely enjoyed myself this trip and Myanmar was way better than I expected!
Not sure how long more Myanmar will stay this way before tourists flood the land, but I'm glad I got to visit Myanmar when I'm still young and adventurous! 🤗🤗🤗
How much we spent 💰
Shall just break down a little here how much we spent, for as much as I can remember! But in total... For 2 pax, including air tickets, accoms, transport, and all expenditure, we spent a total of sgd 1100!!! That's $550 per pax for a 7 day trip 😊
✈️ Air tickets: Jetstar ~$200 per pax but we bought one baggage to check in (+$70, no prizes for guessing who 🙈) altho my luggage fits the cabin size. But we bought it just to be safe on the weight side. In the end realise no need to cos they were giving free check in to many others cos of a full flight HAHAHA
If you're not for LCC, silkair was around $250 when I checked but the timing isn't as good as Jetstar!
🏥Travel insurance: $52 per pax via AXA for 7 days.
I'm very paranoid and always buy travel insurances even just to Malaysia HAHAHA. it's good to buy for Myanmar though! Im gonna buy an annual travel insurance for 2018 alr cos more worth it 😅
BAGAN: USD 32.40 (~SGD 42)
INLE: USD 29 (WITH 2 BICYCLE RENTALS) (~SGD38)
YANGON: USD 49 (~SGD 64)
prices are for a double room! Our rooms were clean, spacious, served breakfast with English speaking staff :)
Connectivity isn't strong in Bagan and inle so the wifi is very, very slow. I suggest getting a SIM card at the airport!
📱4gb DATA SIM: 10000Kyat (SGD10)
Yangon to Bagan (9 hours) : E-LITE EXPRESS VIP BUS usd19 per pax
Bagan to Inle (8 hours) : Bagan Minh Thar Express VIP bus: 18000 Kyat per pax
Inle to Yangon (12 hours) : Shwe Nan Taw EXPRESS VIP BUS: 20000kyat per pax
A quick review for the bus services we took!
🛵 Ebike rental for Bagan: 8000kyat per day, rented for 2 days
And all our remaining expenses were spent on food, small souvenirs, entrance fees to some attractions, and grab!
We didn't scrimp and save much on food and in fact kept eating HAHAHA. So it was a very relaxed and comfortable backpacking trip and if you're on a backpacking trip and staying at guesthouses, you can definitely save even more money because some guesthouses will provide free bicycles!
Oh yes, for the inle lake day tour w klook, it was 35usd per pax so if you add that in it is around sgd 600 that we spent per pax :)
If you'd like to book an activity with klook, you can quote "XINLIN5" for $5 off your first activity on Klook!!! Really very convenient and not a scam. I tried twice alr 😊
💰 Currency tips
In Myanmar, the currency is Kyats but you can't really change it in SG. so we changed money when we touched down at the airport!
But, each money changer only allowed a maximum of sgd100 to be changed per passport?! So we changed a total of sgd 400 w 2 banks and changed 250sgd to usd (no limit on this)
For hotel payments, they accept in usd and in Yangon, some payments like bus ticket sale, is also paid in USD. So it is good to bring enough USD w you!
We also changed usd to Kyats at our hotel reception in Yangon and most hotels in Yangon should be able to do that :)
I hope all this info helped!!! 🤗🤗🤗 *please pardon all the grammatical errors in this entry!!! 😂 Didnt vet through but will be doing a more detailed posting on the blog!
Sunday, 10 Dec 2017
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